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24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.
24:2 And 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.
24:3 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?
24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Everything King James Bible:Matthew

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Matthew
Book: Matthew
Chapter: 24

Overview:
Christ foretells the Destruction of the Temple. (1-3) The
troubles before the Destruction of Jerusalem. (4-28) Christ
foretells other signs and miseries, to the End of the world.
(29-41) Exhortations to watchfulness. (42-51)

1-3 Christ foretells the utter ruin and Destruction coming upon
the Temple. A believing foresight of the defacing of all worldly
Glory, will help to keep us from admiring it, and overvaluing
it. The most beautiful body soon will be Food for worms, and the
most magnificent Building a ruinous Heap. See ye not all these
things? It will do us good So to see them as to see through
them, and see to the End of them. Our Lord having gone with his
disciples to the Mount of Olives, he set before them the order
of the times concerning the Jews, till the Destruction of
Jerusalem; and as to men in general till the End of the world.

4-28 The disciples had asked concerning the times, When these
things should be? Christ gave them No answer to that; but they
had also asked, What shall be the sign? This question he answers
fully. The Prophecy first respects events near at Hand, the
Destruction of Jerusalem, the End of the Jewish Church and
state, the Calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of
Christ's kingdom in the world; but it also looks to the general
Judgment; and toward the close, points more particularly to the
latter. What Christ here said to his disciples, tended more to
promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; more to prepare
them for the events that should happen, than to give a distinct
idea of the events. This is that good understanding of the times
which all should covet, thence to infer what Israel ought to do.
Our Saviour cautions his disciples to stand On their Guard
against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great
commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected
Christ, and he left their House desolate, the Sword never
departed from them. See what comes of refusing the Gospel. Those
who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear
the messengers of War. But where the Heart is fixed, trusting in
God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the
mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts,
even in troublous times. When we looked forward to the eternity
of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and
his Gospel, we may truly say, The greatest earthly judgments are
but the beginning of sorrows. It is comforting that some shall
endure even to the End. Our Lord foretells the preaching of the
Gospel in all the world. The End of the world shall not be till
the Gospel has done its work. Christ foretells the ruin coming
upon the people of the Jews; and what he said here, would be of
use to his disciples, for their conduct and for their comfort.
If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape,
otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt him. It becomes
Christ's disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in
Prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner
seasonable when we are distressed On every side. Though we must
take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings; and it
is very trying to a good Man, to be taken By any work of
necessity from the solemn service and Worship of God On the
Sabbath Day. But here is one Word of comfort, that for the
elect's sake these days shall be made shorter than their enemies
designed, who would have cut all off, if God, who used these
foes to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their
wrath. Christ foretells the rapid spreading of the Gospel in the
world. It is plainly seen as the Lightning. Christ preached his
Gospel openly. The Romans were like an Eagle, and the Ensign of
their armies was an Eagle. When a people, By their Sin, make
themselves as loathsome carcasses, nothing can be expected but
that God should send enemies to destroy them. It is very
applicable to the Day of Judgment, the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ in that Day, 2Th 2:1. Let us give diligence to make our
Calling and election sure; then may we know that No enemy or
deceiver shall ever prevail against us.

29-41 Christ foretells his second coming. It is usual for
prophets to speak of things as near and just at Hand, to express
the greatness and certainty of them. Concerning Christ's second
coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in
order to the making all things new. Then they shall see the Son
of Man coming in the clouds. At his first coming, he was set for
a sign that should be spoken against, but at his second coming,
a sign that should be admired. Sooner or later, all sinners will
be mourners; but repenting sinners look to Christ, and Mourn
after a godly sort; and those who sow in those tears shall
shortly reap in joy. Impenitent sinners shall see Him whom they
have pierced, and, though they laugh now, shall Mourn and weep
in endless horror and despair. The elect of God are scattered
abroad; there are some in all places, and all nations; but when
that great gathering Day comes, there shall not one of them be
missing. Distance of place shall keep none out of Heaven. Our
Lord declares that the Jews should never cease to be a distinct
people, until all things he had been predicting were fulfilled.
His Prophecy reaches to the Day of final Judgment; therefore he
here, ver. 34, foretells that Judah shall never cease to exist
as a distinct people, So long as this world shall endure. Men of
the world scheme and plan for Generation upon Generation here,
but they plan not with reference to the overwhelming,
approaching, and most certain event of Christ's second coming,
which shall do away every human scheme, and set aside for ever
all that God forbids. That will be as surprising a Day, as the
Deluge to the old world. Apply this, first, to temporal
judgments, particularly that which was then hastening upon the
nation and people of the Jews. Secondly, to the eternal
Judgment. Christ here shows the state of the old world when the
Deluge came. They were secure and careless; they knew not, until
the Flood came; and they believed not. Did we know aright that
all earthly things must shortly pass away, we should not set our
eyes and hearts So much upon them as we do. The evil Day is not
the further off for men's putting it far from them. What words
can more strongly describe the suddenness of our Saviour's
coming! Men will be at their respective businesses, and suddenly
the Lord of Glory will appear. Women will be in their House
employments, but in that moment every other work will be laid
aside, and every Heart will turn inward and say, It is the Lord!
Am I prepared to meet him? Can I stand before him? And what, in
fact, is the Day of Judgment to the whole world, but the Day of
Death to every one?

42-51 To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper
of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us
in. We know we have but a little time to live, we cannot know
that we have a long time to live; much less do we know the time
fixed for the Judgment. Our Lord's coming will be happy to those
that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are
not. If a Man, professing to be the servant of Christ, be an
unbeliever, covetous, ambitious, or a lover of pleasure, he will
be cut off. Those who choose the world for their portion in this
Life, will have Hell for their portion in the other Life. May
our Lord, when he cometh, pronounce us blessed, and present us
to the Father, washed in his Blood, purified By his Spirit, and
fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in Light.

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