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The disciples asked Christ three questions, “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Christ had spoken of the ruin of the temple; when all its stones should be thrown down.

Their first question was, “When will the temple be destroyed?” It is hard to say how his reply should be applied to the three questions. Verses 4-21 answer the first question, as to when the temple would be destroyed. The Romans did destroy the temple about the year 70. Jesus said, there “shall be great tribulations, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time; no, nor ever shall be.” The suffering of the Jews at the destruction of the temple exceeded anything that had been or that ever will be. Josephus described the siege and suffering of the Jews when the temple was destroyed as a terrible event, full of suffering.

“This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.” It was near thirty-seven years after this till the temple was destroyed, so the generation then living did not pass away, but many lived to see the temple demolished.

Verse thirty-six refers to the end of the world; read it. God has concealed this great event from all his creatures. “Of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” I have never felt much concern about the time being set for the world to come to an end.

Their question, “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” perhaps refers to what is said of Christ’s reign of a thousand years on earth (Rev. xx. 6). If so, this part of his remarks is yet unfulfilled.

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