This question has perplexed thinkers throughout history. In fact, right before His death, Jesus’ disciples questioned Him about this very thing. In Matthew 24:3, they asked, “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?” The disciples were gathered on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the temple of Jerusalem. In their minds, the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world would happen simultaneously. Jesus had talked about the destruction of Jerusalem, and they wanted to know more. As Jesus answered their questions, He shared events that would transpire before His return.