Kenneth S. Wuest Translation
1-2 And Jesus gone out from the temple...assuredly, I am saying to you, there shall positively not be left in this place a stone upon a stone which shall be thrown down.
3 And as He was sitting upon the mount of Olivet, the disciples came to Him privately saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the attesting miracle which will indicate your coming and the consummation of the age?
8 And all these are a beginning of excruciating sufferings.
9 Then they shall deliver you up to affliction, and they shall kill you, and you shall be hated by all the Gentile nations because of my name.
13 But he who has persevered to the end, this man shall be preserved from destruction.
14-15 And there shall be proclaimed this good news of the kingdom in the whole Roman empire for a testimony to all the Gentile nation, and then shall the end come. Therefore, whenever you see the object of religious nausea and loathing who has to do with desolation, which person was spoken to Daniel the prophet...
The temple: Jesus having gone out from the temple two days before His crucifixion. His mind was set already for the cross telling the disciples that all these buildings will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another.
History 70 AD: Titus tried unsuccessfully to save the temple, but his soldiers put it to the torch [set it on fire]. When the fire melted the gold trim, the molten metal ran down between the stones. To get at it, the soldiers had to remove the stones one by one.
Kill you: Jewish believers will be persecuted by all the Gentile nations, physically killing them "because of my name" (verse 9).
Preserved from destruction: This verse indicates that the Jewish who will endure and flee and hide from the Gentile nations, who want to kill them, could be saved physically. Read verse 22, "And if those days had not been curtailed (shortened the daylight hours 2/3 during which most fighting and slaughter occur), all flesh (body) will not be saved from destruction (physical death)..." Because it is a Jewish context, the verse 13 tells us that they will have a certain time frame until the coming of the Son of Man to deliver the whole nation of Israel from the hands of their enemies. Verse 23, "...behold here is the Christ." The Gentile nations will use tactics to lure them into the snare in order to kill more of them by saying, Come and see the Christ is here! In an atmosphere of crisis, reports will circulate that the Messiah is in some secret location. Such reports could be used to trap those who sincerely and lovingly look for Christ. The word Christ means "anointed" or "Messiah". The Jewish will hope to see the Messiah very soon, knowing that they will be delivered from physical death. Verse 30, "And then shall be seen the attesting miracle of the Son of Man in heaven..."
Good news: This is not the assembly message preached. The assembly is already in heaven. This message has a different flavor. It is the earthly kingdom message preached by the 144,000 Jewish from (Revelations 7:4) "...every tribe of the sons of Israel." And everyone who will believe the message of the 144,000 will enter the millennium kingdom. Matthew 25:34, "Come, my Father's blessed ones, inherit the kingdom which has been prepared for you... " Those who will believe their message will be "...a great multitude which no one was able to count..." (Revelations 7:9).
Matthew 24 and Revelations 6-7 are parallel. They are in the same time frame.
Matthew 24: 5 = Revelations 6: 2
24: 6 6: 4
24: 7 6: 6,8
24: 9 6: 9
24: 14 7: 4
24: 28 6: 16, 17
Matthew 24:8 is the beginning of the three and a half years of tribulation, and verses 15-28 refer to the end of the great tribulation.
These verses enumerated show the context that belong to the Jewish nation after the caught up of the assembly is accomplished.
chapter 24:1 Temple (Jewish's place of worship)
3 End of the world
8 Beginning of sorrow
16 Judea (a region of Jewish habitant)
20 Sabbath (rest day of Jewish)
21 Great tribulation (after the caught up)
27 Son of Man (judgment against Israel)
32 Fig tree (symbol of the nation of Israel)
Does this sound to you a context of the assembly...?
Why so many people these days try to find the assembly in Matthew 24...?
Why do some try to build up a false doctrine on Matthew 24:13 telling people that they can lose their salvation if they don't endure until the end while this chapter is strictly a prophecy of the end time? Verse 3, "And the disciples asked Him, Tell us, and what shall be the attesting miracle which will indicate your coming and the consummation of the age (end of the world)?"
Remember verse 1 said "the temple" not "the assembly." Only two verses has been accomplished: verse 1 and 2. Everything else is prophetic.
Another thing that we have to remember is that the assembly is only mentioned in chapter 16:18 in the gospel of Matthew, "I will build my assembly" which was in future tense; and the principle of Matthew 18:20 "gathered unto his name." The beginning of the assembly is Acts 2.
Matthew was written in the year 64 AD, while the book of Acts was in 67 AD approximately. Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not have any teaching for the assembly. They are strictly Jewish, because the Lord Jesus came for the Jews at first until He got rejected by His own nation. Only after the resurrection of Christ, the assembly started (Acts 2).
Verse 9: kill you (the Gentile nation will kill the Jew)
Verse 13: preserved from destruction (physical death)
In order to understand the full context of Matthew 24, we have to know to whom it is addressed.
"Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying..." Matthew 23:1
"And it came to pass when Jesus had finished all these discourses..." Matthew 26:1
The verses above are the landmarks of the context--stating the beginning and the end--without forgetting chapter 22:41-46, in which from that day, the Pharisees and Sadducees will use another method-violence.
Matthew 22:41-46 : The Lord Jesus shut and closed the door on them (Pharisees and Sadducees)
Matthew 23 : woe to you (Pharisees and Sadducees)
Matthew 24 : the temple destruction 70 AD
: great tribulation
: they will kill you
verse 13 : delivered from physical death
verse 14 : 144,000 Jewish preachers
verse 15 : last three and a half years of suffering
verse 23 : false messiah
verse 29-31 : the Son of Man coming
verse 32-36 : this nation (Jews) shall by no means pass away until all these things take place
verse 40 : one shall be taken (to be taken are those who will perish; thrown into Hades/Hell directly Luke 16:19)
verse 41 : and the other left (those left behind will entire the 1000 years Kingdom)
verse 45-51 : his master having come will find so doing (Jewish responsibility)
Matthew 25:1-30 : ten virgins (illustration of Israel's responsibility)
verse 31-36 : and He shall separate them: sheep ---- young goats
inherit the kingdom (will take place on earth after Christ comes to reign. The nations outside Jerusalem will be
judged according to their treatment of Christ. Only those who represent the sheep will enter the thousand years
reign with Christ. All Gentile and Muslim nations will be judged there. Don't be surprised to find out that a lot of
Muslims will be among the sheep because they will never trust a man who call himself "god" and will have the
666 mark system in place. Only the people who will worship him will receive the mark.)