Jesus has repeatedly taught who he is and how we should follow him. In this week’s readings, he teaches that perilous times will come but if we follow him, we will not fear but will find peace in him.
In these verses, the Savior turns to the signs that will precede his Second Coming and the end-time, illuminating a gap between the fall of Jerusalem and these future events. By borrowing language from the Old Testament that is difficult to grasp in places, Jesus predicts troubling portents in the heavens, on the earth, and among men and women.
“The point of the Sadducees’ (highly unlikely) scenario is to suggest that resurrection cannot be possible because if it were, a woman might end up with seven husbands in the next life…. This trap question is a testament of the strength of Jesus’ (and the Sadducees’) belief in marriage after death.”
The scriptures teach that the era preceding the second coming of the Savior will be perilous and filled with tribulation. When he does come, there will be an age of peace, harmony, and joy.
The phrase “the great and dreadful day of the Lord” should not be interpreted, as some say, to mean “great” for the righteous and “dreadful” for the wicked. The term “great” means large and powerful—something that no one should miss. The last days will be a difficult time for both the righteous and the wicked.
“Preparing for the Lord’s Return,” D. Todd Christofferson, General Conference April 2019
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is empowered and commissioned to accomplish the necessary preparations for the Lord’s Second Coming.
“Prophecies and Promises of Joseph Smith—Matthew,” D. Kelly Ogden, Religious Educator 3, no. 1, BYU Religious Studies Center
This verse-by-verse commentary on Joseph Smith—Matthew breaks the chapter into sections and suggests dates for each section.
“Joseph Smith—Matthew: Profiting from Prophecy,” George A. Horton Jr., The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations from God, BYU Religious Studies Center
Jesus has strongly emphasized the prophecies in Matthew 24 by repeating them. Calamities will come. The Savior will return. We must prepare.
“Matthew 24–25, the Olivet Discourse and Preparation Parables,” Robert Millet and Craig Blomberg, John A. Widtsoe Foundation Interfaith Conversations
The Olivet Discourse, Second Coming, and Parable of Preparation are the subject of a discussion between Latter-day Saint scholar Robert Millet and Evangelical theologian Craig Blomberg in this podcast.