Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
One of the disciples pointed out that the temple is great and Jesus said it will be completely destroyed.
Signs of the Close of the Age
A few disciples ask Jesus when the destruction will come to pass. He says many will pretend to be him to lead people astray, there will be earthquakes and wars and famines. People will try to get you to turn on each other, don't do it. You will be hated for my namesake.
A lot of doom and gloom here.
The Abomination of Desolation
When the abonimation of desolation comes, do not be fooled. When he arrives he will cause much hardship. There will be many false christs and false prophets, don't follow them. They will perform many signs and wonders to lead people astray, don't listen to them.
I'm not totally sure what the Abomination of Desolation is supposed to be. It sounds like it is a guy, maybe the antichrist or something? Seems that he brings bad times along with him. Are we fulfilling a prophecy here or something? I'm a bit confused.
I do wonder though, if false christs and prophets are there to lead people astray, and they do the same things as Jesus, how are we supposed to tell the difference? If I follow a fake christ who performs the same miracles as the real christ and says a lot of the same things, it doesn't seem fair that I go to hell.
The Coming of the Son of Man
After that tribulation, the sun will darken, the moon will not give light, and the stars will fall from heaven. The son of man will come down on a cloud with angels to gather his followers.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
When the fig tree puts on its leaves you know summer is near. In the same way, when you see this stuff you know that he is near. "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place."
In Mark 8, I was talking about how some of Jesus' words might fall flat after 2000 years and it was pointed out to me that I may have been misunderstanding some things. This time I feel like that is not the case. Jesus said that before that generation dies some pretty incredible stuff would happen that clearly did not happen.
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away"
This is confusing to me as well, if heaven and earth pass away, what place is left for his word to not pass away in? I feel like I am understanding things and then I read this and I just feel like I am missing something really important.
No One Knows That Day or Hour
No one knows when this will all happen, stay alert for it always.