Return of Christ (Mark 13:1-37) | back
1And 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! The disciples gave Him a tour of the temple buildings.
2And 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. Christ replied; Not one stone shall be left upon another, and all these buildings will be destroyed.
3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately. One of Jesus favorite places for teaching, His disciples asked Him privately.
4Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? They wanted to know signs bringing us to an end of this world age, not the world itself. The word world here is (aion, eon), or earth age.
5And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you. Christ made it very clear not to let anyone fool you.
6For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Many will come in Christ's name, saying they are Christians and will deceive many with their false teachings and doctrine.
7And 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. When you see these wars beginning, this does not signal my return. What we should look towards is when they call for peace among all these nations. Wars and rumors of wars have been taking place for some time, but now we are hearing the cry for peace, peace, peace.
8For 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. We are now experiencing famines, plagues, and earth quakes in many places like never before. We must also keep in mind that the famine in the end times is for hearing the Word of God. (Amos 8:11). This is another bench mark for the end times, because people are starving for the truth of Gods Word. When you see these things, this is only the beginning of the horrors to come.
9But 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. Many will be tortured, killed, and hated all over the world because of what true Christians believe and stand for.
10And the gospel must first be published among all nations. The Good News of the gospel will be preached throughout the whole world for all nations to hear the truth and then finally, the end will come.
11But 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. The unpardonable sin is to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and to refuse the Holy Spirit to speak through you when you are delivered up before anti-Christ. You are not to speak your mind, but you are to let the Holy Spirit speak through you. You do not think that at this time you could hold your own against Satan, do you? (Luke 12:9-12), But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” What hour? The hour of temptation!
12Now 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. Brothers will betray each other to death, fathers will betray their own children; and children will betray their parents to death. How can this be you may ask? First of all this will take place when the Anti-Christ returns first during the hour of temptation. Being delivered up to death is being delivered up to Satan, who is death. But why would a family member or close friend deliver you up to Satan? Because they do not know any better. They are deceived themselves by Satan, thinking he is the real Christ. They may say to him, my brother or sister mean well with their beliefs, but maybe you can help them understand. Then Satan and his followers will be knocking on your door.
13And 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. Those enduring to the end shall be saved. Notice it says that those who hang in there till the end will be saved. That means till the return of Christ; the second advent. Remember that anti-Christ comes first and will deceive many pretending that he is Christ.
14But 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. When you see the horrible thing standing in the holy place spoken by Daniel the prophet. (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11). Remember that Satan is coming first as anti-Christ, and he comes in peace. (Daniel 11:21). Those in Judea should flee into the Judean hills. For he is the fake Christ and comes to deceive many if they let him.
15And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house. Literally, "roof tops" which being flat, were used as porches at the time. (Acts 10:9). They are not to even go inside to pack a bag before they flee.
16And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. Those working in the fields should not even return to their homes for their clothes.
17But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! We are not necessarily speaking of pregnant women. This is also a warning to those who fall for the anti-Christ. Christ is returning for a virgin bride spiritually speaking.
18And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. The city gates were closed on the Sabbath and not only would winter be a bad time to flee, but it is out of season for the locust. The locust army of Revelation 9, which tells us that this army of locust will prey of those without the seal of God. Remember we are talking of the end times here and the return of anti-Christ as well as the return of Christ. I am not setting any dates here, but this could be a good time to be on guard for these things to take place. (May thru September).
19For 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. There will be persecution such as the world has never seen before in all history, and will never see again.
20And 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. In fact, unless those days are shortened, all mankind will perish. But, for the sake of God's chosen, those days will be shortened. (Speaking of the 1,290 of Daniel 12:11). The time of the locust army that will be shortened to a five month period. (Revelation 9:5, 9:10).
21And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not. Don't believe it if anyone tells you that Christ has returned at this time or arrived at such a place. Remember that the anti-Christ returns first pretending to be Christ.
22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Many who claim to be Christian and prophets of God will arise and do wonderful miracles, and if possible even deceive God's elect. You can start to see it today in our society. Those who prey on the weak minded with their hands on healings. Even some who may think they are of the elect are being deceived by false teachings and doctrines of men. The true elect will not be deceived. They know better!
23But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. See, I have warned you! God has foretold us all things if we study His Word.
24But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. The sun will grow dim and the moon will not shine.
25And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. These stars that fall from heaven will be Satan and his band of fallen angels when they are cast out by Michael the arch angel. Literally the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Ephesians 6:12).
26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then literally, the coming of the Son of Man shall return.
27And 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. The angels shall gather the elect (the chosen ones), from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. This will take place at the 7th trump. The four winds are the four spirits that will bring this dispensation to an end. The same winds spoken of in (Revelation 7).
28Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near. The summer is the harvest of the fig tree. Another clue in the season of the harvest of the earth and Christ's return. The chute was set in the year 1948 when Judah became a nation. This is the generation of the fig tree. The harvest of the good and bad figs are spoken of in the book of Jeremiah 24. Speaking of Judah and the Kenites. The Kenites being the bad figs. The time is nearing the end of this generation of 1948.
29So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. The subject hear is the return of Christ. When you see these things beginning to happen, you know that the time is near. The word "it" hear should read, He is near, not it.
30Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. What generation? The generation of the fig tree, (The last generation), or generation of 1948.
31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Speaking of this heaven and earth age. The Word will remain forever. That is why we need to study God's Word and forget all the traditions of men, false teachings, and church clicks that do not stick to the truth of the Word.
32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Only our Heavenly Father knows (that instant), when the end will come. That is why people need to get their act together!
33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Be on watch for the return of Christ because no on knows when it will be. It was Peter, James, John, and Andrew that got together alone with Jesus and asked Him this question about His return.
34For 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. Jesus gave His disciples authority and work to do while He was gone and told them to watch for signs of His return. His command for them to keep watch, just as the gate keeper.
35Watch 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. Again His command was to keep a sharp lookout because no one knows the time when He would return. It could be in the morning, afternoon, or in the evening.
36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. Don't let Him find you sleeping at His return. Keep in mind that the Anti-Christ comes first. In verse 34, Christ gives us work to do. Part of that work is to be able to discern the truth in the Word so that we are not deceived.
37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Watch for my return! "This is the message for us all."