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Matthew 24:13

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

Arthur Pink
"and so much more as ye see the day approaching." There seems little room for doubt that the first reference here is to the destruction of the Jewish commonwealth, which was now very nigh for this epistle was written within less than eight years before Jerusalem was captured by Titus. That terrible catastrophe had been foretold, again and again, by Israel's prophets, and was plainly announced by the Lord Jesus in Luke 21. The approach of that dreadful "day" could be plainly seen or perceived by those possessing spiritual discernment: the continued refusal of the Nation to repent of their murder of Christ, and the abandoning of Christianity for an apostate Judaism by such large numbers, clearly presaged the bursting of the storm of God's judgment. This very fact supplied an additional motive for genuine Christians to remain faithful. The Lord Jesus promised that His followers should be preserved from the destruction of Jerusalem, but only as they attended to His cautions in Luke 21:8, 19, 34, etc., only as they persevered in faith and holiness, Matt. 24:13. The particular motive unto diligence here set before the Hebrews is applicable to other Christians just to the extent that they find themselves in similar circumstances." (Volume 2 Commentary on Hebrews (10:25).

John Wesley (1754)
[14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 

"And then shall the end come — Of the city and temple. Josephus's History of the Jewish War is the best commentary on this chapter. it is a wonderful instance of God's providence, that he, an eye witness, and one who lived and died a Jew, should, especially in so extraordinary a manner, be preserved, to transmit to us a collection of important facts, which so exactly illustrate this glorious prophecy, in almost every circumstance." Mark 13:10.

David Chilton (1985)
"(We must remember that "the end" in this passage is not the end of the world, but rather the end of the age, the end of the Temple, the sacrificial system, the covenant nation of Israel, and the last remnants of the pre-Christian era)," (Days of Vengeance, p. 89)

Gary DeMar (1997)
"Even for those who interpret the 'end' in Matthew 24:13 to be some future 'end,' that future 'end' is not the end" (Last Days Madness, GA: American Vision, p. 63)

Marcellus Kik
"One of the most remarkable things about the siege of Jerusalem was the miraculous escape of the Christians. It has been estimated that over a million Jews lost their lives in that terrible siege, but not one of them was a Christian. This our Lord indicated in verse 13: ‘But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.’ That the ‘end’ spoken of was not the termination of a Christian’s life but rather the end of Jerusalem is evident from the context. Immediately after this verse Christ goes on to relate the exact time of the end. Christians who would live to the end would be saved from the terrible tribulation. Christ indicates also the time for the Christian to flee from the city so that he could be saved during its destruction. This is verified in a parallel passage (Luke 21:18): ‘But there shall not an hair of your head perish.’ In other words, during the desolation of Jerusalem, Christians would be unharmed, although in the period previous to this some would lose their lives through persecution." (ibid., p.96f.)

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Jack P. Lewis (1998)
"The end here must be the fall of Jerusalem." (Matthew 24:13; The Gospel According to Matthew: Part II, 13:53 - 28:20, The Living Word Commentary, gen. ed. Everett Ferguson, Austin, TX: Sweet Publishing Company, 1976, p. 122-123)

 

Greek Word Studies

But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved. WEB

But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. ASV

But he who goes through to the end will get salvation. BBE

but he that has endured to the end, he shall be saved. DBY

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. KJV

But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. WBS

but those who stand firm to the End shall be saved. WEY

but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved; YLT

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Date: 13 Nov 2007
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Comments:

"Telos" (the end) appears from Strong's to mean "the end" not a stage where seige may be lifted for a time allowing Christians to escape...

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