God, Hope & Helping Others
In Matthew 24:1-2 we find Jesus and His disciples leaving the Temple. As they were leaving the Temple His disciples were eager to exhibit the architecture, edifice and structure of the buildings before Jesus. He of course knew their thoughts regarding the elaborateness of the Temple surroundings. They were obviously greatly impressed by all the surroundings. And Jesus said to them, “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’ Jesus was revealing unto them a prophecy that in the year 70 AD, the Roman soldiers would come and destroy the Temple and all of it’s buildings.
I remember hearing a pastor speaking about the temple having gold plating within the Temple itself. When the Romans set the Temple ablaze, the gold was melted and ran into the cracks between the blocks of the Temple. After the blaze had cooled, the Roman soldiers took bars and separated the blocks to obtain the gold from the cracks. Therefore Jesus was correct in stating that, “there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Although not recorded in the bible, there seems to have been much conversation between Jesus and His disciples after leaving the Temple buildings and walking to the mount of Olives. Apparently there were discussions about events that will happen at a future time, the coming of Jesus again to earth, the end of the world, and much more.
In Matthew 24:3 it is recorded ‘And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’ In those days, it was the custom for a teacher to sit while teaching.
Jesus knew that they were serious in their desire to know the answers to their many questions. They asked Him when [at what time, how long] shall these things be? Be in the Greek is: G2071 ἔσομαιesomai es'-om-ahee Future tense of G1510; will be: - shall (should) be (have), (shall) come (to pass), X may have, X fall, what would follow, X live long, X sojourn. They were asking Jesus, at what time in the future will these things come to pass?
What shall be the sign of thy coming? Sign in the Greek is: G4592 σημεῖονsēmeion say-mi'-on Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: - miracle, sign, token, wonder. They were asking from Him what supernatural indication, sign, miracle, token or wonder would precede your coming?
And of the end of the world? End in the Greek is: G4930 συντέλειαsunteleia soon-tel'-i-ah From G4931; entire completion, that is, consummation (of a dispensation): - end. They wanted to know when the entire completion or consummation of the dispensation of the end time would be?
World in the Greek is: G165 αἰώνaiōn ahee-ohn' From the same as G104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): - age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Compare G5550. They waned to know when would be the coming/end of the Messianic age? They knew He Is the Messiah [Matthew 16:15-17].
The disciples knew Jesus as the promised Messiah of Israel. They knew that He could give them answers no one else could give to them [John 6:68]. He was about to given them the answers they were looking for. He was about to reveal prophecy [history to come].