These questions will help prepare you for next Sunday afternoon’s lesson which will look at Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, which is called The Olivet Discourse. This teaching was given after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21; Mark 11; Luke 19) and before His crucifixion.
1. Who—what people—is Jesus’ teaching about (Matt 24:1-2; Mark 13:1-2; Luke 21:1-6)?
2. What are the two questions the disciples asked Jesus (Matthew 24:1-3; Mark 13:1-4; and Luke 21:5-7)?
3. Read Luke 21:7-24. Only Luke records Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ first question. What is the key phrase in Luke 21:12 showing when Jerusalem will be destroyed in relation to Christ’s return?
4. How long would Jerusalem be “trodden down by the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24)?
5. Read Matthew 24:4-26. Matthew’s account (and Mark 13:9-23) answers the disciples’ second question (Luke does not). What does Jesus say will happen and what things will be like in Matthew 24:5-14?
6. What is the “turning point” event in Matthew 24:15? Who does Jesus refer to here? What is the OT passage Jesus refers to?
7. What does Jesus say will happen and what things will be like in Matthew 24:15-28?
8. What does Jesus say will happen next (Matt 24:29-31)? How soon will these things happen (v. 29)?
9. Review—What are the two questions the disciples asked and Jesus answered, and which gospel answers which question?