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DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE SEE ALSO (MARK 13:1-4; LUKE 21:5-7)
24:1-2: CHRIST'S PROPHECY: of the destruction of the temple was fulfilled in AD70, when it was completely destroyed by the Romans- see also (Matthew 22:7):
THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS-BIRTH PANGS SEE ASLO (MARK 13:5-13; LUKE 21:8-19)
24:3-31: THE SCRIPTURES DESCRIBE THE END TIMES: In many ways, but there is no precise chronological order has ever been shown: (see, Daniel 7-12; Mark 13; Luke 21; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10; and lets not forget the Book of Revelation): The Lord on the other hand is stressing and teaching the importance of watchfulness as well as the practice of virtue rather than trying to figure out when He exactly coming, many people are tempted to figure this out and eventually end up misleading many!!! Matthews's account here is (1): talking about the initial beginning of sorrows- see (vv. 4-14), (2): The Great Tribulation-(vv. 15-28)- which includes the entire Christian era and is not limited to those final years right before the 2nd Coming of Christ!!!
24:4-5: THE WARNING SIGNS: are warnings against deception is the most talked about here- most importantly do not follow a FALSE CHRIST, which Yeshua (Jesus) stresses again in (vv. 11, 23-27):
24:6: THE WARS: Here is referring mostly to Roman destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, but also referring to wars in the future: wars aren't the sign of the imminent end-that the end is not yet (see- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3):
24:14: NOTHING CAN STOP THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL: No opposition has stopped the teaching of the Gospel and it never will, the gates of Hades will not tread over it!!! Once the Gospel is preached to all the Nations than the end will come!!!
THE GREAT TRIBULATION SEE ALSO (MARK 13:14-23; LUKE 21:20-24)
24:15: DANIEL'S PROPHECY OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (Daniel 9:23): Was fulfilled in AD70, when the Roman general Titus entered the Holy Place and had a statue of himself erected in the temple right before he ordered the temple to be destroyed: The Lord's phrase WHEN YOU SEE is indicating that many of the disciples would still be alive to see this happen: The words WHOEVER READS, LET HIM UNDERSTAND are commonly understood to be inserted by Matthew into Christ's address as an encouragement to his early Christian flock, who would have also witnessed this event:
24:19: see Luke 23:29
24:20: THE SEVERITY OF WINTER OR RESPECT FOR THE SABBATH: would prevent many of the faithful from fleeing quickly in a time of desperation: Early saints give a spiritual interpretation of seeing the Sabbath as symbolizing idleness with regard to virtue, and winter as indicating fruitlessness with regard to charity: Indicating that a person who departs this life in a such a spiritual state will suffer judgement:
24:27-28: IN THE MANNER WILL CHRIST COME BACK???: The event be will seen by the entire world so if there is any doubt than it's clear He hasn't returned as of yet!!! When Christ Returns there will be a SHINE FROM THE EAST: Orthodox Christians try to worship and pray always pointing to the East for this very reason!!!
24:28: see Luke 17:37:
THE END- SEE ALSO (MARK 13:24-27; LUKE 21:25-28)
24:29: ACCORDING TO EARLY SAINTS: The SUN will not be destroyed, but be DARKENED in relation to the glory of Christ:
24:30: THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN: Is the Cross which will be revealed for all Christians and others pending final judgement, His first Coming - Christ came in humility and peace, His second Coming , He will be revealed in POWER AND GREAT GLORY- (SEE AND READ NOTES AT Esther 6:6-9):
24:31: THEY WILL GATHER: SEE 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:
NO ONE KNOWS THE HOUR- SEE ALSO (MARK 13:28-32; LUKE 21:29-36)
MATTHEW 24:32-44- & MATTHEW 24:45-51
24:34: THIS GENERATION: Refers to all believers at all times, the generation of the Church, and not for the ones living at the time of Christ- furthermore the timeline of Israel is also important:
24:36: ACCORDING TO EARLY SAINTS: Christ tells of ANGELS being unaware of the exact day of His Return- we should not seek and learn what the angels do not even know!!!
24:37-41: THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: Will be a sudden revelations of judgement: ONE WILL BE TAKEN to heaven and THE OTHER LEFT for eternal condemnation: The separation of the righteous from the wicked will be at THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN (v.39), and not like many teach today not a certain time before His second Coming:
24:42-44: THE LORD'S PUROPSE: Is not to make people experts on His second Coming, but rather He is calling us to WATCH (v. 42) and TO BE READY (v. 44)- but continue the path of virtue and obeying Christ's commandments: This is restressed in the parable of the returning master found in (vv. 45-51):
PEACE WITH THE PSLAMS/ HIS GLORY, OUR GOOD PSALM 8
MESSAGE ABOUT MONEY!!!
Evil things shall pursue sinners, But good things will overtake the righteous. A good man will inherit sons of sons, But the wealth of the ungodly will be stored up for the righteous.
-We are not sinful by nature by are a sinner by the wrong use of our own free will. Evil things will overtake the wrong use, but good can overtake the righteous- by obeying Wisdom, Wisdom from the Lord, and by according to His help and by His will he can live in good nature with ourselves and with others!!!
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