Jesus Foretells Destruction of Temple
(Chapter 24, verses 1-2)
(1) After saying these things Jesus left the temple itself and was now on his way
out of the temple area. But before he could leave the complex, his disciples stopped him. Being greatly vexed and disturbed
about what he said concerning Jerusalem and its ‘building' being destroyed they showed him the beautiful buildings of
the temple area and asked, "These aren't really going to be destroyed, are they?" (2) In response
to their question Jesus said: "Believe what I'm saying as if it has already happened: Not only will this entire area
be leveled; you won't even be able to find one stone inadvertently left atop another."
(3) Later, when he was sitting by himself on the Mount of Olives, the disciples
[still bothered by the news of the temple's destruction] approached him in private, asking: "[We know you didn't mention
it to your public audience], but tell us, your disciples, the answer to these questions: When will the Jewish religion
end as represented by the temple? What will be the sign of your presence in connection with the conclusion of the secular
False Christs, Ethnic Strife, Warfare,
Food Shortages, and Earthquakes
24, verses 4-8)
Jesus answered: "First off, be very careful. Don't let anyone fool you regarding the sign of my presence as the Christ.
(5) There'll be many people adopting my name, going around saying, ‘I'm the new Savior, the Christ-like
Messianic figure of our day,' and lots of gullible people looking for answers in life will be misled. (6)
Both you and these same people will hear of troubling domestic wars close to home, and international wars far away. See to
it that you're not terrified. These things are a prelude to the end, but don't constitute the end itself. There's more to
it than this.
"One ethnic group will be stirred up against another; and one government will be roused against another. There'll be
worldwide food shortages and earthquakes everywhere. (8) All these things jump start very distressful times.
Followers Killed, Increased
Crime, Good News
(Chapter 24, verses 9-14)
will cause you all kinds of trouble and will even kill you. And because you're my followers, you'll be targeted by haters
from all ethnic groups. (10) Then, also, many will become disillusioned and sorely disappointed. As a result,
they'll resort to betraying one another and hating each other. (11) While individuals are searching for answers,
many false prophets will arise and allure countless people with their deception. (12) And because of
increasing criminal activity the world over, natural love that most people have had for their fellowman will dissipate and
turn to distrust. (13) But he that has endured until God's government annihilates global systemic wickedness
will be saved. (14) This good news about God's government will be preached earth wide, as a testimony to
all ethnic groups, and then the worldwide system of things in its present form will end.
Emergency Procedures Before
‘Mega Madness' Occurs
(Chapter 24, verses 15-22)
(15) "So, when you see the disgusting thing that causes desolation,
just as Prophet Daniel described, standing in the sanctuary (note: let the reader really discern and comprehend what being
said), (16) then let my followers living in Judea begin heading for the hills right away. (17)
[This is how urgent it is that flee immediately.] If a man is relaxing in his yard outside, he shouldn't go inside to pack
his clothes. (18) If he's at his job, working away from home, neither should he try to return home to pack
his clothes. (19) As for women, well, the pregnant woman and the nursing mother will really have a
hard time in those days as they leave Judea and head for the mountains. (20) So pray continually that your
hasty flight doesn't happen in the cold of winter. This is especially so since you wouldn't have had time to pack warm clothes.
Pray also that it doesn't occur on the Sabbath [since the city gates are shut closed and then locked], (21)
For then there will be an apocalyptic 'Mega Madness' event that has not occurred from the time the world began until now,
neither will it ever occur again. (22) This incident will be so bad that if it wasn't cut short by God, all
human and animal life would die. But because God's chosen ones will be alive at the time, the days of ‘Mega Madness'
will be cut short.
False Rumors Regarding Christ's Presence
24, verses 23-28)
"So, if any one person excitedly says to you, my disciples, ‘Look! The Christ is here,' or, ‘There he is
over there!' don't believe it. (24) Oh, there'll be gifted men that'll rise above the others, but they're
still false Christs and false prophets saying and doing things so impressive that, if it were possible, they'd even mislead
the chosen ones. (25) Listen! I'm warning you ahead of time. (26) Therefore, if a group
of people say to you with enthusiasm, ‘Look! He's in that remote, desolate place,' don't go there; or ‘Look! He's
in the sacred inner chambers,' don't fall for it. (27) Because just as lightening comes from the east but
shines in the west, the presence of the Son of Man will seem like it's one place but will be in another. (28)
[But my disciples will know where I am and gather around me], just as eagles know where the carcass is and gather around it.
Celestial Sign of the Son of Man
24, verses 29-31)
"Immediately after the ‘Mega Madness' in those days the sun and moon will go dark; the stars will drop from the
sky; and the powers of heaven itself will be shaken. (30) This will be the introduction of the appearance
of the heavenly sign of the Son of Man. Then all the individual tribes of the earth will pound their breasts in grief and
regret, and they'll figuratively see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great, luminous glory. (31)
And he'll dispatch his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they'll gather his chosen ones together from the east,
west, north, and south--from all over the earth; from one end of heaven to the other.
Disciples to Note Signs of Jesus' Nearness
(Chapter 24, verses 32-35)
"Now, learn from the fig tree as I illustrate my point: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and sprouts leaves,
you know summer's just around the corner. (33) In the same way, when you see everything I've outlined here,
know he's near at the doors. (34) I speak truthfully when I say to all of you that the aforementioned generation
of earth's doomed individual tribes will not perish until all these things happen. (35) Heaven and earth
will perish before ever my words perish.
Day & Hour of Destruction Known
Only by God: Be Alert
24, verses 36-44)
"About that day and hour of destruction no one knows; neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son,
but only the Father. (37) Just like the days of Noah were, that's how the presence of the Son of Man will
be. (38) In the days before the flood, people were going about their daily routine of eating and drinking.
Men were marrying as women were being given away in marriage, right up until the day that Noah entered the ark. (39)
They didn't notice a thing until the flood came and swept them all away. This is exactly how it's going to be with the presence
of the Son of Man. (40) During this time two men will be at work. One will be taken along by recognizable
truth and thereafter act on it while the other will be content with the status quo and abandoned to his daily way of living.
(41) While two women engage in domestic work one will be taken along by recognizable truth and thereafter
act on it while the other will be content with the status quo and abandoned to her daily way of living. (42)
Stay alert, therefore, because you don't know the day your Lord will suddenly appear.
(43) "But be aware of this one fact: If the man
of the house had known about what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and prevented his house from being
broken into. (44) As in this case, you, too, prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that you
don't think it's going to happen, that's when the Son of Man is coming.
(Chapter 24, verses 45-47)
without a doubt, is the faithful and sensible servant who the Lord of the household estate put in charge of the other domestic
workers to distribute their food at the regularly scheduled time? (46) A happy man that servant is if the
master of the estate arrives and finds him working responsibly. (47) I'm telling you the truth, He'll put
him in charge over the rest of his possessions.
The Sinister Servant
(Chapter 24, verses 48-51)
(48) "But if ever that sinister servant should
say in his heart, ‘My boss is delaying,' (49) and thereafter commence beating his fellow slaves and
socialize with incorrigible drunkards (by eating and drinking with them), (50) the master of that slave will
come unexpectedly on a certain day, and at an unknown hour, (51) and will brutalize him
and will put him with the hypocrites. There is where his crying and anguish, manifested by the grinding of teeth (or bruxism),
will take place."