Read: Mark 13:24-27
In this short paragraph, John Mark provides prophetic words from Jesus, red letter words, about the end of time.
It’s easy to fly through the text, but I would encourage us to use this paragraph as an opportunity to simply rest in the words and let the Spirit do the work.
24 “But in those days, following that distress,
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.Mark 13:24-27
In those days, words of comfort, as Jesus is telling His disciples about the incredible hardship He is about to endure and for those that are coming their way as a result of following Him.
We read about those who are modern martyrs, something we definitely don’t like to talk about, but nonetheless, we know about the reality of their existence. Not likely in this country, though there are always exceptions, many are beaten, tortured, maimed, or killed outright, for merely professing that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the only way to heaven.
For those who fight the spiritual battles in physical form, the words of Jesus in this passage provide some comfort.
Such personal assurance from Jesus, His angels will gather His elect. That is a song we should write, a chorus we should sing, over and over again.