Matthew 24 is one of the great chapters of the Bible. Jesus gives us a revelation of what will happen during this last age and how God’s people are affected. The Lord’s task was to prepare the disciples for the long delay until He returns to set up His Kingdom (Mt.25:19; Lk.19:11,12).
In verse 2 the temple was to be destroyed, “not one stone shall be left upon another.” This happened in 70 A.D. The disciples were very curious as to the SIGN of His coming (parousia-arriving presence) and the end of the age (aionios). The SIGN of His coming was to be when He comes “on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt.24:30).