Spurgeon on the Coming of the Son of Man

“To them the appearance was glorious; but to their Lord it was a sad sight. His Father’s house, which ought to have been a house of prayer for all nations, had became a den of thieves, and soon would be utterly destroyed:

“Jesus said unto them, ‘See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’

“Josephus tells us that Titus at first tried to save the temple, even after it was set on fire, but his efforts were of no avail; and at last he gave orders that the whole city and temple should be levelled, except a small portion reserved for the garrison.

“This was so thoroughly done that the historian says that “there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited.”

(From “An Awful Premonition” in 12 Sermons on the Second Coming of Christ)

“The Kingly Prophet foretold the time of the end: ‘Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.’ It was before that generation had passed away that Jerusalem was besieged and destroyed. There was a sufficient interval for the full proclamation of the gospel by the apostles and evangelists of the early Christian Church, and for the gathering out of those who recognized the crucified Christ as their true Messiah.

“Then came the awful end, which the Savior foresaw and foretold, and the prospect of which wrung from his lips and heart the sorrowful lament that followed his prophecy of the doom awaiting his guilty capital.”

“The King left his followers in no doubt as to when these things should happen: ‘Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.’ It was just about the ordinary limit of a generation when the Roman armies compassed Jerusalem, whose measure of iniquity was then full, and overflowed in misery, agony, distress, and bloodshed such as the world never saw before or since. Jesus was a true Prophet; everything that he foretold was literally fulfilled.”

(From Matthew, The Gospel of the Kingdom)

“This portion of our Saviour’s words [in Matthew 24:15-21, the Abomination of Desolation] appears to relate solely to the destruction of Jerusalem.

“As soon as Christ’s disciples saw ‘the abomination of desolation,’ that is, the Roman ensigns, with their idolatries, ‘stand in the holy place,’ they knew that the time for their escape had arrived; and they did flee to the mountains.”

(From Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom)

“[Concerning Matthew 24:16,] The Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding towns and villages, ‘in Judea’, availed themselves of the first opportunity for eluding the Roman armies, and fled to the mountain city of Pella, in Perea, where they were preserved from the general destruction which overthrew the Jews.

“There was no time to spare before the final investment of the guilty city; the man ‘on the house-top’ could ‘not come down to take anything out of his house’, and the man ‘in the field’ could not ‘return back, to take his clothes.’

“They must flee to the mountains in the greatest haste the moment that they saw ‘Jerusalem compassed with armies’ (Luke 21:20).”

(From Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom)

“[Concerning Matthew 24:17,] ‘Then shall the end come.’ Before Jerusalem was destroyed, ‘this gospel of the kingdom.’ was probably ‘preached in all the world’ so far as it was then known.”

(From Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom)

“‘For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.’ Read the record written by Josephus of the destruction of Jerusalem, and see how truly our Lord’s words were fulfilled.

“The Jews impiously said, concerning the death of Christ, ‘His blood be on us, and on our children.’

“Never did any other people invoke such an awful curse upon themselves, and upon no other nation did such a judgment ever fall.

“We read of Jews crucified till there was no more wood for making crosses; of thousands of the people slaying one another in their fierce faction fights within the city; of so many of them being sold for slaves that they became a drug in the market, and all but valueless; – and of the fearful carnage when the Romans at length entered the doomed capital; and the blood-curdling story exactly bears out the Savior’s statement uttered nearly forty years before the terrible events occurred.

“The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything that the world has ever witnessed, either before or since. Even Titus seemed to see in his cruel work the hand of an avenging God.”

(From Commentary on Matthew)

 “It would be easy to show that at our present rate of progress the kingdoms of this world never could become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. Indeed, many in the Church are giving up the idea of it except on the occasion of the advent of Christ, which, as it chimes in with our own idleness, is likely to be a popular doctrine. I myself believe that King Jesus will reign, and the idols be utterly abolished…The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His holy name that He was not able to convert the world.”

(From “On the Increase of His Government”)


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