R. T. France (The Gospel of Matthew - NICNT) - "(Comment on Mt 24:6) The period from the 30s to the 60s (Ed: Speaking of 30-60 AD) was relatively peaceful in the Roman empire as a whole, but in the east there were wars with Parthia in and after AD 36, and a more local war between Antipas and the Nabatean king Aretas in which the Romans became involved in AD 36-37...the disciples must not get things out of perspective, or be panicked into imagining that "the end" is imminent (Ed: For France "the end" is the destruction of the Temple)....The question which Jesus is here answering was about when the temple would be destroyed, and that is the "end" most naturally understood here....(Comment on Mt 24:7) Such historical records as we have for the first century mention earthquakes in Asia Minor in AD 61and in Italy in AD 62, in Jerusalem in AD 67, and another serious earthquake at an unspecified earlier date in Palestine. Disciples should not think that human or natural disasters, however tragic, signal the end. Famines (cf. John's conclusion (John 9:35-41 ) points to Jesus as both giver of spiritual insight and judge of spiritual blindness. In the disciples' minds the end of the age would accompany Jesus' full manifestation of His Messianic power and glory, bringing to a close the era of man's sin and rebellion against God and ushering in the divine kingdom of righteousness and justice (Ed: The Millennium 2; The Millennium 3). NET As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will these things happen? No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Matthew 24:1. How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. ", Luke 21:6 "As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.". Jesus does not want this to be the emotional state of His disciples when they hear of wars, etc. This exact phrase "whole world" (holos oikoumene) is used by John - "And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." The answer to when the Temple would be destroyed is recorded in Luke 21:20 where Jesus foretold that "when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand." And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Garland on lawlessness...love...cold - Love grown cold due to a marked global increase in lawlessness. (Rev 12:9). mellesete (2PFAI) de akouein (PAN) polemous kai akoas polemon horate (2PPAM) me throeisthe (2PPPM) dei (3SPAI) gar genesthai (AAN) all oupo estin (3SPAI) to telos. Birth pangs is a vivid, easily understood figure of speech that indicates a birth is coming soon. There is the power which is effective, which can deal with and mend a broken body, an unhinged mind, a bruised heart, which can do things. As someone has said "History" is His Story! 13:1, 2). Matthew 24:9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. For - term of explanation - What is Jesus explaining? (And) This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations (Gentiles), and then the end will come. BAGD, 845). Must (1163)(dei from deo = to bind or tie objects together, put in prison and also root of doulos, bond-servant) refers to what is not optional but needful (binding) out of intrinsic necessity or inevitability. The idea then and now is something like this - "Have you any good news (euaggelion) for me today?" Matthew 24:24-25 Increasing deception will mark the "end time." This confirmation of the gospel was found in the Apostolic Church ( Mark 16:20 , Acts 4:16; Acts 6:3; Acts 8:6; Acts 8:13; Acts 15:12 , 2 Corinthians 12:12 ). 316 Introductory Comment These two chapters, MatthewÊ¼s ï¬fth and ï¬nal discourse, are a commentary on the ï¬nal statement of chapter twenty-three: Ê»You will not see me again until you say, âBlessed is the one who comes in the name of the LordâÊ¼(23:39). In its first two sections (Mt 1:2–11) it was drawn from Ru 4:18–22; 1 Chr 1–3. In summary even in Matthew 23:38-39, Jesus prophesied of the coming destruction of the House of God, the Temple, which occurred in 70AD. . . But in the midst of wrath ("your house...left to you desolate") God remembers mercy, for He is a merciful (mercy filled) God! (II) A sign by which the divine power in majesty is made known, a supernatural event or act, a token, wonder, or miracle by which the power and presence of God is manifested, either directly or through the agency of those whom He sends (Sept.: Ex. It follows that both Matthew 24 and Mark 13 focus primarily on disciples' second and third questions regarding the timing of the Second Coming and the end of the age. In any miracle, then, there are three things. At a certain point, these deceptions will be augmented by signs and wonders—miracles! 10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. SCRIPTURES ASSOCIATING Rev. Commentary on Matthew 24:1-3 (Read Matthew 24:1-3) Christ foretells the utter ruin and destruction coming upon the temple. It was the very unique day when Jesus presented Himself to the Jews as their Messiah and King entering Jerusalem riding on a colt (Lk 19:35-38; cp Mt 21:7-9 "the donkey and the colt") as the Jews cried "Hosanna [Save Now] in the highest!" Related Resources Regarding "False Christs": The Christ of the New Age Movement by Ron Rhodes), List of people claimed to be Jesus - 18th thru 21 Centuries - Wikipedia, Jewish False Messiahs listed from first to twentieth century - Wikipedia. In both Jesus' instruction in the New Testament (Matthew 24:24; 7:22-23; Revelation 13:13-14) and in Moses' teaching in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 13:1-5), it is clearâregardless of the wonder doneâif a person even implies that we are free to disobey God, the miracle is not a demonstration of God's truth. Below are some representative uses of semeion in the Septuagint: Genesis 1:14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; Genesis 4:15 So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold." 7. And so every believer should be involved in some way (going, sending, praying, giving all in the power of the Holy Spirit) so that the Gospel penetrates even to the remotest part of the earth! Indeed, from Acts 1:6 their question indicates that they thought the end of this age and the beginning of the Messianic Kingdom was to come soon, probably in their lifetime. In Mt 22:29 Jesus used planao to refute the false belief of His detractors declaring "You are mistaken (NIV = in error; NET = deceived; ESV = wrong), not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.". The Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place (Mt 24:15) parallels the end time event when Jews will be delivered up to tribulation. - This is two questions with the second question having two components (some interpret it three questions - Walvoord, Fruchtenbaum - see below). 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains; 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Preterist Albert Barnes commented (in the 1880's) on "Then shall the end come" explaining that this refers to "The end of the Jewish economy; the destruction of the temple and city." These, in the Greek, are designated by three different words: "dunamis," power, significant of mighty works; "teras," wonder, significant of causing the people to marvel; "semeion," a sign, significant of a foreshadowing of Christ....."Semeion" is translated in John 13x by the word "miracle," and four times by the word "signs." In semeion, the ethical purpose of the miracle is most prominent. Hiebert - The first person after the time of Jesus Christ definitely known to have claimed to be the Messiah was Barcochba, the leader of the last great Jewish revolt in A.D. 132. and the establishment of His Messianic Kingdom. They simply reflect the course one would expect a sinful world to pursue.
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