Olivet Discourse

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  1. The Barren Fig Tree and the Fruitless Temple - {PDF Copy} - (The cursing of a barren fig tree symbolized the coming destruction of the Temple because of the fruitlessness of the nation - Mark 11:12-29)
  2. The Temple Setting of the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The Olivet Discourse was given after the final departure of Jesus from the Temple)
  3. Confrontation in the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Before his final departure from the Temple, several confrontations occurred between Jesus and the religious authorities – Mark 11:27-12:40)
  4. The Geographic Range of the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The events predicted by Jesus range from the regional to the universal)
  5. Deceivers, Tumults, and Opposition - {PDF Copy} - (Deceivers will come who will raise false expectations about the last days and the coming of Jesus)
  6. Three Repeated Warnings of Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (In his Olivet Discourse, Jesus repeated three specific warnings about the future to his disciples)
  7. Wars and Rumors of War - Signs of the Times? - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus warned not to heed deceivers who point to wars and other catastrophes as "signs" of the imminent end)
  8. The "Days of Noah" - Normalcy or Chaos? - {PDF Copy} - (No one knows the day or hour of his coming, therefore, disciples must always prepare for its sudden arrival)
  9. The Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples see the “abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they are to flee the vicinity of Jerusalem)
  10. His Coming on the Clouds of Heaven - {PDF Copy} - (The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” Mark 13:21-27)
  11. The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree - {PDF Copy} - (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple predicted by Jesus – Mark 13:28-29)
  12. "This Generation" in the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 13:30-31Biblical usage of “this generation” consistently applies the phrase to the generation that was alive at the time it was uttered)
  13. Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus did not command his disciples to understand the “signs” and “seasons” of his return. Instead, it is “not for you to know times and seasons)
  14. Is the Budding Fig Tree a Symbol of a Restored Nation of Israel? - {PDF Copy} - (The parable of the budding fig tree meant that the fulfillment of the things predicted by Jesus signaled the imminent destruction of the Temple)
Stormy Sea - Photo by Charl Folscher on Unsplash
Photo by Charl Folscher on Unsplash

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