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Mark 13:1-13

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The Olivet Discourse - the Lord Talks About the End Times

Mark 13:1-13

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Lesson Number 54

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Olivet Discourse looks forward to two future events.
  2. The Olivet Discourse answers two questions about the end times.

Practical Application

  1. Let's not be sidetracked by buildings.
  2. Let's not be misled by datesetters.

Questions

  1. When did the Olivet Discourse take place?
  2. What was it that the disciples remarked about? What do you recall about the temple?
  3. What did the Lord predict in this passage? Did it come true?
  4. The Olivet Discourse looked forward to two future events. List them.
  5. When will the times of the Gentiles come to an end?
  6. The Olivet Discourse answers two questions about the end times. What are the questions?
  7. ist the signs that are not, concerning the end times.

Answers

  1. During the final week of the Lord's earthly ministry.
  2. The beauty of the temple, including the associated buildings and the great stones of the temple complex. The temple itself was of white polished marble, and the roof was gilded with gold.
  3. That not one stone shall be left. This literally came true in 70 A.D. when the Roman army under Titus conquered Jerusalem, and destroyed the temple.
  4. The destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., and the return of the Lord.
  5. When the Lord returns.
  6. a) When will these things be? and b) What will be the sign when all of these things will be fulfilled?
  7. False messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, persecutions, floggings, arrest, family betrayals.

Discuss/Consider

  1. What is your grasp of Bible prophecy? What signals the end times?
  2. The disciples focused on the buildings, which wasn't wrong, but the priority should be on God's program and God's people. Where is your focus?

Challenge

  1. How involved are you in the church of your attendance? What are you doing, specifically, to share the gospel and to build up believers?

Key Verses

  • "When will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?" (Mark 13:4) "The gospel must first be preached to all the nations." (Mark 13:10)

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