It’s nearly over.
Mark 13: 5 – 13
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Alongside the gospels of Matthew and Luke, this passage has Jesus answering a few questions:
- When will this happen?—the Jerusalem temple being torn down, stone by stone.
- What will be the sign of Jesus’ coming?
- What will be the sign of the end of the world?
Jesus’ answers are in all 3 gospels combined but for Mark he concentrates on these last 2 questions.
False Messiahs –in my own nation of UK there are approximately 500 – 1,000 cults today.
Wars and rumours of wars –Today there are a total of 68 countries involved in wars and 804 militias-guerrillas and terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups are involved.
Earthquakes – In 2017 there were 39 earthquakes in the world.
Famines – According to the 2018 Global Report on Food Crises an estimated 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing a food crisis.
Persecution – According to an Open Doors report in 2017 there are 215 million Christians experiencing high, very high or extreme persecution at that time.
Gospel to all nations – Understanding nations to mean people groups there are 16,591 groups in the world today. There are now 2,792 unevangelised people groups (meaning greater than 5% Evangelical Christian) which equates to 11% of the world population.
Family breakdown – Research from the Centre for Social Justice says that there were 500,000 people aged 75 plus who spent Christmas Day in 2017 on their own where two fifths of them had families living in the UK. One in ten people aged 16-25 have spent at least one month sleeping on someone’s sofa because of the breakdown of relationships. Almost half of 15 year olds do not live with both parents.
The checklist is done.
Surely it’s nearly over!
He’s nearly here!