Christ Teaches on the Widow’s Mite
Verse 1 – Then He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,
Verse 2 – and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.
Verse 3 – So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;
Verse 4 – “for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she had.”
The rich was proud of how much they gave, wanting everyone to see them giving. The widow gave out of her heart, not obligation or a spirit of pride.
Verse 5 – Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said,
Verse 6 – “As for these things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
This temple was not the temple built by Solomon. That temple had been destroyed during the Babylonians siege. This temple had been started by Ezra when the exiles returned from Babylon. This temple was not complete until A.D.63, some 30 years after Christ’s crucifixion. However, it was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Roman army.
Verse 7 – And they asked Him saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”
Verse 8 – And He said ” “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many, will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.
Verse 9 – “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
Verse 10 – Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
Verse 11 – “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
The appearance of people claiming to be the Messiah, date setting, and wars will continue throughout our present age. Earthquakes, famines, and plagues will intensify also. Some people like to call these happenings “Global Warming.” I say that because they don’t know scripture and there is a lot of money certain people can make when giving long-winded speeches. These are “birth pains,” because the end is near. Even if it’s 200 years from now, it’s closer than it ever was before. We, as Christians, are not to be ignorant of these signs!
Verse 12 – “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and rulers for My names’ sake.
Verse 13 – “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.
These persecutions soon began. Luke records many in the Book of Acts.
Verse 14 – “Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer;
Verse 15 – “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.
Verse 16 – “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will send some of you to your death.
Stephen was stoned to death; James, the brother of John, Herod killed with a sword, all were put to death except John, before the destruction of Jerusalem.
Verse 17 – “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.
Let me say this: These apostles were mocked, hated and put to death, because they preached the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and they lived what they preached. They weren’t hated because they were mean-spirited, thieves, or took advantage of others, like the Pharisees did.
Verse 18 – “But not a hair of your head shall be lost.
Verse 19 – “In your patience possesses your souls
None of Jesus followers will suffer spiritual or eternal loss.
Verse 20 – “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.
Verse 21 – “Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.
Verse 22 – “For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Verse 23 – “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.
Verse 24 – “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
It was a time of Judgement when the Roman army took siege of Jerusalem. The survivors of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, were spread all over the known world. From 70 until the emergence of the modern state of Israel in the mid-twentieth century, Jerusalem was controlled by Gentiles. The “time of the Gentiles,” refers to the current opportune time in which Gentile nations embrace the gospel. Israel is spiritually hardened and will remain so until near the end time (Romans 11:25, 26).
The Second Coming
Verse 25 – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
Verse 26 – “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.
These cosmic effects will cause great anxiety among the world population. I honestly don’t believe we have seen the half of it yet. Just this past year, we saw hurricanes and earthquakes that caused historic destruction. However, when the fullness of the shaking has come, we wont’ believe our eyes!
Verse 27 – “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Daniel 7:13 – “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.
Revelation1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him. And all tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Verse 28 – “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
When believers see these events start to happen, know that the Messiah’s return is near. However, for those who have rejected Him and are not paying attention, take heed, there will be no place to hide!
Parable of the Fig Tree
Verse 29 – And He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.
Verse 30 – “When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.
Verse 31 – “So you, likewise, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
Verse 32 – “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled.
The “generation” that is living when these things come to pass.
Verse 33 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Verse 34 – “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
Those who are not looking for Christ’s return, will be caught unaware. Those who fill their lives up with the cares of this world, are only concerned with themselves, won’t even know it is happening. Will we be caught doing the Fathers business, or will we not be thinking about His return at all?
Verse 35 – “For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Is this because the saints have already been resurrected?
Verse 36 – “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The only way a person is going to escape “all these things” is to be among those who are raptured before they happen.
Verse 37 – And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.
Verse 38 – Then early in the mourning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.