After a dialogue concerning some of the differences between Luke 21 and Matthew 24, Alan Kurschner sent me a link to an article by Charles Cooper. The article was originally published in 1999. Coop points out the some of the differences between Luke’s Discourse and the Olivet Discourse. I have, for some time, maintained that Luke 21 was given at a different location and different time than Matthew 24. So I have dubbed Luke 21 “The Temple Discourse” because it was given at the temple and concerns the temple and its prophesied destruction more so than the Olivet Discourse. Coop terms Luke 21 “The Jerusalem Discourse” because the subject matter addresses the destruction of Jerusalem more so than the Olivet Discourse addresses it.
After reading the article, it seems that the ideas that Coop was kicking around led to some of the material in the books he has published. I see hints of his work in this article reworked in his book God’s Elect and the Great Tribulation. That book deals primarily with Matthew 24, since the term “the great tribulation” doesn’t even appear in Luke 21. This article deals more with reconciling Luke 21 with 70AD fulfillment. I believe Coop does a fair job in examining near/far possibilities, the Preterist scheme, and the relationship of the destruction of the temple with the end of the age. I would recommend prophecy students to read this article over. You can view it at this link here.
Also, note the title of the article, Surviving the Tribulation, Fight, Flight, or Faith? The Jerusalem Discourse of Christ ~ Luke 21:5-38 by Charles Cooper. For those of you who are unaware, Coop’s latest book has the title: Fight, Flight, or Faith? and subtitled Surviving the Great Tribulation. You can order it at Strong Tower Publishing. Access link here. I haven’t read it. Some have enjoyed it, others have simply read it.
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You can read my thoughts on the subject of Luke 21 at these articles.