And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?…
I. THE MASTER'S WARNING CONCERNING FALSE CHRISTS.
1. Many will assume the daring role.
(1) Some saying, "I am Christ."
(2) Others saying, "The time draweth near."
2. There is danger of being deceived. "Take heed," etc.
II. THE MASTER'S INSTRUCTION IN RESPECT TO WHAT MUST PRECEDE HIS COMING.
1. The great events which must precede.
(1) Political commotion.
(2) Physical changes.
(3) Social distresses.
2. The persecution that must precede.
(1) Its severity.
(2) Its advantage.
(3) Support under it.
(4) Assurance and counsel in view of it.
3. Jerusalem's destruction must precede it.
(1) This destruction was then near.
(2) This destruction terrible.Lessons:
1. Christ's wonderful knowledge of future events.
(1) He foreknew the destiny of all nations.
(2) The opposition with which Christianity would be met.
(3) The trials His disciples would have to endure.
(4) Christ knows no surprise.
2. Christ's wonderful ability to maintain His gospel and to sustain his followers.
(1) No power can overthrow it.
(2) His followers will triumph.
3. Jerusalem's destruction symbolizes the dreadful doom of those who reject Christ.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
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