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End times lead-in | Matthew 24:1-2

1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

Matthew 24:1-2 (NLT) 中文

Leaving the scene

This whole scene with the religious leaders starting back in Matthew  21 (v23) seems to have been one long day in the Temple. Matthew 22:23 says, “On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,”. He must have been tired and ready to retire for the day. But, He starts His next “sermon”…which requires two more chapters to record (25, 26).

Coming destruction

The teaching is prophecy about the future. It’s often called, “Olivet Discourse” because, as we’ll see in verse 3, Jesus was teaching on the Mount of Olives lust outside Jerusalem. Today’s passage talks clearly about the near term – the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. “After the destruction of Solomon’s temple, this temple was originally built by Zerubbabel and Ezra (Ezra 6:15). Herod the Great (who ruled when Jesus was born) greatly expanded and improved it.” (enduringword.com) Why the disciples pointed out the Temple buildings, I’m not sure, but Jesus uses it as a teaching moment – like any good teacher. This destruction occurred under the Roman emperor Titus.

End times lead-in

Today’s passage is the introduction to Jesus’ teaching on the end times – after the destruction of Jerusalem (though some theologians believe it describes both the sack of Jerusalem and end times).  “The literal fulfillment of this prophecy establishes the tone for the rest of the prophecies in the chapter. We should expect a literal fulfillment for these as well.” (enduringword.com) The teaching is a mixture of specific signs (wars, earthquakes, famines), revelation of how OT prophecy will be fulfilled, allegory and, in chapter 25, parables – but still related to end times.


  • Do we put stock in buildings, possessions and material things in general? They have purpose and value, but they all shall pass away. “Fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)
  • Are you ready for these next chapters? Consider reading ahead. Be prepared to give your thoughts and comments!
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