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The stones have been rolled away                  Luke 21:5-24

In Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, the Bible records Jesus’ Olivet Discourse on the destruction of the Temple, so named because it was given from the Mount of Olives.

Two things to know before we explain the text:

First, Luke (31 verses) includes LESS of this sermon than Matthew (96 verses) and Mark (37 verses). Second, Luke wrote as a Gentile for a more Gentile audience, and leaves out several of the key Jewish statements M & M include.

The Disciples questions lead to Jesus’ Olivet Discourse                            V. 5-7

 “Birth Pains” will INCREASE as Christ’s return grows closer                    V. 8-11

Romans 8:18-25

The closer we are to the destruction of the world, the closer we are to the Kingdom of the Savior!   -Maximus of Turn (5th Century)

Things that will be true from Christ’s ascension onward                           V. 12-19

Acts 5:41                               Matthew 10:28

The Destruction of the Temple in AD 70                                                       V. 20-24

Hosea 3:4-5

The Times of the Gentiles are from Jerusalem’s fall to Babylon in 586 BC to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ described in Revelation 20. During the ENTIRE time Gentiles have either dominated or threatened Jerusalem. 

Jesus’ commands in light of what’s coming:

Don’t be DECEIVED by false leaders                                                               V. 8

Don’t be FRIGHTENED by awesome events                                                  V. 9-11

2 Peter 3:10-13

Don’t WORRY what you’ll say when challenged – just witness!              V. 13-14

Don’t have a victim mindset – you are an overcomer!                              V. 17-19

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man!”