Daily Bible Reading (Monday, February 26th)


Mark 13 (ESV)


Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

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.

The Coming of the Son of Man

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”


  1. Mark 13:33 Some manuscripts add and pray
  2. Mark 13:34 Or bondservants
  3. Mark 13:35 That is, the third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.


Thankful for the truths in this chapter to remind us to stay awake and sober minded regarding the return of Christ. Lord please help me to keep this on the forefront of my mind this week and not on the things of this world that will pass away when you return.

We do not know at what hour the Master will return so I must live every day ready for Him.

4 times in a short little paragraph, 'Stay Awake!'. It is so easy in this comfort driven society to relax in our comfortable homes and cushy lifestyle and not push ourselves to examine our hearts and keep our senses sharp. In Brad Bigney's book 'Gospel Treason' he writes 'God has given us his Word to serve as smelling salts, to rouse us from the idolatrous coma we live in so much of the time. We're locked into our own idolatrous way of thinking and living until we pick up God's Word, and then, BOOM! A wake-up call -- we've been seeing things all wrong...". Thank you Lord for pressing the heart and snapping me awake when I lull myself into that coma!!

Theme Summary: After condemning the Pharisees, Herodians, and Scribes, Jesus prophecies the destruction of the temple, various accompanying signs, and that this generation would not pass away before all of this came to pass, and that believers are to endure to the end. Let us all stay awake.

I pray that our people at Believers Fellowship will stay awake, and also may we build each other up and encourage each other to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. May God bless the ministry of our church, and its leaders.

The second coming of Christ gives me a lot to think about. First of all, in vs. 10 Christ says that before He returns the gospel must be spread to every nation. What am I doing to hasten that day? Secondly, Christ warns us to be on our guard because many will try to deceive us or they will persecute us. Is my faith/hope in Christ alone so that I can endure to the end? Finally, am I on the alert? Is my life right now how I want Christ to find me living? Would I be able to honestly tell Christ that I was living for Him?

Oh Lord, give me the endurance to fight the fight every day. Give me new strength so that I do not grow weary and lose my alertness. But above all, help me to fix my eyes on you alone so that when tests or trials come I will be able to stand firm in your strength and be a strong testimony of your amazing power.

Stay Awake! That's Jesus' exhortation to us all. He is coming back. Stay Awake!

I pray that Jesus would find all off the believers in our flock alert and “pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” when he returns.‬

Keagan, the "be on alert" in these verses stuck on me too, including "see that no one leads you astray" in v. 5. We must be sober in spirit and alert to the fact that the deceiver will use subtle ways to do such that.

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."

Learning the Word is a worthy investment! Jesus says that everything else will pass away. All the things we set our hands to today, will pass away. But the things we gain in studying His word, the knowledge of Him, never passes away.

This is a good word for a Monday. We are told at the end of the chapter that no one but the Father knows when the end is coming. Because of that, we must take v 13 seriously and endure to the end so we are saved. This is often not my first thought when I wake up in the morning (especially on Monday). Lord help me focus on you daily. Please align my heart with your will so that I my endure to the end and be saved.

This passage is awesome and makes me so excited for his return. It helps me realize that it is closer than I think! In verses 33 and 35 Jesus commands us to “keep on the alert” and “be on the alert.” Father, keep us alert and looking for His return. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

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