Summary: Signs of the end of the age. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). There will be false messiahs (verse 5-6)
(2). Their will be wars (vs 7-8a).
(3). Their will natural disasters (vs 8).
(4). Their will persecution (vs 12-18).
(5). Their will be destruction in Jerusalem (vs 14-20)
• A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel prize winner in science,
• How he became a scientist.
• Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day.
• She wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day,
• But she always inquired,; “Did you ask a good question today?”
• Rabi said, “Asking good questions made me become a scientist.”
• In this passage before us tonight:
• The disciples in verse 3 ask two good question;
• The temple in Jerusalem was one of the wonders of the world.
• It was begun by Herod in around 20BC.
• It dominated the city;
• And its golden walls meant it could be seen for miles around.
But much more than that:
• The temple was the heart of Jewish national, cultural and religious identity.
• For them it was the presence of God on earth.
• In verse 1: the disciples draw the attention of Jesus to the wonder of the building.
• In verse 2: Jesus stuns his disciples by telling them its days were numbered!
• Don’t miss the impact of those words:
• Jesus is saying that which seems to be permanent – a fixture on the landscape;
• That which seems to be so important – place of God’s presence on earth;
• Will soon be gone! Its days are numbered!
The disciples respond to this startling announcement by asking two questions:
• Verse 4a:“When will these things happen?”
• Verse 4b: “And what will be the sign that they are about to be fulfilled?”
3 things to note:
(1). The response of Jesus in verses 5-3 is slightly confusing:
• In answering the disciples question:
• The answer of Jesus has two meanings.
• The immediate meaning relates to the fall, the destruction of Jerusalem;
• The more extensive meaning is Jesus is talking about the end of the world;
• And these dual meanings in many ways apply to both.
(2). Remember the context and culture these verses were written in mean that:
• Many of Jesus’ hearers would have assumed that the destruction of the temple;
• Would be synonymous with the end of the world.
• After all it seemed to be a permanent fixture;
• And such an important one.
• But notice in verse 2:
• Jesus is at great pains to separate the two events.
(3). One more thing to Note before we look at the passage:
• Keep in mind as we read these verses:
• That this is not an all-inclusive teaching on end times i.e. the end of the world.
• Rather it is selective
• Jesus shows us only a broad-brush mural of the end times.
• Other New Testament writers will later add more specific information;