Matthew 24:3 KJV 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?We addressed the first phrase recorded in each gospel account and found them to be one and the same question referring to the same "these things". The rest of the questions asked reveals a variance in wording and terms when all three gospels are compared. Futurists would contend this reveals further evidence of two different conversations in view and not one. The second phrase asks about a SIGN.
Mark 13:3-4 KJV And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, (4) Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Luke 21:7 KJV (7) 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?
Matthew 24:3 ...and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?We used rules of grammar for English literature in the first phrase to learn that the pronoun "these" pointed back to an antecedent that was stated immediately before the question in which this pronoun is found. That antecedent in all three gospels was Christ's reference to the temple destruction. While Matthew 24 does not mention that same pronoun again after the first question, Mark 13 and Luke 21 both do. Obviously the "these things" mentioned in both Mark and Luke's second question likewise point to the same antecedent that their first question did -- Christ's words about temple destruction. So, we have Mark asking when the temple destruction would occur and what sign would be given for the temple destruction. Luke repeats the same thing.
Mark 13:4 ...and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Luke 21:7 ...and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
Originally Posted by Dispensationalist
At the conclusion of the Luke explanation regarding the fate of Herod's Temple, Christ mentioned about THE END OF THE GENTILE AGE.......brought up by the four disciples in Matthew and Mark. (Mark is the twin of Matthew in the OD)
At the conclusion of the Luke explanation regarding the fate of Herod's Temple, Christ mentioned HIS COMING.
Matthew and Mark both point back to THESE references to describe THE SECOND CONVERSATION.
Mat 21:40-41 KJV When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? (41) They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.Destruction is noted in the coming of the Lord. Jerusalem is the vineyard!
Mat 21:33 KJV Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:All agree this is referring to Jerusalem with its "tower" of the temple. God's name is a strong tower, and the temple was built to stand as His name.
Isa 5:1-2 KJV Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: (2) And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Deu 12:5 KJV But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:So, using the same parable Isaiah used, Jesus spoke of Jerusalem and the temple as the vineyard and the tower, and this vineyard was to that which Jesus would come in destruction.
1Ki 11:36 KJV And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.