Mark 13

Destruction of the temple announced; disciples ask 1
Avoid deception; disasters are coming 5
Brought before authorities; beaten but given words 9
Hated by family and everyone; endurance 12
Abomination of desolation coming; trouble; false christs 14
Sun and moon darkened; Christ comes in glory 24
Time of coming unknown; watch and pray 28
Signs of Christ's coming. Mark 13, Matt. 24, Luke 21:5-end
 1 ¶ And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
 2  And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
 3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against [opposite] the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
 4  Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
  1 - What ... stones! The comment was praise for the temple which must have been a magnificent structure.
  2 - Not be left The stones were very large.
.5 ¶ And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
 6  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
.7  And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
 8  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
   7 - We may conclude that the final battle of earth will not be a physical war re1616 although physical trouble will become worse and worse until Jesus returns.
.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.
 10  And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
.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.
  9 - Take heed ... beaten The speech beginning here through verse 12 is not included in the parallel in chapter 24. See mt1017-21.
  9 - Councils These would be or include the sanhedrin court.
  9 - Testimony against them ... Or better, "bear witness before them."
  10 - Published From kerusso, meaning "to proclaim" or "to herald." This would be preaching.
  11 - Lead you ... take no thought ... "Be not filled with apprehension, in the prospect of such public appearances for Me, lest ye should bring discredit upon My name, nor think it necessary to prepare beforehand what ye are to say." (JFB Commentary).
.12  Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
.13  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
.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:
 15  And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
 16  And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
 17  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
 18  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
 19  For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
   14 - Abomination Daniel spoke of Jesus said that Daniel spoke of this as a prophet. This is a clear endorsement of Daniel's book which had been around for more than 500 years.
   Jesus applied this to the destruction of Jerusalem. When discussing this prophecy in Matthew, we considered that this was also a repeating time of apostasy and desolation mt24-4cycles of apostasy.
.20  And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
.21  And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
.22  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
 23  But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
  22 - False Christs Anyone who pretends to have solutions for achieving salvation is in this category. But descriptions or stories about Christ cast in a non-biblical role tend to make realty like fiction. See note below.
.24 ¶ But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
.25  And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
 26  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
.27  And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
   24 - Days ... After ... tribulation See on mt2429.
   25 - Stars of heaven shall fall No shower from the meteor belt activated in 1833 has been as great as as that one. This observation was noted in the magazine, Sky and Telescope around 1997. (Still true in 2008).
.28 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
 29  So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
 30  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
 31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
.32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
 33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
  28 - Fig tree Following this parable we can see in today's world events, the nearness of the coming of Christ is "at the doors." Some believe that a rapture is coming first but the fragments of texts claimed for this doctrine are very sketchy at best.
.34  For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
.35  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
 36  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
 37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. 
  34 - As a man taking a far journey More of the story begins at mt2514.
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Superman replaces Christ

Long ago Superman was a popular comic book character. From the website: o "Superman is the Jesus Christ of superheroes." And Superman Returns is "a story about what happens when Messiahs come backů" It has also been said that the makers of the original Superman movies based them on the life of Christ. Unique parallels between the Man of Steel. o Kingdom is a fine company it provides media and machines to produce copies of sermons and other religious material. o They hope that the reappearance of Superman will draw people to the real Christ, but I believe we need to be very cautious. o The danger is in seeing the real Jesus as a fictitious character. Satan has always wanted the worship due only to Christ. o "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north." (Isa. 14:13).

Video games

Our greater danger is in identifying with video game characters. When kids and even adults participate in killing them or their space ships, they are conditioned to act out their fantasy in real life ! No wonder we have so much crime.