Preparing for Things to Come, Part 2 - Mark 13:14-23

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A Sign of Things to Come (13:14a)

  • Understanding the abomination of desolation 
  • Prophesied by Daniel with a near and far fulfillment (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)
  • Announced by Jesus with a near and far fulfillment (See Luke 21:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)


Responding to the Sign (13:14b-18)

  • The need to flee (urgency) (vv. 15-16)
  • Potential hindrances to fleeing (vv. 17-18)
  • The compassion of Jesus toward the experience of His people (vv. 17-18)


The Severity of Things to Come (13:19-20)

  • Tribulation unlike any other (vs. 19) 
  • Tribulation restrained by God (vs. 20)


A Warning Against Deception (13:21-23) 

  • In times of trouble false teachers increase 
  • Be on guard


A Difficult Passage and Considerations for Daily Life

  • This passage is a reminder that God has a plan and that He’s working out His plan – This should give us hope (Romans 8:28–29) 


  • This passage is a reminder that God has shared parts of His plan with us so that we aren’t unaware – This should give us peace (1 Thessalonians 4:13,18)


  • This passage is a reminder that the end is coming and that we have a calling to tell others about the work God has done and is doing – This should give us purpose


  • This passage is reminder that when things are hard it’s not an indication that God has lost control – This should give us comfort