I am always fascinated how God fulfills apparently contradictory expectations in “out of the box” ways. The Messiah must come from David’s line, but it was cursed so that he couldn’t come from David’s line. The solution, a virgin birth.
There is one God, and three persons…
He chose us, and asks us to choose Him.
Lots of doctrines have solutions that confound our scholarly expectations.
There is a plausible solution to the apparently contradictory expectations for the end times. It is found in sequential parallels with the book of Matthew,
The book of Matthew can be broken into four blocks:
1. Jesus as King or Here comes the King! Matt 1-4
2. Sermon on the mount or Who is in His Kingdom? Matt 5 - 11:27
3. Nature of the Kingdom of God or His Kingdom is not of this world. Matt 12-22
4. Matthew's Eschatology or His Kingdom Established. Matt 23-28
The last three blocks are written in parallel outlines (similar to what you are finding) which are identified by words or concepts shared between sequences of verses.
In the second block, Matt 5:1 parallels Matt 8:1 by the imagery of Jesus going up and down the mountain.
This alone would not be a significant fact were it to stand alone. But if the sequence of linking passages that continues through the rest of the book is real, then what is the message that Matthew is attempting to show us?
Although there are interesting sermons that can be preached by discerning parallel passages. The greatest interest concerns Matthew's eschatology. Beginning in the fourth block, I will title scripture subject pairs, highlight the primary verses that link them and explain the connection if it isn't obvious.
1 Religious leaders work to be seen of men.
Matt 23:1-7 || Matt 26:1-5
Verse 23: 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men
Verse 26: 5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
2 The humble shall be exalted.
Matt 23:8-12 || Matt 26:6-13
Matt 23: 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matt : 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
The woman, who humbled herself in anointing Jesus, was exalted
3 Judas worse than Pharisees
Matt 23:13-33 || Matt 26:14-25
Matt 23: 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Matt 26: 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
With all the incidents involving Pharisees, he never told one of them it would have been better if he had not been born, but Judas was "twofold more the child of hell."
4 Disciples sent…, Blood
Matt 23:34-36 || Matt 26:26-28
Matt 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
The disciples mentioned in Matt 26 were the ones he was sending out. Also there is use of the word "blood" in both passages as a hint of the linking.
5 Desolate - Jesus is going away
Matt 23:37-39 || Matt 26:29-30
Matt 23: 38,39 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Matt 26: 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Matthew 23:38 identifies the desolation as the absence of Jesus himself.
6 Scattering of stones and disciples
Matt 24:1,2 ||Matt 26:31
Matt 24: 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matt 26: 31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Other scriptures say that we are the stones in the house that Christ built. So the scattering of the disciples matches the scattering of the stones.
7 He is coming - when he is risen
Matt 24:3 || Matt 26:32
Matt 24: 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matt 26: 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
The structure now points to the resurrection as his coming.
8 The beginning of sorrows
Matt 24:4-10 || Matt 26:33-38
Matt 24: 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matt 26: 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
The structure points to Jesus's sorrow as the beginning of sorrow.
9 The love of many shall wax cold
Matt 24:11-12 || Matt 26:39-44
Matt 24: 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matt 26: 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
His own disciples love for him was cold that they could not stay awake to pray with him.
10 The gospel
Matt 24:13-14 || Matt 26:45
Matt 24: 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.
Matt 26: 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
The gospel that is preached in all the world is that a Holy God became man and died at the hands of sinners.