Luke 21#Lu 21:1| CXI. OBSERVING THE OFFERINGS AND WIDOW'S MITES. (In the Temple. Tuesday, April 4, A.D. 30.) #Mr 12:41-44 Lu 21:1-4| And he looked up, and saw the rich men that were casting their gifts into the treasury. See TFG "#Mr 12:41|". #Lu 21:2| And he saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. See TFG "#Mr 12:42|". #Lu 21:3| This poor widow cast in more than they all. See TFG "#Mr 12:43|". #Lu 21:4| But she of her want did cast in all the living that she had. See TFG "#Mr 12:44|". #Lu 21:5| CXIII. DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM FORETOLD. #Mt 24:1-28 Mr 13:1-23 Lu 21:5-24| And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings. See TFG "#Mr 13:1|". #Lu 21:6| There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. See TFG "#Mr 13:2|". #Lu 21:7| And they asked him. See TFG "#Mr 13:3|". Teacher, when therefore shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when these things are about to come to pass? See TFG "#Mr 13:4|". #Lu 21:8| For many shall come in my name, saying, I am he. See TFG "#Mr 13:6|". #Lu 21:9| And when ye shall hear of wars and tumults . . . the end is not immediately. See TFG "#Mr 13:7|". #Lu 21:11| And there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences. See TFG "#Mr 13:8|". #Lu 21:12| They shall lay their hands on you, and shall persecute you, etc. See TFG "#Mr 13:9|". To the synagogues. See TFG "#Mr 1:39|". #Lu 21:15| For I will give you a mouth and wisdom. See TFG "#Mr 13:11|". #Lu 21:16| But ye shall be delivered up even by parents, and brethren, etc. See TFG "#Mr 13:12|". #Lu 21:17| And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. See TFG "#Mr 13:13|". #Lu 21:18| And not a hair of your head shall perish. The previous verses show that this promise is spiritual. The destruction of a saint's body would work no real injury to him. (TFG 624) #Lu 21:19| In your patience ye shall win your souls. The Christian's battle is won by endurance and not by violence, and he that can patiently hold out unto the end can, by the grace of God, save his soul. (TFG 624) #Lu 21:21| And let them that are in the midst of her depart out. Jerusalem. (TFG 625) #Lu 21:22| For. This word introduces the reason for such hot haste. These are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. #De 28:49-57 Da 9:26,27 12:1,11 Joe 2:2|. (TFG 625) #Lu 21:23| Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! See TFG "#Mr 13:17|". For there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people. The city of Jerusalem was divinely sentenced to punishment for her sins. (TFG 625) #Lu 21:24| And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles. According to Josephus, one million one hundred thousand perished during the siege, and ninety-seven thousand were taken captive (The Wars of the Jews, 6.9.3.) Of these latter, many were tortured and slain, being crucified, as he tell us, till "room was wanted for the crosses, and crosses wanted for the bodies." Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. By comparing this passage with #Ro 11:1-36|, we find that the times of the Gentiles signify that period wherein the church is made up of Gentiles to the almost exclusion of the Jews. The same chapter shows that this period is to be followed by one wherein the Jew and the Gentile unite together in proclaiming the gospel. This prophecy, therefore, declares that until this union of the Jew and the Gentile takes place, the city of Jerusalem shall not only be controlled by the Gentiles, but shall be trodden under foot--that is, oppressed--by them. The history of Jerusalem, to this day, is a striking fulfillment of this prophecy. (TFG 625-626) #Lu 21:25| CXIV. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. #Mt 24:29-51 Mr 13:24-37 Lu 21:25-37| And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars. We can conceive of nothing which would produce greater mental distress or perplexity than changes in the position or condition of the heavenly bodies. In perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the billows. Such changes will be followed by corresponding commotions on our planet, as, for instance, great tidal waves and vast agitation in the ocean. (TFG 630) #Lu 21:26| For the powers of heavens shall be shaken. See TFG "#Mr 13:25|". #Lu 21:28| But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh. The preliminary death-throes of this present physical universe, which will strike terror to the souls of those who have limited themselves to material hopes, will be to the Christian a reassuring sign, since he looks for a new heaven and a new earth. (TFG 631) #Lu 21:29-31| Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. See TFG "#Mr 13:28|". #Lu 21:32| This generation shall not pass away, till all things be accomplished. See TFG "#Mr 13:30|". #Lu 21:35| For so shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of all the earth. The image of a snare is that of a net which suddenly encloses a covey of birds as they feed in seeming safety. The warnings here given are applicable to our appearing before Christ whether he comes to meet us, or we depart from this life to meet him. The result is the same, whether he comes and finds us unprepared or whether we go hence without preparation. (TFG 633) #Lu 21:36| But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. The revealed presence of God is represented as such an overpowering event that sinners are crushed to the earth by it. Only the godly are able to stand in his presence (#Ps 1:5 Mal 3:2|). (TFG 634) #Lu 21:37| CVII. FINDING THE FIG-TREE WITHERED. (Road from Bethany to Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 4, A.D. 30.) #Mt 21:20-22 Mr 11:19-25 Lu 21:37,38| And every day he was teaching in the temple. He was there Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but he seems to have spent Wednesday and Thursday in Bethany. And every night he went out, and lodged in the mount that is called Olivet. As Bethany was on the Mount of Olives, this statement leaves us free to suppose that he spent his nights there, but it is not likely that he retired to any one house or place continuously, for had he done so the rulers could easily have ascertained his whereabouts and arrested him. (TFG 583) #Lu 21:38| And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him. The enthusiasm of the triumphal entry did not die out in a day: Jesus was still the center of observation. (TFG 583)
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