Matthew 24:7

New Testament

4 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these things are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of my name. 10 Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another.

4 Ezra 13:31

2 Esdras

29 The day is near when the Most High will begin to bring deliverance to those on earth. 30 Then men will all be filled with great alarm; 31 they will plot to make war on one another, city on city, region on region, nation on nation, kingdom on kingdom. 32 When this happens, and all the signs that I have shown you come to pass, then my son will be revealed, whom you saw as a man rising from the sea. 33 On hearing his voice, all the nations will leave their own territories and their separate wars, 34 and unite in a countless host, as you saw in your vision, with a common intent to go and wage war against him.

 Notes and References

"... Other obstacles include both human (24:6-7) and natural (24:7) disasters, with Matthew's particular emphasis possibly lying on the former (Gundry 1982; 475-76). Jesus borrows traditional biblical language here (cf. 2 Chronicles 15:6, Isaiah 19:2, Jeremiah 51:46; for rumors of wars, cf. Daniel 11:44), echoed in some early Jewish texts (Sib. Oracles 3.636-37; 4 Ezra 13:31-32; cf. Tr. Shem 5:6, 6:13). By saying these disastesr 'must occur' (24:6), Jesus echoes the biblical and Jewish tradition of God's sovereignty over history and the events of the end time (Daniel 2:28-29, 45; Revelation 1:1) ..."

Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (p. 568) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009

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