3 ¶ And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
3 Verse 3. Tell us, when shall these things be?] There appear to
be three questions asked here by the disciples. 1st. When shall
these things be? viz. the destruction of the city, temple, and
Jewish state. 2dly. What shall be the sign of thy coming? viz. to
execute these judgments upon them, and to establish thy own
Church: and 3dly. When shall this world end? When wilt thou come
to judge the quick and the dead? But there are some who maintain
that these are but three parts of the same question, and that our
Lord's answers only refer to the destruction of the Jewish state,
and that nothing is spoken here concerning the LAST or judgment
End of the world] τουαιωνος; or, of the age, viz. the Jewish
economy, which is a frequent accommodated meaning of the word
αιων, the proper meaning of which is, as Aristotle (De Caelo)
observes, ETERNAL. αιων, quasi αειων continual being: and
no words can more forcibly point out eternity than these.
See Clarke on Ge 21:33.