The American Wisdom Series 

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The Lord said,"Take Heed".

Do you have eyes to SEE and ears to HEAR? If so, when you read or watch the news of the day you should be able to SEE what is happening and "put two and two together" and discern the lateness of the hour and UNDERSTAND all the "things" that are happening which were foretold to us by Jesus Christ (Mk. 13:23). Here for example is an historic event that happened not too long ago:



 On May 5, 2000, there was an usual, highly publicized and talked about "alignment" of the planets, symbols of nations, a sign in the heavens! Four months later (the number "4" denotes earth in Biblical numerics) the following event occurred on earth, a sign in the earth. It was the largest gathering of the leaders of nations, of both the leading Free World Nations (kingdoms) and the Third World Countries (ethnos) in the HISTORY OF MANKIND. Here they all are standing (risen) against (along side of) (epi) each other. Yep, they are all lined up!

The Kingdoms and the Nations at the Millennium Summit 2000 
Bill Clinton, just left of center. front row.

"AP News, Sat. Aug. 19, 2000 
UNITED NATIONS --- ... More than 150 world leaders to meet at the United Nations..

The Millennium Summit from Sept. 6-8 - billed as the largest gathering of heads of state and government in history - focuses on the role of the United Nations in the 21st century." 


Peace peace, deception, globalization and a one world government are all signs of the last days given to us by Jesus, the One who long ago foretold us they would be the things happening today, in these end times. Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."
What did Jesus mean when He said "take ye heed"? The Greek word is "blepo", a very important word we need to fully understand because our Lord used it "five" times in Mark 13, the chapter in which He gave us the Seven Major Signs just preceding His return. By the way, those Seven Major Signs are the same as the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation. Here is Dr. Strong's definition of the word "blepo":
blepo, blep'-o, Greek 991; a primary verb; to look at (literal or figurative) :- behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed.Compare Greek 3700 (optanomai).
Dr. E.W. Bullinger in his "Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament", Kregel Publications, gives the following definition of the word "blepo":
"To look, see, have the power of sight applied to mental vision orconsideration, to consider, take to heart, employed to express a more intent, earnest, spiritual contemplation than horao (another Greek word translated "heed")."
When Jesus tells us to "take heed" using the word "blepo", He is telling us to seriously take to heart and earnestly, with intensity, contemplate and consider carefully the subject which follows. It has everything to do with having "eyes to see" and "ears to hear". In Luke 8:4 it is recorded that Jesus spoke before the general public, a crowd who had gathered around Him, and He gave them a parable concerning a "sower". After He had spoken the parable His disciples came to Him and wanted to know the meaning of the parable. The crowd however did NOT come to Him to seek knowledge and truth for they did not hunger and thirst. They simply walked away saying to each other something like, "Wasn't that a wonderful sermon today" and "Isn't it nice to know the Lord"!
Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? [10] And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not SEE, and hearing they might notUNDERSTAND. (emphasis mine)
The Greek word for SEE is "blepo". You see, those who do not seek the Lord through His Word do not carefully consider or take to heart the words of Jesus Christ. They hear them but the words seem to go in one ear and out the other. Consider now the Greek word translated "understand".
suniemi, soon-ee'-ay-mee, Greek 4920; from Greek 4862 (sun) and hiemi (to send); to put together, i.e. (mentally) to comprehend; by implication to act piously :- consider, understand, be wise.
"Suniemi", which sounds like a Japanese car or menu item to me, means to "mentally put together". It is much like the expression we use today, "Put two and two together". In order to understand the "mysteries" of the kingdom of God a person must believe and come to Christ as did the disciples. Then they must take God's Word seriously and take them to heart and carefully consider them as being true. And IF they believe they are TRUE then it should follow in their minds that the words of prophecy given for these last days can be SEEN coming to pass in yesterday's and today's newspapers. Do you "suniemi", i.e. can you put two and two together?
We find the disciples coming to Jesus asking Him the same question in Mat. 13:10, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" Here is His answer:
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Only Jesus Christ can open a person's eyes to SEE and ears to HEAR. If you thirst for truth then go to Him through prayer and study of His Word and ask to understand the parables and He will show you. Jesus said in John 7:37 "... If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." In the Book of James he said, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..." (James 4:8). Ask Him with sincerity and it shall be given unto you.
[12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
[13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
They cannot put two and two together.
[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
It was foretold by the prophets long ago that our people would slumber in these last days. Have you ever read Romans chapter 11? God has allowed His people who have closed their eyes to remain asleep until such time as they either seek Him or the alarm of the 7th Trump sounds and they are awaked to shame.
[15] For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Their hearts (minds) are waxed gross, i.e. they are calloused and in a stupor. Much of their thickness, i.e. their thick headedness, has come as a result of their prosperity and a robust economy. "It's the economy stupid!" It was prophesied long ago in the words of the Song of Moses in Deut. 32, that song that the overcomers will be singing at the victory celebration when Christ returns (Rev. 15).
Deut. 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou artwaxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
This verse says it all. When our people are "fat and happy" they forget about their Father who has blessed them and they do not take Him or His Word seriously. They do not "take heed". What about you?
Mat. 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see [blepo]:and your ears, for they hear.
The word "blessed" means "happy", even to have peace of mind. You see, true joy and true happiness comes from having eyes to see and ears to hear. Part of that inner peace comes through knowing exactly what tomorrow brings.
Let us now go to Mark 13 and see what it is our Lord wants us to take seriously and SEE with spiritual eyes and UNDERSTAND. Before we begin here is an outline of the five topics Christ wants us to "take heed" of.
1. The Temple and the Destruction of Jerusalem
Mark 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
2. Deception
Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say,Take heed lest any man deceive you:
3. Your Role in the Persecution and Witness to come.
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shalldeliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
4. The Prophecies He Gave Us (Including the Seven Seals)
Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
5. The Duties of the Watchman
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
And now: Mark chapter 13.
Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
[2]And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Jesus Christ has a very important question for you and me, right now! Have we carefully considered and taken to heart [blepo] the events that are about to take place up to and including the sound of the 7th Trump when He returns to destroy Babylon the Great and the temple in Jerusalem? To be "thrown down" is to "demolish, to disintegrate".
Note: Jesus wants us to consider carefully the great buildings and what is going to happen at that location, so here is the Greek definition of "buildings."
buildings = oikodome, oy-kod-om-ay', Greek 3619; feminine (abstract) of a compound of Greek 3624 (oikos) and the base ofGreek 1430 (doma); architecture, i.e. (concrete) a structure; figurative confirmation :- building, edify (-ication, -ing).
Greek 1430 doma, do'-mah, Greek 1430; from demo (to build); properly an edifice, i.e. (special) a roof :- housetop.
Remember this word "doma" because Jesus will refer to the "housetop" again later in this chapter.
So Jesus left the sanctuary and went and "sat upon" the Mount of Olives opposite (which is what over against means) the temple.
Mark 13:3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Lo and behold, Peter and James and John and Andrew came to Him privately and ASKED Him about His statements regarding the destruction of the temple. They took His words to heart, but where is the crowd? The answer is: "They are sleeping, don't you know?"
[4] Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
The disciples didn't just want to know WHAT was going to happen, they also wanted to know WHEN they would happen and HOW they would KNOW! And because they came to Him and sought His wisdom He gave them the answers to their questions.
Would you like to know What "things" are going to happen, When they will happen (or if some already have), and How to tell what time it is prophetically? Do you know "What Time (Trump) it is?"


The question Jesus asked His disciples as He walked out of the temple (hieron -meaning "sacred place") was "have you taken to heart and carefully considered (blepo) these great buildings of the temple and what is going to happen in this sacred place, that it shall be utterly disintegrated?" If you are truly a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ then the question is asked of you! It is not the question "Are you curious about what is going to happen in the end times" but rather "Have you seriously thought about the "reality" of what lies just ahead of us and have you carefully considered YOUR PART in it?" You see, we will document before we finish this 13th chapter of Mark that there will be Baby Boomers who shall witness all these "things" come to pass! That means the hour is truly late because many of us Baby Boomers now carry AARP cards.

We read that the disciples came to Christ as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, across from the temple, and they asked Him to explain "WHEN shall these things be" and "WHAT shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled". Jesus gave them (us) the answers! Have you carefully considered them and taken them to heart? The time to do so is NOW!

Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say,Take heedlest any mandeceive you:
In the next few verses Jesus is going to give us the First Four "Seals" of Revelation chapter 6, even in the order in which they appear there. These seals are the same as the Four Hidden Dynasties which are the four "horns" of Zech. 1, i.e. the powers Satan uses to influence and control man and bring about the New World Order. They are 1.) Religion, 2.)Politics, 3.) Economics, and 4.) Education. 


doctrine of many of our Christian churches, (The Man on a White Horse) 
political direction of our country,(The Man on a Red Horse) 
economic direction our country has taken, (The Man on a Black Horse) 
and teachings of our schools and media. (The Man on a Pale Horse)
The Four Hidden Dynasties of the New World Order Revelation 6:1-8 
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" 
Did you know all four are being ridden by Satan?
We have allowed the four horsemen (See pamphlets #1848, & #1011 or #1012) to run to and fro and take our people captive. 


One must not allow himself to be deceived by any man, especially by Preachers and False Prophets, but neither by Politicians who spew forth lies and rob us of our freedoms, or Economists who span the green stuff, or Educatorsof the public, who are not just teachers but movie makers, reporters and oh yes, "anchor men" who like to sink the boats of truth and give our people rides in their "hot air" balloons.
It is written in Rev. 9:4 that only those who have the seal of God in their foreheads will not be harmed by the locust army of Satan. If you cannot SEE through all the smoke screens and SEE what is happening in the pit, or as we say "just below the surface" of these four dynasties and understand how they are used to deceive our people, then you need to "take more heed". Otherwise you will not be able to escape the "spiritual desolation" that will be brought about by the soon coming king of Babylon, the spurious messiah, who will set up headquarters in the "sacred place".  That's right, you could be caught in the storm of confusion when the son of perdition, Satan himself, is cast from heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9) and sits in the temple of God, claiming that he is the Messiah! This happens at the 6th Trump BEFORE we gather back to Christ at the 7th Trump. Paul made this very clear in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2:
2 Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
The subject is our gathering back to Christ.
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
It does not matter one bit what the Rapturists tell you, the apostle Paul said we are NOT going to gather back to Christ UNTIL AFTER the son of perdition, Satan, appears and sits in the temple claiming to be God.
[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Meanwhile there shall be... no... excuse me... there presently ARE many preachers and ministers who claim to be Christ's representatives, i.e. Christian ministers, and yet they deceive the masses of professing Christians by teaching the traditions of men.
Think about it! Take it to heart (blepo)! Consider and SEE how our brothers and sisters blindly accept as Christian a system of worship and religion, of Churchianity, merely because it carries the label Christian Church and it teaches and upholds morality (hopefully)! Many have also been "soothsayered" into believing a BIG LIE that they are going to be "Raptured" and "fly away" and be gathered to Jesus Christ BEFORE the false-christ appears! WRONG! Will you believe the words of men instead of the Word of God? The Rapture Theory is not Biblical and it cannot be documented in the Word of God.
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
This is the First Seal of Revelation 6, the White Horse of false religion, even fake Christianity. Also, if you are a student of prophecy then you know that the "action" of these first four seals are signaled by their corresponding Trumps in Rev. 8:7-12. You should also know that this 1st Trump has already sounded!
The question then remains, "Have you "taken heed" (blepo) to this deception?" Simply do not trust the teachings of any man, including this one, without checking what he (or she) says to see if it aligns with God's Word. Remember those rascally more noble Bereans in Acts 17:11 who had the gall to check out the teachings of the apostle Paul to see if they aligned with the scriptures? Knowing that, is there any man today more worthy than Paul whose words should not be subject to accountability in God's Word? I think not!
  
Next Jesus tells us about the Second Seal, the Red Horse of Rev. 6:4, which is theHidden Dynasty of Politics.
Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Have you seen or read or heard about any threats or rumours of World War in the news lately? The answer is a resounding "No"! Since the Balfour Declaration of 1905 marking the beginning of Zionism we have gone through two major World Wars followed by the Korean War, Viet Nam, and the Cold War which was the overshadowing threat and rumor of another World War. Only this time the war would involve weapons powerful enough to annihilate mankind! Many of us remember living our lives with the fear that Russia could launch an attack against us at any moment and start World War III. However, there came a time when the USSR broke apart and the Berlin Wall which symbolized the division between the "east" and the "west" came tumbling down. Yes, the "rumours" of World War once preached almost daily by the news media, etc., have ended. Here is the Greek definition of "rumours".
rumours = akoe, ak-o-ay', Greek 189; from Greek 191 (akouo); hearing (the act, the sense or the thing heard) :- audience, ear, fame, which ye heard, hearing, preached, report, rumoral
People today may somewhat fear terrorism and violence in the streets, but again, there are no "rumours" of large scale wars like the WW III looming about! None! The demise of the U.S.S.R. and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall on November 11th & 12th, 1989, symbolically ended the Cold War, which ended the "rumours of wars" in this verse.

Picture of the Berlin Wall

Today we have an "International Community" which President Clinton acknowledged when he rhetorically asked the question in his State of the Union address a few years ago concerning Saddam Hussein, and I quote, "Who can stand against the wishes of the International Community?" Those are the prophetic words of Rev. 13:4, "... saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"

Before we leave verse 7, it is very important to notice that the end of "world wars" and the end of "rumours of world wars" did NOT signal "the end". Those events needed to happen before the end, which they did, and they needed to "be" part of history, which they are. Yes, the 2nd Trump has also sounded!

[7] ...for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
The end did not happen when the cold war was over. Something else would signal the "labor pangs" of the birth of a new age. Here is one of them, even the 3rd Seal:
Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
This verse has been traditionally interpreted as nations rising in WAR against one another, even as the culmination of World Wars like a World War III. However, students of His Word know that the final battle is spiritual, a fight for the souls of men, not a physical flesh and blood and guts battle at all! That is why we are instructed to put on the Gospel Armor in Ephesians chapter 6 and be prepared to stand against the "fiery darts" of Satan and his locust army!

So what does this verse mean, "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom?" It is really quite simple and is made clear in the Greek from which it is translated. First, the word translated "against" is the Greek word "epi" which means "upon" or "up against", as "along side of". There is NO WAY it means in "opposition to". This is important so here is the Strong's definition in its entirety:

epi, ep-ee', Greek 1909; a primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive], i.e. over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative) towards, upon, etc. :- about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside,  have charge of, (be-, [where-]) fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-) on (behalf of), over, (by, for) the space of, through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), with. In compounds it retains essentially the same import, at, upon, etc. (literal or figurative).
Next, the word "rise" in Greek is "egeiro" which means to "rouse" and "stand up", i.e. to "rear up".But the key to really understanding what this "rising" is comes from its base word "agora".
agora, ag-or-ah', Greek 58; from ageiro (to gather; probably akin to Greek 1453 (egeiro)); properly the town-square (as a place of public resort); by implication a market or thoroughfare :- market (-place), street.
This word "agora" is translated either "market" or "marketplace(s)" in every instance in the New Testament except one where it is translated "street", as in market street.  Because this verse is so important to our understanding it seems appropriate that we should study it more in depth. So let's complete all the words and see what "nations" and "kingdoms" mean.
nations = ethnos, eth'-nos, Greek 1484; probably from Greek 1486 (etho); a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan) :- Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
kingdom = basileia, bas-il-i'-ah, Greek 932; from Greek 935 (basileus); properly royalty, i.e. (abstract) rule, or (concrete) a realm (literal or figurative) :- kingdom, + reign.
"Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" simply means that the gentile nations, the non-ruling nations which basically comprise what we call the "Third World Countries", shall rise together in the marketplace, and the ruling nations, the "royal kingdoms" (including true Israel, i.e. the Christian nations and the rest of the Free World) shall also "rise up together" in the marketplace.

What is Jesus talking about? Globalization, One Worldism.

(Remember this picture from the beginning of our study) 
(Many nations standing up along side of each other!) 

This IS the rising of the one world political beast of Revelation 13. It is happening right before our very eyes, if you can see it. (Blepo) Have you ever heard of the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the IMF or the World Bank. The kingdoms of Europe have already risen together economically in the marketplace with the implementation of the Eurodollar and the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, are swiftly being brought under "Dollarization". Furthermore, worldwide e-commerce has arrived.

This is the Black Horse of Rev. 6:5-6, the Hidden Dynasty of the Economy*. The 3rd Trump has sounded!

* If you would like to learn about the National Debt and how money works under Satan's usurious debt-system economies with central banks, then find and read the booklet "The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy". It is a real "eye opener"!

Blepo!

The hour is late and many of God's people are in a deep slumber. Furthermore, it appears that many of God's elect need to re-open their eyes (blepo) as per Christ's instructions and look around and SEE what is happening. That is precisely why Jesus Christ asked His disciples if they had "taken heed" (blepo) to the temple buildings and the destruction thereof. In other words have you CAREFULLY CONSIDERED (blepo) the events that precede the return of the King of kings?

You say you have? Well, have you carefully considered the fact that prophecy will do you absolutely NO GOOD if you are unable to discern the times and interpret the current events that are taking place and KNOW when the prophecies have come to pass! "Take Heed" Jesus Christ says to His disciples! Pay attention! If you are one of His disciples with eyes to see and ears to hear then do not be caught napping. Have enough wisdom to know that the question and the instructions from Christ to "Take Heed" are for you and me, His disciples, His watchmen in this final generation? You see, Peter, James, John and Andrew would NOT be the disciples who would be alive in the flesh to see the "abomination of desolation" standing in the holy place where he ought not! But there will be Baby Boomers of this final generation of the fig tree (planted May 15, 1948) who will! In fact those Baby Boomers will hear the "Boom" from ALL 7 Trumpets! In fact, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, we are now in the 5th Trump! Did your ears HEAR (suniemi) them? Are you able to put two and two together, i.e. the "prophecies" with the "events" taking place? It is time to stop and "Take Heed".

So far we learned that there would be "wars and rumours of wars" followed by "nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom". Let's review those scriptures:

Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
No, world wars and rumours of world wars, i.e. the cold wars, DO NOT signal the end. It is when those world wars and the threat of them stop and the nations start aligning for world peace that the "sorrows" begin and the Woe Trumpets of Rev. 8:13 begin to sound! In other words when the beast of Rev. 13:1 begins to rise (stand up), brought about by the Powers of the Four Hidden Dynasties, which are the First Four Seals of Rev. 6, then THAT rising of the Beast will signal the beginnings of sorrows. Friends, do not be deceived nor lulled to sleep by man, this man or any other man! The First Four Trumpets of Rev. 8, signaling the action, the power of those First Four Seals, the Four Hidden Dynasties, have ALREADY SOUNDED and the "trees and the grass are being burnt up"! Or don't you watch the signs in the heavens and on the earth! Blepo!

In Rev. 13:1 the apostle John stood upon the sand, which means he had his head out of the sand, and he watched the New World Order, the Global International Community, the Beast, rise up out of the sea, i.e. from among the peoples and nations and tongues of the world. Take heed and get your head out of the sand and watch the beast rise up with him! It is happening RIGHT NOW and it is truly an amazing sight to behold!

[8] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Some think this means that the "wars and rumours of wars" we read of in verse 7 are going to be followed by MORE "wars and rumours of wars"! Wrong!
Are you sleeping, 
Are you sleeping, 
Brother John, brother John? 
Morning bells are ringing, 
Morning bells are ringing. 
Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!
Yes, even though there will be no true peace until the Prince of Peace returns, and even though there will still be conflicts and skirmishes and bloodshed, and even though the Deadly Wound must still take place, folks, we have entered the prophetic era where World Wars have ceased being the sound you hear and they now trumpet peace, peace, Viva La New World Order! Or haven't you noticed? Hello! Blepo!

Have you not heard how many, many times the "International Community" is referred to by our President and Secretary of State? The question is asked in Rev. 13:4 concerning The Global International Community, the New World Order, the Beast, "Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" Well? Who? Here again is the quote from President Clinton in his speech before the combined House and Senate of the United States concerning Saddam Hussein's vain attempt against the Security Council of the Beast, "Who is able to stand against the wishes of the International Community?" Can you put two and two together? Can you put the prophecies together with the current events?

Well, we have one more sign and one more Trump to consider before Jesus Christ tells us to "take heed" to ourselves because the woes, the sorrows, are just now beginning. Are you sleeping, brother John (gift of Yah)? Don't miss what we cover next.

Do you still read all of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 as prophecy yet to be fulfilled? Think about that question carefully! Did not Jesus Christ say that the generation of the fig tree (which was set out on May 15, 1948) would NOT PASS AWAY until all these things are FULFILLED? Well, the sand is running out of the hour glass! Take Heed is the command from the Lord! You need to do that because the words of Jesus Christ are being fulfilled before your very eyes! It is time to wake up!

In fact, you can now read the following verses, Mark 13:5-8, as history since they speak of the First Four Seals of Rev. 6, which are the Four Hidden Dynasties, the POWERS ofReligion, Politics, Economics and Education used by Satan's own to bring forth and give rise to the Global Beast of Rev. 13:1. The First Four Trumpets of Rev. 8 which announce the action, the charge of those powers have all sounded because in case you haven't noticed, ALL Four Hidden Dynasties are now controlled by Satan's own and the Beast is on the rise! And guess what? When you SEE the Beast RISE from among the people THEN real trouble begins for the disciples of Christ (vs. 8)! Let's review the first three seals:

Mark 13:5-8 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
The White Horse [6] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
  
The Red Horse [7] And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
  
The Black Horse [8] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
  
Next we have the Pale Horse of Education which includes Indoctrination and Propaganda. Of course Satan is the rider of all four horses in Rev. 6 but on this one he is called Death, and hell which is symbolic of the second death, follows right after him because with this

The Pale Horse the spiritual battles begin to wage! [8 ...continued]  and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

  
I know to many this verse sounds catastrophic as in nature itself will be wrecking havoc all over the earth and people will be staving to death because of a scarcity in the food supply. That is what has been traditionally taught for centuries and that is what continues to be taught to this very day, even into this late hour. It is just the type of scary endtime scenario that helps promote phony Rapture theories of flying away to escape horrible physical conditions. Do you have eyes to SEE (blepo) and ears to HEAR (suniemi)? Jesus Christ has told His disciples to "Take Heed" and "Do not be deceived"!
  
You see, none of the things that Jesus is talking about have to do with Mother Nature, not that there won't be some signs in the heavens and groanings in the earth! But the things Christ is telling us in this "Take Heed" segment ALL have to do with those First Four Seals, the Four Hidden Dynasties. Consider the definition of "earthquakes" from Strong's Concordance:
earthquakes = seismos, sice-mos', Greek 4578; from Greek 4579 (seio); a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake :- earthquake, tempest.
This Greek word "seismos" describes a commotion or shaking of whatever the subject is, i.e. if the subject is the air then it means a "gale" in relation to air, etc. The subject in verse 8 is nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom and this is brought about with many major international and national, political and economic and judicial and social upheavals as never before in the history of mankind! "Seismos" come from the primary verb "seio".

Here is the definition of "seio":

seio, si'-o, Greek 4579; apparently a primary verb; to rock (vibrate, properly sideways or to and fro), i.e. (genitive) to agitate (in any direction; cause to tremble); figurative to throw into a tremor (of fear or concern) :- move, quake, shake.
Here too is Dr. Bullinger's definition of "Earthquake" from his "Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament, Kregel Publishers, pg. 242":
seismos, motion, shaking, shock, (from seio, to move to and fro with idea of shock, concussion.)
We have had so many "shake-ups" and "commotions" and "upheavals" take place even in our own society to the point where it has been literally TURNED UPSIDE DOWN that we are no longer "shocked" by what is happening. And many of our people (though not all) have been so "liberalized" and "socialized" that they blindly allow their freedoms to be stripped away day by day. Well, it is almost dark friends (Rev. 8:12)! And talk about famines (plural)! From the controlled textbooks of our youth to the blatant spins of the liberal media our people have been kept ignorant of who controls the economy and how it works, who controls the press and the politicians and yes, even the churches. Our people don't know the truth about who fomented the World Wars and why. Our people do not know the truth about money and central banking and the private ownership of the Federal Reserve Banks and how our usurious debt system economy has allowed the Black Horseto ride upon the people. At least educated Bible students know what the Great Famine of these end times is, and it is not for literal food to eat.
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: [12] And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Yes, our hungry people wander even from "sea to shining sea" as the beautiful song goes, but the word of the LORD is not taught in the churches of this land. Instead, the traditions of men are substituted for line by line teaching and so it is that our people are Biblically illiterate and starving for truth.
What then are the "troubles" of Mark 13:8?
troubles = tarache, tar-akh-ay', Greek 5016; feminine from Greek 5015 (tarasso); disturbance, i.e. (of water) roiling, or (of a mob) sedition :- trouble (-ing).
tarasso, tar-as'-so, Greek 5015; of uncertain affinity; to stir or agitate(roil water) :- trouble.
You tell me. Do your own blepo. Do we have any "troubles" in our nation? Are there any troubles in the world? Christ also added the word "pestilences" in Matthew 24 and Luke 21.
pestilence = loimos, loy-mos', Greek 3061; of uncertain affinity; aplague (literal the disease, or figurative a pest) :- pestilence (-t).
Pestilences are the plagues and social diseases that follow the spiritual famine of God's truth! Let's see there is AIDS and drugs and partial birth abortion and Columbine and homosexuality and Waco and sodomy and pornography and terrorism and metal detectors in schools and violence and lots of unwed mothers. Yes, I'd say we have unparalleled troubles and pestilences in our nation as a result of the famines. There is certainly a dearth for common sense, isn't there?
  
Now take heed Jesus said! He has foretold HIS DISCIPLES who know better, who know that the tribulation of the false-christ is "peace, peace" to "Take Heed" concerning the events leading up to the destruction of the temple which He will destroy Himself (Rev. 11) when He returns at the last Trump, the 7th Trump. Though they continue to blow, Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the First Four Trumps have sounded and they have signaled the rise of the International Global Community, the New World Order, known to Christ's disciples as the Political Beast of Rev. 13:1.
  
However, you can continue to read Mark 13:5-8 as prophecy yet to be fulfilled and you can say I'm all wrong and you can continue to watch for more wars and earthquakes and food shortages and bugs. But while you are looking for the earth to tremble the major upheavals in our society and in the world at large are shaping and bringing the minds and spirit of our people to the interfaith altar of the Global International Community as citizens of the New World Order.
  
That could spell real trouble, because if you are one of God's elect then your Christian faith and your "bigoted", "racist", "homophobic", "intolerant" beliefs DO NOT align with those of the Beast. Well guess what? He's going to want to enlighten you. Are you ready? Have you thought about the reality of it?


Next Jesus will tell us to "Take heed to ourselves" and consider carefully our part in the persecution to come. What a beautiful opportunity to witness it will be.

We've completed the Second of the Five "Take Heeds" Jesus Christ gave us in the 13th chapter of Mark. Jesus wants us to carefully consider the deception brought about by the MANY who come in His name, which is the majority of Christian ministers and preachers, who in addition to teaching the traditions of men also teach an entirely different endtime scenario than that which Christ has foretold us.

They see the events of Revelation only in terms of the flesh for they are blinded indeed who have no eyes to see that we war not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12) and that we put on the Gospel Armor to be able to take a STAND against the fiery darts of Satan. To that end they look for ways to escape bodily harm which is why they constantly promote the popular Flesh Escape Plan (FEP) called the Rapture theory to the congregations they frighten with their unbiblical nonsense. After all, "Who wants to starve to death or worse yet be stung by locusts the size of horses with stingers in their tails who will swoop down from the sky and zap you. And when they sting you it will hurt for five months?" (This garbage is actually being taught to the masses by very prominent so-called preachers of God's Word.) You see, the Rapture theory itself is based on the false premise that the tribulation of the spurious messiah will be a time of great flesh suffering when in fact it will be a time of peace, peace, brought about by the one who will claim he IS the Prince of Peace (2 Thes. 2), but he is not.  He desolates the souls of men in this final generation, not their flesh!

Nevertheless, are we to even be concerned about those who can harm our flesh bodies? (I speak not of the natural sense which causes us to look both ways before we cross the street.) Think about it! Do you think you are going to live in this flesh "thing" forever or something? Of course no one wants to suffer or even die but IF you trust in the Lord and really and truly believe with understanding, knowing your Father's will and His plan for you, then the fear of the first death which is of the flesh body is placed in its proper perspective. Here is what Christ told us concerning it:

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The questions then to consider are: Are you one of God's elect? Have you been called and chosen to be a servant of Jesus Christ in these last days?  Do you have a destiny to fulfill? Have you considered  carefully your role in the events of this end time? This is the very next thing Jesus wants you to "Take Heed" concerning. #3 is to "Take Heed" to YOURSELF!
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Will it come as a surprise to you if and when you are one of those who are delivered up to councils or assemblages and "raked over the coals" because of your Christian beliefs? Will you cry out, "Oh dear God, why is this happening to me?", or will you be able to recognize, to put two and two together and know the PURPOSE and that the words of Jesus Christ are coming to pass and then be able to do as Apostle James says in his opening remarks concerning tribulation, "Count it all joy...".

What went through the minds of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they were delivered up to Nebuchadnezzar? Was their primary concern the fear of losing their flesh? How about Daniel when he was tossed into the lion's den? Yes, some of God's servants, those with eyes to see and ears to hear, will be delivered up in these last days, in the days that lie just ahead. Blepo! Jesus Christ just said so in Mark 13:9. Should we then be fearful or anxious?  Here is what Christ says to those today who are of the Church of Smyrna, one of the only two churches Christ finds no faults with (the other is Philadelphia):

Rev. 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
"Be thou faithful unto death" can be read "be thou faithful even in face of death". It doesn't say you shall have tribulation 10 days and then die. But then even so, what if you did die for the testimony of Jesus Christ? Your crown still awaits!
However, do not overlook the REASONS for the delivering up. This is why Jesus is telling us to "take heed" to ourselves? You SEE, our Father has a plan. Are you part of that plan? Blepo! Here is the purpose for the delivering up:
Mark 13:9 ... and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them.
Some will give testimony AGAINST them! Who are the THEM? They are the kings and leaders before whom you are delivered.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
The word "published" in Greek doesn't mean to print. It means to "herald" as a public crier.
kerusso, kay-roos'-so, Greek 2784; of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish.
Understand this one thing. Our Father will not bring about the consummation of this flesh age without warning. It is written: The Gospel will FIRST be proclaimed among the ethnos.
So let's look at reality here! Do think the prince and power of the air ... wait ... let us use non-Biblical terminology. Do you think the international main stream media, such as CNN (Cain's News Network), is going to give you or me or any of God's elect air time to proclaim the gospel to the nations? Even if they did, or even if we purchased it, how many languages do you currently speak?
  
It really doesn't matter because here is how the Gospel shall be heralded:
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
"Take no thought beforehand" means to "fear not", i.e. have no anxiety. But what about this "not premeditating"?  Have you ever read Acts chapter 2 and do you know how to correctly divide the Word of God? Acts chapter 2 needs to be inserted right here, for the example set forth of the proclaiming of the Good News to the nations in these last days is recorded there!
You may recall that the Day of Pentecost had come and the Holy Spirit had descended upon God's servants and they began to speak about the "wonderful works" of God (vs. 11 below). Not only that, everyone from all the different nations and languages heard them IN THEIR OWN NATIVE LANGUAGE! They did not hear gobble-di-goop!
Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
[6] Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
The Greek word translated "language" is "dialektos" from which we get our word "dialect". It is the exact same word translated "tongue" in vs. 8 because "tongue" means "language". In fact, if you have a King James Bible turn to the front title page and it will most likely say "Translated out of the Original Tongues".
Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
These Galilaeans did not have PhD's and were not schooled in the foreign languages.
[8] And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
So they wondered how it was that they heard them speak in their own dialect! Pretty amazing, huh? And just so there is NO DOUBT about it, many of the foreign nations are even listed.
Acts 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Even though they were quite amazed we see that the people from all these nations needed no interpreter to understand what these men were saying, as far as their native language goes! However, even though they understood the language WHAT THEY WERE SAYING sounded pretty crazy to them!
[12] And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
Some even accused them of being drunk.
[13] Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Now let's think for a moment! Why did the crowd think these guys were a little loony or full of too much happy juice? Drunks don't suddenly break out speaking fluently in foreign languages, do they? At least I've never met one who did. They do however start talking BIG and perhaps nonsensical at times, don't they? Well, just what was it these Galilaeans talking about anyway? We read it in verse 11. They were speaking about "the wonderful works of God". What works? Creation works, etc.? NO! They were speaking about the "wonderful works of God" in the LAST DAYS which Peter will stand up and DOCUMENT! Keep in mind it is the Holy Spirit who is actually doing the speaking through these men.
  
What are the wonderful works of God in these last days? Jesus Christ told us in Mark 13:9-10:
Mark 13:9 ... and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them. Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
What wonderful works these will be! What a privilege to be one of those brought before the rulers and kings (maybe even the Big 10) of the International Community to give testimony against them, just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! What a ministry to be able to proclaim the Gospel from the witness stand and have it televised internationally whereby it is seen and heard by all peoples of all nations around the globe in their own dialect without the need of an interpreter! It IS the plan of God! Blepo to yourself!
  
I wonder if the Galilaeans were talking about how these trials will be able to be seen simultaneously (via satellite simulcast) by everyone around the world at the same time. "You see", they might have said, "an image of their faces along with their voices will be able to be sent 184,000 furlongs into the heavens and bounce off of a metal ball back to earth and be seen by people all around the world!" What? You been drinkin'?
  
"No, really! Their faces and voices will even be able to be sent through metal strands (wires) which will be connected to everyone's house and then their images can be seen on a box which lights up, which can also speak with their own recognizable voices." Yeah, right!
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
[15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
It is only 9 AM! These guys are not drunk, like you suppose!
[16] But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Didn't we read that Peter was one of those disciples who came to Christ on the Mount of Olives and heard what Jesus said in Mark 13? Yes we did and that was before this Day of Pentecost arrived! Peter must have taken to heart and carefully considered (blepo) the prophecies of the end time and with understanding aligned them with the Word of God. He certainly knew what was written in Joel didn't he? Do you?
[17] And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Your young men shall SEE (understand) visions (the visions of the prophets like Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) and shall prophesy (teach).
Hey, that teaching is a wonderful work too! And it is happening right now via satellite, via the internet, etc. Imagine being able to send a letter to millions of people around the world simultaneously with the push of a button (the Enter key)! I wonder if the Galilaeans tried to explain how TV or e-mail works?
[18] And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And then, after the teaching, which includes the sealing of the 144,000 in Rev. 7, God will pour out His Spirit on His servants and handmaidens (the ladies are privileged to do spiritual battle too) and they shall proclaim the gospel to the world when they are delivered up!
Jesus said to carefully consider yourself, your part in all this. So let me ask you a question: "If you are delivered up to give witness and fulfill the written plan of God does it matter to you who delivers you up? Hopefully you will be mature enough in His Word to know what is happening because...
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Yes, your own loved ones will deliver you up! It will be because they love you and are concerned about you and because they believe Jesus is in the temple in Jerusalem! Will you be able to forgive them "for they know not what they do"?
[13]And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
So you don't get voted Mr. Popularity! Big deal! Tell it like it is anyway. There will be a crown awaiting. He has promised you IN WRITING!  Go for it Christian.
  
Next Jesus Christ will tell us what to do when we SEE the desolator in the house of God!


Have you "Taken Heed" to yourself? Are you ready to face the great tribulation of the false-christ which, as we will document, will soon befall this present generation? Contrary to that which is taught by the "many who have some in Christ's name" and have deceived most of our people, the tribulation of Satan, when he appears on earth as the spurious messiah will be a time of Peace, Peace. There is no need for a "rapture" plan to save your flesh hide! The son of perdition is soon to be kicked out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-9) and he will come to this earth claiming to be Jesus Christ. He will not be out to slay the flesh bodies of men and women, for he is not after blood. He will be slaying (desolating) their souls! Jesus will now tell us what to do when we SEE this abominable one appear!

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Uh oh! Those who walk around carrying only the last half of the Bible, and maybe the Psalms, are in big trouble now! Jesus has referred us to the Book of Daniel to gain understanding concerning the last days and the destruction of the temple. How smart are you? Perhaps we should look at the Greek word for "understand" used in this verse. It is "noieo".
noieo, noy-eh'-o, Greek 3539; from Greek 3563 (nous); to exercise the mind (observe), i.e. (figurative) to comprehend, heed :- consider, perceive, think, understand.
Put more bluntly for emphasis, what Jesus is saying is "use your brains"!
Ok, then let's think! First of all, what or who is "the abomination of desolation", where is it that he/it will be standing when we see him, and why shouldn't he/it be standing there (all this we are to understand from Daniel)? Well, if you have already studied the Book of Daniel then you already know who, not what, Jesus is talking about. In fact Dr. Moffat translates the phrase "standing where it ought not" in Mark 13:14 "standing where he ought not". The "abomination of desolation" is simply Satan, the soon coming desolator of the souls of men. He is the king of Babylon the Great of Revelation 17, of whom the world ruling king Nebuchaddnezzar of the Babylon of old was a type. It is all in the Book of Daniel if a person will just use his brains a little and study it (see Dan. 9:27, chapter 11, 12:1).

Here are two verses from Daniel chapter 11 concerning false-christ, the abominable one who makes desolate:

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Jesus Christ is the daily sacrifice of all Christians but in one day's time there will be a massive falling away, the greatest apostasy in the history of Christianity, when Satan the desolator comes and deceives the whole world into believing he is the Messiah. Their Christ, their daily sacrifice will be taken away when they bow down and worship the false messiah, Satan. I'd say that is pretty ABOMINABLE, wouldn't you?
Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, andshall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
It is determined, it is written, and it shall come to pass! And it shall happen BEFORE Jesus Christ returns and destroys the temple!

"Take Heed" when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the temple of God!He WILL COME before Christ returns! Do not be deceived by "any moment" Rapture theories or any other words of men. The apostle Paul, a renowned Hebrew scholar who certainly knew well the Book of Daniel, makes this so clear that even someone who uses only half his or her brain can understand it.

2 Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
The subject is our gathering back to Christ, in other words, His return at the 7th Trump!
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Do not be troubled or confused when you SEE the abomination of desolation standing in the temple performing great miracles while all of Christianity flocks to him.
2 Thes. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Again Christ is not returning until Satan comes claiming that he is the Christ!
[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Compare this verse to Dan. 11:36 and remember Christ asked us, "Have you carefully considered (blepo) the buildings and the stones of the temple?" Knowing that the abominable one will be standing there, can there possibly be any question as to why that temple is going to be destroyed when the King of kings returns at the 7th Trump?
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
I am sure that Paul taught them right from the Book of Daniel about the "little horn", the "vile person", the "king of Babylon", the "beast", and the "desolator", ALL of which are names for Satan, who is also called the dragon, the devil, the serpent, and the son of perdition.
So when the 6th Trump sounds (the number 6 comes before the number 7) and we SEE Satan, the "abomination of desolation", standing in the temple where he ought not and claiming to be Jesus, then we should heed our Lord's instructions which we are about to read, which will be to treat Jerusalem just like it was Sodom and Gomorrah about to be zapped by Almighty God!

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

  
In order to understand Christ's instructions in next few verses one must know that the things that happened of old, like the flood of Noah for example, happened as physical types, ensamples, so that we would know what it would like SPIRITUALLY in these last days "upon whom the ends of the world are come". Paul also explained this very clearly.
1 Cor. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
For example, we can understand the magnitude of the spiritual desolation, the soon coming worldwide "flood of lies" (Rev. 12:14-15), which is that mass deception (falling away) of the whole world brought about by the father of lies (Satan) when he is cast from heaven in Rev. 12:7-9, by VISUALIZING the physical devastation caused by the flood of water in Noah's day! Our Father is so good to us in giving us PICTURES to simplify and help make clear our understanding of that which cannot be seen! You can SEE people's bodies drowning in a massive flood of water but you cannot SEE people's souls drowning in a flood of deception! Got it?
Jesus in communicating to His disciples (you and me) some take heed advice about what to do when we see Satan cast out to his earth, used the same analogies He used in Luke 17 when He said, "Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot... even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."

Here are His words in Luke:

Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
[29] But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Who destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah? The same One who will destroy the temple in Jerusalem when He returns, as the next verse documents!
[30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
[31] In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, andhis stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Jesus uses these exact same analogies in Mark 13.
[32] Remember Lot's wife.
She was told not to turn back, remember? Take heed!
[33] Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Yes, it will be just like in the days of Lot when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah andChrist uses that analogy to teach us on a SPIRITUAL LEVEL! One should read the entire account of Lot's experience in chapter 19 of Genesis to put the instructions of Jesus in Mark 13 in their proper context, but here were the instructions to Lot from the angel who brought him and his family forth out of Sodom:
Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
These are the same instructions to us today when we SEE the abomination of desolation standing in the temple! However, they are spiritual instructions to "come out Babylon", which is "Spiritual Sodom" (Rev. 11:8), which is the religious confusion, the mass deception of the end time. Have NOTHING to do with that "temple" or anyone in it! Get away and stay away!
[Mark 13:14... cont.] ...then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
This is the same instruction Lot was given, to flee to mountains (Gen. 19:17). However, this does not mean that you should physically flee into the mountains and hide out like a hermit! Christ is speaking "spiritually" giving the same instructions as we find in Rev. 18:4, "...Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Mark 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
Although this analogy shows us that there is a sense of urgency and we should not mess around or we may get caught-up in the deception, do you remember the Greek definition of great "buildings" which we learned in the beginning of this study?
oikodome, oy-kod-om-ay', Greek 3619; feminine (abstract) of a compound of Greek 3624 (oikos) and the base of Greek 1430(doma); architecture, i.e. (concrete) a structure; figurative confirmation :- building, edify (-ication, -ing).
doma, do'-mah, Greek 1430; from demo (to build); properly an edifice, i.e. (special) a roof :- housetop.
Well, the word "housetop" in verse 15 is "doma" and word "house" is "oikia", so we might say on a deeper level, do not come down from your position of Watchman and enter into the "oikodome" for any reason whatsoever. There is NOTHING in there for the Watchman, God's elect! Nothing at all!
Mark 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
"Garments" are used symbolically in scripture to describe righteousness (white linen) or unrighteousness (filthy rags) as the case may be (see Rev. 19:8, 3:4, 16:5, Isa. 64:6). One thing is for sure though, you do not want any "garments" coming from that "oikadome" in Jerusalem. There is no Gospel Armor in there and there is nothing in there that should be attractive to you to "put on", so get out of there and stay out of there, spiritually speaking! Remember Lot's wife and do NOT turn back for any reason!
Speaking of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus now segways to the analogy of "whoredom", i.e. spiritual seduction!
Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Many a blind, flesh minded preacher has taught that the end times are soon upon us and earthly conditions are going to be so horrible (remember those big locusts?) that women should not get pregnant or have babies! That's Hogwash! Jesus is not talking about natural child birth! This is an analogy! Hello! Use your brains!
Christ and the prophets and the apostles all used drunkenness and whores and seduction as analogies for IDOLATRY, which is "whoring around" with other gods. Where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy? If you don't know this analogy then is obvious that you have read VERY LITTLE of God's Word, for it is used throughout scripture from the garden of Eden to Christ's return, i.e. from Genesis to Revelation!
Jesus even used this analogy of remaining "spiritually" chaste (just like Paul does in 2 Cor. 11:2) as He was walking up to Golgatha to be crucified. The Daughters of Jerusalem were weeping and wailing for Him.

Here's what He said to them:

Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
"Don't cry for me", Jesus said, "but weep for yourselves and your children (for generations to come)." Why?
[29] For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
Why are those who remain barren blessed and who are they? They are God's elect, the Virgin Brides who wait for the true Bridegroom, those who remain faithful 'till He comes (only five of the 10 Virgins make it, you know)! You see, the Bridegroom has gone away but He will return soon to take His Bride! If when He returns He finds His wife-to-be nursing her newborn spiritual baby, what does that tell Him? She has been to bed spiritually with someone else, right? She has attended the wrong wedding! She has been SEDUCED by the one who comes claiming to be Jesus Christ!  Woe, Baby!
Are you beginning to get the picture? There is a huge STORM coming, a FLOOD of lies and deception analogous to the Flood of Noah's time! Pray that you are not caught in it as the next verse warns!
Mark 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
The Greek word for "winter" is "cheimon" and it means a storm (as pouring rain).
cheimon, khi-mone', Greek 5494; from a derivative of cheo (to pour; akin to the base of Greek 5490 (chasma) through the idea of a channel), meaning a storm (as pouring rain); by implication the rainy season, i.e. winter :- tempest, foul weather, winter.
Luke 21:36 says the same thing as Christ is saying here in Mark: "Watch ye therefore, andpray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Again, the reason is the "abomination of desolation" is going to be standing in the temple claiming and showing by great signs and wonders that he is Christ! He will be awesome and the world will just love Him! Don't you!
Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
Have you read Daniel? He said exactly the same thing! The magnitude of the spiritual onslaught, of that flood of deception, of that affliction we just read of such as was not from the beginning of the creation, will be unprecedented in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD!
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
What is it Michael is going to stand up and do? By now this should be a "No-Brainer". He is going to stand up and boot the "abomination of desolation" (Satan) out of heaven and that "desolator" is going to come stand in the temple in Jerusalem (the Christian church, i.e. the Lord's body) where he ought not and claim he is Jesus, which one really ought not do! Wow... I mean, Woe!
Rev. 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Try this on for magnitude: Satan, the supernatural archangel that he is, will come "disguised as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14), claiming that he is Jesus Christ and "perform great wonders and miracles in the sight of men" (Rev. 13:13, 2 Thes. 2:9) to document that he is Christ. This angelic invasion from the heavens by Satan and the "sons of God" of Gen. 6 in their "chariots of fire", vehicles similar to the one Ezekiel described in chapter one of his book, will DECEIVE THE WHOLE WORLD (all except for God's elect) into believing Jesus Christ has returned. You see, our people are not prepared with knowledge from the Word of God for such an event because they go to church and listen to "fluff". Consequently they are not prepared mentally nor spiritually to face the beautiful archangel Satan and his angels (cronies) who come with him. Are you? Take Heed, Jesus said! Here's the children's version: (You know the tune.)
"You better watch out, you better not cry.


You better not pout, I'm telling you why. 
Santa Claus is coming to town!

He knows if you've been sleeping, 
He knows if you're awake. 
He knows if you've been bad or good, 
So be good for goodness sake!"

Here it is again, this time with commentary:
"You better watch out (Take Heed), you better not cry (weep not for me, Christ said).


You better not pout (no whining that you didn't know because...), I'm telling you why (because I AM has foretold you all things). 
Santa (an anagram of Satan) Claus is coming to town (that would be Jerusalem and he has some goodies in his bag of tricks for YOU!)

He knows if you've been sleeping (slumbering as in Rom. 11:8), 
He knows if you're awake (he hates Watchmen). 
He knows if you've been bad or good (That's right. He knows who God's elect are. And to him the "good" are bad and the "bad" are good.), 
So be good for goodness sake (Take Heed!)

Next we will check the reservation Book and learn how long Santa plans on slaying!


It is written that when Michael stands up (Dan. 12:1) and casts Satan out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-9) that "in those days there shall be affliction [tribulation] such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be (Mark 13:19)." But know this, the tribulation of the false-christ will be a time of great peace as far as flesh and blood are concerned. The apostle Paul instructs us in Ephesians chapter six to put on the Gospel Armor and be ready to take a stand against the fiery darts of Satan. Why?Because the battle will be for the souls of men, a spiritual warfare of unprecedented magnitude because flesh man will have a "Close Encounter" with the beautiful charismatic archangel Satan and his host of angels who come with him. Can you begin to comprehend how the flood of lies and deception will be like the flood of Noah?

Most students of prophecy are aware that the time frame given to us in Daniel and Revelation concerning how long this abominable one should stand in the holy place and reign and prevail upon the earth is for 3 1/2 years, the last half of the 7 years of Daniel's 70th week. However, for a very special reason known to God's elect, the Lord has shortened those days!

Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake,whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days.
Here are two very important questions:
1.) What are those days that Jesus has shortened?
Answer: They are the days of the false-christ's reign! In other words, Jesus has shortened the length of time that the abomination of desolation, who is Satan posing as Jesus, will actually be standing in the holy place performing miracles in the sight of men and claiming to be God. A study of Rev. 9 will reveal that those days have been shortened to the last 5 months as we shall see.
2.) Why has Christ shortened Satan's time?
Answer: Because the spiritual tribulation will be so intense that there would be no convincing anyone that this entity is NOT JESUS CHRIST. Therefore, unless He shortened the time, no freewill souls in the flesh would be "saved" because they would all worship Satan.
Then what about God's elect, those whom He has chosen from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4)? Did Jesus also shortened those days because He is afraid that His elect, whom He has chosen, would also be deceived?Heavens NO! And we will document that shortly. The question is "Why are God's elect here? Why has He chosen them?" Have you "Taken Heed" to yourself? Have you gone to Acts chapter 2 to learn what the "wonderful works" of the last days will be? Peter even quoted it from the Book of Joel. Before the "cloven tongue" testimonies of the delivering up when God pours His spirit out on "those whom He has chosen" there would first be a great teaching (which is the meaning of the word prophesy) by the men and woman of God, His elect, who would SEE visions, i.e. understand with "eyes to see" the visions of the prophets. They have been "chosen by Him" to bring forth the TRUTH of His Word and fulfill the "sealing" of Rev. 7.  It is for their sakes, the sake of the elect, that the days of Satan's reign are shortened.
Revelation 7:1-3 gives us a second witness to the "shortening" by showing us the counterpart which is the "lengthening" of the time given for the "sealing" before Satan is released.
Rev. 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
The four corners of the earth means the whole world as in the four points of the compass N. S. E.& W.  Notice that the four winds are being held back!
[2] And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
This angel ascending from the east is the angel of the 6th Trump (see Rev. 9:13-14). It is at the sound of the 6th Trump that Michael stands up and casts Satan, the abomination of desolation, and his angels to the earth. BUT the angel cries with a loud voice, that's one of authority, to hold back UNTIL the servants of God are sealed with the Word of God in their foreheads. So, the time allotted for the "sealing" has been lengthened, right?
[3] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Now who do you suppose is doing the "sealing"? That's right, God's elect!Acts chapter 2! And it is for their sake, for the sake of sealing souls with God's Word, that the 6th Trump announcing the arrival of Flight 666 to the Earth is held back 37 months which leaves "those days", i.e. the reign of the false-christ, shortened to 5 months, the last 5 out of 42. How do we know it is 5 months? Because Rev. 9:4-5 says, "And it was commanded them [the locust army, i.e. Satan and his angels] that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. [5] And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man." So the torment, the tribulation of the spurious messiah, is for 5 months, but notice the sealed ones (those of Rev. 7) are present which means they have already been "sealed" before the locust army arrives! Got it?
[4] And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Not only are the 144,000 sealed but Rev. 7:9-14 shows that untold multitudes of "flesh" men and women are "saved" out of the great tribulation due to the efforts of the elect! Rev. 7:9 "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;... [14] These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  
Let's return to Mark 13. Remember the whole world will see the "abomination of desolation" standing in the holy place and they will believe he is the Messiah. Don't you!
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
If you already know that the abominable one comes first claiming to be Jesus Christ, then if someone tells you that the wonderful supernatural miracle worker, the one who has healed the "deadly wound" of Rev. 17 and brought peace to the world is Jesus Christ, DO NOT believe him! However, if you have never been told that there is a real Christ and a false-christ you have listened to Biblically illiterate preachers teach the traditions of men and so you are expecting the Lord to return at ANY MOMENT, then you will be one of those saying "Lo, isn't it wonderful that Jesus has returned"! You will have been HAD! You will have been SEDUCED big time!
Now, we stated earlier that we would document that God's elect, the ones "whom He has chosen" even from "before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4), will not be deceived by Satan. Christ hasn't chosen wimps but rather champions who are more than CONQUERORS in Him (Rom. 8:37)!
Let us use our brains and think for a moment! Jesus Christ has just told us that when we see the son of perdition, the abomination of desolation, standing in Jerusalem in the temple (the Christian church, i.e. Christ's body) then get away from him and keep away from him because he is the "spurious messiah", the false Christ, the "instead of Jesus". It is so well written (2 Thes. 2) that Satan and his angels (Rev. 12:7-9) SHALL COME to deceive the whole world into believing that he is in fact the Messiah. But he will not deceive God's elect, whom God foreknew and whom He has chosen. Let's read about those whom He foreknew and whom He has chosen and to whom He has given a destiny to fulfill in these last days!
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
God's elect are predestined and He has called them in this present earth age because they have ALREADY BEEN justified and GLORIFIED in the first earth age, in "the world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6).
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
The answer is: No one!
[32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
If God has already justified them then who can lay anything to their charge?
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Do you SEE the tremendous amount of divine protection and intercession given to God's elect?
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Do you think there is anything that can separate God's elect, those "whom He hath chosen" before the foundation of this world (Eph 1:4) from the love of Christ? Satan tried all the above on our brother Job, didn't He? Didn't work! God allowed Satan to take everything Job had except his life, yet Job would not even so much as curse God. And you know what? God knew Job would pass the test and He knows His elect in these last days will not bow a knee to Satan!
Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Not only do we already have the victory but Jesus has given us power over all our enemies, including Satan. Luke 10:18-19 "And he said unto them, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. [19] Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
  
Now let's SEE if the apostle Paul believes God's elect, those "whom He has chosen", can be drawn away from Christ!
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul was completely convinced (persuaded) that neither death, nor life, nor the fallen angels, nor any present trial or tribulation to come can separate us from the love of God. Are you convinced? Once again, if you understand what is written here in Romans 8 concerning "the election" then you know that they were not deceived nor did they bow down to Satan in the first earth age, which is why they were justified and chosen. God has reserved them, chosen them, to take a stand in the spiritual battle of these last days and those whom He has chosen have not and will not EVER bow a knee to Baal, i.e. Satan.
Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. [5] Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Again, the very elect of God have not and WILL NOT bow a knee to the false Messiah. That is just the way it is!
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it werepossible, even the elect.
Don't worry, the elect "whom He hath chosen" will not be seduced. The phrase in Greek "if it were possible" implies the negative, meaning that is NOT possible (see note in the Companion Bible). God's very elect will remain virgins, they will remain working in the field, and they will endure until the end. Here are Strong's definitions for the words "false Christs" and "false prophets":
pseudochristos, psyoo-dokh'-ris-tos, Greek 5580; from Greek 5571 (pseudes) and Greek 5547 (Christos); a spurious Messiah :- false Christ.
pseudoprophetes, psyoo-dop-rof-ay'-tace, Greek 5578; from Greek 5571 (pseudes) and Greek 4396 (prophetes); a spurious prophet, i.e. pretended foreteller or religious impostor :- false prophet.
The "spurious Messiah" who is the "religious imposter" posing as Jesus Christ and performing great signs and wonders in the sight of men, SHALL stand up (rise) in Jesus' stead! What an ABOMINATION!
Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
LOOK and SEE, BEHOLD! This is very important. Jesus now says "Take ye Heed" (BLEPO), i.e.  carefully consider and understand and take to heart the fact that He has just told you EVERYTHING that is going to take place BEFORE He comes to destroy the temple at the 7th Trump! Did you read ANYWHERE in ALL THE THINGS that He has FORETOLD you that He is going to secretly come and "Fly you Outta Here"? NO YOU DID NOT! BLEPO! (So much for the Rapture Theory!)
Next we shall see what happens AFTER the tribulation of the abomination of desolation!


"Take Heed", said Jesus Christ, "lest any man deceive you"! "Take ye Heed", said Jesus Christ, "I have foretold you all things." The choice is yours, you know! You can either believe Jesus Christ's version of the sequence of events that shall happen or can you can believe the traditions of men, like the any-moment Rapture Theory whereby Christians the world over believe Jesus Christ comes and blows the retreat whistle for His troops to run from the great tribulation instead of blowing the Trumpet for the Christian Soldiers to "March Onward as to War"! Check out the Rapture Theory in church history! It is not Biblical! It is Hysterical! But unfortunately it sure fits the mentality of our Christian brothers and sisters who have allowed atheists and groups like the ACLU, and I might add, self serving so called theologians, to chase God out of our churches, institutions, and our children's schools, even turning their Christmas concerts into nothing more than Holiday concerts where "Away in Manger" cannot be sung because it mentions the little Lord Jesus who has now become a Federal Offense.

Run, run, little frightened Christian, or the scorpions will bite you! No wonder they love the concept of "Flying Away". How can they have the courage to face the Dragon when they are afraid of little locusts and scorpions? Obviously they have not read Christ's words in Luke 10:19 or if they have they don't believe Him: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." We need more Christian soldiers who are willing to take a stand. Can't you just hear our forefather's cry?

So, have you yet seen the "abomination of desolation", the false messiah, standing in the holy place where he ought not and performing miracles in the sight of men? No, you haven't! That happens BEFORE Jesus Christ returns, at the 6th Trump, or don't you believe those words of Jesus Christ either? Jesus returns as the King of kings AFTER Satan has reigned and do not let anyone tell you Christ is going to sneak in and withdraw His elect troops from the battle. You see, His Christian Knights are donned with the impregnable Gospel Armor and highly trained to take a stand and resist the fiery darts of the enemy! His First Knights (His First Fruits) shall endure the tribulation, no problem! They are protected by that Gospel Armor and when the Holy Spirit is poured out they shall then bring forth the Sword of the Lord and give witness and they shall emerge victorious in Him who shall give them crowns of glory when He returns as follows:

Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,[25] And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. [26]And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. [27]And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Do you remember in the opening verses of this 13th chapter of Mark when Peter, James, John and Andrew came to Christ and asked Him to tell them not only what the events would be leading up to His return but "What shall be THE SIGN" when all these things would be FULFILLED? Jesus is now about to answer the second question and tell His disciples (you) how to tell what generation "shall see all these things fulfilled".

Here is His answer:

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree...
Jesus said we are to LEARN a PARABLE! That means we have to DO a little WORK! In other words, to understand the SIGN you will have to study and learn about the PARABLE of fig tree which most people do not understand because they do not prayerfully study (learn) His Word. Parables are very precious truths but they are mysteries to most because their meanings are reserved only for those to whom they are given, and they are given to those who hunger and thirst and come to Christ seeking His Word only and not the traditions of men. You see, things that are precious do not lie openly exposed in the fields. Just like one must dig for precious gold and one must mine for precious diamonds, so too must one dig for the precious truths, the "hidden manna" in the Word of God. So you must first sincerely want to know and then "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).

Here's the scoop on parables:

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Whenever the disciples had questions about the Word of God and they went directly to Christ they always got the answers they needed. However, whenever they "reasoned among themselves" they usually came up with either the wrong answer (Mat. 16:7) or no answer at all (Jn. 16:17-18). So if you want to know "what shall be the SIGN" when all these things in Mark 13 leading up to Christ's return will be fulfilled, then don't play guessing games. Do as Christ instructs and LEARN the parable of the fig tree which means you will need to do some "digging"! Here is the documentation from Christ Himself that the seekers of truth, the "doers" of the Word and not the hearers only, are given to understand the parables.
[11]He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
This will NEVER EVER work for the liberal minded socialists who follow Satan's agendas, will it? They teach that you should take from the hard working industrious "diggers" and re-distribute their hard earned wealth to lazy bums who are ABLE but UNWILLING to work! As you can SEE, Jesus Christ doesn't work that way, does He? He rewards workers, not lazy bums! So, IF you want to know the SIGN of the final generation then get yourself some tools, like at least a King James Bible for study purposes (a Companion Bible, by Kregel Pub., if you can afford one), and a Strong's Concordance. Then get to work and LEARN! It is not an option, it is a command from the Lord.
Mark 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Remember, the main stream crowd who went to hear the very Messiah Himself give sermons right on the mountain of God did NOT come to Him later to seek to understand what His parables meant. They did not hunger or thirst. Like most of our Christian brothers and sisters they were hearers only and after they heard they just went away and said "Wasn't that a beautiful sermon today? Isn't he a wonderful preacher." But the words of the Lord, if they were included in the sermon, went in one ear and out the other!
So here is the SIGN Christ gave to His disciples to identify the final generation who would see His return:
Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
It is not within the scope of this series to do an in-depth study of the parable of the fig tree but we will touch on some of the highlights. The parable actually begins way back in the fig grove in the garden of Eden when the seduction of Eve took place and the "bad tree", the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, produced "bad fruit", even the first "bad fig" himself, Cain. Christ explained this very clearly in His simple explanation of the Parable of the Tares* in Mat. 13.
  
*Note: The explanation of the Parable of Tares in Mat. 13:24 is separate from and follows the parable itself in Mat. 13:77, i.e. the explanation is not the parable, it is the clear, non-symbolic explanation of it!  See parables of the Fig Tree & Sower & Tares
  
Did you know that Cain's offspring, known as Cainites (Kenites), can be traced throughout the Bible? You should because that is how you "count the number of the beast" in Rev. 13, which means to enumerate over a long period of time using little stones worn smooth (use your Strong shovel and dig up the word "count").  Those are our instructions to determine who brought forth the beast in Rev. 13, IF you want to know! The how we learned earlier, i.e. by using the Four Hidden Dynasties. In tracing these little rocks we find them in 1 Chron. 2:55 affixing themselves to the tribes of Israel. Then we find they came forth with Ezra out of Babylon as temple workers, known as nethinim, and eventually many of them became scribes and Pharisees and actually took over the temple. That is why Christ said in Matthew 23:2 "...The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat", i.e. they are the ones in authority. The kenites even tried to convince Jesus Christ that they were actually of Abraham's seed but He identified them as the offspring of the first murderer, Cain, in John 8:44. You see, they are the tares He spoke of in Mat. 13 and even to this day these "bad figs" still call themselves Jews as if they were actually of our brotherJudah, but they are not! They did not fool Jesus Christ so do not let them fool you! They are evil liars, very "bad figs", NOT God's chosen people, who have mixed in with the "good figs" of Judah and they have given Judah a bad name and reputation. They, the Kenites, are the ones who killed the Messiah, not those of our good brother Judah.
Did you also know that there are only two churches out of the seven listed in Rev. 2 & 3 that Jesus Christ finds no fault with? They are the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia and they BOTH know who the "bad figs" are, which is a prerequisite for understanding the parable of the fig tree so as to be able to identify the final generation.

Here are Christ's comments to the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia respectively:

Rev. 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Rev. 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Want some easy diggin'? Jeremiah chapter 24 clearly identifies the "good figs" of Judah and the "bad figs" of the residue of Judah who were merely residents, inhabitants of Judea like those nethinim who came back with Ezra for example, i.e. the kenites. Look up the Greek word translated "Jew" in your concordance. You will find it has two meanings: 1.) a person who is a resident of Judea, or 2.) a Judahite. In other words one can be identified as Jew either because he lives in the land of Judea or he is descended from Judah.  For example, if I tell you I am a Pennsylvanian you cannot tell what nationality or race or religion I am, can you? Well, not all Jews are of Judah! Blepo!

Have you never heard of the Khazars? If not, go get an Encyclopedia Britannica.

Jeremiah 24:1 The LORD shewed me, and, behold,two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD,after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
Notice that the two baskets of figs were set before the temple!
[2] One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket hadvery naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. [3] Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
Do not eat of the "bad figs" for they come from the tree which was in the midst of the garden of God and "they are evil". Dig up the rest of this chapter carefully and it will further identify the good and the bad figs. By this we then know that on May 15, 1948, when the United Nations declared Israel a nation for the first time in over two millennia, that the two baskets of figs were now set forth in Jerusalem before the temple. Let us return to Christ's words in Mark 13, the subject of which is the events leading up to His destruction of that temple at His return, remember?
Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
And so the tender shoot was planted and began to put forth leaves in 1948, but oh my how it has grown in stature today.
[29]So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Do you realize how near it is? That is why we are "Taking Five" and "Taking Heed"! Next verse!
[30]Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Wow, the generation that began in 1948 shall not pass away until all the "things" in Mark 13 are DONE! Isn't it interesting that the generation which began in 1948 is specifically known as the Baby Boomers, or is it the Big Babies? Anyway, it is a fitting caption indeed seeing that some of them shall see the birth of a new age! Let's see... 2010 - 1948 = 62. Yes, the Big Baby Boomers are aging fast and many are already retired, if you know what I mean.
[31] Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Two things are for sure: 1.) Jesus Christ has foretold us exactly how the final events are "goin' down", and 2.) they SHALL come to pass EXACTLY as He said they will! Take Heed, His words are reality!
  
Next we study, armed and excited with the precious knowledge He has given us in this incredible 13th Chapter of Mark, we will find out from the Lord himself what He expects us to be doing right now! You'll "dig it"!


Take ye heed, The Day of Vengeance is soon coming upon Jerusalem at the sound of the 7th Trump and that temple wherein shall be standing, but ought not be standing, the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, shall be destroyed. In fact Christ made it very clear to His disciples that "there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down (Mark 13:2)". So take heed and do not be deceived by men whether by reading their volumes of commentaries or by listening to them live and in living color or even on Memorex that the Roman general Titus fulfilled Mark 13:2 when he marched on Jerusalem in 70 AD. How can we be so sure? Because for one thing the stones of the great wailing wall yet "stand one stone upon another". 



Let's think and reason for a minute! If we study to show ourselves approved, we learn that the temple Christ said He would rebuild in three days is His body. We also learn that His body is the true Christian church. If both these things are true, and they are, doesn't it stand to reason that the temple Christ will destroy when He returns isn't a brick and mortar structure at all; but rather the false-christ, Satan's church; his whole beast system, The Four Hidden Dynasties of the New World Order Revelation 6:1-8 and all those professing Christians who are fooled by Satan when he comes to earth at the sixth trump, 5 months ahead of Christ's return at the seventh trump.


One additional thought! When I look up the word count, as in "count the number of the beast." Revelation 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. I find in Strong's concordance (Rev 13:18)  Here5602 is2076 wisdom.4678 Let him that hath2192 understanding3563 count5585 the3588 number706 of the3588 beast:2342 for1063 it is2076 the number706 of a man;444 and2532 his848 number706 is Six hundred threescore and six.5516

count G5585 
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pse?phizo? 
psay-fid'-zo 
From G5586; to use pebbles in enumeration, that is, (genitive case) to compute: - count.

G5586 
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pse?phos 
psay'-fos 
From the same as G5584; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling), that is, (by implication of use as a counter or ballot) a verdict (of acquittal) or ticket (of admission); a vote: - stone, voice.

Do you think these pebbles are any thing like the stones in Mark 13:2? Mark 13:2  And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down

Stones/Pebbles - Just something for a watchman to think about! 



"So", you say, "will you give me the exact day and hour when Jesus Christ will return?"

"I'm sorry, haven't you read the Word of God?"

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Only a FOOL would set an exact date and time for the second advent of Jesus Christ for they would be calling Christ a liar, would they not? Of course some fools have set dates in the past and their foolishness is now recorded in the history books, and some fools will continue to do so now and in the future and their foolishness is already recorded in Mark 13:32 in that they have foolishly, ignorantly, and arrogantly declared themselves to know that which only God knows. Though He has graciously given us the generation of the fig tree to pinpoint the season, the exact day has not been given. Therefore "Take Heed" and let no man deceive you by any means, including stupid "date setting".

Note: There is nothing at all wrong with speculation and discussions considering the times and dates as possibilities for the sounds of the Trumps and the entering in of the "little horn" or the return of the King of kings, etc. In fact, you can consider it a part of "Taking Heed" even as our Father has given us in His Word many benchmarks and types and historical dates and lengths of days and months and years. He has also graciously given us the lights in the heavens as a clock and compass and calendar and for signs and seasons, etc. Genesis 1:14 "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:" So if you are a "Take Heed" type person and continue to dig for truth and knowledge with guidance from above and stay abreast of current events and observe His signs, you will have no problem discerning the closeness of the hour.

In the mean time, while we "Rest* in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him... " (Psalm 37:7), the Lord has one final careful consideration and set of instructions for us.

* We have peace of mind and can Rest in the LORD and we are able to wait patiently for Him without anxiety because we know Him and His Word and through His Word He has foretold us what tomorrow brings. You SEE, people are fearful when they are in the dark and things are traveling fast and there is no light for them to SEE what lies ahead. But we are not in darkness for we have the Light which shines in that darkness which goes before us, so we are able SEE things clearly. Therefore we are not anxious but rather we are comforted. We can Rest and we can wait patiently and we can endure unto the end. Unfortunately that is not true for many of our dear brothers and sisters because in case you haven't noticed, there is an "anxiety in society" about the quaking events that are taking place (even like today's worldwide oil shortage and shutdown of our brother Ephraim) and an unsettling concern for what the future holds.

Here is our 5th and final "Take ye Heed" (Blepo) from the Lord Jesus Christ:

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Take to heart very earnestly these next two commands from Jesus Christ in light of what we have been foretold so far. WATCH and PRAY. The word "watch" means to "lie awake" or as Dr. Bullinger defines it in his concordance, "be very intent upon a thing". This does not mean take massive quantities of No-Doze but stay alert in a spiritual and discerning manner and be vigilant in prayer. Do you know WHY He wants us to Watch and Pray? Is it just to save our own necks? Remember, No Guessing! Jesus tells us why:
[34] For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Bleepin' Blepos! This is heavy stuff! Jesus Christ our Lord and the master of the "house" (vs. 35) has taken a far journey, i.e. He has gone to sit at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:3) and until He returns, God knows when, He has given His servants AUTHORITY, i.e. He has left them in charge of the house, and given each of them their job description and work assignments, and begged the porter... no, COMMANDED the "porter" to WATCH. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, take heed, we have WORK to DO!

Let's dig into verse 34 starting with some definitions. Then go read 1 Chronicles chapter 9 on your own and learn about the jobs of "porters".

authority = exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah, Greek 1849; from Greek 1832 (exesti) (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subject) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (object) mastery (concrete magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence :-authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
His Word is the authority.
work = ergon, er'-gon, Greek 2041; from a primary (but obsolete) ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act :- deed, doing, labour, work.
Jesus gives to every man his own work and the job of porters is to watch? Porters are the keepers of the gates to the house of the Lord. Remember, the abomination of desolation is coming and he and his unclean, abominable buddies are going to try and enter in at the gates. As a porter, your job is to see that that does not happen! Here is an historical type for your consideration:
2 Chron. 23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD'S people.
The name Jehoiada means "Whom Yah has known". He was one of the good guys.
[17] Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. [18] Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David. [19] And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
The disciples of Christ have been given charge to keep pure the house of God.
Neh. 12:45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.
So Jesus Christ, the master of the house has taken a far journey but we do not know precisely when He will return.
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
The word "watch" in this verse is translated from a different Greek word than the "watch" in verse 33. This "watch" is "gregoreuo" and means to "be vigilant" as in the DUTIES OF THE WATCHMAN. That is why the four divisions of the Roman watches are given here. Do you know what the duties of the Watchman are? They are clearly detailed in the Book of the Appointed Watchman, EZEK-I-EL, which means "El is Strong" or "Whom God has Strengthened". The watchman is strengthened by eating and digesting the entire scroll which is the Word of God (Ezek. 3:1-3). The appointment to the position of watchman was made after Ezekiel had eaten the scroll:
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, andgive them warning from me.
Throughout the Book of Ezekiel the watchman is told to warn the people in the manner of "Thus saith the Lord GOD". He or she is to HEAR the word directly from God, i.e. His Word, and warn the people about their idolatry (traditions of men, churchianity) and the soon coming king of Babylon, the abomination of desolation.You see, the Word of God is the Power and Authority! He has given his servants His Word! John 17:14 "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

To further document that the "watch" of vigilance in verse 35 is that of warning and feeding (i.e. teaching) Christ adds the following to the "gregoreuo" watch in Mat. 24:42:

Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

trophe, trof-ay', Greek 5160; from Greek 5142 (trepho);nourishment (literal or figurative); by implication rations (wages) :- food, meat.

The watchman who are fed the meat of the Word do not teach fluffy "fly away" stories and how to roll Ishtar's sexual fertility symbols (Easter eggs) in God's house or on His lawn for that matter! That is an abomination and as porters also, i.e. gatekeepers, they keep that idolatrous junk and all the other "Traditions of Men" OUT of the house of God!

Hey, it's hard work at times and it isn't always very popular with our brothers and sisters but it is YOUR JOB and the Master of the House LOVES YOU when you serve Him!

[46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
And you will be one happy camper when He returns and finds you doing your job! Actually, if you are doing your job for Him now you are already a happy camper! (A camper is one who dwells temporarily in a tabernacle, like either a tent or a flesh body.)
[47] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Have you ever considered the real estate holdings of your Father? Hobbling Hubble can't see far enough to even begin to do a proper survey to even begin an appraisal of the wealth of your inheritance!
Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Remember, we don't retire at age 65. We retire when 666 goes out of business! Until then we work untiringly around the clock!

Here are the final words of the Lord to His disciples as recorded by Mark:

[37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Well, it looks like we are ALL employed!

"Take Heed"! 
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SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

When taken together the 5 personal "Take Heeds" (blepos) spoken by our Lord within the 7 Seals in the 13th chapter of Mark form a special letter around those seals to His disciples who have eyes to see and use them to put two and two together.

Dear Faithful Servants,

I asked you if you had stopped lately and looked around you and carefully considered the destruction of the temple? Since you inquired of me concerning those events leading up to that time and also asked what would be the sign when they would come to pass, I must first caution you to be extremely careful that no one, especially those who come in my (Jesus) name, deceives you concerning the order of events and when the sorrows will begin to usher in the great, unprecedented tribulation. Consider carefully yourself and the work that must be done, such as the bold witness to the ungodly given by those of you who will be delivered up to councils, and the proclamation of the gospel to the world and how you, my faithful servants, will be used mightily to bring my words to pass.

Also, when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place performing great miracles then make sure you distance yourself from Him and have nothing to do with the goings on in that city. Pray that you don't get caught up in the storm of deception or seduced by the false bridegroom. You'll be fine if you take my words to heart and carefully consider that I have foretold you all things.

If you want to know the sign when all these things will some to pass then learn the parable of the fig tree. And although I haven't given you the exact moment when I will return, take heed and continue watching and praying until I come. Always stay alert and keep my words pure and be a good watchman for your friends and families. Plant seeds of truth and teach my words of warning to your brothers and sisters who slumber in the night.

Finally, to all of you I say, Watch! I'll see you soon. 



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