Destruction of the temple
Matt 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” NKJV
The background of this Great Prophecy is the destruction of the Jewish Temple.
Matt 24:3 And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, `Tell us, when shall these be? and what is the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?’ YLT
Jesus answers all three questions.
1) when shall these be?
In other words, when will the Temple be destroyed? One application relates to the destruction of the Jewish Temple by the Roman armies]
In parts of the Lord’s Great Prophecy, there are two applications, one that applies to the Jewish Harvest and the deeper meaning that applies to the Gospel Harvest. The Luke account has a more direct focus on the Jewish Harvest, which ended with the destruction of the literal temple. More on that later…
2) what is the sign of thy presence? [Parousia]
Although Jesus provides a number of signs of his return in this Great Prophecy, he most directly answers this question in …
Matt 24: 30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven… NKJV
We suggest that this SIGN has two applications:
1) Meat in Due Season – Epiphania / The sign for the Church – The resulting mourning of the tribes of the earth had its beginning with World War 1, which began with the ending of the Times of the Gentiles as taught world wide by Pastor Russell through this meat in due season.
2) The Revealment – Apocalypse / The Sign for the World – When Jesus Second Presence is revealed to the World of Mankind through the miraculous deliverance of Israel as delineated in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
Due to time limitations, the supporting detail for this discussion will have to wait till Part 2 of this discourse.
3) [sign of] and of the full end of the age? [Harvest is the end of the Age - Matt 13]
In the next verses Jesus provides many signs covering a brief history of the Gospel Age, to let his disciples know that it will be a long time before he returns. If there is one major sign of the end of the age it in verse 15 which speaks of seeing the “abomination of desolation… standing in the holy place.” More on this later…
Let’s now review the detail of how Jesus answers this question #3 regarding the sign or signs of the end of the age.