Luke 21

Chapter 21

21:8  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

And he said

See note on the Olivet discourse. (See Scofield "Matthew 24:3") .

21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.


Verses 20,24 are not included in the report of the Olivet discourse as given by Matthew and Mark. Two sieges of Jerusalem are in view in that discourse. Luke 21:20-24 refers to the siege by Titus, A.D. 70, when the city was taken, and verse 24 literally fulfilled. But that siege and its horrors but adumbrate the final siege at the end of this age, in which the "great tribulation" culminates. At that time the city will be taken, but delivered by the glorious appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:11-21 . The references in ; Matthew 24:15-28, ; Mark 13:14-26 are to the final tribulation siege; Luke 21:20-24 to the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. In Luke the sign is the compassing of Jerusalem by armies Luke 21:20 in ; Matthew 24:15 ; Mark 13:14 the sign is the abomination in the holy place. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 .

21:24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

trodden down of the Gentiles

The "times of the Gentiles" began with the captivity of Judah under Nebuchadnezzar 2 Chronicles 36:1-21, since which time Jerusalem has been under Gentile overlordship.

21:27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Son of man

(See Scofield "Matthew 8:20") .

21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.


(See Scofield "Romans 3:24") , See Scofield " Romans 8:19 ", See Scofield " Romans 8:23 "