Lords Great Prophecy
How did Christ feel
And he approached
Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
and said, If you, even you, had only
known on this day what would bring you peace
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
In what words did He
foretell its destruction?
The days will come
upon you when your enemies will build an
embankment against you and encircle you and hem
you in from every side. They will dash you to the
ground, you and the children within your walls.
They will not leave one stone on another, because
you did not recognize the time of Gods
coming to you. Verses 43, 44.
What pitiful appeal did
He make to the city?
Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone
those sent to you, how long I have longed to
gather your children together, as a hen gathers
her chicks under her wings, but you were not
willing. Matthew 23:37.
As He was about to leave
the Temple, what did He say?
Look, your house is
left to you desolate. Verse
Note The Jews filled
up their cup of iniquity by their final rejection
and crucifixion of Christ, and their persecution
of His followers after His resurrection. (See
Matthew 23:29-35; John 19:15; Acts 4-8.)
Hearing these words, what
questions did the disciples ask?
As Jesus was sitting
upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to
him privately. Tell us, they said, when
will this happen, and what will be the sign of
your coming and of the end of the age?
Note The overthrow
of Jerusalem and of the Jewish nation is a type
of the final destruction of all the cities of the
world, and of all nations. The descriptions of
these two events seem to be blended. Christs
prophetic words reached beyond Jerusalems
destruction to the final conflagration; they were
spoken not for the early disciples only but also
for those who were to live during the closing
scenes of the worlds history. Christ gave
definite signs, both of the destruction of
Jerusalem and of His second coming.
Did Christ say either
event was imminent?
Jesus answered: Watch
out that no one deceives you.
For many will come in my name, claiming, I
am the Christ, and will deceive many. You
will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to
it that you are not alarmed. Such
things must happen, but the end is still to come.
What did He say of the
wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes that
were to precede these events?
All these are the
beginning of birth pains. Verse
Note These were to
precede and culminate in the overthrow, first, of
Jerusalem, and finally of the whole world; for,
as already noted, the prophecy has double
application, first to Jerusalem and the Jewish
nation, and second, to the whole world. The
destruction of Jerusalem for its rejection of
Christ in refusing to heed the closing warning
message sent by God to prepare the world for
Christs second advent.
What would be the
experiences of His people?
Then you will be
handed over to be persecuted and put to death,
and you will be hated by all nations because of
me. At that time many will turn away from the
faith and will betray and hate each other, and
many false prophets will appear and deceive many
people. Because of the increase of wickedness,
the love of most will grow cold. Verses
Who did He say would be
who stands firm to the end will be saved.
When did Christ say the
end would come?
gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the
whole world as a testimony to all nations, and
then the end will come. Verse
Note Before the
fall of Jerusalem, Paul carried the gospel to
Rome then the capital of the world. He
wrote of the saints of Caesars
household (Philippians 4:22), and further
said that the gospel had been preached
to every creature which is under heaven.
Thus it was respecting the
end of the Jewish nation; and thus it will be in
the end of the world as a whole. When the gospel,
or good news, of Christs coming kingdom has
been preached in all the world for a witness to
all nations, then the end will come. As the end
of the Jewish came with overwhelming destruction,
so will the end of the world.
What would be a sign of
the fall of Jerusalem?
When you see Jerusalem
being surrounded by armies, you will
know that its desolation is near. Luke
At this time what were
the disciples to do?
So when you see
standing in the holy place the abomination that
causes desolation, spoken of through eh
prophet Daniel let the reader understand
then let those who are Judea flee
to the mountains. Matthew
Note In A.D. 66, when
Cestius came against the city, but
unaccountability withdrew, the Christians
discerned in this the sign foretold by Christ,
and fled (Eusebius, Church History, Book
3, chap. 5), while 1,100,000 Jews are said to
have been killed in the terrible siege in A.D.
70. Here is a striking lesson on the importance
of studying the prophecies and heeding the signs
of the times. Those who believed Christ and
watched for the sign that He had foretold were
saved, while the unbelievers perished. So in the
end of the world the watchful and believing will
be delivered, while the careless and unbelieving
will be snared and taken. (See Matthew 24:36-44;
Luke 21: 34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.)
When the sign appeared,
how suddenly were they to flee?
Let no one on the
roof of his house go down to take anything out of
the house. Let no one in the field go back to get
his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days
for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Matthew
24: 17, 18.
How did Christ show
further care for them?
Pray that your flight
will not take place in the winter or on
the Sabbath. Verse 20.
Note Flight in the
winter would entail discomfort and hardship; an
attempt to flee on the Sabbath would doubtless
meet with difficulty.
The prayers of Christ
followers were heard. Events were so overruled
that neither Jews nor Romans hindered their
flight. When Cestius retreated, the Jews pursued
the army, and the Christians thus had an
opportunity to leave the city. The country was
cleared of its enemies, for the time of this
siege, the Jews has assembled at Jerusalem for
the Feat of Tabernacles. Thus the Christians of
Judea were abler to escape unmolested, and in the
autumn, a most favorable time for flight.
What trying experience
did Christ then foretell?
For then there
will be great distress, unequaled from
the beginning of the world until now and
never to be equaled again. Verse 21.
Note In the siege of
Jerusalem a prophecy of Moses (Deuteronomy
28:47-53) was finally fulfilled: Because of
the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you
during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the
womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the
Lord your God has given you. For the fulfillment,
see Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 6,
chap. 3, par. 4.
Following the destruction of
Jerusalem came the persecution of the Christians
under the pagan emperors during the first three
centuries of the Christina era. Later came the
greater and more terrible persecution during the
long centuries of papal supremacy, foretold in
Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 12:6. All these
tribulations occurred under either pagan or papal
Rome and will happen again during the Great
Tribulation that is coming very soon. Current
For whose sake would the
period be shortened?
If those days had
not been cut short, no one would survive, but for
the sake of the elect those days will be
shortened. Matthew 24:22.
Note As Jesus Christ
in His foreknowledge looked down the centuries to
the end of the age, He saw the Great Tribulation
that will last 1,335 days before His Second
Coming. In Christs mercy, He will shorten
this time in the suffering and persecution of His
saints, or no flesh would survive the Great
Tribulation at all.
Against what deceptions
did Christ then warn us?
At that time if
anyone says to you, Look, here is Christ!
or, There he is! do not believe it. For
false Christs and false prophets will
appear to perform great signs and miracles to
deceive even the elect if that were
possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.
Verses 23, 24.
World Conditions, Preparations
What were to be the signs
on earth of Christs coming?
There will be
signs in the sun, moon and stars. On
the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity
at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
Men will faint in terror,
apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for
the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Luke
21: 25, 26.
What will be the next great
At that time they
will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with
power and great glory. Verse
27. (See Matthew 24:30.)
When these things begin to
happen, what should we do?
When these things
begin to take place, stand up and lift
up your heads, because your redemption is drawing
near. Luke 21:28.
When the trees put forth
their leaves, what do we know?
Now learn this
lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs
get tender and its leaves comes out, you
know that the summer is near. Matthew
What do we likewise know after
these signs are seen?
Even so, when you
see all these things, you know that it
is near, right at the door.
Verse 33. Even so, when
you see these things happening, you know that the
kingdom of God is near. Luke
What did Christ say of the
certainty of this prophecy?
I tell you the
truth, this generation will certainly not pass
away until all these things have happened. Heaven
and earth will pass away, but my words will never
pass away. Matthew 24: 34,35.
Note What Christ
foretold of the destruction of Jerusalem came
true to the very letter. Likewise may we be
assured that what He has said about the end of
the world will as certainly and as literally be
Who alone knows the exact
day of Christs coming?
No one knows about
that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.
Note The Father in
Heaven or the Ancient of Days alone knows the
precise moment of Christs coming but when
the Great Tribulation gets underway, Gods
children who have been studying Bible prophecy
here at the end of time will know that after the
massive world wide earthquake takes place there
will be 1,335 days to Christs coming.
What moral conditions would
precede Christs second advent?
As it was in the
days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the
Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, up to the day Noah entered
the ark; and they knew nothing about
what would happen until the flood came and took
all them away. That is how it will be
at the coming of the Son of Man.
What important admonition has
Christ given us?
So you also must
be ready, because the Son of Man will
come at an hour when you do not expect him.
What will be the
experience of those who say in their hearts that
the Lord is not soon coming?
But suppose that the servant
is wicked and says to himself, My master is
staying away a long time, and then he began
to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink
with the drunkards. The master of that servant
will come on a day when he does not expect him
and at that hour he is not aware of. He will cut
him to pieces and assign him a place with the
hypocrites, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. Verses 48-51.