1. Last Sunday evening we began a study of the Lord's teaching recorded in Matthew 24-25.
2. As we study Matthew 24 we must remember the information revealed in:
a. Deuteronomy 28
1) God promised to bless the Israelites if they obeyed Him, and He promised to curse them if
2) Prior to the Lord's ministry, God had punished the Jews many times for their disobedience,
but He had never completely destroyed them.
b. Matthew 21-23
1) The spiritual condition of the Jews was very low.
2) The Jewish religious leaders rejected Christ (21:33-41), and they were filled with hypocrisy.
3) As Jesus spoke in the temple, He showed that destruction would come upon that generation of
people living in Jerusalem (23:36-38).
I. (Matthew 24:1) AFTER THIS, JESUS LEFT THE TEMPLE
A. The temple
1. Three temples had been built in Jerusalem, including:
a. the one built by Solomon that the Babylonians destroyed in 586 BC
b. the one built by Zerubbabel when the Jews returned to Jerusalem after being in captivity
[it was plundered during the time between the testaments]
c. the one built by Herod.
1) Herod captured Jerusalem in 37 BC.
2) To win the Jews' favor, he began building them a temple in 20 BC.
3) The surrounding buildings were completed in 64 AD.
4) This is the temple that Jesus left.
2. The temple was very important to the Jews.
a. It was the center of their religion [male Jews went there 3 times each year].
b. It gave the Jews a sense of national security.
c. Unfortunately, the Jews often trusted in their temple more than they trusted in God
(Jeremiah 7:4, 8-11).
B. As Jesus left, His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple.
1. The temple was beautifully decorated (Luke 21:5).
2. The temple was a long time being built (John 2:20).
II. (Matthew 24:2) JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES THAT THE TEMPLE WOULD BE
A. Jesus said that not one stone would be left upon another.
B. Some of the stones are reported to have been 25 cubits long x 8 cubits high x 12 cubits thick
[38 ft. long x 12 ft. high x 18 ft. thick].
C. This must have really gotten the attention of the disciples when Jesus said that not one stone would
be left upon another.
III. (Matthew 24:3) THE DISCIPLES ASKED JESUS SEVERAL QUESTIONS
A. They wanted to know:
1. when the temple would be destroyed
2. the sign of the Lord's return and the end of the world.
B. These questions give us some insight into what the disciples were thinking.
1. Jesus had taught them that He will return one day.
2. They understood that the world will be destroyed when Jesus returns.
3. They associated the destruction of the temple with the Lord's return.
1. When we study Matthew 24-25, we must understand that Jesus was answering the questions asked by
the disciples in 24:3.
2. We must associate the Lord's answers with the proper questions.
3. When Jesus answered the disciples' questions, He showed that the destruction of the temple and His
return would be 2 different events.
4. We must study these chapters carefully lest we confuse these events.