Time, Truth, & Wisdom

Chapter 20---The Prophesy of Jesus Christ

     We’re going to look at prophecy given to us by Christ Himself, of what it will be like during the end times. We’re going to get all of this information from the Word of God, for therein lays the truth of the matter and we’re going to start in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 13 with verse 1.

     Four of the Apostles are walking with Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem and they were Peter, John, James, and Andrew.

 

     Peter and John were fishermen on the Lake of Galilee; Andrew was Peter’s brother and a former apostle of John the Baptist and there is a lot of discussion and confusion concerning James as to just who he actually was but suffice it to say that these four men were not worldly men.

 

     And without demeaning them by saying this but they were just country boys. As they walked the streets with Jesus they were amazed at the buildings that they saw. Hey, this is the big city to them.

     And as they walked, one of them said to Jesus:

     Mark 13:1 And 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!

     Mark 13:2 And 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.

     It's all going to change when He returns.

     Mark 13:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

     Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

     They know that Christ will be crucified the following day and they simply want to know what it will be like and what will be happening on the day that He returns. They may have believed that they would still be alive when that event happened.

 

     Here are the events that Jesus said must happen before His return:

     Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

     Mark 13:6: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

     Who will come in His name? Preachers. They won’t be Christ but they will be Christ-like. The big-daddy of them all will be Satan posing as the true Messiah.

      Many church systems will be developed over the next two thousand years and they will compete with each other for membership. Some will say:

 

     “Come over to our church for we will show you the way to heaven.”

 

     Others will say:

 

     “No, come over to our church for their way is wrong and we have the right path to salvation.”

 

     Another will say:

 

     “Once saved, always saved. You don’t need to repent of your sins in our church. Come in and believe what we believe”.

     Many churches will come into existence because of disagreements between church leaders and they will splinter off into other denominations. But regardless of their beginnings, they all claim to be the true church and only through them can eternal salvation be obtained.

 

     They will twist the Scriptures for their own selfish designs and purposes; they will invent aspects of religion to scare you into attending and tithing and Satan will use many of these self-serving, egotistical, insidious preachers to fatten their wallets while they consider not the long term implications of their actions. They are only concerned with the here and now.

     They will use the name of Jesus Christ to give themselves the appearance of holiness and stature; respect among the community; dignity among business leaders and politicians and if you were to strip away the fancy, expensive clothing, the quaffed hairstyles, the gold rings, and necklaces and the flowers on the stage, you would see them as the vile and wretched human beings that they are, for in their deception they take the helpless and the hopeless, and with reckless abandon, cast their souls before Satan’s alter; all for the sake of the almighty dollar.

     For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ, or I am Christ-like and shall deceive many. In the Book of Titus, we find that he was talking about preachers who don’t teach from God’s Word but from their own words:

     Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

     Lucre means kerdos (ker'-dos); of uncertain affinity; gain (pecuniary or genitive case). For money’s sake!

     Mark 13:7 And 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.

     Wars have been fought since the creation of humankind. The first Biblical war was only between two people; namely Cain and Able. However, if you are educated enough in Genesis, there were many wars fought among and between the different races created on the sixth day.

 

     In its simplistic form, wars are waged between one segment of humanity in an attempt to control or subjugate another segment of humanity; World War I and World War II being the most notable of all wars.

     The threat of nuclear war by thermonuclear devices during the 1960s and 70’s never materialized as many educated people had forecast. I remember living in Florida during these years; my parents owned a house in a subdivision, and I saw grown adults digging holes in their backyard in preparation for building a fallout shelter in order to survive a nuclear attack of ICBM missiles being launched in our direction by Russia.

 

     Little did these people understand that if they were within a 50-mile range of ground zero the blast itself would fry every molecule and create a vacuum that would suck the life out of every living organism.

     Others did realize this and so the development of the neutron bomb was deemed more favorable than the atomic bomb because it would only kill living organisms while, essentially, leaving building structures intact.

 

     Made perfect sense to me; why bomb a country with an atomic device, leave the resulting area uninhabitable for decades to come, and demolish all the spoils of war?

 

     Wars and rumors of wars equate to life on this planet in this earth age. There will be an entity coming in the near future that will attempt to unite the entire world and eliminate this threat.  

     Mark 13:8 For 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.

     “Diverse places” means various or unusual places around the world. The United States Geological Society (USGS) keeps track of earthquakes around the world and has reported an upswing in the frequency of these events within the last fifty years. A tsunami is a wave generated by an earthquake that occurs beneath the surface of the water.

 

     These are rare in comparison to, say, earthquakes in California. We don’t normally think of earthquakes happening beneath the surface of the ocean so this could truly be classified as a “diverse place”. The tsunami of December 26, 2004, that hit Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia killed 5400 people, left 3000 missing and affected 59,000 people and was the worst tsunami to ever hit this area. Was this event caused by God?

 

     Did He just want to make a point? I don’t think so. Christ pointed out to us that there would be earthquakes, famines, and troubles so that we might stay awake and be observant. Will He use these events to usher in the end of this earth age? Absolutely and definitively not.

     The word “sorrow” in this verse is not the same word that we use in our language today. This word, in the Greek, is:

     ✡ Sorrows_NT 5604 odin (o-deen'); akin to NT:3601; a pang or throe, especially of childbirth.

     The analogy associated with sorrow is as a new age being brought forth, the Millennium age to follow this earth age, and its emergence and eventual beginning being related to the natural birth of a child. The closer the mother gets to that time of birth the more frequent the contractions, the birth pangs, become.

 

     The occurrence of natural disaster events will become more frequent in the last days of this age giving us a warning, spiritually; that we should pull our head out of our butt and be aware of more than the sale price of a new flat-screen TV at Best Buys.

     Let me repeat, again, what I stated above: Our Father will not destroy this earth age through the use of natural disasters and, by definition, all natural disasters are not caused directly by Our Father.

 

     Nor will this planet be destroyed by humankind and their thermonuclear weapons. This ‘ole planet pretty much takes care of itself without minute-by-minute intervention by God. And since this planet is, in essence, a living organism, then individual weather phenomena should not be taken as eventual hellfire and brimstone.

     Some people have speculated that Hurricane Katrina that hit just West of New Orleans on 29 September 2005 was an act of God in His attempt to destroy that sin-laden city. Now, that probably sounds pretty good if you happen to be a religious nut but if it were true then should the people that live in San Francisco and Las Vegas be frightful of some impending natural disaster because God wants to teach them a lesson and rid the world of sinners? Or Columbus, Ohio? Or Sioux City, Iowa? Get a grip, people.

     Mark 13:9 But 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.

     If I were pressed to present an example of how we will be delivered up to these councils it would have to be as a situation similar to Senate hearing committees that you might see on a national news broadcast or on CSPAN.

 

     These “hearings” may well be held at the United Nations building in New York City, for every nation on earth will be represented by their envoy as is the custom today. It will be broadcast before the entire world in real-time mode.

     When the events of this verse come to pass, Satan, as Antichrist, will already be sitting in the Temple in Jerusalem claiming to be Jesus. (I know that there is no Jewish temple in Jerusalem at this time. It’s a figure of speech.)

 

     This word “beaten” is not of a physical nature but more in the line of intense questioning or “brow beating” for it will be the intention of Satan, the Antichrist, to trip you up when you speak. Should you be nervous and afraid when this happens?

     Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

     Mark 13:11 But 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.

     Every word that comes out of your mouth will not be your words but those of the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to remember anything. You don’t have to be clever because we are clearly warned neither do you premeditate what you will say. The Holy Spirit will speak through you:

     Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

     Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

     Even the gainsayers, the unbelievers, will hear the truth of the Holy Spirit coming through your mouth.

     Remember, this is happening during the last five months of this dispensation or earth age during the reign of Antichrist. Christ warned that when you see these things happening then know that the end is near but not just yet.

     This event will be covered by every news agency from around the world. Live television, satellite uplinks, and downlinks, computer servers whirring and transferring data, video capture, and processing.

     Government agencies, in concert with private industry, have been launching communication satellites into geostationary orbits around this earth for many years to accomplish a global community network of information exchange.

 

     And because of this network, along with the World Wide Web, every human being on this planet, all seven billion plus of us, will be able to view what’s going on at the same time. Never before in the history of mankind has this been possible. In less than one hundred years we have gone from the Pony Express to this. Quite the reason that Mark 13:10 would say:

     Mark 13:10And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

     The word published means:

     ✡ Published_NT 2784 kerusso (kay-roos'-so); of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel).

     Broadcast, as a public crier to all nations, at the same time, and what better place to do it than the United Nations. Finally, they may get to serve a useful purpose.

     Those that will be delivered up to these councils will be God’s Election and since they chose which side that they were going to follow in that first earth/heaven age, God has every right to interfere in their lives and use them for His purposes here at this time. Throughout the ages, He has used this Election to further carry out His plan and He will use them here.

     Mark 13:12  Now 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.

     The death spoken of here is neither physical nor spiritual but Satan’s name:

     Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

    Why and how will the children put their parents or brother to death? They will put them up before death, in front of Satan. They will do this because the children and brothers are convinced that Satan is the true Messiah, that their parents are simply misled and cannot see the truth before them and they will ask Satan to have mercy on them.

     Mark 13:13 And 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.

     Many will believe that Satan is the Messiah but there will also be others who just will not buy completely into all of this and something deep down inside will be telling them to be cautious during this event, they will be confused as to what actually is the truth and they will hate those that appear to be knowledgeable and righteous.

     Mark 13:14 But 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:

     This “abomination of desolation” is, of course, Satan, the Antichrist, standing where it ought not. There is some disagreement over the use of the word it and Dr. Moffat provides a correct translation; it would indicate a condition of desolation but more properly translated it should be he ought not for it is an entity, Satan, which would make him a desolator.

     Mark 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

     When you see these events happening don’t even go home to get anything. You don’t have time. You're going to be in a spiritual body shortly so you won't need anything physical anyway.

     Mark 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

     Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

     This certainly does not refer to a woman that is pregnant during this time. It is a spiritual reference and it means that you have wed the wrong christ, you did not wait until the true Christ came. You went to bed with Satan and now you are impregnated with his child, spiritually, of course.

 

     You didn’t wait until you could wed the true husband. You took up with Satan and you believed his lies and now you are spiritually with HIS child. Do you want to be with Satan's child when the true Christ returns? I hope not.

     Mark 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

     Mark 13:19 For 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.

     The affliction or tribulation of the Antichrist, Satan, and the world will have never seen anything like this before in history. Should you be afraid? Not if you have the seal of God in your forehead:

     Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have NOT the seal of God in their foreheads.

     It can’t be said any plainer than that. You can be standing in the midst of it all and not one hair on your head will be singed or moved out of place. Our Father protects the children that love him. Make sure that you fall into that group.

     Mark 13:20 And 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.

     “Shortened those days” has been stated twice for emphasis. It is no longer seven years or three and one-half years; it has been shortened to approximately a five-month period.

     Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

     Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

     Having the seal of God in your forehead makes you one of His Elect.

     Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

     Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

     After the tribulation of the Antichrist, Satan.

     Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

     Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

     Mark 13:27 And 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 words uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven is an idiom that means all-encompassing; from everywhere; no one will be left out or forgotten about. All of His Elect will be with Him.

     Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

     What happens when summer is near? You have been given a clue here and certainly, no man knows the exact minute of His second coming, but we can figure out the season and we have just been told that that season will be summer.

     Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

     The time of the adult stage of the locust; a period of five months. You might say:

 

     “Well, how do you know that it will be a five-month period?”

     Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

     That’s how we know that it will be a five-month period.

     Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

     Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

     This “generation” is the generation of the fig tree, the generation in which you are currently living.

     Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

     This heaven and earth AGE will pass away into the eternity.

     It’s important that you think outside of the bubble of the little protected world that you have created for yourself. Everything is part of the same. The first heaven/earth age; this heaven/earth age; the third and eternal heaven/earth age. It’s all a part of one whole.

     My words shall not pass away means that the words of the Bible, the Scripture, the translated scrolls are not just words in a book that will be thrown away or disregarded after our death or after everyone has died, but they are the words of the Creator of molecules and infinite space and babies and love and since He has no beginning and no end, then His words will be with us even into the eternity.

 

     We will read the Book in the eternal age and we will respect and honor the Patriarchs and the prophets because even though we are no longer in human or flesh bodies, our heritage extends beyond that.

     Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

     Seems like we just read those exact words in Matthew 24:36 didn’t we?

     Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

     Mark 13:34 For 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.

     Mark 13:35 Watch 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:

     Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

     Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

     From the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ. WATCH! Watch for what? Doesn’t take a genius to figure this out.