Matthew 24:33 Index
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
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" . . . when ye shall see . . . "

  • Emphasis is on personal recognition of the signs and an understanding of their import. Christians are to distinguish between the "great signs and wonders" of the false prophets (Matthew 24:24), and the true signs mentioned by Jesus. They are to differentiate between those things which Jesus foretold wold mark "the beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:8) at a time when "the end is not yet" (Matthew 24:6), and the signs that would indicate that His return "is near, even, at the doors" (Matthew 24:33). (5BC 503)
  • The time is near when the large cities will be visited by the judgments of God. In a little while these cities will be terribly shaken. No matter how large or how strong their buildings, no matter how many safeguards against fire may have been provided, let God touch these buildings, and in a few minutes or a few hours they are in ruins.
    • The ungodly cities of our world are to be swept away by the besom of destruction. In the calamities that are now befalling immense buildings and large portions of cities God is showing us what will come upon the whole earth. He has told us: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh (Matthew 24:32): so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it [the coming of the Son of man] is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33). (7T 83)

" . . . all these things . . ."

  • This does not include the "signs" of the Son of man in (Matthew 24:30), because when this is visible Jesus is already coming in the clouds - not simply "at the doors." The expression "these things" goes back to the signs of (Matthew 24:29), in particular, but also includes other events and signs Jesus mentions as taking place prior to the end. For a complete list of these see Mark 13 and Luke 21. (5BC 503)

" . . . it is near . . . "

  • The Greek may also be translated, "He is near."
  • "It" would refer to the advent of Jesus. In either case the meaning is the same. The reading "He" is preferred in DA 632. (5BC 503)
  • Though no man knoweth the day nor the hour of His coming, we are instructed and required to know when it is near. We are further taught that to disregard His warning, and refuse or neglect to know when His advent is near, will be as fatal for us as it was for those who lived in the days of Noah not to know when the flood was coming. And the parable in the same chapter, contrasting the faithful and the unfaithful servant, and giving the doom of him who said in his heart, “My Lord delayeth His coming” (Matthew 24:48), shows in what light Christ will regard and reward those whom He finds watching, and teaching His coming, and those denying it. “Watch therefore” (Matthew 24:42), He says. “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing” (Matthew 24:46). “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee” Revelation 3:3. (GC 371)

" . . . even at the doors . . . "

  • That is, His next step will be through the door. (5BC 503)
  • At the close of the great papal persecution, Christ declared, the sun should be darkened, and the moon should not give her light. Next, the stars should fall from heaven. And He says, “Learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh (Matthew 24:32): so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that He is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).
    • Christ has given signs of His coming. He declares that we may know when He is near, even at the doors. He says of those who see these signs, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34).These signs have appeared. Now we know of a surety that the Lord's coming is at hand. “Heaven and earth shall pass away,” He says, “but My words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). (DA 632)
  • The Saviour's prophecy concerning the visitation of judgments upon Jerusalem is to have another fulfillment, of which that terrible desolation was but a faint shadow. In the fate of the chosen city we may behold the doom of a world that has rejected God's mercy and trampled upon His law. Dark are the records of human misery that earth has witnessed during its long centuries of crime. The heart sickens, and the mind grows faint in contemplation. Terrible have been the results of rejecting the authority of Heaven. But a scene yet darker is presented in the revelations of the future. The records of the past,—the long procession of tumults, conflicts, and revolutions, the “battle of the warrior ... with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood” (Isaiah 9:5),—what are these, in contrast with the terrors of that day when the restraining Spirit of God shall be wholly withdrawn from the wicked, no longer to hold in check the outburst of human passion and satanic wrath! The world will then behold, as never before, the results of Satan's rule.
    • But in that day, as in the time of Jerusalem's destruction, God's people will be delivered, everyone that shall be found written among the living. (Isaiah 4:3). Christ has declared that He will come the second time to gather His faithful ones to Himself: “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 glory (Matthew 24:30). 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” (Matthew 24:31). Then shall they that obey not the gospel be consumed with the spirit of His mouth and be destroyed with the brightness of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Like Israel of old the wicked destroy themselves; they fall by their iniquity. By a life of sin, they have placed themselves so out of harmony with God, their natures have become so debased with evil, that the manifestation of His glory is to them a consuming fire.
    • Let men beware lest they neglect the lesson conveyed to them in the words of Christ. As He warned His disciples of Jerusalem's destruction, giving them a sign of the approaching ruin, that they might make their escape; so He has warned the world of the day of final destruction and has given them tokens of its approach, that all who will may flee from the wrath to come. Jesus declares: “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations” (Luke 21:25Matthew 24:29Mark 13:24; Mark 13:25; Mark 13:26Revelation 6:12-17). Those who behold these harbingers of His coming are to “know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33). “Watch ye therefore” (Mark 13:35), are His words of admonition. They that heed the warning shall not be left in darkness, that that day should overtake them unawares. But to them that will not watch, “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-5). (GC 35-37)
  • After these signs, John beheld, as the great event next impending, the heavens departing as a scroll, while the earth quaked, mountains and islands removed out of their places, and the wicked in terror sought to flee from the presence of the Son of man (Revelation 6:12-17). (GC 334)
  • Are we to wait until the fulfillment of the prophecies of the end before we say anything concerning them? Of what value will our words be then? Shall we wait until God's judgments fall upon the transgressor before we tell him how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said? In clear, distinct rays light has come to us, showing us that the great day of the Lord is near at hand, “even at the doors.” Let us read and understand before it is too late.
    • We are to be consecrated channels, through which the heavenly life is to flow to others.  (9T 20)