Mark Chapter 13
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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Rob Mitchell's Mark Chapter 13 comment about verse 14 on 2/19/2015, 11:00am...
This passage from Mark reflects that of Daniel. The roman army surrounded and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Just as Daniel was not written until after Antiochus and the Abomination that makes desolate, so Jesus 's teaching was not composed until after the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. The first gospel did not surface until after or during the destruction of Jerusalem. Written either in Rome or Northern Judea, away from the immediate Roman assault. None of the Gospels date to before the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. Authentic St. Paul is the only NT writings to surface before the destruction of Jerusalem. Most biblical scholars have researched this and it makes sense. Paul and Peter were dead before Rome destroyed the center of both Judaism and Christianity---still centered in Jerusalem.
Motdaugrnds's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 2/17/2015, 6:20am...
Katie, I appreciate your attempt to help me understand what this "abomination of desolation " is and I do understand it is the "antichrist ". Yes I know it is the one spoken of by the prophets. I 've come to believe the Scriptures have ALL been opened for us to understand. I suspect this "abomination of desolation antichrist " will be identified. According to Scripture many will worship this "person ". There is no need for so much confusion to be around this OR around the return of our Savior. The Scriptures have been very clear that His return will be AFTER the great tribulation, which is the last great effort of satan 's to turn us humans toward worshiping him.
Bryan W's Mark Chapter 13 comment on 2/17/2015, 3:49am...
When I was a new believer in Jesus I was taught that we, the church, would be raptured before the great tribulation.Jesus is telling us in verses 24-27 that He returns after the tribulation. After the Sun is darkened and the Moon gives no light and the Stars are falling from the sky then you shall you see the Son of man coming. verse 26 . We need to realise that we the church according to Jesus Christ will be on Earth during the tribulation. Matthew 24:29-31 confirms this also. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. There is a lot of deception around regarding the tribulation but Jesus has clearly told us when He is to return and yes it shall be Immediately after the tribulation.
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