Matthew 24: Jesus Is Coming!
Matthew 24 starts off with a very interesting question from the disciples.
Mat 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?
Remember all of the things that Jesus had just spoken about in chapter 23, and He had said the following:
Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
It is possible then to understand why the disciples were a little bit nervous. Jesus had been saying how there would be a time in the future where “this generation” would persecute the people of God. They were going to kill and crucify them. You can see why the disciples would be nervous about the potential prospect of a life of persecution, so they wanted to clarify with Jesus what He was talking about. They wanted more specific details.
I’m not out to begin an eschatological war over this post, but I do want to point out that Jesus did not give the disciples a direct answer. All He did was essentially reiterate what He said in chapter 23.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
I think it is also safe to assume that I will also not create any wars when I make the assumption that the second coming of Jesus Christ has not occurred yet. I don’t think that we see any evidence for that given that Revelation was written around A.D. 95 when most people who hold to this most extreme full preterist position seem to assume that the second coming of Christ would have happened in A.D. 70. In order to hold to this extreme position, it seems that Revelation would need to be written before A.D. 70, and it does not seem that this position fits.
With those assumptions in place, we can move on to the good news. Jesus Christ is coming again! I know that we might have some differences of opinions on when or how this might take place, but we know the end of the story. As Christians, we look forward to this event. Even though we see things that are wrong with the world, we know that there is going to be the end that has been written by the one who is the Alpha and the Omega.
We might wonder as the disciples did when all of these things are going to come to pass, but the bottom line is that the victory is assured and our hope is secure. We eagerly anticipate the return of the King.