Download or listen to the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, “The End Is Not Yet,” (Mark 13:1-23)
Mark 13: The Temple, The End of the World, and Us
Questions to Consider
- What is the question that Jesus is answering? (v. 4)
- What things, and the sign of what things? (v. 4)
- If “these things” are the “beginning of birth pains,” what is the birth?
- To whom does the “you” refer in vv. 5, 7, 9, 11, 13?
Mark 13:14-23: 14“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22False christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.