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Summary: Jesus completes His description of the Last Days

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Mark 13:14-37

Horrifying Words for the End of Times

Introduction – America has become famous for its warning labels. Some are helpful and urge caution concerning some hidden dangers or possible side effects of certain products. Others, however, seem obvious if not downright absurd.

Consider the following ludicrous labels compiled by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch:

-- A label on a public toilet reads, "Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking."

-- A washing machine in a Laundromat warns, "Do not put any person in this washer."

-- A label on the gas cap of a personal watercraft warns, "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level."

-- A laser printer cartridge advises, "Do not eat toner."

-- A household iron cautions, "Never iron clothes while they are being worn."

-- A cardboard sunshield that shades the dashboard advises, "Do not drive with sunshield in place."

-- A baby stroller tells parents, "Remove child before folding."

One reason for warning labels is that manufacturers want to avoid lawsuits. As odd as it might sound, the personal watercraft carries the warning on its gas cap because some "bright" individual might actually check the fuel level with a match. And even worse, a lawsuit could follow.

Jesus Gave Words of Warning 14-27

A Despicable Desecration 14

“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 14

“The entire Tribulation period will last seven years. This is made clear in Daniel 9:24-27, in Daniels prophecy of the 70 weeks. These 70 weeks refers to weeks of years. The Jewish calendar was comprised of weeks containing seven days. It was also comprised of seven year periods. Each seventh year was a Sabbatical Year. So, Daniel saw 70 weeks of years, 490 years.”

24 "Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. 25 "Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. 26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." Daniel 9:24-27

69 of those weeks have been literally fulfilled. The years began to be counted when the command to rebuild a destroyed Jerusalem was given by the Persian king Artaxerxes in 445 BC, Ezra 1:1-4.

1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. 3 Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. 4 And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.

69 weeks, or 483 years later, the Messiah was “cut off” by being nailed to a cross, Daniel 9:26. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself That leaves one week, or seven years that have yet to be fulfilled.” Source: http://www.sermonnotebook.org/mark

In 167 BC the Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanies IV attempted to force the Jews to adopt Greek culture. He would not permit them to circumcise their male children, or offer the Levitical sacrifices. He forced them to offer swine to God. On one occasion, Antiochus entered the Temple in Jerusalem and offered a pig on the altar. He also erected a statue of the Greek god Zeus in the Holy of Holies, and he opened a brothel in the Temple chambers. He so defiled the Temple that the Jews abandoned it until a successful rebellion defeated Antiochus and his successors.

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