"Jesus came out from the temple and
was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to
Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone
here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” [In A.D. 70 the
Roman general Titus has the temple destroyed.]
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives [thus The Olivet Discourse], the disciples came
to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will
be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” [the question]
4 And Jesus answered and said to
them, “See to it that no one misleads you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am
the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You
will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened,
for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and
earthquakes. 8 But all these things
are merely the beginning of birth pangs. [We are only in the beginning of the birth
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation,
and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
10 At that time many will fall away and will
betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many
false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because
lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be
saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and
then the end will come.
15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy
place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea
must flee to the mountains. 17 Whoever
is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back
to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those
who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the
winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then
there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the
beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless
those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake
of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then
if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’
do not believe him. 24 For false
christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so
as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold,
I have told you in advance. 26 So if
they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or,
‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and
flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. [Everyone will
know...it will not be a secret. This is
referring to Christ's Second Coming, not the Rapture.] 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will
29 “But immediately after the tribulation
of those days the
sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the
stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of
the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then
the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of
the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And
He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet
will gather together His elect from the four
winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree:
when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know
that summer is near; 33 so, you too,
when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the
door. 34 Truly I say to you, this
generation that sees the events of v. 29] will not pass away until
all these things take place. 35 Heaven
and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like
the days of Noah. 38 For as in those
days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and
they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will
the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then
there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
41 Two women will be grinding at the
mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for
you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But
be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the
night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have
allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For
this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible
slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at
the proper time? 46 Blessed is that
slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly
I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My
master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and
begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when
he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place
with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
The Olivet Discourse is recorded in chapters 24 and 25 of the Gospel of Matthew.
days—Jesus’ warnings; this is discussing the current days up to the Tribulation
Abomination of Desolation—Jesus says to flee when you see it (this is after the
Tribulation in vs. 9-14)
Great Tribulation (it gets worse here after the Antichrist is revealed at the Abomination of Desolation)
also must be ready…”
Here in The Olivet Discourse Jesus is not laying out every detail of the End Times and its chronology. So we can't pull every end times event out of The Olivet Discourse. But He does give more info for us to put meat on the clearer passages concerning the End Times Chronology.
Don't neglect the Olivet Discourse when studying the End Times, but use it as a confirming passage when erecting your End Times Chronology.