Jesus and The End (Mark 13)

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So much of life is either looking in the past or future.

  • When we hold on to the past we have nostalgia but we lose enthusiasm for today.
    • We become faded and jaded, losing our sense of purpose and becoming bitter for our circumstances not being what they used to be.
    • Our best days grow increasingly behind us, so we waste opportunities and relationships in the present and invest very little for anything to happen in the future.
  • When we are peeking to the future we have vision but we can lose relevance.
    • We grow unfulfilled from what we don’t have are haven’t become, never finding contentment in present circumstances.
    • We become frustrated and eventually anger becomes the norm for our attitude and outlook, and no one wants to be around us.


Christians don’t have to live stuck in the past or speeding toward the future. Jesus calls us to rest in the moment.

  • “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Ps 95:7).
  • “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 100:24).
  • “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Mat 6:34).
  • “As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day” (Mk 2:20).
  • “We must work the works of God while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work” (Jn 9:4).
  • “make the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph 5:16)
  • “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:14; cf. 10:25).


The Christian life is about learning contentment without complacency. And Communion helps us remember to appreciate the past and yearn for the future, while feasting in the present. Every day is a blessing and a gift to be in the presence of God. “In him we live and move and have our being… For we are indeed his offspring” (Acts 20:28).

So, today, I invite all those who trust in Jesus to take of these elements knowing God is present.



Henry was an older gentleman who liked to mentor younger men. Often Henry would go to athletic fields to connect with families and be able to establish mentoring relationships. One day Henry was sitting on the bleachers when a father and teen son sat down. They made polite talk to one another until Henry began asking the teen boy some questions:

  • “Son, what are your plans post High School?”
  • Boy replied, “I don’t know. I guess go to college and get a business degree.”
  • Henry replied, “Then what?”
  • Boy replied, “Then I’ll get a job in DC with a high paying tech company.”
  • Henry replied, “Sounds interesting. Then what?”
  • Boy replied, “Then I’ll be able to buy a house and hopefully have my own family.”
  • The father chimes in, “Oh, I can’t wait to be a grandfather.”
  • Henry replied to the boy, “Then what?”
  • The boy replies, “Well after several years I guess I’ll retire and relax in life.”
  • Henry replied, “Retirement is fun. But then what will you do?”
  • The boy replied, “Geesh sir. I guess after all that I’ll die.”
  • Henry replies, “Then what?”
  • The boy didn’t have a response.

All of us in life are constantly making plans. We have goals and make plans for the next 1, 3-5, 10, and even 20+ years. Goals, plans, dreams are necessary in life, but we also need a plan for when life comes to an end.


EXAMINE       Mark 13          Jesus and Knowing The End

Mark 13:1-2

Jesus knew death was pending and He predicted it was coming soon (Mark 8:31; 9:30; 10:33-34).

Mark 13 is in the last week of Jesus’s life. Jesus is with the disciples teaching at temple area.

  • In Jesus’s day, Herod had the Temple built over 50 year period and still being constructed to add to its grandeur, seeking vain glory. The massive area measured approximately 15 football fields with huge stone walls surrounding the outer area. Ancient Jewish historian Josephus reports the walls were over 60’ high. The columns were wide for 3 men to stretch out their arms. And the temple sanctuary was not only made of massive stone and marble, gold and purple.
    • The area would be somewhat comparative to the national mall in Washington D.C.


  • As they depart the temple, an unnamed disciple (Judas?) of Jesus remarks about the significance of the stone buildings. Yet, Jesus predicts the temple will be destroyed.
    • Indeed in AD 66 Rome and Israel war and in AD 70 they destroy the temple.


  • The disciples (Peter, James, John, and Andrew ask Jesus when will the temple be destroyed. They also ask when will be the end of the age (Mat 24:3), assuming the end of the temple will result together.


Jesus responds with 3 actions for His disciples when the end is near.

When you know the end is pending, prepare your faith (Mark 13:3-9).

For centuries, Christians have created countless charts and commentary attempting to predict the end times. But Jesus does not call us to predict the end but to prepare. The entire passage in Mark 13 are signs or actions of God that humanity cannot control. Therefore, all we can do is (βλέπω) look/watchout/beware or pay attention in preparing to ensure our faith is in Christ (Mark 13:5, 9, 23, 33, 37).

  • Prepare against false Christ’s (Mark 13:6)
    • “many will come in my name… deceiving” / Not everyone who gives lip service to Christ is a Christian. The threat of the church is often within rather than outside of it.
    • 1Thessalonians 4:13 “don’t want you to be ignorant”
    • 2Thess 2 “don’t be shaken… stand fast.. work…”
    • 2Peter 3 “the Lord is not slow, but is patient, wanting all to repent”
    • Making false predictions – 88/89 reasons why the rapture will be in 1988/89; of Y2K, etc.
    • Today we have religious leaders promoting political power over principled faith.


  • Prepare against fighting conflicts (Mark 13:7-8).
    • Wars: Wars have only increased throughout history; peace is only when people stop to reload.
    • Rumors of wars / Nation against nation


  • Prepare against fierce calamities (Mark 13:8)
    • Earthquakes occur about 20K each year (55 per day)[1] but these have occurred for ages[2], and certainly viewed in book of Acts.
    • Famine have been significant for ages, even many since 1900[3] (cf. also Acts 11:28).
    • These natural disasters are just the beginning of birth pains (Mark 13:8). Birth pains was a fitting phrase, for in Judaism motherhood was the ultimate validation of a woman’s worth, and birth pains ended the disgrace of childlessness. Likewise, the church’s “birth pains” in tribulation will validate rather than annihilate its existence.[4]
  • Prepare against punishing persecutors (Mark 13:9-13)
    • ~10+ to 100K martyrs every year[5] (~25 to 273 per day)
    • Persecution from government, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, and even family.
  • Prepare against a powerful tribulation (Mark 13:14-2)
    • The Great Tribulation will have “the abomination of desolation” (Mk 13:14).
      • In 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanies (God Manifest) created altar to Zeus and sacrificed… a pig in temple altar. (cf. Prophecy from Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11).
        • Possibly Temple destruction in AD 70 OR…
        • 2Thess 2:3-4 a Man of Lawlessness exalts himself in the temple as Son of God.
      • Tribulation of the sky and space with meteorological and astrological devastation, likely cyber and technological chaos. (Mk 13:24).
        • 7 Seals (6:1-8:6)
  1. Antichrist 2. War 3. Famine 4. Death over ¼ of earth 5. Martyr’s cry 6. Astrological earthquake 7. Silence leading to announcing trumpets
  • 7 Trumpets (8:6-9:21)
  1. 1/3 vegetation burned 2. 1/3 of sea turn blood 3. 1/3 of fresh water turn bitter 4. 1/3 of luminaries turn dark 5. Abyss Plagues 6. 1/3 of man killed 7. Announcing more judgment
  • 7 Bowls (15:1-16:21)
  1. Painful sores 2. Turn sea to blood 3. Turn fresh water to blood 4. People burn with fire 5. Darkness & Pain 6. Evaporate Euphrates river 7. Greatest earthquake

Revelation 6:15-16 “[They] hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”

Revelation 9:6 “During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude.”

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

Revelation 9:20-21 “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

Revelation 16:9, 11 “They did not repent and give him glory… [They] cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.”

  • Prepare for return of Jesus Christ (Mark 13:26-27)
    • “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”

Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19 – 20)
Jesus returns to do battle and wages war against those who rejected Him. He binds Satan and believers reign with Jesus for 1000 years. After that, Satan is released for a final battle (Armageddon) only to be thrown into the lake of fire with all the evil ones, where there is torment day and night forever and ever.

  • Prepare for Jesus’s return by turning from sin and trusting in Jesus.


When you know the end is pending, proclaim your faith (Mark 13:9-11).

Mark 13:9-11 “you will stand before governors, and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel will be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”

  • Eternity empowers believers to spread God’s love and share God’s truth.
  • In persecution, God’s Spirit emboldens the believer to stand and speak for Christ (cf. Acts 12:1-3, 23:33; 25:6).

Jesus promises the gospel will be proclaimed to all nations (13:10).

  • Radio broadcasts, internet signals, solar devices, paper tracts AND missionaries full-time and limitless marketplace missionaries are accomplishing the Great Commission.
  • Wycliffe Bible Translation believes that by 2025 the Scriptures will be in every language.[6] That doesn’t mean Jesus will automatically return in 2025, because languages still evolve and need revision.
  • Each one, reach one. Who is your one to invest/invite/intercede?
  • Easter Egg on 3/25 and Easter 2018 4/1 (O’clock)


When you know the end is pending, persevere in faith.

“But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13).

All Christians who are truly saved will persevere to the end; once saved, always saved. Yet, Scripture admonishes believers to maintain the posture of humility and fear of the Lord to persevere in faith. As long as our faith is in Christ, God is faithful to seal and secure us (Eph 1:13; 4:30; 2Cor 1:22; Rom 14:4; Jude 1:24-25).


  • Mark 4:17-20 seeds that endure temporarily and not to the end will lapse and perish, but the seed that endures will bear fruit.
  • Hebrews 2:1– Therefore, we must pay the closer attention to what we have heard lest we drift away from it.
  • Hebrews 3:12-14– Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.
  • Hebrews 10:35-36– Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.
  • Hebrews 12:1-2– Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Revelation 3:10, 21 “Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world… The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”


In OT over 300 prophecies of Jesus’s coming, with 2/3 in reference to Jesus’s second coming. So, if Jesus came in response to ~100 prophecies then He certainly will come in response to ~200 prophecies. God wanted to assure His people that deliverance from sadness, evil, sin, and death was coming. In the last few months, weeks, and days Jesus has on earth with His disciples He spends time very intentionally to encourage them of God’s plan.

  • Perseverance of the saints is best measured through participation with the saints through local church.



On January 13, 2018 shortly after 8A.M. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” In previous months there were elevated threats of words between POTUS and NK Kim Jong Un, with promise of nuclear missile attacks reaching USA.

Families and friends huddled together in basements and other shelters.

The responses varied:

“We were ready to meet our Maker, or survive and tell others about Him.  This event has strengthened our faith and our enjoyment of each other.  We were quickly reminded how precious life is and how things can change so drastically in a moment.”[7]

“I was praying, ‘Lord, don’t let [him] die so he can still hear about Jesus,'” Allison said. “I had shared the Gospel with him before, but [the missile threat] made it so immediately real.”[8]

A set of parents sent a text message to their sons and their sons’ families stating, “We just got an inbound ballistic missile threat to Hawaii … should it be real … love you guys intensely and be faithful and I’ll see you in Heaven!”[9]

  • The edge of eternity gives perspective to what we love.

Jesus’s words in Mark 13 are not an error or training exercise. Jesus calls us to hear and heed His promise. His coming is certain and so we either trust Him as Savior and Lord now, or you will surrender in judgment.

  • The edge of eternity gives purpose to how we live.
    Judgment awaits every unbeliever and Jesus commissions His church not just to worship but to warn unbelievers of the coming judgment. There is no time to waste. Any day could be the Day. This is not a drill but the demand of Jesus for His people to live and lead others to know the love of God.




[4] James Edwards, Pillar NT Commentary, Mark 13:8.





[9] Ibid.

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