Mark 13:1-37

Mark 13:1-37

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Jesus Foretells The Future

Review – Connecting A Few Threads
Micah 2:1-2, Mark 7:9-13, 11:16-17, 11:29-30, Matthew 3:7-8 What were the Pharisees and Sadducees truly like? Mark 10:20-22, 12:17, 12:41-44, 12:30 What does it mean to give to God what is God’s?


13:1-2 Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple. Largest stone still visible can be seen in the western wall tunnel. It has an estimated weight of 570 tons (2,000 pounds/ton or 1,140,000 pounds) and is 44.6 feet long, 9.8 feet high, and a depth of 6-8 feet. The destruction would take place 37 years after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven in 70 AD led by the Roman general Titus.

13:3-4 The disciples had questions, just as we would’ve had questions if we had been there with Jesus.

  1. When will these things happen, the second one implied two questions (as in Matthew 24:3)
  2. What will be the sign of your coming
  3. What will be the sign of the end of the age?

Note the disciples understood from OT prophecies the destruction of the temple was the final event leading to the millennial kingdom of the Messiah. They did not recognize from the OT prophecies between judgment and Messiah’s kingdom. Jesus would address this misunderstanding in the verses to come so they would understand the extended period between Jerusalem’s fall and the end of the age.

13:5-7 Some Characteristics of the Church Age. Jesus gave warnings first of false messiahs (see slide) and wars. Then ends with this closing statement the end is still to come.

13:8 The Sign of th End of the Age. Troubles on a global scale would seem to signal the end of the age, but Jesus added These are the beginning of birth pangs.

13:9-13 Opposition to the Apostles. Jesus pauses in His foretelling of the future of the end times and tells the apostles what they will face in their lives – hatred and betrayal because of their witness for Christ.

Luke 21:20-24 Sign of Jerusalem’s Fall. For some reason Mark does not answer the first question about the fall of Jerusalem and the signs of when it will happen. Luke gives Jesus’ answer.

12:14-23 Second half of Tribulation. The first half is described in Matthew 24:9-14. There is confusion between commentaries here as some do not consider that Mark’s record telling what will happen before the sign of the end of the age while Matthew 24::15-28 records events after the sign of the end of the age. The sign of the end of the age will be the abomination of desolation. From Daniel and Revelation we know this event begins the second half of the Tribulation and from Daniel 12:11 it will last 1290 days. Jesus’ warning to Take heed! is intended for Tribulation saints

12:24-26 The Second Coming. Matthew, like Mark, also lets us know after the Tribulation and just before Christ’s return there will be global darkness and strange atmospheric conditions. Jesus returns! Cultivate them spiritually so there would be an abundant fruit for Him.

12:27 The Gathering of Israel. Most agree this verse is about gathering of the Jews worldwide who have been scattered because of the anger of Satan and the desolation of the beast. They will be gathered to once again restore the nation of Israel

12:28-32 The Fig Tree. Not really about the fig tree, but what may be learned from it. Of special note the expression this generation refers to disciples living when the abomination of desolation is revealed. Using Daniel 12:11 Jesus will return 1,290 days after the abomination of desolation.

12:33-37 The Need to Keep Watch. This is a serious warning, the fourth in this chapter (vv 5, 9, 23). The reference to those watching vs those who are asleep in about believers and unbelievers.

Are we prepared for the return of Jesus? Am I? Are you?

How are we living? Are we following Jesus? Am I following Jesus? Are you following Jesus?

Ezekiel 33:30-32 As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.