Heavenly Father, Your Word is living and alive, able to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and a discerner of our thoughts and hearts. Please extend Your blessing of understanding to us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 13: 15-37, Olivet Discourse Part 2
V15-19, ‘’15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.’’
The ‘abomination of desolation’ standing in the holy place will trigger off the great tribulation which will last for 3 1/2 years. The 7-year peace treaty between the Jews and Arabs will be broken. The antichrist will wage war against Christians and there will be intense persecution against all Christians. The battle of Armageddon will start and Jesus Christ will come back from heaven in power and glory to save the Christians. This may trigger the rapture of 1 Thess 4: 14-17 although not everyone will subscribe to this. There are three positions on the rapture viz. pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation.
VV 20-24, 20 “If 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 Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So 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; 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
During the great tribulation, false Messiahs will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive many. Before the second coming of Christ, there will be cosmic disturbances in the sky. The sun and moon will be darkened. Stars will fall from the sky and planets will be shaken.
VV 26-31, 26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And 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. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
At His second coming, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man will come down from heaven in power and glory, 1 Thessalonians 4: 14- 17. He will send His angels to gather His elect (Christians) from all over the earth. The fig tree represents Israel. The fig tree came back to life in 1948 when Israel suddenly became a nation again. Jesus says that you must look at Israel, the fig tree. There is going to be a 7-year peace treaty to be signed between Israel and Palestine. The signing of this treaty will trigger the onset of the last 7 years of human history. Every American president had tried to negotiate this peace treaty but none of them succeeded.
VV 32-37, ‘’32 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their 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. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
No one knows the date of Jesus’ second coming except the Father. Events to watch out for are the signing of the 7-year peace treaty, the rebuilding of the third temple, the coming of anti-Christ, and the appearance abomination of desolation in the Holy place. Since you do not know when this will happen, you need to be watchful and alert. You need to be saved so that when He comes back, your life will be secured into eternity.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us a glimpse into the future. We are assured that You will raise us from the dead during the rapture. This is our hope of eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.