Signs at the End of the Age

In this blog, I’ve been slowly working my way through the gospel of Mark. Earlier this week, I was reading Mark 13 but couldn’t think of anything to say about the passage in a post.

I’ve learned through the blogging process to trust the Spirit of God within me and I didn’t force a message to come.

Later this week, I read someone else’s words and his message was on the power of God’s word. The writer mentioned that when Jesus and Satan fought with one another, Jesus did not defend Himself with a sword or a light saber or a nuclear bomb. His weapon of choice was the Word of God.

This Christian brother reminded me that God’s Word is more powerful than my words and can stand alone and do the work of the Lord.

So then, today, when I woke to the news of earthquakes in Chile and Okinawa with tsunami alerts in Hawaii, Russia and Japan I knew what to post about Mark 13.

I knew to let it speak for itself:

Signs of the End of the Age

1As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

2″Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4″Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

5Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

9″You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12″Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

14″When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation'[a]standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 17How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. 20If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ[c]!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible. 23So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

24″But in those days, following that distress, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;

25the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

26″At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30I tell you the truth, this generation[e] will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

32″No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert[f]! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35″Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”  Mark 13, NIV

He who has ears, let him hear the word of the Lord.

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  2. Karen says:

    God does not give us a date and time, but He does give us clear signs to watch for. A Christian familiar with this prophetic passage and Matthew 24 and many other similar passages cannot possibly deny what is happening.

    God is preparing Earth for the end and the final phase of the Church Age is playing out. And I am ready – Come, Lord Jesus!

  3. Cheri says:

    Amen! God’s word speaks for itself.

    God bless you,

  4. Lisa Lickel says:

    I admit I considered these things, too, over the past couple of weeks.

  5. I enjoyed looking over your blog.

    You are more than welcome to visit my mine.

    God Bless You, Ron
    ronj1946 at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks, Jlo! Good to have you drop by!

  7. Cheri, Vital to remember!

  8. Lisa, you’re not alone.

  9. Nice to see you again, Mr. Geezer. I’ve been by your blog – great stuff there!