24th chapter of Matthew text is taken from
The New Testament in Modern Speech
translated by Richard F. Weymouth, The Pilgrim
Press, Boston, 1930, 1912
Commentary compliments of
Jesus had left the Temple and was going on His way, when
His disciples came and called His attention to the Temple buildings.
His disciples bring to his attention the beautiful buildings of the
Jewish temple, one of the wonders of the world at that time.
see all these?" He replied; "in solemn truth I tell
that there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be pulled
Afterwards He was on the Mount of Olives and was seated there when
the disciples came to Him,
apart from the others,
and said, "Tell
when this will be; and what will be the sign of your Coming and of the Close of the Age?"
Address on the Envelope
Jesus is being questioned by, and is responding to, his
Apostles, and no one else here in this 24th chapter of Matthew. The
text goes out of its way to communicate this. This is not an envelope addressed "Occupant" but rather addressed
specifically "To The Apostles". The entire discourse shows the message was for
the First Century Apostles, and not concerned with people living thousands of
years in the future. Please follow the "us's" and "you's" etc. that I have put
in bold formatting, to see exactly whom Jesus was speaking to.
"Take care that no one misleads
you," answered Jesus;
= First Century Apostles
The warnings are to the First Century Apostles, and NOT to people
of years distant.
"for many will come assuming my name and saying `I am the Christ;' and
they will mislead many.
will hear of wars and rumours of wars. Do not be alarmed, for such things must
be; but the End is not yet.
Long" = Soon
The "before long" is reinforced in the Greek by the word
"mello" meaning, "to be on the point of doing or suffering something".
For nation will rise in
arms against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and
earthquakes in various places;
but all these miseries are
but like the early pains of childbirth.
of Childbirth" = Soon
Again, no room for thousands of years. This was all due- and soon.
"At that time they will
up to punishment and will put
you to death; and
will be objects of hatred to all the nations because you
are called by my name.
Fulfilled in First Century
Another indication this is a First Century event. For
those of you who buy into the book, the book by William McBirnie, "The Search
for the Twelve Apostles" claims to document how, within the First Century,
all these Apostles to whom Jesus spoke ended up being persecuted, some even to
death. And again, Jesus is talking to the "YOU" of the First Century Apostles,
and not to every Tom, Dick and Harry since then.
Then will many stumble and
fall, and they will betray one another and hate one another.
Many false prophets will
rise up and lead multitudes astray;
and because of the
prevalent disregard of God's law the love of the great majority will grow cold;
Fulfilled in First Century
"The Apostasy" was a daily fact of First
Century church life. Judas Iscariot, and Ananias & Sapphira were
apostates near the beginning of the Christian era, and toward the end of the
First Century, 1st John 2:18 records the then current existence of
not one, but many, "anti-Christs". Paul even names some apostates
"For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me… Alexander the
coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds… he
has vigorously opposed our teaching." (2nd
Timothy 4:10-1 5)
but those who stand firm to the End
shall be saved.
Firm To End" = Within Lifetime
This is just one of several places within the New
Testament where it is indicated that the Second Coming is something these
Apostles (and others of that century) could, if they "stood firm", hope to see within their lifetime.
Other references are: Heb. 3:6, 14;
Rev. 2:25,26 etc. The "shall be saved" is not the "instant-karma" salvation Televangelists hawk on their
gaudy TV shows, but rather being saved from the destruction that was due to take
place upon the Earth when the excrement hit the fan during Biblegod's "days of
vengeance" (Lk 21:22) at the Second Coming.
And this Good News of the Kingdom shall be proclaimed
throughout the whole world to set the evidence before all the
Gentiles; and then the End will come.
Whole Earth: 1st Century Also
The New Testament
that well before the 1st Century ended the entire world had ALREADY
been evangelized with the gospel. Examine the following two verses for
confirmation of this claim:
So faith comes
from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ. But I
ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for "Their voice has gone out to
all the earth, and their words to
the ends of the world."
(Rm 10: 17,18
The gospel… has been proclaimed to
creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
(Col. 1:23 NIV)
"When you have seen (to use the language of the Prophet Daniel) the
`Abomination of Desolation', standing in the Holy Place" --let the reader
observe those words--
Place" = First Century Temple
In case no one noticed, there hasn't been a temple of
Jehovah to "stand in" since the Jewish temple got razed in 70 AD. Once again,
this points to a 1st Century era.
As for Christian Fundies who teach that
temple may some day be constructed, does that mean that your Biblegod is
said construction, thus making it a "Holy Place"? Can just anybody, at any time,
with or without prior authorization from your Biblegod, go around building
temples that somehow then automatically become "holy"? If so, then what of the
Mormon temples? What if all the Atheists got together, and built a temple there
in Jerusalem? Constructing an object that
looks like a living human body (i.e. a statue) or a "holy" temple does
not make said object a living human body or a "holy" temple.
"then let those who are in
Judaea escape to the hills;
let him who is on the
roof not go down to fetch what is in his house;
nor let him who is outside
the city stay to pick up his outer garment.
And alas for the women who
at that time are with child or have infants!
"But pray that your flight
may not be in winter, nor on the Sabbath;
for it will be a time of
great suffering, such as never has been from the beginning of the world till
now, and assuredly never will be again.
These phrases "those who are in Judaea" and "on a
Sabbath" are a big
that in location, this scenario is placed in the Israel of yesteryear. Another
clue is the mentioning of people being up on roofs, indicates the flat roofs
that were common back then during the First Century. These HINTS hint of First
Century Israel, and NOT modern day Los Angeles or Tokyo.
And if those days had not
been cut short, no one would
escape; but for the sake of God's own People those days will be cut short.
I hope that
modern theologians are not the ones allowed to define the word "short" in this
verse. If so, the suffering may last for thousands of years!!!
"If at that time any one
should say to
you, `See, here is the Christ!' or `Here!' give no credence to it.
For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets, displaying
wonderful signs and prodigies, so as to deceive, were it possible, even God's
Remember, I have forewarned
= Alive = First Century
Jesus couldn't ask these people to
in the middle of all these future disasters to remember what he had told
them years in their past, unless they would yet be alive in the midst of all these future disasters. No future
generations are in view here.
If therefore they should say to
you, `See, He is in the Desert!' do not go out there: or `See, He is
indoors in the room!' do not believe it.
For just as the lightning flashes in the east and is seen to the very
west, so will be the Coming of the Son of Man.
Visibility = Problem for Preterist
As with all things Christian, this doctrine of the Second
Coming is fractured amongst various splinter groups.
One such group, called the "Preterist", (and even
small splinter group is
splintered into even smaller groups) more or less believe that Jesus
return, however he returned in an "invisible" returning in 70 AD, and
why everybody missed it.
The wording of Matthew, however, seems to contradict this
belief. Matthew implies that if you
were facing west- maybe toward where the sun just "set" an hour ago, and
lightning strikes in the east, even miles behind your back, you can not
but see the entire sky light up. Likewise, Jesus is saying that his return will
be so obvious and visible, that even
if you weren't looking for it, you couldn't
but see it. Thus groups that have
advocated an invisible "Second Coming" of Jesus do so in
to what Jesus himself taught. The reason Jesus' return was
noticed in the First Century (or in 1914 if you're a JW) is
because it was invisible, but rather because it never happened.
Wherever the dead body is, there will the vultures flock together.
"But immediately after those times of distress the sun will
be darkened, the moon will not shed her light, the stars will fall from the
firmament, and the forces which control the heavens will be disordered
= First Century
Having already established that previous events were
predicted to take place within the First Century, these remaining events,
(i.e. the end of the universe as we know it) which were to immediately follow, would also have to be within the
First Century as well. As for stars falling off the firmament, please check out
my web site:
The Universe According To The Bible
Then will appear the
Sign of the Son of Man in the sky; and then will all the nations of the earth
lament, when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with great
power and glory.
= First Century
Next, a "sign" is said to appear in the sky, following
all the other sky disturbances mentioned above. The use of the "then's" implies
a fast-paced sequence which does not allow for any theorized thousand-year
"gaps": "Then will appear the Sign…then
will all nations lament". Thus, once again, the era is locked into the First
Also, the "Son of Man" theme is the same as in all the other 2nd Coming texts, texts whose fulfillment were
likewise promised within the lifetime of the First Century hearers.
And He will send out His angels
with a loud trumpet-blast, and
they will bring together His own People to Him from north, south, east and
west--from one extremity of the world to
Another Problem for the Preterist View
As the Preterists try to explain how Jesus returned
invisibly in the First Century, they also need to explain how
verse was fulfilled without anyone noticing. How do you hide a worldwide
infestation of billions of angels fluttering about in the sky while blowing
horns at maximum volume? The preterists "answer" this via a common Christian
dodge- they hide behind figurative language.
"Now learn from the fig-tree the lesson it teaches. As soon as its
branches have now become soft and it is bursting into leaf, you all know that
summer is near.
you also, when
you see all these signs, may be sure that He is near--at
First Century Apostles
Jesus tells his Apostles "when you
see all these signs". Not "if" or "maybe" but
when. Jesus was thus guaranteeing them that
these signs would take place
their lifetime, including the Second Coming.
Likewise note the reference to knowing summer is near if spring is already in
bloom- yet another indication of a very short time span being predicted. It
doesn't require long convoluted theoretical theology about this being a
"prediction" of Israel being reborn in 1948- the simplest explanation is usually
best- Jesus was due to come in a short time, from THEIR perspective.
"At Your Very Door" = First Century
The phrase "He is near--at your very door" implies a few
things. First, it implies the very next step will bring Jesus through the door.
Second, whose "door" was he near? The Apostle's "door".
will certainly not pass away without
these things having first taken place.
"The Present Generation" = First Century
There is much more to be said about verse 34 and its key
word "generation." For now, let me point out that this 34th
verse does not exist in a vacuum; it is the culmination of the last several
verses, indeed, the whole chapter, all
time references, and all of which lead up a specific point in time:
Jesus' Second Coming, and THAT within their (not YOUR) lifetime. The context
allows no other interpretation. For a LOT more information on verse 34, see my
Mt 24-34 What The Scholars Say
Another sure sign that Jesus was speaking of his return
happening within the lifetime of the people back then listening to him speak are
the words, here translated "the present" which precede the word "generation".
The Greek for this is
which, according to Thayer's
Greek-English Lexicon, means "this one visibly present here" which 100%
locks the promise of the Second Coming to occur within the lifetime of the
Apostles who were "visibly present here" listening to Jesus mouth the words. The
Second Coming was not to occur within any other era other than that back then.
"Trust Me, I'm Not Lying"
the prophecy with "I tell you in solemn
it in verse #35 with a claim that his words would outlast even the
Universe. These facts should be a major hint this prophecy was an
extremely important issue for him, and he wanted to be dead sure that nobody misunderstood him. In his own mind, even though he
believed that he'd be back within that century, he was sincerely wrong.
He did not, within the lifetime of that generation,
return in the clouds, in the glory of Biblegod, with hordes of angels, with
trumpets blowing. His prophecy turned out to be false, and that makes him a
"All These Things" = Complete Package
Jesus says emphatically that "all these things"
his then current generation had
passed away. Jesus presents the entire package as a "take it or leave it"
situation, picking and choosing not allowed. Some Christian "explanations" of
this verse have attempted to slice & dice the 24th chapter into "some for back then, some
for now, and maybe… some for the future". This fragmenting of the chapter is not allowed by Jesus' clear statement "all
these things". ANY
Christian theory that tries to explain away this "problem chapter" has to treat
the chapter as a
whole, and explain how all of it happened or didn't happen. Of course,
since the date for the destruction (v. 2) of the Jewish temple is firmly
established in history at 70 AD, and everything in this chapter is promised
within a short time frame, this entire chapter is thus locked into the First
Century, from which it can not escape.
Earth and sky will pass away, but it is certain that my words will not pass
"But as to that day and the exact time no one knows--not even the angels
of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
Exact "Day & Time"
Some have quibbled in the best Clintonian tradition that
Jesus' no-show can't be objected to because Jesus said no one knows the
day & time. The exact day & time
Jesus never gave, but I bet if he had, the Christians would invent an excuse for
that blooper, too.
Jesus didn't give the exact year, or month, or day, or
hour, or minute- but so what? He gave limits- time limits, an "expiration
date" if you will, beyond which, if he hadn't returned by then, he would
become a FALSE PROPHET. He
himself said he'd be back
that generation died off, therefore
the lifetime of his Apostles. As to the exact millisecond within that generational limit that he was due back,
it doesn't matter. What matters is that his "expiration date" long since expired. Christians should
deal with that
in their theological eye, and ignore the splinter as to what exact second within that time frame he was
`For as it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the Coming of the
Son of Man.
At that time, before the Deluge, men were busy eating and drinking,
taking wives or giving them, up to the very day when Noah entered the Ark,
nor did they realise any danger till the Deluge came and swept them all
away; so will it be at the Coming of the Son of Man.
Noah's Flood Was Within Noah's Generation
The flood that "Noah" warned everyone about was due
within "Noah's" generation, not 10,000 years later. Jesus promised his Apostles
that, as it was with "Noah", so also with the Second Coming. Therefore, the
Second Coming was due within their lifetime.
NOTE: Some may have noticed that the spelling within the New Testament being
quoted (Weymouth's Version) may differ from common usage. I noticed it too, but
what should I do- correct it, or leave it as it is? I decided to leave it alone.
40 Then will two men be in the open
country: one will be taken away, and one left behind.
Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken away, and one left
Be on the alert therefore, for
you do not know the day on which your Lord is coming.
But of this be assured, that if the master of the house had known the
hour at which the robber was coming, he would have kept awake, and not have
allowed his house to be broken into.
Keep Awake =
Within Their Lifetime
the burglar who was going to rob the house wasn't even
until centuries after both house and owner had dissolved into dust,
Jesus' advice to to the home owner (i.e. his Apostles) to "keep awake" is total
nonsense. Therefore, Jesus
have believed his Second Coming would occur within their lifetime.
you also must be
ready; for it is at a time when
you do not expect Him that the Son of Man will come.
"Be Ready" = Within Their Lifetime
It has been more than 1,970 years since Jesus sounded the
alarm warning his Apostles (not you, bozo) about his Second
Coming. Looking back with hindsight, him getting his Apostles all worked up
about this event makes no sense at all, unless he himself expected to be back
within their lifetime. One does not pull a fire alarm
thousands of years in advance of the fire.
And for those who think Jesus was NOT specifically limiting this statement to
his Apostles, then WHY does he tell THEM to be ready for the Second Coming??? IF
what Jesus was referring to was NOT to take place until 50 billion trillion
years later, WHY IN HELL WOULD JESUS BE TELLING THEM
of the First Century to "be ready"???? The ONLY way this whole chapter makes
sense is Jesus expecting and predicting his Second Coming in the First Century.
"Who therefore is
the loyal and intelligent servant
to whom his master has entrusted the control of his household to give
them their rations at the appointed time?
Within Peter's Lifetime
"Who is the loyal and intelligent servant"???
Peter, that's who, as recorded earlier in this same book of Matthew,
… you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church...
And I will give to you the keys
of the kingdom of Heaven.
If the fulfillment of the Second Coming prophecy was not due until
centuries after Peter's death, pray tell who is NOW the one the "master
has entrusted the control of his household" of faith to????
Who is the one living
who's been appointed to "give them their rations at the appointed time"??? Who
NOW, Mr. & Mrs. Protestant, holding the keys??? You see what a
tangled web you Bible thumpers have weaved, when at first you've practiced to
deceive people about this chapter???
46 Blessed is that servant whom his
master when he comes shall find so doing!
Within Peter's Lifetime
Jesus, in this story, tells of a departing master (i.e.
Jesus) who puts a slave (i.e. Peter) in charge of the household until his
return. In the story, the master returns
(not ten thousand years AFTER) the lifetime of the slave put in charge.
Jesus (as seen previously) put Peter in charge of the
household of faith until Jesus should have returned. Therefore Jesus, like the
master in the story, expected to be back
Peter's lifetime. If Jesus was
going to have returned within Peter's lifetime, Jesus would have made
arrangements for NEW "slaves" to watch over his household until if and when he DID come back. To imply otherwise is to say that Jesus
was a deadbeat dad, who just walked out on his family, abandoned them, without a
second thought as to their welfare or who would be taking care of them.
The fact that Christianity, after the death of the
Apostles, has been torn asunder time & again over the issue of
"who's in charge here?" is proof that Jesus really
a deadbeat dad who orphaned his kids. Jesus
neither returned when
he promised his kids he would, nor did he clearly provide someone to watch over his kids in the meantime until
return. (As for the knee-jerk response of "That's what the Holy Ghost is for",
this "ghost" must have been asleep all this time, as it allowed thousands of
Christian splinter groups to develop, all over this very issue of "who's in
47 In solemn truth I tell
that he will give him the management of all his wealth.
48 But if the man, being a
servant, should say in his heart, `My master is a
time in coming,'
HAS Been A
condemns as a "bad servant" he who says Jesus' return has been "a
long time in coming". Yet to say anything else in our era, is evidence of total and complete
to the passage of almost 2,000 (TWO THOUSAND!!!!!)
years. The simple and undeniable
is that his return HAS been "a long
time in coming" and no amount of theological bullshit by Jesus or anyone else
can change that FACT into a fiction. And every century that
follows, Christians have to answer anew why their master
has been a long time in coming. How many more centuries have to go
by, before Christianity will admit the obvious? What's the limit? Will
Christians admit that Jesus screwed up after ten thousand years? Ten million?
Ten BILLION??? How about while the sun is going super nova and the whole
universe is on its last legs of dying from heat death- will Christians THEN at
least admit their Jesus messed up??? Probably not- Christians HATE to admit it
when they're wrong.
Even a New Testament writer- disguising himself as the
Apostle Peter, felt obligated to throw in his two cents on why their master
seems to have orphaned them. He wrote that a short time is really a
long time as long as you're not the one telling time (2nd
Peter 3:8). I think he also sold used chariots on the side.
Modern Christians, via 2,000 years of disappointments,
have been forced into becoming "bad servants;" for the return of Jesus has indeed been "a long time in coming". They themselves stand
condemned by their own god when they point out his "delay" in returning. But
it's not their fault- it's his- he never came back!!! He
his kids. He walked out on them and left them orphans, and now they
delude themselves into thinking daddy's really coming home after all. Umpteen
years ago, their daddy walked out to the corner liquor store to buy a gallon of
milk, and he never came back.
Thousands of years later these kids- now old and aged, still wait by the front
door like dogs for their missing master, barking in excitement at every passing
and should begin to beat his fellow servants, while he eats and drinks
the master of that servant will arrive on a day when he is not expecting
him and at an hour of which he has not been informed;
he will treat him with the utmost severity and assign him a place among
the hypocrites: there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
Final Comments on
Some have suggested that there are
two or three separate questions in verse #3 concerning future events, and
therefore somehow because of this, the timing of these events may be thousands
of years apart. To me, this seems like yet another attempt to "save the savior"
from being the false prophet that he clearly has been documented to be.
Regardless of how many questions may
have been originally
asked by the Apostles at the beginning of the 24th chapter of
Matthew, the man answering the questions was very explicit in
in this narrative would be fulfilled within a short time span,
and certainly not to extend past the First Century THOUSANDS of
The following are clues that Jesus
gave that indicate a short, rather than long, time span.
"Before long" the Apostles would hear of war rumors. (v. 6)
" The early pains of childbirth " (v. 8)
" Those who stand firm to the End" (v. 13)
This indicates that "The End" will be something these Apostles can
reasonably hope to "stand firm to" long enough to see, i.e.,
within their lifetime. One can't "stand firm" to an end millions or
billions of years distant, such as "stand firm until the sun goes
" But immediately after
those times of distress…" (v. 29)
Then will appear the
Sign of the Son of Man…" (v. 30)
"So you also, when you see all these signs, you may be sure that
He is near--at your very door.."
Now Jesus is telling his First Century Apostles that when they've seen
all the signs described, the Second Coming will be just around the
corner- "at your very door," which implies that the very next step in
the sequence will bring him
the doorway. Again, another lock-in for the First Century era, and
another lock-OUT of the theory that there may be millions of years
"I tell you in solemn truth that the
generation will certainly not pass away without
these things having
taken place." (v. 34)
As if I needed any more evidence to show that this entire scenario is
locked up into a First Century time frame, along comes Jesus to drive
the killing nail into the theory that any other era
besides the First Century could be possible. Regardless of how many
questions were asked by the Apostles, "ALL these things" in
regard to the questions asked are predicted to take place
that present generation of then-living First Century men
died off. Again, EVERY SINGLE THING mentioned within Matthew 24- ALL
these things- are predicted to be fulfilled BEFORE that current
generation then living have died off.
"But if the
man, being a bad servant,
should say in his heart, `My
master is a long time in coming,'"
This cinches the argument that whatever questions may
have been asked regarding their future, the answers were all
due within the First Century. The fulfillment of the predictions,
according to Jesus, would not be "a long time in coming."
Jesus prophesied all of the following within the 24th chapter of Matthew}
- The End of the World
- The Gathering Up of the Saints
- Judgment Day
- The Glorious "Second Coming"
Jesus specifically prophesied that all of the above events would take place
the end of the First Century, as indicated by his specifying the time limits
being the lifetime of the people who heard him live back in 33 CE. These
prophesied events did not take place in the time span laid down by
Jesus himself. Therefore, the only logical and reasonable
conclusion to be drawn is this: Regardless of anything else you may currently
believe about Jesus, and regardless of how much you may currently love Jesus,
nevertheless Jesus was as much a
as anybody else who makes false prophecies about the future. To conclude
anything else is to be self-deceived and dishonest.
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