Mark 13 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-2 - A seemingly simple reference to the amazing buildings surrounding the temple introduces one of the most mysterious chapters in Mark's gospel.

  • v3-4 - Jesus and his disciples go back out of the city to the Mount of Olives (this is a habit of Jesus we've seen often, to where He steps away from the busyness of life for times of silence with God). Therefore, this chapter is often called the Olivet Discourse.

  • v5-8 - Jesus warns you to watch out for deceivers.

  • Many will claim to be Christ returning.

  • There will always be wars & earthquakes,

  • so just because bad things happen it doesn't mean the end is near.

  • Jesus says these things "are just the beginning of birth pains (v8)."

  • v9-13 - Jesus instructs you to be on your guard.

  • The world is going to attack you because you stand with Christ.

  • Your family may even betray you.

  • But stand firm in Christ to the end, and you will be saved (v13).

  • v14-20 - If you're wondering what "the abomination that causes desolation" is (v14), you're in good company. Jesus is quoting from the prophet Daniel in saying this, but the passages Jesus refers to are some of the most difficult in the Bible to interpret.

  • Some good Christians will say that what Jesus describes here is still to come.

  • Most Reformed theologians will interpret these events Jesus is describing as having already occurred when the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 70 AD.