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21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into
the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two
And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow has cast in
more than they all. For all these have of their abundance cast in unto
the offerings of God but she of her penury
has cast in all the living that she had.
21:5,6 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly
stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which you behold, the days
will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another,
that shall not be thrown down.
21:7 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?.(amplified
in Matthew 24:3)
21:8 And he said, Take heed
that you be not deceived.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ.(saying
that He indeed
Christ; many will use His
name to further their own
deceiving others, like
this) and the time draws near.
you not therefore after them.(stay
away from deceivers).
21:9,10 But when you shall hear of wars and commotions (original
includes 'confusion', 'instability'),
be not terrified. For these things must
first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto
them, Nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom;
21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places and famines and
pestilences and fearful sights and great
signs shall there be from heaven.
21:12,13 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. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate before what
you shall answer,
21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries
shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
21:16,17 And you shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren and
kinsfolks and friends.(Micah
some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And you shall be hated
of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head
21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
21:19 In your patience.(word
'patience' here means 'patient enduring', 'perseverance', keeping at it).possess
you your souls.(wait
for things to come to you, why?;
don't be hasty in scrambling
to get them because the Soulof
all knows your needs and wants:.Matthew
21:20 And when you shall see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21:21 Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains and let
them which are in the midst of it depart out and let not them that are
in the countries enter thereinto.
21:22 For these be the days
of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Not long after
these words were said by Emmanuel, this
21:23 But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck,
in those days! For there shall be great
distress in the land and wrath upon this people.
21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword and shall be led
away captive into all nations.(2Chronicles
36:10). And Jerusalem shall be
trodden down of the Gentiles until the
times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
New Testament Notes:.at
the time this was spoken, no event was more improbable than this. The temple
was vast, rich, splendid. It was the pride of the nation and the nation
was at peace. Yet in the short space of forty years all
this was exactly accomplished. Jerusalem was taken by the Roman
armies, under the command of Titus in 70 A.D..The
of the siege
and destruction of the city is left us by Josephus,
an historian of undoubted.veracity
He was a Jewish priest. In the wars of which he gives
an account, he fell into the hands of the Romans
and remained with them during the siege and destruction of the city.
21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the
so this happened
in 70 A.D.).and
upon the earth distress.(original
'in great need'; perhaps food, money, health).of
nations, with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring.(Revelation
17:15; Isaiah 8:7);
21:26,27 Men's hearts failing them for fear.(so
much fear that they lacked courage and strength).and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers
of heaven shall be shaken.(the
of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.). And then
shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud.(*).with
power and great glory.
21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and
lift up your heads, for your redemption draws nigh.
21:29 And he spake to them a parable;
Behold the fig tree and all the trees;
21:30 When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves
that summer is now nigh at hand.
21:31 So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know
you that the kingdom of God.(the
kingdom of God is within you and is the
higher consciousness realm).is
near at hand..(they
thought Emmanuel was coming back very soon to set up a new physical kingdom
of the ancient nation of Israel:.Acts
1:3,6,7; they didn't understand this new kingdom was going to be set
up in the hearts of believers:.Luke
21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation.(what
not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting.(excesses;
example, dealing with a lottery win shows what one is really like,
of the ego level or of
drunkenness and cares of this life and so that
day come upon you unawares.
21:35 For as a snare it comes on all them that dwell on the face of
the whole earth.
21:36 Watch you therefore and pray always.(how
can you pray always? what does this
mean? It's stupid!), that you may be
accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and
to stand before the Son of man.
21:37,38 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple and at night
he went out and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.
And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for
to hear him.