April 4, 2011

Today you should read: Mark 13:1-37

Have you ever read the Left Behind books or seen the movie? Many of us have a fascination with the end times. Today’s chapter deals with Jesus’ words of what it will be like before and during the tribulation period.

Remember, what the “end times calendar of God” looks is like this:

TODAY -> RAPTURE -> TRIBULATION -> SECOND COMING OF CHRIST -> MILLENNIUM

Jesus speaks about several of these times – all at once – the rapture (Christ’s return for His church), the tribulation (7 year period of pain and destruction), the second coming of Christ (when Jesus returns to clean house – destroy Satan and the Anti-Christ, and establish the 1000 year kingdom called the millennium time). His Words about this are also recorded in Matthew 24.

SIGNS THAT THE RAPTURE IS SOON:
False teachers deceiving many (v.6)
Wars, Wars, Wars (v. 7-8)
Natural disasters abounding… like earthquakes and famines (v. 8b)
Increased persecution of Christians (v.9)
Unprecedented spread of the Gospel in the world (v.10)
Loss of family loyalty – breakdown of the family (v.12)

Then Jesus describes the tribulation period in verses 14-25.
The temple in Jerusalem destroyed – “Abomination of Desolation” (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11) (v. 14a)
People running but nowhere to go (v. 14b-19)
So bad that if God didn’t shorten it man would consume himself (v.20)
False christs everywhere performing signs and miracles to deceive (v.21-23)
The sun and moon darken (v.24)
Stars (meteors ??) will fall from the sky (v.25)

THEN Jesus will gather those who trusted Him during the tribulation period and return on a white horse (Revelation 19)

WHAT CAN I TAKE AWAY FROM TODAY?
No one knows when Jesus will come (v.32) (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
Be watching for Him (v. 33-34)
Be ready to meet Him and go with Him (v. 35-36)

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

6 thoughts on “April 4, 2011”

  1. Sometimes we live as though the end will never come. Yet, Jesus tells us to watch and pray. We must prepare so that we are ready to meet Him. Thank you for insight into God’s work and His plan. Very powerful!

  2. Hey Tim, I was wondering if you could provide some insight concerning verse 13:32. When I read that I was immediately confused, so I looked at some study notes of the verse and such, and from my best understanding “Son” is referring to Jesus’s human nature and that there is a separation from his human nature and his divine nature. Which helps but is still confusing. ha. Hope you can help.

  3. Aaron,

    This also pops up in Matthew 24:36. Here is what the ESV commentators say, which I find helpful and am in agreement with:
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    In response to the disciples asking, “when will these things be?” (v. 3), Jesus says no one knows, not even … the Son, but the Father only. In his incarnate life, Jesus learned things as other human beings learn them (cf. Luke 2:52; Heb. 5:8). On the other hand, Jesus was also fully God, and, as God, he had infinite knowledge (cf. John 2:25; 16:30; 21:17). Here he is apparently speaking in terms of his human nature. This is similar to other statements about Jesus which could be true of his human nature only, and not of his divine nature (he grew and became strong, Luke 2:40; increased in stature, Luke 2:52; was about 30 years old, Luke 3:23; was weary, John 4:6; was thirsty, John 19:28; was hungry, Matt. 4:2; was crucified, 1 Cor. 2:8). Taking account of these verses, together with many verses that affirm Christ’s deity, the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451 affirmed that Christ was “perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man.” Yet it also affirmed that Jesus was “one Person and one Subsistence.” With regard to the properties of his human nature and his divine nature, the Chalcedonian Creed affirmed that Christ was to be “acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved.” That meant the properties of deity and the properties of humanity were both preserved. How Jesus could have limited knowledge and yet know all things is difficult, and much remains a mystery, for nobody else has ever been both God and man. One possibility is that Jesus regularly lived on the basis of his human knowledge but could at any time call to mind anything from his infinite knowledge.

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    Make sense? Hope that helps.

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