Greetings all in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
My last post discussed Matthew 24:1-2. Verses 1-2 establishes the point of the entire presentation involving a few questions spawned out of fascination and curiosity regarding the beauty of the temple, and how the money spent on beautifying the temple would ultimately turn out to be wasted funds. In the Gospel of Luke, prior to the discussion of the temple, we saw that Christ praised the gift offered by a poor old lady, while He scorned the gifts of the wealthy, despite their great contributions used in building the temple. Yet Christ was displeased, partly for two reasons:
1. The money spent on the temple represented their pride, but should not have been done at the sacrifice of the poor.
2. The temple was their true love, and had little to do with their service to God.
Matthew 23 explains how Christ ridiculed the Jews for turning the temple into a financial institution for profit. Thus, Christ calls the temple a place for thieves. How does this make them thieves? Because the money applied towards the temple was supposed to be used for the common welfare of the people, and not the rich. Thus, they were basically stealing money from the public by utilizing the temple for personal profit, and not for holy services as was required.
We now come to the heart of the story; the questions aroused from the Apostles with regards to the temple's destruction. Upon hearing that all the stones would be brought down, the Apostles asked the following questions:
The Gospels of Mark and Luke do not include the latter half of Matthew question. However, this does not mean that Matthew recorded a question that Luke and Mark hadn't thought about; for they were all together with the Lord when they asked Him the same questions. Thus, the context doesn't demand 3 separate questions, but actually 2 questions.Matthew 24:3
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
1. How will we know that the destruction of the temple is going to take place?
2. What is the sign of your presence (coming) to accomplish the destruction of the temple, leading up to the end of the age?
As Due32, and brother Richard have pointed out, "Age" is the correct translation as opposed to the error in the 1611 King James version. I do not have a clue as to why the scribes under King James used the word "World" instead of "Age". Since "Age' is the correct translation, what age could they be talking about? Obviously, the age they resided under. What age was that? The age under the Law, and not the coming age of grace. However, because this is not part of the context (I just violated my own rule! ) I will not state anymore regarding the word "Age".
Thus far, the Apostles were astonished at Christ's foretelling of the Temple's destruction; a temple so beautiful afforded by the rich, yet would be brought to an end. Having heard this, they asked the two main questions above:
* When is the temple going to be destroyed, and what signs will there be that we may know you are going to fulfill this, thereby bringing about the end of the age?
My next post will begin with the answers to the questions of the Apostles involving the Temples destruction.
[note: The temple was the center focal point with the Apostles questions. To interject a preconceived idea of the questions, particularly the popular myth of a 2nd coming is a fallacy, and is NOT within context of the main idea. The temple's coming destruction is what spawned curiosity within the Apostles, and thus the questions they asked (within context) must be relative to that alone. All other theories are external in thought and perception, and thus cannot be considered contextual]
Look forward to your responses.