Why do people keep citing Matthew 24 when they speak of the end times or of Jesus “coming again”?Jan 5th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)
Why do people keep citing Matthew 24 when they speak of the end times or of Jesus “coming again”?
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him PRIVATELY, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Obvioulsy for the rest of the chapter Jesus is telling the DISCIPLES what they will witness. Throughout the rest of the chapter (verses 3-34)he uses the word “ye” or “you” (not “they” or people in the future) 12 different times.
In fact he then concludes in verse 34:
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
He’s TALKING TO THE DISCIPLES!! Please explain.
Have you considered exactly what the Disciples asked?
What are the signs of your parousia (presence)? Since he was standing right in front of them–they were not asking about something in the past, but a future occurrence–which they had no idea how future it was.
They asked about the raising again of the temple–Jesus was known for answering things on a higher plane, not necessarily their direct question.
John gives us some direction:
Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Now, you may say, well he was in the grave for 3 days and he arose.
That is only a partial fulfillment, because since he sacrificed his body, he was not raised bodily.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Luk_22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Joh_6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
So, if he wasn’t talking about the literal temple, but his body, and he wasn’t talking about the flesh body that he was about to completely sacrifice, then what was he talking about?
1Co_12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Rom_12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1Co_12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
So, we see that he was actually talking about the completion and resurrection of The Christ, head (himself) and body (his bride class).
We are told in Thess. and Cor. that this would occur during the last trump, and also brings in the Parousia.
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming [parousia] of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
We are told that we will get our answers: here a little and there a little and line upon line and precept upon precept. The Bible is a puzzle, not meant to be understood by the average person–they may get some benefit from reading it but it requires: diligent searching, seeking, knocking, and asking and studying to show ourselves approved.
Since there are still Christians here, and alive, then the Body of Christ is not yet risen, and since he was talking about his body when using the temple as a metaphor, then we are on solid ground that it did not occur 2 thousand years ago, and since the Apostle Paul links the raising of the body with the Parousia of his second coming, then we also have solid ground to stand on that that also did not occur two thousand years ago either.
When Jesus makes the comment “this generation”, he is not speaking of that generation that he was in, but the generation that sees the fig-tree put for leaves will not pass. Since Jesus just cursed the fig-tree (the Nation of Israel), that generation would never see it put forth leaves. But we saw the fig tree put forth leaves, didn’t we. A nation that was not a nation for two thousand years, now is a nation again.