Time to reblog this article I wrote a while back, showing that Jesus always spoke the truth, and He prophesied of the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, and it came to pass about 40 years after He prophesied of it around 30 AD, a few days before He was crucified. (see Matthew 23:36-39 and Matthew 24:1-3.) So, as the article shows, this was a “coming” in a sense of judgement, as in Revelation chapters 2-3, Isaiah 19:1, but it was not the second coming of Christ, which is still future to us. The Disciples questions in verse 3 mix the issue of 70 AD in with “the sign of your coming” and “of the end of the age”, so in Jesus’ answer, aspects of His second coming are mixed in with events of 70 AD. Matthew 24:36 starts a section of “that day”, which is only about His future second coming. Matthew 24:1-35 have a mixture of 70 AD in with a future second coming.
Jesus always spoke the truth.
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Indeed, Jesus Himself is the truth. John 14:6
And the words of the NT are the words of Jesus. Jesus predicted the destruction of the Jewish temple around 30 AD (Matthew 23:36-39; 24:1-3, 24:15), and it came to pass in 70 AD. (within that generation – see Matthew 24:34/Mark 13:30)
Paul Bilal Williams, has a post entitled “The Most Embarrassing verse in the Bible”, where he quotes C. S. Lewis and the famous atheist Bertrand Russell on Mark 13:30/Matthew 24:34.
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