And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
I always love prophecy of the Bible, and this Chapter of Mark is chalk full up of it. Prophecy concerning the end times is always interesting, but can be frustrating, or contentious sometimes too. So many people have different ideas and the how, what, when’s are going to happen. I’ve been reading and studying for as long as I’ve been a born again believer, and have seen predictions, polar theories and a whole lot of guess work and changed ideas over the years. And then there are those who don’t even believe, yet somehow believe it’s all allegorical or symbolic.
Jesus mentions Daniel’s visions, which were not symbolic at all, in fact with the history we know vs. the future he prophesied, we see that the kingdoms he told about, including the fall of the Persians, rise of Greece and even the original ‘abomination’ which occurred with Antiochus Epiphanies around 167 BC.
Jews knew the history of Jerusalem and the story of the Maccabees rebellion, so for Jesus to predict the destruction of the Temple and persecution to follow (not only of the Jews, but also Christians), it must have seemed horrific and unfathomable. And yet Jesus describes in details the things which will take place in the future, some of which have come to pass since His lesson, and some which is still to come. Think of the saying, History repeats itself. It seems that this is true with Bible prophecies as well. The persecution of God’s chosen, attacks against Israel, the people led into captivity or dispersed among heathen nations, even the Temple’s previous plunders and destruction, we find the same repeated throughout history from the earliest parts of the Old Testament, and into the 20th century and still in our times today.
This isn’t to say that the future is easily predictable because of the past, because the prophecies of the Bible are of God, and hold more details than what the prophets even understood when they were given the prophecies. The prophecies about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus are proof as well that even with such impossible mathematical probabilities, the prophecies were all fulfilled in Jesus.
While I’d love to dig into each of the prophecies which Jesus tells us of the times yet to come, most of these are things that we are seeing are the “beginning pangs”, and yet the pangs have been occurring since the establishment of the Church on the day of Pentecost.
He gives the what’s, but not the when’s. As much as I’ve studied prophecies, I’ll never come close to predicting the when even if I wanted to (which sometimes is tempting) but Jesus doesn’t tell the when, because that would take our eyes off of what His plans are for us in the meantime. We are to watch and be ready, but clearly if He in His human nature didn’t know the time, it’s not necessary for us to know it either.
It’s sadly frustrating with those who’ve made predictions and setting dates in the past of His coming, as all it does is create more skepticism when the day comes and people are still here. Not only are unbelievers watching all of this, but those who follow men’s timing lose faith in the Lord’s timing.
For many of us, we long for His return, and are tempted to say, “Hurry up Jesus!”, and yet we need to consider the incredible love He has for All humanity in tarrying. He mentions that the Gospel must be told and given to all nations. There is a reason that John was given final revelations about the end times, also, as Jesus had warnings for His church as well. He is preparing a place for His bride, while at the same time transforming her more and more into a likeness of Himself- that we, His elect, will fulfill His great commission in preaching into all tribes and tongues. Until all have heard, He will tarry.
In the mean time, watch! Those of us who take the prophecies seriously are continually amazed at the flow of events and times. So many things have changed over the last decade, and yet, sometimes events seemingly in motion, are slowed and even reversed for a time. Everything according to His time, He is in control of all of it.
It was prophesied of Jesus’s first coming, and the world was changed forever. It is prophesied that He is coming again and it will be beyond amazing. Someday soon Jesus will come for His bride. Will you pay attention to the seasons and signs and believe?
Oh Glorious Day!!
Have a blessed and beautiful day all!