Prophecy of the destruction of the temple


Luke  21:5  And as some spake of the temple,

            [1] how it was adorned

                        [a.] with goodly stones and

                        [b.] [with]gifts,

he said,

 21:6  [As for] these things which ye behold,

            [1] the days will come, in the which

                        [a.] there shall not be left

[11.] one stone upon another,

                                                [aa.] that shall not be thrown down.


Two Prophetic Questions


 21:7  And they [Peter, James, John and Andrew (Mark 13:3)] asked him, saying, Master, but

            [1] when shall these things be [when shall the temple be destroyed]? and

            [2] what sign [will there be]

[a.] when these things shall come to pass [what sign will there be before the temple is to be destroyed]?


1.  When shall the temple be destroyed?


Signs of the end of the age [1]


 21:8  And he said,

            [1] Take heed that ye be not deceived: for

            [2] many shall come in my name, saying,

                        [a.] I am [Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah]; and

            [3] the time draweth near:

            [4] go ye not therefore after them.

 21:9  But

            [5] when ye shall hear of wars and

            [6] [when ye shall hear of] commotions,

                        [a.] be not terrified: for

                        [b.] these things must first come to pass; but

                        [c.] the end [is] not by and by.

 21:10  Then said he unto them,

            [7] Nation shall rise against nation, and

            [8] kingdom [shall rise against] against kingdom:

 21:11  And

            [9] great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and

            [10] famines, and

            [11] pestilences; and

            [12] fearful sights and

            [13] great signs shall there be from heaven [we know from Matthew 24:4-8 and Mark 13:8 that Jesus is speaking here of the beginning of sorrows of Israel which will proceed His second coming].


Persecution of and in the early Jewish Church [2]


 21:12  But before all these [before all these signs of the second coming],

[1] they [both the Romans and the Jews] shall

[a.] lay their hands on you [the predominantly Jewish Church in and around Jerusalem], and

                        [b.] persecute [you],

[11.] delivering [you] up to the synagogues [only Jews would have been delivered to the synagogues, and then solely on matters concerning the Jew’s religion, as the Jewish religious leaders had no authority over Romans or other non-Jews], and

                                    [12.] [delivering you] into prisons,

                                    [13.] being brought before kings and

                                    [14.] [being brought before] rulers

[aa.] for my name's sake [this persecution concerns the name of Jesus].

 21:13  And

            [2] it shall turn to you for a testimony [testimony about The Name].

 21:14             [a.] Settle [it] therefore in your hearts,

                                    [11.] not to meditate before

[aa.] what ye shall answer:

 21:15  For     [b.] I will give you a mouth and

                        [c.] [I will give you] wisdom,

                                    [11.] which all your adversaries

                                                [aa.] shall not be able to gainsay

                                                [bb.] nor resist. 

[1] Before answering His disciples’ questions concerning the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus first sets forth the signs of His second coming [c/p. Matt. 24:4-8; Mark 13:3-8].

[2] Jesus now begins to answer His disciples’ first question concerning the destruction of the temple.


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