New Defender's Study Bible Notes
24:4 Take heed. Christ’s warning is especially urgent today, when there are so many “false Christs, and false prophets” (Matthew 24:24) deceiving many. There are many similar warnings to “take heed” in the New Testament (for example: Luke 21:34; Acts 20:28-29; Hebrews 3:12; I Corinthians 10:12; I Timothy 4:16; and especially II Peter 1:19).
24:5 saying, I am Christ. They would not claim to be “Jesus” but “the Christ.” This prediction has been fulfilled innumerable times all through Christian history. With the modern expansion of the New Age movement, this phenomenon is exploding, with many cults teaching that each person can be a “Christ” if he meets their criteria.
24:6 wars. Worldwide, at least one major war has been going on in eleven out of every twelve years since the time of Christ. At the present world time are estimated to be at least forty wars—small and large, civil or international—going on in the world.
24:6 must come to pass. This has been a remarkably fulfilled prophecy for almost two thousand years, as unlikely as it surely seemed at the time it was made.
24:9 Then. The parallel passage in Luke interjects at this point: “But before all these [that is, before the complex of signs just mentioned, and all during the ordinary course of the age], they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you” (Luke 21:12). The entire age between Christ’s first and second comings would be characterized by various forms of persecution of both Jews and Christian believers. This prophecy also has been fulfilled.
24:11 false prophets. In addition to the “false christs” (Matthew 24:5,24), there would be “many false prophets” throughout the Christian era, and this prophecy also has been abundantly fulfilled, more than ever in recent years.
24:13 endure unto the end. That is, those who endure whatever suffering and persecution the Lord allows to come their way without giving up their professed faith and denying the Lord are those who are truly saved. “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12).
24:15 Daniel the prophet. The Lord here confirms that Daniel really was a “prophet,” in spite of the claim by some modern critics.
24:15 whoso readeth. This interesting parenthesis implies that this warning must be “read.” It could not apply to Christ’s immediate audience, both because they had heard it, and also because they would not be living at the time of its fulfillment. Other Scriptures indicate that all true Christians will already have been “caught up” by the Lord Jesus at the first event associated with His second coming (I Thessalonians 4:17), so that those still on the earth during this period must read these events in the Bible or Christian literature in order to learn of them. It is important, therefore, right now, for believers to blanket the earth with Bibles and sound books of Christian evidences and Bible exposition, to counter the evolutionary pantheistic humanism that will be the enforced world religion during this coming period.
24:24 signs and wonders. False christs and false prophets will have been present throughout the Christian era (Matthew 24:5, 11), but their number will be multiplied during the tribulation, when the New Age occultic demon-energized teaching will reach their zenith, including demonic miracles to authenticate their claims.