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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.


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