In regard to concerns about the “end times” Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More cautions the A disciple is a person who accepts and follows the pronouncements of a teacher. Jesus chose twelve disciples (also called "apostles" in some of the Gospels) to follow him and bear witness to his message Anyone who (like them) follows Jesus is engaged in Christian... More community not to be mislead by false promises about the The Messiah was the one who, it was believed, would come to free the people of Israel from bondage and exile. In Jewish thought the Messiah is the anticipated one who will come, as prophesied by Isaiah. In Christian thought Jesus of Nazareth is identified... More, but rather to be encouraged by the promise that there will be clear signs when the Son of Man comes to gather his chosen ones.
The disciples’ notice of the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More buildings calls for Jesus to remark on their future destruction (a remark that many readers see as a clue to the dating of A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples More as post destruction of the temple). The disciples immediately turn this to reflection on Jesus’ coming and ask “when” it will be and “what sign” will accompany it. Jesus warns that there will be catastrophic events and persecution because of his name, but cautions them not to be led astray by false messianic claims about the end. Instead they are to focus on the need for endurance and the promise that the good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed to all nations before the end (24:13-14; see also 28:18-20). There will be suffering, but they are not to be misled by false promises about the Messiah (24:15-28). Instead they should be encouraged by the promise that when the Son of Man comes he will gather his chosen ones (24:29-31), that the signs will be so clear as not to be missed (24:32-33), and that Gods’ words will abide firm and will never pass away (24:35).