"Forewarned and Forearmed" - Mark 13:1-23
- What is the question that initiates Jesus words concerning future events?
- Why is this question and it's answer important both for those asking at that moment in time and for us today?
- How and why would someone want to mislead people concerning Jesus? Then/now?
- In what way has many already come declaring they are the Christ?
- In what way is declaring a "Jesus" who is less than the Jesus of the Bible introduce an alternate Jesus? Examples?
- What does Jesus mean when He says we are not to be frightened when we hear of wars and rumors of wars? What is the danger of allowing these things to frighten us?
- How would Jesus have us deal with our fears? Check out Phil. 4: 6,7; Mark 13:23.
- What does it mean to be "on your guard" in verse 9? On guard against what? Why?
- Who is the "they" in verse 9? Why is it important that we know who they are?
- What does it mean in verse 9 that we will stand before governors and kings for Jesus sake? As a testimony to them?
- What does it mean that the gospel must first be preached to all the nations? Why is this important in understanding the plan (time-line) of God even in the midst of great times of trial and persecution?
- In what way is the promise contained in verse 11 for today?
- According to Jesus what would motivate such incomprehensible behavior He describes in verses 12 and 13?
- What does it mean to be hated by all because of Jesus Name?
- What is the Abomination of Desolation in verse 14 and why is it a reason to flee?
- In what way does verse 20 convey God's love and care for each of us?
- Why is it important that Jesus would make us fully aware of what is to come? What does this assure us about who Jesus is? In what way does this information encourage us?
- What does it mean to take heed in verse 23 and in what way does that command focus your personal application of what you have learned from this passage?