Summary: The temple of Jerusalem in the days consisted of the entire sacred enclosure, which included many buildings, balconies, & courts, there were appointed places for the men of Israel, and other sections for the women, and also for the Gentiles, and that of t
Matt.24:1-30 # 6 PROPHECY THE OLIVET DISCOARSE 7-30-11
As we continue to think on Prophecy let me say that the temple of Jerusalem in the days we’re dealing with today, consisted of the entire sacred enclosure, which included many buildings, balconies, & courts, there were appointed places for the men of Israel, and other sections for the women, and also for the Gentiles, and that of the priests, all included as the temple.
Before we get into Matt. 24: we need to understand that God had sent His prophets and various miracles to try getting the Jewish people to except His ways.—
In Matt. 23: that we’re about to read a portion of, lets me mindful that this was the Lord Jesus’ last public message, and He comes down hard on these religious but lost hypocrites that paraded around under the guise of truth. Some of the common people no doubt were shocked at His words, for they considered the Pharisees to be righteous, in putting this together I read that there were possible 600 Pharisees at that time.
Not all of the Pharisees were hypocrites; among the Pharisees were a few members who desired true spiritual religion. Nicodemus also Joseph of Arimathaea, were two and possible more.
Listen as I read from Matt. 23: 29-39 in order for us have a better understanding of what we’ll find in Matt.24:
• Jesus concludes His appeal to the leaders of the Jewish nation with these words:
29Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Jesus the Jews Messiah now stops His testimony to the people of Israel. Every effort that divine love could put forth had been tried but tried in vain.
Prophets had been sent, and stoned; messenger after messenger had come and pleaded, and reasoned, and warned, but to no avail. Their words had fallen upon deaf ears and hardened hearts. All that the messengers received was shameful handling, stoning, and death.
-------------------- As we get into our text for today notice in the 1st verse that Jesus is now walking away from the Temple:
Matt. 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: --Jesus was about to leave the Holy city where He had offered peace, love and joy, with all the blessings of God but He was rejected and scorned and as we all know finally crucified, but with His leaving the city he will shortly be looking down on the city in judgment along with its inhabitants. --and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
The prediction that the temple would be destroyed, Matthew 24:2 had been made in the presence of all the 12 apostles.
And having said that Jesus then leaves the city, crosses the Kidron Valley, and went east of Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives from which He sit down and look on the temple courtyard, knowing that it will now be over 2000 years before Jerusalem will have lasting peace, Israel has had ever thing but peace, through out their history there’s been nothing but killing of their people and living in daily fear of what might happen next, and its all because of their rejecting Jesus their King.