An Overview of the Events that precede Christ’s Return
Jesus’ explanation of the end time events is in two parts, similar to Daniel’s visions. First He gives an overview, in Matthew 24:4-14, and then He gives a detailed explanation in verses 15-31. The detailed explanation begins with the appearance of the Antichrist, and takes us to the end of the world.
Matt 24:1-2/ Mark 13:1-2/Luke 21:5-6
not one stone – from Daniel 9:26, this verse will introduce Daniel 9:27, as described in Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14. From here, we begin the comparison the destruction and restoration of the physical Jerusalem, to the spiritual Jerusalem, New Jerusalem. Both were given into the hands of the Gentiles, until they were finally restored.
Matt 24:3/Mark 13:2-4/Luke 21:7
what will be the sign? – Jesus answers this clearly in verses 15-29.
Matt 24:4-5/Mark 13:5-6/Luke 21:8
many will say “I am the Christ” – an entire line of Popes said “I am Christ on earth.”
Matt 24:6-8/Mark 13:7-8/Luke 21:9-11
wars, famines, earthquakes – see Rev 6:1-8, these are the plagues over a fourth of the earth, the four seals, the four horsemen.
Matt 24:9-13/Mark 13:9-12/Luke 21:12-19
then they will deliver you – Luke gives the opposite message to Matthew, and quotes Jesus saying: “but before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you,” (Luke 21:12-19). We can’t really ascribe any significance to the statement: “then they will deliver,” to place it sometime after the wars, famines and earthquakes. Indeed, the persecution of the saints, had already begun in the Apostolic age. The detailed chronology of events begins in verse 15.
Matt 24:14/Mark 13:13/
this gospel will be preached…and then the end will come – the conclusion of the overview.