Matthew Chapter 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:
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.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 24 Bible commentary...
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.
Kelly's Matthew Chapter 24 comment on 9/08/2014, 12:59am...
The elect are God 's chosen thats Jews blacks christians asians and whites so long as you believe in Jesus and follow God 's commandments
Born in the fire's Matthew Chapter 24 comment about verse 13 on 8/30/2014, 8:19pm...
Times in this country may get very severe for those of us who believe in Jesus Christ. I think that this scripture is timeless. I think that it means that despite the horrors of tribulations, if we retain our love given to us by Christ to the end, we will be delivered. It may not mean that we will not lose our life in the process, it means that our souls will be completely preserved despite the terrors. This world is not our home in any case and we look forward to the promises that are eternal. We have every reason to be joyful !!!!
Joe Buckley's Matthew Chapter 24 comment on 8/28/2014, 5:49pm...
I found this web page by accident while doing research for an article i 'm writting and needed a scripture verse to prove a fact. Finding this page and all that is written is mind boggling, it really is. I hope that Amilcar Portillo made it to the other side without any difficulty because the "elect " are Jews.They are the remnant of Israel that will escape God 's wrath during the tribulation. The only comment that came close to making any kind of sense is the one directly following the mindless comment made by this Portillo person.Chapter 24 is all Tribulation language.For those who do not understand what is taught it 's this, Christ 's 2nd coming has nothing to do with the rapture of the church or better still "the Body of Christ. " As far as Mr. fitzgerald 's comment it sounds like something that could have come out of Rome.If anyone finds these comments offensive then i suggest that this person read and study harder and if you do not understand something then ask someone for help. What ever you do, please, do not offer up comments on something of which you are totally ignorant of.
John derfler's Matthew Chapter 24 comment on 8/27/2014, 12:48pm...
There are 3 seperations in the life of the truly elect of god, theres the seperation from other religions to christianity IE Islam, budism, hiduism etc. These are known as the called. The second seperation is the true elect of God from the fake or non elect. These are known as the chosen. The last seperation is the reserected soul, from the dead body of man. Everybody can agree on the first and last seperation but not on the second one. However very few will expeirience all 3 seperations. Remember, Many are called few are chosen. Where do you stand before God.
Amilcar Portillo's Matthew Chapter 24 comment about verse 22 on 8/24/2014, 9:30am...
Who are the "elected "? If those are the Jews, I may as well pack up my bags and move to the other side since I got nothing to loose.
KING JAMES ONLY's Matthew Chapter 24 comment on 8/22/2014, 5:25pm...
It is evident t that we are living in the beginning of sorrows. the wars the pestilence, Christians being slaughtered openly, T.v. evangelism filled with false prophets, even to the point of teaching witchcraft as a gospel doctrine.One cannot miss the truth that we are in the beginning of sorrows.
N V John's Matthew Chapter 24 comment about verse 28 on 8/19/2014, 11:05am...
This is the time of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to the verses of 1Thesalonians 4 16and 17, clearly we can understand that the dead in Christ at first and then the remaining God 's children alive still will rise up to meet Him in the air. So that the carcase, here, stands for Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Eagles for all saints.
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