Mark 13



Mark 13 records Jesus' teachings on the destruction of the Temple, signs of the end times, the abomination of desolation, the coming of the Son of Man, and the importance of watchfulness. These teachings emphasize the certainty of future events and the need for disciples to remain faithful and prepared for the culmination of God's plan.


  1. Destruction of the Temple Foretold (Mark 13:1-4): Jesus predicts the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, which alarms the disciples.
  2. Signs of the End Times (Mark 13:5-23): Jesus warns about false messiahs, wars, earthquakes, and persecutions as signs of the approaching end. He advises the disciples to stand firm and not be misled.
  3. The Abomination of Desolation (Mark 13:14-23): Jesus speaks of a future event, the "abomination of desolation," as a sign that the end is near. He urges the disciples to be vigilant and watchful.
  4. The Coming of the Son of Man (Mark 13:24-27): Jesus describes the cosmic signs that will accompany his return, emphasizing the certainty of his coming to gather his elect.
  5. Lesson from the Fig Tree (Mark 13:28-31): Jesus uses the analogy of a fig tree to illustrate the certainty of the events he predicts, stating that when the branches become tender and produce leaves, summer is near.
  6. No One Knows the Day or Hour (Mark 13:32-37): Jesus emphasizes that no one, not even the Son, knows the exact timing of these events. He instructs the disciples to be watchful and ready for his return.