Matthew 24:1-3 – The Olivet Discourse

Since chapter 21, we have seen Jesus performing His ministry within the temple in Jerusalem. The temple that Jesus ministered in is known as Herod’s temple and is actually considered the 3rd temple to have existed. The first temple was built by Solomon and was glorious and adorned with gold and precious jewels. However, this temple was destroyed by Babylon in 587 BC. The second temple, known as Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed around 516 BC. This temple fell greatly beneath the glory of Solomon’s temple. Through a political act to achieve favor with the Jews, Herod the Great began to remodel the second temple around 19 BC. This renovated third temple was the temple in which Jesus ministered.