Now, let’s go back to the beginning of the chapter. In Matthew 24:3, Jesus was asked three separate questions:
3 Now 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 end of the age?”
The first question is: what will be the sign of Your coming?
The second question is: what will be the sign of the end of the age?
The third question is: when will these things be?
Jesus answered all three questions, but added two sets of information which the disciples did not ask about, which are: what needs to have happened already before the actual sign occur? and what you need to avoid believing concerning the second coming?
So, let’s analyse all of these four points but in a different order:
-I-What you need to avoid believing concerning the second coming?
It is important to note that this part of Jesus answer was the part that the disciple did not ask about, yet Jesus put it at the front of his reply.
1- Don’t be deceived by lies: “4 …“Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’…”
2- Don’t fret when you see big things happening before the ultimate sign: “6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
-II-What needs to have happened already before the actual sign occurs?
1- “6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars…”7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
2- “7 And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
3-“9and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” “9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you,”
4- “10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another.
5- 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. and in verse 5, he said about this: “5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.“
6- 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
7- 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
-III- What will be the signs of Your coming? Major events happening at the same time, etc.
IV-When will these things be? An exact date.
-V-What will be the sign of the end of the age? What are the major events that will take place when this age comes to an end?
What is the meaning of age in this context?
Most people confuse between the end of the age, the end of time, the end of the world and the end of the universe. So, what is an age in the history of humanity from a biblical perspective?