- What is the pattern of future history as predicted by Christ in verses 1-14?
Make a list of the prominent features and see how they apply to our present age.
- According to the teaching of these verses how should a Christian react in days of political upheaval and worldwide distress?
On what can the Christian count?
- The teaching of this chapter is in answer to the two questions of verse 3. The disciples seemed to think of these events as contemporaneous. Christ sees the fall of Jerusalem as a foreshadowing of the day of his return. It is impossible to be dogmatic about the division of the chapter, as references to the two events are so interwoven, but the following is suggested. Verses 4-14: general principles. Verses 15-28:the siege and destruction of Jerusalem.Verses 29-31; the day of Christ’s coming. Verses 32-51; preparation for both events.
- Verse 15 refers back to Dan. 11:31 and in this context seems to point to the setting up of the Roman ensign within the sacred precincts of the temple.
- Verse 27. ‘Coming’ is in Greek parousia, meaning the official visit of a king. Cf. verses 3, 37, 39.