Mark 13:32-37

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Watch and Be Ready for the Lord's Return

Mark 13:32-37

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Lesson Number 58

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Watch is more important then when.
  2. There is a difference between having omniscience and exercising omniscience.

Practical Application

  1. Let's spend more time in preparation than in calculation.


  1. What was the subject of the Olivet Discourse?
  2. In which passage of the Bible are the events of 70 A.D. covered?
  3. Who were the Gentiles in this passage of Scripture?
  4. Are we on the threshold of the end times? How do we know?
  5. According to the Roman culture of this time, what are the four times of Mark 13:35?
  6. Explain the difference between having omniscience and exercising it.


  1. Jesus spoke about the future, predicting the demise of the Jewish nation and the destruction of the temple. He also gave signs for the end times and His return to earth.
  2. Luke 21:24
  3. They would be the Roman armies, who destroyed the temple in 70 A.D., as well as the Gentile powers throughout the years. The times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled when the Lord returns.
  4. Yes. We know this because of the signs that the Lord Jesus gave in the Olivet Discourse, as well as other predictions found in Scripture.
  5. The four watches of the night: in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the cock, and in the morning.
  6. When the Son of God became man, He did not give up any of the attributes of His deity, but He voluntarily gave up the unlimited use or exercise of certain divine attributes when He took on humanity.


  1. What does it mean to spend more time in preparation than in calculation? Do you spend more time in preparation?
  2. Is it possible to predict the date of the Lord's return?


  1. How could you spend more time in watching? In praying? In serving? Are these areas given priority in your life?

Key Verses

  • "Of that day and hour no one knows...not even the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." (Mark 13:32-33)

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