Now that we have 'vented' all over each other, has anyone considered the fact that the disciples asked more than one question here?
Read verse 3 -
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us,
(1)when shall these things be? and
(2)what shall be the sign of thy coming,
(possibly 3) and of the end of the world?
As a 'partial preterist', it matters to me, that there is more here than is normally taught.
Rather like, in reference to the mark of the beast: Rev 14:9&11:
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,"
"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."
Notice, there are three requirements here:
1: Worship the beast
2: AND his image
3: and receiveth the mark (of his name)
I believe there may well be those who receive him mark, but repent, and don't worship. Or maybe those who are forced to receive the mark-if there is no worship, will it count against him?
People worry that babies will be given the mark against their will and their p[arents' will, and that it will send them to hell--I believe all three must be done to be counted against one. And even then, can they repent? Assuming its possible.