A Word about the End Times
To gather the setting of this chapter, we need to take a look at the sequence of events.
- Mark 11:1-12 starts the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which is Sunday of His final week. It is here that the crowd goes out to meet Him as He enters Jerusalem and in verse 11 of chapter 11 that He returns back to Bethany to stay for the end of the first day, that is Sunday.
- The final week Monday starts with the twelfth verse of Mark 11, when His popularity is still at a high peak and He curses the fig tree and He cleanses the temple. It concludes in the 19th verse. The second day Monday of the final week is recorded.
- Now comes the third day Tuesday, this day started for Jesus with the 20th verse of Mark 11, which is the withering of the fig tree.
- It carries itself on and concludes with Judas' negotiations for betrayal in Mark 14:10-11. This is a day of confrontation. It ended with the widows mite and now He is getting ready to leave the temple. He going to take His disciples away to give them some final teachings, about some words about the end times.
The tone of this chapter is set in verses one and two.
1 Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!"
2 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (NKJ)
Jesus is preparing His disciples with the fact that there are going be troublesome days that are ahead. The gospel will not be well received. The world will be in upheaval until finally the coming of the Son of Man happens. What Jesus predicted in AD30; Mark recorded in about AD65; and it actually happened in AD70.
Anyone in or near Jerusalem when Titus swept down on city, raising the buildings to the ground and slaughtering millions of Jews, would have thought t ...
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