Jesus Tells About His Return

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Jesus continues to answer the disciples’ original question about when the temple would be destroyed (vv. 20-24). I do not believe that it was intended as a sign to tell when Christ will come back, but was simply a foretelling of the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and the Roman Army in A.D. 70. This was not referring to a distant event but took place approximately forty years from the time Jesus spoke these words. The Jewish historian Josephus claimed that over a million people were killed and over 100,000 taken captive at that time.

The phrase in verse 24, “And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles” is thought by many Bible scholars to mean that Jerusalem will be under the governmental control of non-Jews. After this Roman take over, that was the case until June 7,1967, when Israel again took possession of the land. Since that date Israel has constantly  been on page one of our newspapers. However, Jerusalem will again fall into Gentile control during the tribulation (Zechariah 14:1-2). This passage was written to bring hope to the Jews who will be saved during the tribulation (vv.25-28). Satan will bring persecution to them, but they can take comfort because the Lord’s coming will be very soon. Rather than being terrified by what is happening in our world, we should confidently await Christ’s return to bring justice and peace to His people.


As a believer, I need to look for the Savior and not for signs. Since Jesus’s coming for the church  will take place before the Tribulation, I will not be here, but will be taken up in the Rapture.

Luke 21:20-28 (English Standard Version)

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