2. The Pharisees and the Sadducees.
3. The soon to come destruction of Jerusalem along with the death and captivity of many by Titus and his army (See Learning Activities # 32 and # 33).
4. If John was warning those to whom he was speaking, the “wrath” would be occurring in their lifetime!
6. Judgment, that would soon be coming upon the Nation of Israel!
8. These pronouns refer to Jesus (See verse thirteen).
9. The gathering and separation of the wheat from the chaff is meant to picture judgment.
10. The judgment cannot be very far away in time as John pictures Jesus as already holding the instrument of judgment (fan, winnowing fork, shovel) in His hand!
12. This phrase indicates judgment.
13. The people to whom Jesus was speaking. His disciples, see Chapter 20 verse 45.
Verse 8 – “Take heed that ye be not deceived” “…go ye not therefore after them”
Verse 9 – “…when ye shall hear of wars and commotions…”
Verse 12 – “…they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues…”
Verse 13 – “…it shall turn to you for a testimony”
Verse 14 – “…therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer”
Verse 15 – “…I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries…”
Verse 16 – “And ye shall…and some of you…”
Verse 17 – “And ye shall be hated…”
Verse 18 – “…not an hair of your head…”
Verse 19 – “In your…ye your souls”
Verse 20 – “…when ye…”
14. This phrase means that all of the prophecy that went before which had not been fulfilled up to that date would be fulfilled at that time (the time of vengeance, the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70)!
16. Jesus was referring to the generation that He was speaking to and were in His presence at the time He was speaking!
18. Jesus was speaking to the women who were following Jesus.
19. The women were being told that a severe judgment was coming upon them!