Mark 13:13-23 (Focus: Abomination of Desolation)

In this lesson, we discussed the theological tensions that arise in verse 13 with the phrase “he who endures to the end will be saved.” Then, we take time to examine the historical context of Jesus’ prophecy regarding the “abomination of desolation.” We remember Daniel’s prophecy and its fulfillment in 167 B.C.; we remember Jesus’ prophecy and its […]

Mark 13:1-8 (Focus: Do Not Be Deceived)

With this lesson, we begin an in-depth study of the “apocalyptic” verses in Mark 13. After the shocking comments Jesus made about the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew approach Him privately to gather more information. Since Jesus’ clear warnings about the pending destruction of Jerusalem were heeded, the early church was saved. What’s remarkable is how the warnings about deception […]