Jack P. Lewis
Harding Graduate School of Religion
The Gospel According to Matthew
(On Matthew 24:13)
“The end here must be the fall of Jerusalem.” (Matthew 24:13; The Gospel According to Matthew: Part II, 13:53 – 28:20, The Living Word Commentary, gen. ed. Everett Ferguson, Austin, TX: Sweet Publishing Company, 1976, p. 122-123)
(On Matthew 24:14)
“How often this passage has been applied to the final end of the world! Some, seeing much of the world unevangelized, take comfort that the end us not near. However, most of the empire was evangelized before A.D.70 (1 Thess 1:8; Rom. 1:5,8; Col. 1:6,23).” (Matthew 24:13; The Gospel According to Matthew: Part II, 13:53 – 28:20, The Living Word Commentary, gen. ed. Everett Ferguson, Austin, TX: Sweet Publishing Company, 1976, p. 124)
(On Matthew 24:34)
“The meaning of generation (genea) is crucial to the interpretation of the entire chapter. While Scofield, following Jerome, contended that it meant the Jewish race, there is only one possible case in the New Testament (Luke 16:8) where the lexicon suggests that genea means race. There is a distinction between genos (race) and genea (generation). Others have argued that genea means the final generation; that is, once the signs have started, all these happenings would transpire in one generation (cf. 23:36). But elsewhere in Matthew genea means the people alive at one time and usually at the time of Jesus (1:17; 11:16; 12:39,41,45; 23:36; Mark 8:38; Luke 11:50f.; 17:25), and it doubtlessly means the same here. “ (The Gospel According to Matthew, Part 2; Living Word Commentary: Sweet Publishing, p. 128)
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Date: 22 Aug 2006
“The End” in Matthew 24:13 not only means the fall of Jerusalem, it means the end of Israel and the Jewish system. And “saved,” when all relevant Scriptures are considered, and within the limits of our human understanding, means soul salvation. If (and we pray for that possibility) God somehow, and at some point in time, redeems those who did not endure, then wonderful. But that is doubtful. It seems that the ones who did not endure to the end were not part of that faithful group to begin with.
1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
When the Gospel of Christ went out all over the world, (to every creature under heaven), many accepted Christ, and leave the Old System, but when situations arose to make holding on difficult, they fell away (Matthew 13; Hebrews 6:4-6).