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This deals with Matthew 24-25 which records Jesus's response to the disciples' misunderstanding about the Destruction of Jerusalem, and the End of the World.

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What does Jesus mean by "generation" when talking about the destruction of the temple and the end of the age?

In Luke 21:32-33 (ESV) Jesus says: "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." What does ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

The parable of the ten virgins is found in Matthew 25:1-12. Verses 8-9 (ESV) read: And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered,...
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Translation of "this generation will not pass away" in Matthew 24:34?

I'm curious specifically regarding the translation of the word "generation" here in Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, and Luke 21:32. Matthew 24:34 (NIV) Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly ...
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What does it mean that the Son did not know the hour of his return in Matthew 24:36 // Mark 13:32?

I'm little lost here. Can somebody please help me with this? We have these two verses concerning the day when (as introduced in Mark 13:26 // Mark 24:30) the Son of Man returns in glory: But of ...
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Who are "the least of these my brothers" in Matthew 25?

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus teaches that when the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will separate sheep and goats along certain lines, saying: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of ...
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What is the sign of the Son of Man?

What is the sign of the Son of Man spoken of in Matthew 24:30?— At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the ...
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Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?

Jesus told a parable about the kingdom of God involving "ten virgins" and a "bridegroom". It starts out in the beginning of Matthew: Matthew 25:1-2 (ESV) 1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be ...
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Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?

Most scholars believe Mark is the earliest biography of Jesus. (Paul's writings and perhaps one or two other New Testament letters are earlier, but they include very little biographical material ...
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What is the punishment of eternal fire according to Matt. 18:8, Matt. 25:41, and Jude 7?

There are only three occurrences of the term "eternal fire" in the New Testament. These are Matthew 18:8, Matthew 25:41, and Jude 7. Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin,...
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In Matthew 24:29–31, who are the elect, why and where were they scattered, when are they gathered, and to where are they gathered?

Matthew 24:29–31 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens ...
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Do the adjectives and vernacular of Jesus require the fulfilment of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:1-34) to be in the first century? [duplicate]

Are the words of Jesus to be taken literally when he said "this generation"? That is 30-70AD? He seems to be emphatic about it because he prefaced it by Verily, I say unto you..." The ...
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Do "Eating and drinking" and "Marrying and given in marriage" in Matthew 24:36-39 refer to evil end times or to normal times before the Second Coming?

Most modern prophecy conferences, Christian radio programs, and End-time movies say that this passage in Matthew describes the wicked days of Noah and the Corrupt culture back then. And then they ...
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Is Matthew 24:40 mistranslated in most English translations?

In context, Matthew 24:36-44 ESV reads as follows: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, ...
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How could there possibly be two "end of times" in the Scriptures, one in Ezekiel 7:6 and the other in Matthew 24:14?

How could there possibly be two "end of times" separated by 1300 years? If the world was literally destroyed in 592-570 BC, how could there be another end to the world? Why are people not ...
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THIS generation will not pass

"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32) I think most questions on this phrase are asking about the ...
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In the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25 vs 1 - 8), who is the groom coming to marry? In other words who is the bride?

Who is the bride in this passage of scripture? The virgins are just preparing the way, and the groom is present, but the bride is not mentioned.
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Does gēs in Matthew 24:30 refer to all the earth, or a particular location?

Matthew 24:30 (ESV), a part of the Olivet Discourse, reads: Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man ...
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Are the passages from Daniel 9:27, 12:7-10, and Matthew 24:15-21 not describing the same "abominable" force of "desolation"?

First, from the Book of Daniel we have: Daniel 9:27: “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; ...
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In the parable of the ten bridesmaids, why wouldn't those who had oil share with those who had none?

Matthew 25 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones ...
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Who are the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25?

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells this parable. When the Son of Man comes… All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates ...
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Did the 5 foolish virgins lose their salvation or were they never saved to begin with?

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) reads: The Parable of the Ten Virgins “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were ...
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What does "beginning of birth pangs" mean in the context of Mathew 24:4-8?

At the end of his gospel on the tail end of a warning passage, Mathew uses the expression "beginning of birth pangs". What does he mean? And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one ...
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Can the elect in view in Matthew 24:24 be deceived or not?

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: ...
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Is Jesus's return on the clouds the same event as Him riding the white horse?

Jesus says that He will return "on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory" (Matt 24:30). Is this the same event as when He returns on the white horse in Revelation 19? And I saw ...
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Are the Clouds of Matthew 24:30 to be taken literally,or as a figurative Jewish idiom?

At that time the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. Is Jesus ...
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What are the "powers of the heavens" in Matthew 24:29?

What is meant exactly by the "powers of the heavens" in Matthew 24:29? Matt 24:29-30 (KJV) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give ...
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In Matthew 24:38

In Matthew 24:38 What is the difference between marrying and giving in marriage in this passage. It appears that the passage is talking about two types of marriages. Matt 24:38 - For as in those days ...
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What is the Preterist view of the ‘Times of the Gentiles’?

Exactly when are the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ according to the Part-preterist prophetic viewpoint? “There will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the ...
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Are the wars meant to be global in Matthew 24?

"4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it ...
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Destruction of Jerusalem Prophecy

In Luke 19:41 Jesus speaks about the destruction of ALL Jerusalem. In verse 44, Jesus says that "they will not leave one stone upon another". This prophecy sounds similar to others regarding ...
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Is Matthew 24 arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

In Matthew 24 there are two themes that run throughout the narrative one is the destruction of Jerusalem/Temple and the other is the coming of the son of man Matthew 24:1-2 Destruction of Jerusalem/...
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Matthew 24:34 "until all these things be fulfilled" or "until all these things have begun"?

In Matthew 24:34 Our Lord says I say unto you this generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled. The Greek word translated "be fulfilled" is "ginomai", ...
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Which end is referred to in Matthew 24:14?

Christ has been referring to his coming as well as the calamities which were about to unfold.There seem to be a mixture of near future and eschatological events that are about to unfold in this ...
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What does it mean in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 when the text says, "Whoso readeth, let him understand"?

I have seen that this remark is a redaction, but most reliable sources say that it was included in the original texts sometime in the 1st Century, most likely 66-70 CE. Commentaries over the direct ...
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Daniel 12:11-12 Do the 1,290 and 1,335 periods start at the same time?

11And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. ...
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Does "great tribulation" (Matthew 24:21) refer to a massive End Time trauma, or is it a general description of the Conquest of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.?

The NIV translated this verse as "great distress" (thlipsis megale, Gk.). "Distress being a common word used throughout the N.T. epistles to describe the adverse conditions that ...
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By switching from "those days" to "that day," does Matthew 24:36 imply a transition into a separate topic?

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus' disciples had a question (NKJV): 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 ...
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Why does Jesus talk about the Sheep and Goats judgment in Matthew 25:31-46?

This question is not about what the sheep and goats judgment means. It is not about identifying who the sheep and goats are, or when it takes place. The question is why it logically follows on the ...
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The meaning of "akoe" in Matthew 24:6

Matthew 24:6 says: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (NIV) The word "akoe" is ...
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How to reconcile this prophecy?

In Mark 13:30 “I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Mark 13:30, NETfree) Apparently this prophecy was proven wrong. And I am refering here to ...
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Why are people asking Jesus questions on Matthew 25:37?

Matthew 25 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them ...
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Did Christ not know the season and time when the Jews would flee in Matthew 24:20?

Matthew 24:20 NASB 20 Moreover, pray that [p]when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath .Christ had been specific in most his predictions about events that would unfold later like: ...
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According to Matthew 25:31-46 when are the sheep separated from the goats?

Jesus begins the parable of the sheep and the goats by saying it takes place when He returns in His glory, with all the angels, to sit on His throne in heavenly glory. (Matthew 25:31) At that time all ...
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Can hermeneutics determine how Matthew 24 should be interpreted? [closed]

Matthew 24 can be interpreted as a short-term prophecy for the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple culminating in 70 CE. time in Judea. However, some of the language used sounds like a description ...
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Is it good to get married at a time of tribulation?

New American Standard Bible Matthew 24: 19 But woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the ...
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Mt. 25:3-4: Shoud the 10 virgins know what's " enough oil"? Is it possible to know? Was it their responsibility to know and prepare?

Is there a syntactical clue- who's responsible for "not"(no extra?) had oil, and why not? Context -Matt. 25:1- 13(ESV) 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lampsa and ...
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Why was the first servant(five talents) given an additional talent in Matthew 25?

In the parable of the talents(Matthew 25:14-30) when the master returns he somehow rewards one servant more than the other The first two servants had achieved the same results/output(100 percent) ...
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Is the "coming" in Matthew 24:30 about Christ's arrival in heaven or a return to Earth?

[Mat 24:30 KJV] 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with ...
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In Matthew 24:20 to what "flight" does Jesus refer at the end of the age?

[Mat 24:20 NASB] 20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. With the holidays around the corner many of us are travelling to be with family and friends, and many ...
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Does the Greek of Mat.24:31 and Mar.13:27 teach that the gathering of the elect is out of the earthy sphere unto the heavenly sphere of God's throne?

Many teach that the coming of Christ in Mat. 24 to gather his elect is His descent to the earth to establish God's Kingdom, rather than a descent to the sphere of the clouds to gather the elect and ...
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