Chapter 13 begins with Jesus gathered together with His disciples; He is telling them about things that will be taking place when He returns. To put it another way, He is describing Satan’s “five month” Tribulation.
His disciples ask Him…“What will it be like when you return”. He begins to answer in Mark 13:5 KJV, with His first warning:
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
You must take heed in these end times. With Satan’s workers already on the job, the stage is being set for Satan, the deceiver.
Christ’s response continues in Mark 13:8 KJV:
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.
Many nations now rise up against each other and earthquakes are becoming more frequent. Also, you may recall that Satan’s Tribulation is all about trouble and Amos 8:11 KJV has previously warned you about the famine of the end times:
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:
These Words ring true today…So many are starving to hear with understanding.
Explaining the “beginning of sorrows” requires you to take the word “Sorrow’s” back to its original use in the manuscripts:
odin, o-deen'; akin to Greek 3601 (odune); a pang or throe, especially of childbirth :- pain, sorrow, travail.
The “birth pangs” Christ is talking about refer to the new earth age that is about to be born; it comes to life when God rejuvenates the earth.
Christ also addresses famine. Mark 13:10 KJV tells you that He will not return until you have received the Truth of the Gospel:
And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
You now reach a point requiring your concentration. “Death” is one of Satan’s names. Christ, in Mark 13:12 KJV, tells you that Satan will use members of your own family to locate and deliver you to him:
Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall