Parallels between Luke 17 and Matthew 24

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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In trying to properly interpret Luke 17, I think it's useful to look at the parallels with Matthew 24. (I have not included Mark 13 parallels here, though there are many). I think it's important to see these passages in their own context and order. Matthew 24:1 begins with the destruction of the temple (with parallels to Luke 21:5-7), but I have begun Matthew's account where Luke 17 begins. Where a parallel is out of order, I have included it in smaller, gray-face type.

Matthew 24

Luke 17

[21] For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again. [22] If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Luke 21:23-24

[20] Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,

[23]At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.

[21a] nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,'

[21b]because the kingdom of God is within you."

[24] For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. [25] See, I have told you ahead of time.

 
 

[22] Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.

[26] "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.

[23] Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.

[27] For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

[24] For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

 

[25] But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

[28] Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

"Where, Lord?" they asked.
He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather." Luke 17:37

[29] "Immediately after the distress of those days
" 'the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'

[25] "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. [26] Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

[30] "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

[27] At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:25-28

[31] And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

 

[32] "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. [33] Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. [34] I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. [35] Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

[29] He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. [30] When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. [31] Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
[32] "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. [33] Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Luke 21:29-33

[36] "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

 

[37] As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. [38] For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; [39a] and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

[26] "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. [27] People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

 

[28] "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. [29] But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

[39b] That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

[30] "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

 

 

[31] On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. [32] Remember Lot's wife!

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

[33] Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

[40] Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. [41] Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

[34] I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. [35] Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."

Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. (Matthew 24:28)

[37] "Where, Lord?" they asked.
He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."

[42] "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. [43] But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. [44] So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Luke 12:39-40

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