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The Gospel of Matthew Matthew 24:1-51
The Gospel of Matthew The Disciples Question 24:1-3 Context of the Chapter - Three Concerns (vs. 3): – “When will these things be?” – “What will be the sign of your coming?” – “And of the end of the age?”
The Gospel of Matthew When Will These Things Be 24:4-22 What are “These Things”? “Abomination of Desolation” “Flee to the mountains”
The Gospel of Matthew When Will These Things Be 24:4-22 What are “these things”? – Destruction of the temple. – 70 AD. Under Titus, son of emperor Vespasian.
The Gospel of Matthew Sculpture of Titus Arch of Titus showing objects from the temple.
The Gospel of Matthew When Will These Things Be 24:4-22 Political unrest – “wars and rumors of wars” “Abomination of Desolation” – Daniel 11:29-31 Defilement of temple. – Apocrypha: 2 Maccabees 1:54-59 Greek defilement of the temple. – Jesus - either Roman or Zealot Defilement.
The Gospel of Matthew When Will These Things Be 24:4-22 “Flee to the mountains.” – Eusebius – Christians fled to Pella (Ecclesiastical History 3.5). Great Tribulation – Josephus – Romans killed 100s of 1000s and used all the green trees for crucifixions (Wars of the Jews).
The Gospel of Matthew The Sign of Christ’s Coming 24:23-35 False Christs “Immediately After” What? Sun & Moon Darkened
The Gospel of Matthew Sign of Christ’s Coming 24:23-35 “False Christs” “Immediately After” Gr. eutheos “straight away” – “next.” – Tribulation in general? – Christ’s coming in judgment on Jerusalem or in the end?
The Gospel of Matthew Sign of Christ’s Coming 24:23-35 “Sun & Moon Darkened” – End times language? (cf. Acts 2:20). – Foreshadowing final judgment? (cf. II Peter 3:10-11).
The Gospel of Matthew The End of the Age 24:36-51 What Day is “That Day”? Comparison to the Flood Faithful & Wicked Servants
The Gospel of Matthew The End of the Age 24:36-51 “That Day” – End of the age? (vs 3). – Heaven & earth pass away? (vs. 35). Comparison to the Flood Wicked & Faithful Servants – Preparation for judgment
The Gospel of Matthew Next Week: Matthew 25:1-46