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