Coming of the King: Week 51
- 24:29 "sun shall be darkened ..." - literal and/or figurative?
In Isaiah 13:9-22
there is the same language with a clear historical fulfillment,
but also pointing to the Day of the Lord.
- 24:32 "fig tree" - literal and/or figurative? The parable makes
perfect sense without reference to Israel as a figure of something
that develops over time. But the fig tree is also a figure of Israel
as a nation.
- 24:34 "this generation shall not pass" - "mostly fulfilled" in
70 AD, including the abomination of desolation (v15), the persecutions
and judgments (v17-22), the false prophets (v23-26), and even
signs in the heavens (v27-29) (although not the same signs).
We can infer that when the final fulfillment comes, it will all happen
within a generation.
- 24:36 "no man knows the day nor the hour" - the precise timing
cannot be known - only the drawing near. I've found it quite
a challenge to know when butternut squash is ripe. There are many
signs as it draws near, but they still get picked green or rot on
- 24:39 "And they were oblivious" - Noah had been preaching for a
generation and building an ark, and the ark was complete. It
shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was. So it will be at
the coming of the Son of Man.
- 24:40 "taken" - in v39 the word is "taken away"/"removed". Here,
the word is "brought near"/"put into office". This is not the rapture
of pre-trib eschatology, which would have happened 7 years earlier.
Dr McGee and Bible-studys.org say this refers to taking in judgement,
as in only one survivor, based on juxtaposition to the example of the
Flood - but the words for "taken" are totally different.
- 24:46 "Blessed is that servant whose master finds him doing so when he
returns." - this is the goal of the Christian life. To do only what
we see our Father in Heaven doing.