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The Second Advent
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: 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. 24:29-30).
No consideration of the word of prophecy can be satisfactory which does not give full weight and importance to the last great prophetic utterance of the great prophet Himself. Let us approach it as worthy of and as commanding our deepest attention and closest consideration. We have not before us the visionary utterances of a mere enthusiast or the deceptive imaginations of a mere human, but the solemn prophetic announcement of "God manifest in the flesh."
Notice, first of all, that we have three records of two great prophecies: one recorded in Luke 21, and the other in Matthew 24 and Mark 23. These two statements appear to have been made on different occasions, in different places, and under different circumstances, and therefore naturally there is also a difference as to their subject matter.
In point of time, that recorded in Luke 21 appears to have been spoken first, and in the temple itself. Luke 21:5, "And as some spake of the temple . . . he said." It was "on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple" (20:1), probably on the Tuesday, and before He left the temple with His disciples.
But that recorded in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 was uttered, "As he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple." Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to Him and asked Him certain questions privately. Here, the words of Jesus are the answer to definite questions. "When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the en ...
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