The Parables on the Mount of Olives
Jesus at the Mount of Olives
Matthew xxiv: 1,
to xxv: 46;
Mark xiii: 1 to 37,
Luke xxi: 5 to 38.
Jesus had spoken his last words to the people and
their rulers, he walked out of the Temple with his
disciples. As they were passing through the great
gates on the east of the Temple the disciples said
to Jesus, "Master, what a splendid building this is!
Look at these great stones in the foundation!"
Jesus answered his disciples, "Do you see these
great walls? The time is coming when these buildings
shall be thrown down; when not one stone that you
are looking upon shall be left in its place; when
the very foundations of this house and this city
shall be torn up!"
These words filled the followers of Jesus with the
deepest sorrow, for they loved the Temple and the
city of Jerusalem, as all Jews loved it, and to them
it all seemed the ruin of the whole world. Yet they
believed the words of their Master, for they knew
that he was a prophet, whose words were sure to come
to pass, and that he was more than a prophet, even
the son of God. They walked with Jesus down into the
valley of the brook Kedron, and up the slopes of the
Mount of Olives. On the top of the mountain they
looked down upon the Temple and the city; and then
some of the disciples said to Jesus:
"Master, tell us when shall these dreadful things
be? Give us some sign, that we may know when they
Then Jesus sat down with his disciples on the
mountain and told them of many things that were to
come upon the city and the world; how wars should
arise, and earthquakes and diseases should break
forth; how enemies were to come and fight against
Jerusalem, and destroy it and scatter its people;
and how trouble should arise upon all the earth. And
he told them that he would sometime come again, as
the Lord of all; and that all who believe in him
should watch, and be ready to meet him. Then he gave
the Parable of "The Ten Young Women." This was the
"There were ten young women who were going out one
night with their lamps in their hands to meet a
wedding party. Five of these young women were wise,
and five were foolish. Those that were foolish took
with them their lighted lamps, but had no more oil
than that which was in the lamps; but each of the
wise young women carried also a bottle of oil. It
was night, and while they were waiting for the
bridal party they all fell asleep. At midnight they
were all awaked by the sudden cry, 'The bridegroom
is coming! Go out to meet him!'
"Then all the young women rose up, and trimmed their
lamps. And the foolish ones said, 'Let us have some
of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
"But the other young women said, 'Perhaps there will
not be enough for us and for you too; go to those
who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.'
"The young women who had no oil went away to buy;
and while they were away the bridal party came, and
those that were ready went in with them to the
feast; and then the door was shut. And afterward the
other young women came, knocking on the door, and
calling out, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
"But he said, 'I do not know you.'
"And he would not open the door. Watch, therefore,
for you do not know the day nor the hour when your
Lord will come."
Jesus also gave to his disciples another parable or
picture of what shall come to pass at the end of the
world. He said:
"When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and
all the angels of God shall come with him, then he
shall sit on his glorious throne as King. And before
him shall be brought together all the people of the
world; and he shall divide them, and make them stand
apart, just as a shepherd divides the sheep from the
goats. And he shall put his sheep on his right hand,
and the goats on his left. Then the King shall say
to those on his right hand, 'Come, ye, whom my
Father has blessed; come, and take the kingdom which
God has made ready for you. For I was hungry, and
you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me
drink; I was a stranger, and you took me into your
home; I was naked, and you gave me clothes; I was
sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you
came to me.'
"Then all those on the right of the King will say:
" 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and feed thee?
or thirsty and gave thee drink? And when did we see
thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked and gave
thee clothes? And when did we see thee sick, or in
prison, and come to thee?'
"And the King shall answer, and shall say to them:
" 'Inasmuch as you did it to one of these my
brothers, even the very least of them, you did it to
"Then the King shall turn to those on his left hand,
and shall say to them:
" 'Go away from me, ye cursed ones, into the
everlasting fire which has been made ready for the
devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave
me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
I was a stranger, and you did not open your doors to
me; I was naked, and you gave me no clothes; I was
sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.'
"Then shall they answer him:
" 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or
a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did
not help thee?'
"And the King shall say to them:
" 'Inasmuch as you did it not to one of these the
least of my brothers, you did it not to me.'
"And the wicked shall go away to be punished
forever; but the righteous unto everlasting life."
After these words, Jesus went with his disciples
again to Bethany.
Jesus at the Mount of Olives