While Jesus predicted eschatological events,- and for his disciple it was a private discourse, but the Holy Spirit would set it as an instruction in righteousness. With this in view he adopts certain narrative mode, which we shall continue here. Second characteristic is the mode of inversion.
Mode of inversion: Consider this verse: “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen (Matt.20:16)”. By using this the Spirit glorifies God the Son, specifically his Alpha and Omega aspect. Jesus had told the disciples about outpouring of the Spirit and one of his function is to instruct us for He is the spirit of truth. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16:14)”. This being the case no man shall twist his message for any other purpose than leading man to righteousness. For example the Old Testament narrates the position of Israel. God blessed Abraham and intended all families on the earth to be blessed through him. Naturally God chose Israel as indicated in the scripture , “Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son Ex.4:22-NIV)”. Being firstborn is not means being accepted as we see in the case Esau and Reuben. Selection and Election are determined by the risen Christ in whom all authority in heaven and earth is vested.(Matt.28:18). This being the case it is not for us to settle the question ‘where does salvation for the nation begin?’ Our task is to pay heed to the warning of Jesus, “watch therefore: for ye know not when what hour your Lord doth come.”
Here we shall consider the verses 3-42. This is divided into two sections.
First Section: Signs (vs.3-35)
He prefaces with a warning,’ Take heed that no man deceive you.’ From verse.5 till verse 10 is one account of the signs. This we may consider as placed in parenthesis since Jesus repeats more or less the same adding some more details, which we can apply as injunction for the church as well as for Israel in particular. Of the latter is the parable of the fig tree and it ends in a categorical statement: ‘Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, but my words shall not pass away (vs.34)’. This has been fulfilled under the Roman occupation of the city of Jerusalem and razing of the temple.
On the other hand the symbol of the carcase (vs.28) applies to martyrs and saints of the church who shall be gathered (Re.6:9)At the opening of the fifth seal the dead both from the nation of Israel and the Church shall be sealed and gathered. This carcase therefore a collective term for the dead from the Great Tribulation and prior (who were killed from Abel onwards)
As with the narrative mode the Spirit uses in other passages we are to infer the narrative telescoped from the specific into general events. The verses 5-6 are repeated in (vs.23-24) In the following verse the Spirit prefaces thus: “Behold I have told you before..(vs.25) From vs.5 till vs14 the Spirit introduces the divine Will and the vs.25 onwards it is set down from the standpoint of Jesus Christ.