The passages known as the Olivet discourse contain prophecies that Jesus
made about the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and about the end of the age
and his own return.
Many people think that these three passages are completely equivalent, but a close
look at them side by side shows that this is not the case. Matthew's and Mark's main
focus is the events of the end
of the age; they never actually deal with the destruction of the temple. Luke also
speaks of the end of the
age, but he deals specifically with the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.
Here, the three passages are set out side by side to demonstrate the similarities and the diferences.
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples
came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him,
Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly
stones and gifts, he said,
And 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.
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings?
there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which
there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto
him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and
what shall be
the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and
James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all
these things shall be fulfilled?
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things
be? and what sign will
there be when
these things shall come to pass?
The events of verses 12-24 go here in temporal sequence.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these
things must come
to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not
troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:
for these things must first come to pass; but the end is
not by and by.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in
8 All these are
the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be
famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom :
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and
pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to
councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be
brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
12 But before all
these vv 8-11,
they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you,
up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before
kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it
therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your
adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and
kinsfolks, and friends; and some
of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men
for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know
that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judæa flee to the mountains; and let
them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them
that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are
written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck,
in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and
wrath upon this people.
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.
shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:
and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought
beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but
whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it
is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the
father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents,
and shall cause them to be put to death.
13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that
shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken
of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth,
let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing
out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck
in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that
readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judæa flee to the mountains:
15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house,
neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take
up his garment.
17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck
in those days!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh
be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is
Christ, or there; believe it
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it
they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert;
go not forth: behold, he
is in the secret
chambers; believe it
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto
the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the
beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should
be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath
shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or,
lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew
signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto
the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see
one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not
after them, nor follow them.
24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part
under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so
shall also the Son of man be in his day.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And
he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will
the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days
shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken:
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened,
and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in
heaven shall be shaken.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those
things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven
shall be shaken.
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with
great power and glory.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with
power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and
they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together
his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth
to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and
lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it
is near, even
at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to
pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass,
till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that
summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye
that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till
all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
37 But as the days of Noe were,
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe
entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the
41 Two women shall be
grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what
watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not
have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his
house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house
cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Luke 17:26 And as it was in
the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the
Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were
given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the
ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did
eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted,
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained
fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and
his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it
away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not
32 Remember Lot's wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it;
and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one
bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be
taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,
and the other left.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this
life, and so
that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of
the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to
stand before the Son of man.