When Will These Things Be?

When Will These Things Be?

THERE WAS AN OCCASION when Jesus’ disciples pointed out to him the splendid buildings of the Jerusalem temple. It was one of the wonders of the ancient world, and the Jews were immensely proud of it. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” (Matthew 24:1–3). Understandably, the disciples would have been alarmed at the warning that their fabulous temple was going to be destroyed. They wanted to know more. Jesus went on to tell them. Matthew 24 is often known as the ‘Olivet prophecy’ (because it was