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DR. BRANT PITRE JESUS AND THE END TIMES For Dr . Pitre ’s Bible Studies on CD go to Brant Pitre .com THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE & THE END OF THE WORLD WAS JESUS WRONG ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD? 1. Eschatology: doctrine of the “end” times (Gk eschaton) or “last days” 2. Jesus’ Most Important Eschatological Teaching: the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25) Immediately after the tribulation of those days... they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory... Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. (Matthew 24:30, 34) 3. The Problem: Apparent Non-Fulfillment of Jesus’ Prophecy a. C. S. Lewis: “The most embarrassing verse in the Bible” b. Albert Schweitzer: Jesus was a failed “apocalyptic prophet” c. Bertrand Russell: Why I am Not a Christian and the Divinity of Jesus d. The False Prophet (see Deut 17:19-22) 4. Solution: Jesus is speaking of Two Distinct Events in the Olivet Discourse a. The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 . b. The End of the World that will take place at His Parousia THE TWO QUESTIONS: THE TEMPLE AND THE PAROUSIA 1 Jesus left the Temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the Temple. 2 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Amen, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.” 3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” (Matthew 24:1-3) 1. Notice here the prominence of the Temple and its destruction. 2. Notice the two distinct (but related) questions: a. When will the Destruction of the Temple take place? b. What will be the sign of your “Coming” (Gk parousia) and the End of the Age? 3. We need to re-read the Olivet Discourse: see how it applies to the first-century . THE BEGINNING OF THE BIRTH-PANGS 4 And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. (Matthew 24:4-8) 1. Note: Jesus is answering the disciples question about the Temple. 2. False Messiahs: arose between 40-70 AD (Josephus, Ant. ) 3. Wars: civil war raged in Roman empire (Josephus, War ) 4. Famines: worldwide famine under emperor Claudius (Eusebius, Church History). 5. Earthquakes: Colossae and Pompeii destroyed by earthquakes (50s-60s AD) 1

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