Many people try to make Matthew 24 about the church/Christians/believers but I do not believe they can make a convincing argument with scripture for that assertion but I am willing to be proven wrong, if, you have something more than just your opinions and can answer my questions, all of them, can you?
24:1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
2 And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
1) A Jewish Rabbi, talking to His Jewish disciples about the Jewish temple, does anyone see the church in there?
Jewish = 1 church = 0
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
2) Jews sitting on the Mount of Olives and the disciples are asking about the destruction of their temple when it will happen, how does the church figure into this?
Jewish = 2 church = 0
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, " See to it that no one misleads you.
5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
8 " But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
3) Do you see any reference to the church in those verses? No, neither do I.
Jewish = 3 church = 0
9 " Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
4) Is Jesus still talking to the Jews, did they suffer tribulation, death and hatred by all nations because of Jesus’ name? Can that be said about the church, is the church hated by all nations because of Jesus’ name?
Jewish = 4 church = 0
10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
5) At that time, what time? The answer is a few verses down. Are prophets associated more with the church or with the Jews? How can a false prophet cause the church to be mislead?
Jewish = 5 church = 0
12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
13 " But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
6) Can you quote scripture that states the church must endure to the end to be saved? Is a person saved when they accept Christ and are they part of the church at that time?
Jewish = 6 church = 0
14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
7) Would you say that is a good hint as to when the end will come?
15 "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place ( let the reader understand),
8) Abomination of desolation standing in the holy place spoken through Daniel, what does that have to do with the church? Since Jesus specifically referenced the prophet Daniel and the Jewish temple, so would this be important to the church or to the Jews?
8a) Does Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15 make the timing of the GT perfectly clear as well as who it pertains to?
Jewish = 7 church = 0
16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
9) Is the church only in Judea and why would it need to flee to the mountains? What about the church in other locales, to where would they flee? They would not, this is clearly addressed to the Jews of Judea which in the time this was written referred to Israel.
9a) This is not the first time that the Jews had to flee Jedia.
Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. (Zechariah 14:3-5)
9b) Is there anything whatsoever to do with believers?
Jewish = 8 church = 0
17 " Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
10) How many believers do you know that use their “housetops”, in comparison to the custom of many homes in Israel in Biblical times, that use the housetop as a patio or porch?
Jewish = 9 church = 0
18 " Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.
19 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
11) Can you explain how either of these admonishments can apply to believers?
Jewish = 10 church = 0
20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
12) Believers cover most of the world so why would it make any difference to those in Australia if it was winter in Judea? The mountains in Judea can be treacherous in the winter so it could make a huge difference for them.
12a) Why would believers be concerned about fleeing on the Sabbath? Whereas, Jews were forbidden to go more than 1000 paces on the Sabbath. Does this make sense for believers or, for Jews?
Jewish = 11 church = 0
21 "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
13) Daniel 9:24-27, Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 -18, very clearly establishes the time frame for the GT as spoken of by Jesus. Matthew 24 is about the Jews in the “last days” and has nothing whatsoever to do with believers other than informational purposes as to God’s plan for His chosen people. If those who believe differently can provide plausible, scriptural, as it is written, answers to the questions asked, you would convince me that I am wrong in my interpretation.