Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."
7 "Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
10 Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 "But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 All men will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By standing firm you will gain life.
20 "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 "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. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (NIV)
Matthew 24 and Mark 13 are very similar to each other, and at first glance Luke 21 is similar to them, but in reality it is quite different. Both Matthew and Mark deal exclusively with the time near the end of the age, and while Luke also deals with this time period, he also deals with the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Notice the similarity of Luke 21:8-11 to Matthew 24:4-14, and to Mark 13:5-15.
- Now let us look at what Luke has that the others do not.
- Before all what? is Luke 21:12 referring to?
- HINT: Acts 8:1, 4-5
- HINT: Acts 19:23
- What sign is mentioned here, in Luke, but not mentioned in Matthew
- HINT: Luke 21:20
- Matthew and Mark instruct those in Judea to flee at what sign?
- HINT: Matthew 24:15
- HINT: Mark 13:14
- NOTE: What sign marks the return of the Lord and the rise of the Beast.
- What does the sign of Jerusalem being surrounded by armies foretell?
- HINT: Luke 26:20
- Which people are referred to in Luke 21:23?
- When are the "Times of the Gentiles" fulfilled? (see
- HINT: Daniel 2-29-45
- HINT: Romans 11:25
- Who's redemption is drawing near in Luke 21:28?
- HINT: The church is "caught-up" right after the "abomination that causes desolation" sign- 3 1/2 years before the sign of the darkened Sun and moon sign.
- Can the kingdom of God referred to in Luke 21:31 be the church?
- HINT: Have we seen all those things happening yet?
- HINT: Acts 1:6
- HINT: Deuteronomy 30:5