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Daily Bible Reading (Thursday, February 1st)

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Matthew 24 (ESV)

 

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a] and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[b] but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,[c] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants[d] and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 24:10 Or stumble
  2. Matthew 24:36 Some manuscripts omit nor the Son
  3. Matthew 24:45 Or bondservant; also verses 464850
  4. Matthew 24:49 Or bondservants

10 Comments

Aww yes. Verse 36. I love that response by the Spirit of God..

Christ would not have us be unprepared for His return. His warning is another example of how He cares for His own. Lord, I thank you that your Word will never pass away. Help me to heed it and obey it.

This is one of my favorite chapters. Some of Christ’s prophecy came to pass just years after He said this (e.g. not one stone here will be left upon another). This encourages me that the rest will come to pass some day soon! Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Matthew 24:13 - “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Philippians 1:6 - “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

It is a difficult idea that Christ says 'not even the son of man' knows the time of the end of days. I don't know that I really understand how this can be, as he is fully God. But it is one of those passages I say 'Lord, help me to know what I need to know and understand what I need to understand'. I know from the passage that the time will be shocking and unexpected when it comes and that I must be on the ready. That is a great motivator. Lord, today is not soon enough!

Theme Summary: After pronouncing woe on the Pharisees and proclaiming the desolation of Jerusalem, the disciples point out the buildings of the temple, to which Jesus prophecies their total destruction. Upon hearing this, the disciples ask when the destruction of that temple would occur, and what would be the sign of his coming and the end of that age. Jesus answers with a number of different signs and that they would all take place before that generation passed away. Jesus warns that his followers must be vigilant and ready, with blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Sure enough, that temple was destroyed and judgment came within a generation. Many Christians fled from Jerusalem to the mountains because of this passage and were spared from the first Jewish Holocaust.

Note: I realize this I'm taking a minority view of this passage. My reasoning behind understanding "this generation" to refer to the generation Jesus was talking to is (1) that the temple the disciples were asking about has been destroyed, so that even if a future temple were built it is not what the disciples were asking about, and (2) that "this generation" is used throughout Matthew to refer to Jesus contemporaries and not the whole race. For example, Matt. 11:16 --This Generation is in reference to the people who criticized Jesus and John for both abstaining from and taking food and wine. Further, Matt. 12:39,41,42,45 -- "This Generation" sought for a sign from Jesus, were in the presence of someone with greater preaching than Jonah, were in the presense of one wiser than Solomon, and were in a country that had its demons removed, but who's end will be worse than at first. It is hard for me to see "this generation" referring to a whole race who saw the miracles, teaching, and wisdom of Jesus. It would be horrid to think that the fate of the whole race would be worse off than before Jesus came, or even the future generations of Israel, since hope is promised to the race of Israel, particularly future generations. Rather, "this generation" were the contemporaries of Jesus.

I view this as one of Jesus greatest fulfilled prophecies that authenticates Jesus message, am glad Christians can extend charity to one another, and look forward to Jesus return in glory. We too must be vigilant, for we do not know the day or the hour of his return or our own deaths.

"For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."

Praying that we would live with the end in sight. Live anticipating Christ's return, and ready for Him, not asleep but sober and awake.

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

Praying the Lord come, and that give us strength the remain awake and ready.

Maranatha, O Lord Come.

Jesus is coming back! In this passage He gives us a sweeping look into the future, a future that is assured. But I'm reminded about his sober warning, "you must be ready". How must I live in light of the fact that Jesus is coming back, and it could be today? Will he find His servants doing as He commanded?

This passage reminds us that Jesus is coming back. I pray that He will find us faithfully serving Him as lights in this world.

This is such an awesome chapter! I was both a little bit terrified but also inspired. Reading about the return of Christ Jesus definitely gives me a kick in the butt. So often I fail to recognize my call to missions because I am not living with an eternal perspective. Heavenly Father help me better understand the need to make disciples because one day you will come back for your people. Help me to take that reality seriously and not waste my opportunities with non-believing friends and co-workers. Lord give me the strength to endure until you return or call me home to glory. Amen!

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