|Mark 13 |
1 Then as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Master, see what quality of stones and buildings are here!"
2 And Jesus said to him, "See these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another, that will not be thrown down."1
3 Now as he sat upon the mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?"
5 And Jesus answered them, saying, "Take heed that no one deceives you;
6 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am Christ;' and will deceive many.
7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen; but it is not yet the end.
8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes in many places, and there will be famines and troubles; these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 But watch out for yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues, and you will be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10 And the gospel must first be preached among all nations.
11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you will speak, nor premeditate on it; but speak whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speaks, but the Holy Spirit.
12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and the father the son; and children will rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
13 And you will be hated by all men for my name's sake; but he who endures to the end will be saved.
14 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not,2(let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountain [Christ];
15 And let he who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house.
16 And let he who is in the field not turn back again to take his clothes.
17 But woe to those who are with child, and to those who are nursing in those days!
18 And pray that your flight will not be in the winter.
19 For in those days will be tribulations, such as there has not been from the beginning of the creation, which God created, to this time, neither will there ever be.
20 And unless the Lord shortens those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he has chosen, he has shortened the days.
21 Then if any man says to you, 'Lo, here is Christ;' or 'lo, he is there;' do not believe him. ["The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox). Turn inward.]
22 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and show signs and wonders, to seduce even the elect, if it were possible.3 [Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards. The false church is Revelation's whore of Babylon, riding the beast of many names, (41,000 sects in Christendom), with horns like a lamb [resembles the true church], but who speaks like a dragon, (men speaking from their carnal minds, which is enmity with God, and their vain opinions from their evil imaginations), instead of speaking words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus and the Apostles did.]
23 But take heed; behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25 And the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers that are in heaven will be shaken.
26 Then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And he will send his angels, and gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When its branch is still tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
29 So also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near, even at the doors.
30 Truly I say to you, that this generation will not pass away, until all these things take place.4
31 Heaven and earth will pass away;5 but my words will not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour no man knows, no, not even the angels who are in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is like 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 doorkeeper to watch.
35 Watch therefore; for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, at evening, or at midnight, or at the rooster crowing, or in the morning;
36 Lest he comes suddenly and finds you sleeping.
37 And what I say to you I say to all: Watch."
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1 Of the great buildings (of the temple). Not one stone will be left upon another, that will not be thrown down. Jesus prophesied the destruction Jerusalem and its people, with the complete destruction of the temple because they did not recognize his visitation to them. His prophecy was fulfilled as described below:
The end of the Jewish Kingdom was in 70 A.D. In the first of several Jewish rebellions against Rome, most of the Jews were massacred and the temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Roman Prince, Titus, in 70 AD. Titus, who later became emperor of Rome, was the son of the Emperor Vespasian. Josephus, a first century historian, wrote that 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into exile and slavery. The severity of Rome's destruction of Israel stemmed from The Great Revolt of the Jews against the Roman Empire in which Jewish rebels defeated the XII Roman Legion, killing 6,000 Roman troops and wounding many more — it was one of the worst defeats in Roman history, a humiliating defeat by a Jewish rag-tag group of rebels, and with loss of the legion's aquilla or Eagle, (Rome's standard); and because the Eagle symbolized Rome, (Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost), Rome was insulted, shocked, outraged, and resolved to inflict severe retribution on the Jews.
2 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not. The abomination of desolation is your selfish spirit, standing in the temple of God, which temple is your heart, where the Spirit of God labors to form Christ, to rule. Before Jesus appears in your heart, the Spirit of God has to reveal the man of sin, your spirit, ruling your heart; standing where God belongs, declaring himself to be God... Christ, the God of Peace, then soon after appears to crush the head of this spirit of Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20.
Paul wrote of this occurrence in 2 Thes 2:3-4, which footnote includes a writing by George Fox clearly stating that the revealing of the abomination of desolation is something to be personally experienced.
Christendom totally misinterprets this verse to be the supposed one antichrist, (though many antichrists had already appeared 2000 years ago), that is supposedly revealed before Jesus makes His supposed one-time return to the earth, thinking that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt, animal sacrifices reinstituted, and the antiChrist will appear in that temple declaring himself God — none of which will ever happen. Christendom does not understand that before Christ appears in their hearts, to be seen, to be revealed, that first the Lord must show them how immersed in sin they themselves are — so much so that each man must be shown that his spirit is the offspring of Satan, sitting in the throne of your heart, declaring himself God.
From the Word of the Lord within: "When you see the abomination of desolation do not be afraid; stand your ground; I will come within five minutes to destroy him."
3 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and show signs and wonders, to seduce even the elect, if it were possible. Many people think prophets only foretell the future, but Paul tells us, "he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, and exhortation, and comfort." 1 Cor 14:3. All preachers and teachers prophesy. The false church is Revelation's whore of Babylon, riding the beast of many names, (41,000 sects in Christendom), with horns like a lamb [resembles the true church], but who speaks like a dragon, (men speaking from their carnal minds, which is enmity with God, and their vain opinions from their evil imaginations), instead of speaking words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus and the Apostles did.
Including this verse's warning, the Lord is recorded as warning us three times about false Christian prophets, (ministers, evangelists, teachers), that perform miracles:
And in Revelation, we are told the spirits of demons would be working miracles. Rev 16:14; and the demons work miracles through men who put on a great show of being religious.
Power without truth is how the false church of Babylon was established. Do not be deceived with power accompanied by lies. Unless power is accompanied by the true gospel, (freedom from even the desire to sin, union with Christ and God, and translation into the kingdom of God while still on earth), through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial that results in Jesus appearing in your heart to destroy all sin, such power is from the devil and not God.
There are many "Christian" healing ministries with great show, great pomp, great words of vanity, and loud and raucous services; but you will know them by the fruits they obviously lack: self-control, peace, gentleness, humility, etc. Never accept any demonstration of power as necessarily coming from God. Remember Jannes and Jambres, the Egyptian Magicians, who cast down their rods that turned into serpents, and who turned the waters of Egypt to blood. The miracle workers of Christendom, who preach the false gospel of instant grace as a license for excusing continuation of sin, or preach the gospel of prosperity, derive their power from Satan. However, the power of Satan is not limited to false Christian ministers; it is also frequently demonstrated in other religions.
Smith Wigglesworth of several years ago, (still highly praised by the Pentecostals), had a faith healing ministry where he slugged people in the stomach to heal them, saying he was slugging the devil in them, not them; one man he slugged so hard that he died, but of course the minister then raised him from the dead; you will know them by their fruits, and violence is not a fruit of the spirit, but gentleness is. A current televangelist, who is widely acclaimed and praised by the leadership of the Pentecostal movement, heals by slugging people, kicking people, and slamming people on the forehead, as he staggers around like a drunk shouting his message.
William Branham was a preacher who performed great miracles, died in a car crash in 1967, still has many dedicated followers today, and has been greatly lauded by Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders like Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, and Benny Hinn — all because of his ability to perform miracles. Branham had many prophecies, received from angels, including that the United States would be destroyed and Jesus would return in 1977. Branham was misogynistic, teaching a very negative message about women in general, while claiming that Eve had sex with the Serpent in the Garden of Eden, which resulted in the birth of Cain and that Cain’s descendents are reprobates, the scientists, and educated people of today. His doctrine is totally false for:
Yet, because Branham had so many miracle healings across the world, some of followers visit his grave every Easter, expecting him to be resurrected.
The false church of Babylon shows great signs and wonders, to convince those who have not been taught by revelation in their hearts by the Spirit of God as to what is the true gospel, the true hope, love vs. lust, sin vs. righteousness, turmoil vs. peace, humility vs. pride, good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, bitter vs. sweet. Since the elect have been taught by the Spirit in revelations, they see past the miracles of the false church and false prophets; which false prophets who live in sin, and excuse, life-long sin.
Although Babylon's false prophets are very difficult to discern, the elect are not deceived because their love of the truth overrides their being impressed with demonstration of power accompanied by lies.
There is a web page, How to Identify a Blind Guide or False Prophet, devoted to the doctrines of false prophets/blind guide preachers vs. true prophets/ministers to help you distinguish a true preacher/teacher from a false preacher/teacher.
4 Notice! Jesus is saying (In Matthew, Mark, and Luke) all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before the generation of 2000 years ago died, (click here to read a detailed analysis of the six scriptures that prove the 2nd appearance of Jesus is a personal experience).
5 And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever. 1 John 2:17.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,
and the elements will melt with fervent heat, and both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons should you be in holy conduct and godliness,
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
in which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 2 Pet 3:10-12
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, behold, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen Mat 28:20. So the end of the world occurred for the disciples, which occurred simultaneously at their entrance into the kingdom — while on earth. So the end of the world also occurs for all who purify themselves in anticipation of seeing Jesus return with their salvation, to translate them into the Kingdom of Christ.
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