This week, we continued our verse-by-verse study of Mark 13. We discussed the difference between the tribulations experienced during the siege* of Jerusalem in AD 70 as compared to the Tribulation prophesied at the end times. Although same exact word thlipsis is used in both 13:19 and 13:24, each is referring to a different time period. We looked at prophecy fulfilled as well as prophecy yet to be fulfilled. We also discussed apocalyptic imagery and whether or not it should be taken literally. Towards the end of the lesson, we touched on the danger of getting caught up in trying to figure out when Jesus is coming back to the neglect of sharing the gospel of HOPE with others.
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During the lesson I asked a random question about the number of gates in Jerusalem at that time. This was unplanned, and it’s been years since I studied the number of gates. I mistakenly stated that there were 12 gates; however, that number comes from Revelation 12:12 and refers to the NEW Temple (which has not yet been built). Here are a couple articles which detail the names and functions of the various gates at the time of Christ: Gates of Jerusalem and Jerusalem’s Walls.
How can we talk about the gates surrounding Jerusalem without taking a few minutes to enjoy this amazing performance of “Oh, What a Beautiful City” by the talented and gifted opera greats Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle. I’m assuming this song was written about the NEW Jerusalem! 🙂