Three Critical Exegetical Issues In Matthew 24: A Dispensational Interpretation -- By: Neil D. Nelson, Jr.

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 11:33 (Aug 2007)
Article: Three Critical Exegetical Issues In Matthew 24: A Dispensational Interpretation
Author: Neil D. Nelson, Jr.


Three Critical Exegetical Issues In Matthew 24: A Dispensational Interpretation

Neil D. Nelson Jr., Ph.D.

Professor of Greek and New Testament, Calvary Theological Seminary

The Olivet Discourse in Matthew 2425 contains the fullest record of the Lord’s prophetic teaching during His earthly ministry. Each of the five great discourses (or sermons) by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (chs. 57, 10, 13, 18, 2425) are of utmost significance to His followers, but the Olivet Discourse is given a unique importance since Matthew added the word “all” to the formula at its conclusion by which he ends each discourse.1 The end of the discourse reads: “When Jesus had finished all these sayings.. . .” (Matt 26:1 ESV). 2 In other words, it is the culmination of the great blocks of teaching in Matthew. Indeed, it is Jesus’ Farewell Discourse or Testament in Matthew’s Gospel.3

Jesus, like biblical leaders before Him, such as Jacob (Gen 47:2949:33), Moses (Deut 31:1—34:38), Joshua (Josh 23:124:30), Samuel (1 Sam 12:1–25), and David (1 Chron 2829), near to the occasion of His death prepared His followers to face the future without His physical presence. Farewell discourses usually contain warnings concerning false teachers (Matt 24:4, 5, 11, 23–26; cf. Acts 20:17–18; 2 Tim 2:16–18; 3:1–8; 2 Pet 2:1–22; You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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