The Olivet Discourse - FULFILLED!

Many teach that the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 speaks of the end times and the 2nd coming of Christ. I will show that this is false and a deception. It was 100% fulfilled in 70ad. The punishment of the Jews and destruction of the temple is a very significant event as it is the final bookend to the old covenant. The levitical priesthood and the animal sacrifices had to come to a complete end. The Jews had to be punished for their sins of killing the prophets and ultimately the promised Messiah. We must read this all in its proper context. When we do so we can see its true fulfillment. Before diving into a verse by verse commentary on this, let's 1st look at the end of Matthew 23 to help us set up the proper context...

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started
“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” Matthew 23:29-39 (The end of Matt. 23 sets the stage for the Olivet Discourse in the next chapter. Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees. Jesus pronounces doom upon them that they will suffer for all the blood of all the prophets of not only the ones they kill but also of those killed in the past by their descendants all the way back to Abel. Jesus says this will come upon Jerusalem and the 1st verse in ch.24 he tells of the destruction of the temple which is in Jerusalem. Jesus says it will be desolate and that this will happen in THEIR generation. He is NOT talking about his 2nd advent a couple thousand years later.)

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. Matt. 24:1 
(The context being spoken about here is the temple in Jerusalem. The temple was the pride and glory of the Jewish people as it was a very impressive structure.)

And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Matt. 24:2 (There was nothing more improbable than to predict the destruction of the temple in the very short time of only 40 years. But because the Jews killed the prophets and also Jesus, and rejected their message, this was to be the result of their sins. They wanted the Messiah to set up the kingdom with them as rulers. But Jesus knew that in order to set up his kingdom, he had to remove the old types. The priesthood of the temple and the sacrifices of the temple had to be destroyed.)

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Matt. 24:3
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? Mark 13:4
And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? Luke 21:7 (The book of Matthew has the most confusing language. In Matthew, "thy coming" is referencing "these things" which is referencing the destruction of the temple, not the 2nd coming of Christ. Notice Mark and Luke have no reference to the a 2nd coming of Christ. In Matthew, "end of the world" is referencing the end of the Jewish age, Jewish nation, or time period. The word "world" is more properly translated as "age." This is not talking about the end times or the 2nd coming of Christ, but the 1st century destruction of the temple which occurred in 70 ad. EVERYTHING Jesus says in his answer following this is to be interpreted within the context of this specific question the apostles asked him.)

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matt. 24:4-5 
(Because of the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9, many knew that the Messiah would come around the time that he did. So people were on the look out for the Messiah. Unfortunately many false prophets took advantage of this and deceived many of that time to believe and follow after false Christs claiming to be the Messiah.)

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matt. 24:6-8 (After Messiah's death there were so many civil wars between the Jews and the Romans that the Jewish historian Josephus didn't see the need to write about them in great detail. Literal earthquakes were reported, and food shortage and economic calamities result from civil wars. But this is not talking about the end times. Jesus is warning his people of actual things that will occur before the destruction of Jerusalem.)

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Matt. 24:9
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. Luke 21:12 (Almost all of the apostles died cruel deaths as martyrs. Luke clarifies that this isn't talking about those that may die and be persecuted before Christ's 2nd coming, but that these things will happen before the calamities of verses 6-8 which occurs before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 ad.)

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matt. 24:10-13 (People had to choose sides during that time. The book of Luke clarifies that many family members and friends separated due to their beliefs. It was a time of great confusion with all the false prophets, the sins of the Jews, and civil wars mounting. If believers weren't strong in their faith, their faith diminished due to all that was happening. Those that endure in the faith and to the warning of Jesus given in verse 15 and 16, then they will be saved.)

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matt. 24:14 (The apostles did indeed preach the gospel throughout all of the Roman Empire before the destruction of Jerusalem. They all received the great commission from Jesus before his ascension, then received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and then dispersed after the great persecution upon the stoning of Stephen.)

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Matt. 24:15
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Luke 21:20 (Here Jesus tells of the sign for his people to flee. They are not to listen to all the false prophets telling them to stay and wait for God to save them, as the destruction of Jerusalem was foretold to happen. Luke defines for us what the abomination of desolation is. It is the Roman Army when they surround the city. This occurred in 66 ad. That is the sign to flee and the destruction is near. The prophet Daniel spoke of this in Daniel 9:26-27 speaking about the abomination of desolation being the people of the prince which is the Roman army. God caused the Roman army to leave once this sign took place in order to allow his people time to flee and be saved.)

Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Matt. 24:16-20 (This is not for us today. It is for those that lived in Judaea during this time under the context of the time period of the Jerusalem's destruction, not the end times. This also speaks of the urgency in which God's people are commanded to depart. Having children or being pregnant will make this flight difficult and more dangerous. Winter whether would cause difficulty and danger in their flight as well. If on the Sabbath day, the gates to the city would be closed and the Jews would not allow them to travel far enough out of the reach of danger. Jesus said to pray for the conditions to be right for their flight, but the destruction of Jerusalem could not be prayed for in terms of stopping it as it was foretold to take place as it was written.)

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matt. 24:21 (The Jewish historian Josephus records for us the extent of the persecution of that time toward the Jews. More people may have been killed in other accounts in world history, but the shear horror of the scene and the close proximity in which all the deaths took place, there has not ever nor will ever be anything like it. The Jews declared in Matthew 27:25 when condemning Jesus to death, "His blood be on us, and on our children.")

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matt. 24:22 (Daniel 12 testifies of 1290 days from the abomination of desolation in the fall of 66 ad to the spring of 70 ad when the Roman army flooded the city. The siege lasted 45 days and abruptly ended fulfilling the 1335 days prophesied. Had God not divinely stopped the siege, everyone would have died.)

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. Matt. 24:23-26 (Jesus is warning his people not to be deceived by all these false teachers. He is telling his people that he will not return before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.)

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matt. 24:27 (The coming is said to be as quick as lightning. The Roman army's siege of Jerusalem is the coming of the Son of man spoken here as they are the "people of the prince" sent to to destroy the city. Jesus oversaw the attack and sent the attack. The Roman army represented Christ as they were used by him to execute his judgment on the Jewish nation.)

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Matt. 24:28 (The carcase is dying Jerusalem and the Jews within it. The eagles are the Roman army that swoops in like flying vultures to devour dead bodies.)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Matt. 24:29  
(The sun references the High Priest. The moon references the Jewish council. And the stars reference the Rabbis. The Jewish leadership and power structure is removed and destroyed. This is not referencing literal happenings in outer space as this is often how it is described in scripture of power structures falling from power.)

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matt. 24:30 ("Earth" is referencing the tribes of the land, not the whole earth. Clouds refers to judgment. So it is not talking about Jesus being literally seen in the clouds coming to earth as in his 2nd coming at the end times. It is talking about Jesus coming in judgment(the clouds) by sending the Roman army against them, to desolate the temple and remove the Jewish leaders from power.)

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. 24:31 (Jerusalem and the temple has now been desolated. The old types have been removed. Jesus set up his kingdom in the 1st century with himself as the King who will return to rule. His disciples as the priesthood to rule with him at his return. The physical bodies of the believers as the new temple in which God dwells. The great commission is to go make disciples of all nations. The angels reference human messengers of the great commission.)

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Matt. 24:32-33 
(Jesus is saying that when you see the warnings in which he has given them, that is the sign that the destruction of Jerusalem is near.)

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matt. 24:34  (A biblical generation is 40 years. Jesus spoke these words in 31 ad. 40 years later all had been fulfilled.)

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matt. 24:35 (The words Jesus spoke were 100% sure to happen.)

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matt. 24:36  
(It was not meant for anyone to know the exact time of the siege, but only to warn of when it will be near. This is not talking about the end times of Christ's 2nd advent as most people use this verse.)

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matt. 24:37-39 (Jesus compares this time to the days of Noah as the Jews will be about their daily lives and will ignore the warning signs he has given just as Noah was ignored. But again the coming of the Son of man has already been put into proper context. It's not talking about the 2nd advent of Christ.)

Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Matt. 24:40-41 ("Taken" means either killed or taken captive by the Roman army. "Left" means to be delivered from the Roman army by God's providence. The is not talking about the rapture where people supposedly disappear out of nowhere.)

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matt. 24:42-44 
(Jesus gave the warning signs to watch for. The abomination of desolation being the most important and that being the Roman army surrounding Jerusalem. His people would recognize the signs, but the Jews would not.)

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matt. 24:45-51 
(Who will faithfully listen to Jesus' words and follow his instruction and be blessed as a ruler in his coming kingdom? And who would not listen and be destroyed?)