Mark 13:14–23 (ESV)
The Abomination of Desolation
14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to
take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will
be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the
days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
Jesus warned about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, which did happen in AD 70. But he warns of greater destruction and desolation
to come. Do not fall prey to false teachers or false messiahs. Many will claim to be Jesus, but they are not! We are to expect tribulations, so we should be “on guard; I (Jesus) have told you all things before hand.” I see many
claiming to be Christian preachers, yet they are teaching salvation through works. You cannot make yourself right with God, it is God who makes you right for Him. He is the one who gives you faith. He is the one who chose you before the creation
of the world (Hmmm, how can we claim we chose God when it is God who chose us before the creation of the world????). It is God who washes away our sins, justifies us, sanctifies us, and gives us eternal life. The Gospel stand even in times of tribulation.
Martin Luther writes: “For this much is sure: So long as a Christian preacher holds on and sticks to his business, despising the world’s abuse and persecution, the ministry will abide and the Gospel cannot fail; for some will always stand firm
and abide, as indeed there must always be some that abide, until Judgment Day” (AE 21:64–65).
I pray: O Lord, in good times and in bad times, help me to cling to the faith you gave me and
to not be tempted by false teachers. Direct and guide me according to your will and your Word. Forgive me of my sins and guide me to your Kingdom. Amen.