Jesus Tells About His Return

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Prophecy

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.

Application

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)

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

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