Rightly dividing Matthew 24

Matthew 24 has been wrongly divided for so long that confusion reigns to those who attempt to follow man’s doctrines.  The key to understanding the chapter is in the first 3 verses.   Three questions are asked of the disciples to Jesus.  Jesus answers these questions in order for the rest of the chapter.  This rings true for Mark 13 and Luke 21 as well.  The three questions are:

  1. When will these things be?   The context is the destruction of the temple that Jesus states in the previous verse that not one stone will be left upon another.
  2. What is the sign of your coming?
  3. and the end of the age?

The chapter clearly speaks of these three events in this order.  However, this really messes with the mainstream doctrines that teach that all of the chapter is futuristic.  the fact remains that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD and not one stone was left upon another because the gold melted between the stones in the fire causing the gold hunters to remove the stones to find the gold.   The fact continues to remain that Jesus answered the disciples question directly concerning the temple’s destruction.  The understanding is simple and concise.  Follow the simple and concise Words of Scripture and reject the complicated confusion of men.