Mark Chapter 13
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9 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.
11 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.
14 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:
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 13 Bible commentary...
The destruction of the temple foretold. (1-4) Christ's prophetic declaration. (5-13) Christ's prophecy. (14-23) His prophetic declarations. (24-27) Watchfulness urged. (28-37)1-4 See how little Christ values outward pomp, where there is not real purity of heart. He looks with pity upon the ruin of precious souls, and weeps over them, but we do not find him look with pity upon the ruin of a fine house. Let us then be reminded how needful it is for us to have a more lasting abode in heaven, and to be prepared for it by the influences of the Holy Spirit, sought in the earnest use of all the means of grace.
5-13 Our Lord Jesus, in reply to the disciples' question, does not so much satisfy their curiosity as direct their consciences. When many are deceived, we should thereby be awakened to look to ourselves. And the disciples of Christ, if it be not their own fault, may enjoy holy security and peace of mind, when all around is in disorder. But they must take heed that they are not drawn away from Christ and their duty to him, by the sufferings they will meet with for his sake. They shall be hated of all men: trouble enough! Yet the work they were called to should be carried on and prosper. Though they may be crushed and borne down, the gospel cannot be. The salvation promised is more than deliverance from evil, it is everlasting blessedness.
14-23 The Jews in rebelling against the Romans, and in persecuting the Christians, hastened their own ruin apace. Here we have a prediction of that ruin which came upon them within less than forty years after this. Such destruction and desolation, that the like cannot be found in any history. Promises of power to persevere, and cautions against falling away, well agree with each other. But the more we consider these things, the more we shall see abundant cause to flee without delay for refuge to Christ, and to renounce every earthly object, for the salvation of our souls.
24-27 The disciples had confounded the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world. This mistake Christ set right, and showed that the day of Christ's coming, and the day of judgment, shall be after that tribulation. Here he foretells the final dissolution of the present frame and fabric of the world. Also, the visible appearance of the Lord Jesus coming in the clouds, and the gathering together of all the elect to him.
28-37 We have the application of this prophetic sermon. As to the destruction of Jerusalem, expect it to come very shortly. As to the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, for of that day and that hour knoweth no man. Christ, as God, could not be ignorant of anything; but the Divine wisdom which dwelt in our Saviour, communicated itself to his human soul according to the Divine pleasure. As to both, our duty is to watch and pray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left something for all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon our watch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ's coming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment. We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death. Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. He says to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Theresa's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 4/28/2013, 10:40pm...
can you give your thought on verse 18 about not be in winter you always think winter of your life as the end years and the verse befor spoke of babys I was thinking it is better to be young because we are not corroupt of the world yet and being older in the winter we would be set in our beliefs can you give your thoughts
Michael James Kinsey's Mark Chapter 13 comment about verse 14 on 3/01/2013, 1:01pm...
3 life giving spiritual relationships are made desolate by 3 abominations. These are attacks of man to man, man's spiritual to physical nature and man to God. The Great whore is the mother of abominations who indulges in self-service, - Serve God alone -, causing one to live for bread alone, ignoring the Word of God. Pride jumps off the tower, tempting God, by accepting occult power where the Retainer is received, where it ought not to be. The Great whore desolates man to man, beast desolates the spiritual nature by the physical. Revelation 13:13, the Holy Place desolates the sanctuary, the Holy Sepulcher, where the Holy Fire is received. Better bring some oil in your lamps, and endure to the end. This is what it does, and its effects, and where it takes place. We may now be able to heed the warning to flee, when we see it standing.
Jay's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 12/25/2012, 8:51am...
Verse 32- Here again we must know the period of time and which Jesus is making reference to. This is why one must find a good bible believing church to help in the study of the scriptures (Acts 8:26-35). This is another parable as in all parables that Jesus uses a physical to explain a spiritual.
1. If Jesus is not God, there is no hope of us being saved and we are lost in our sins and destined for eternal hell (I Corinthians 15:12-19);
2. When Jesus is making reference to the Jews he is known as the son of man (verse 34). Jesus is informing us that we can know the season when we are getting close to the 2nd advent by watching is real (fig tree) and other events in the world;
3. As the son of man he is 100% man and that part of the divine nature was just not privy to the exact day and hour of Christ returns;
4. We are to be in ready mode at all times, this is why it is called living by faith not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7);
5. There are some of Godís divine nature he chose not to bring with him when he came to earth as our saviour and I suppose this was one of them.
Jay's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 12/24/2012, 10:57am...
When reading the gospels, one must remember to rightly divide the bible into periods of time, and knowing the group of people the book, chapter and verse(s) are directed to. This chapter as is Matthew 24, and Luke 21 are mostly prophetic for the Jews in the future, after rapture of church age Christians only. Jesus is talking about what the spiritual and earthly conditions will be like just before the 2nd advent. Some of these prophecies have already began and will increase as we get closer to the 2nd advent. The key verse to understand is verse 14, which directly speaking of the anti-Christ that will break the peace covenant (Daniel 9:27) with the nation of Israel that was signed about 31/2 years earlier. Then the anti-Christ which came in bringing peace (Daniel 11:24) will begin to slay the Jews by the millions (about 14 millions) more than twice as many as Hitler did. And they are given here a warning to start fleeing Israel to Selah Petra (present day Jordan) south of the dead sea to escape the slaughter that is going on and where God will divinely provide for them until Christís return. The great tribulation time will begin in verse 14, which is what you can read about in Revelation 4:1 (rapture of the Christians) to Revelation 19:11-16 (the 2nd advent).
Shannon's Mark Chapter 13 comment about verse 18 on 12/18/2012, 1:56am...
Does this verse mean the second coming won't happen in the winter or on the Sabbath day?
Gabriel Kojo Samah's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 11/22/2012, 3:26am...
This chapter has made me understand how Jesus wants his children to be aware of his coming and not to give up but should be prepared in mind heart and in spirit, otherwise, that day will come surprisingly. Also I understand that because He was on earth He was flesh like humans and everything He did is what the Father (Spirit) told him to do and since the father did not tell or mention to him about the time of He, the son is coming for judgment, He too obediently did not want and could not say anything because He was flesh at that time, instead of all the three being of the Father to be God the Father God the son and God the Holy spirit. Hence it does not mean Jesus being the God says he doesn't know the time He is coming for the elect children. But just be aware that He is coming very soon as promise and all the signs are already happening. So why won't he come.
Elizabeth Lee Qiao's Mark Chapter 13 comment about verse 32 on 8/28/2012, 6:35am...
(Mark 13:32) no Man or Jesus did not know about the time of Judgement only God knows
How can a God/Son of God did not know about the time of Judgement Day and it is not mentioned that he did not know as a man and as a God he knows. It says clearly no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son
Please explain was Jesus really God or Son or only Messenger as Muslim preaching says
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