End times fears and excitement seem to ignite in every generation. In the late 1990s the Left Behind books released causing a renewed fervor about the nearness of the end of the world. The year 2000 was a major point when people thought the end of the world would certainly come. The Mayan calendar declared the end of the world to be in 2012. The Jehovah’s Witnesses proclaimed the end of the world in 1914, 1918, 1925, 1940s, 1975, 2000, when the generation of 1914 passes away, and now 2033. Hysteria seems to always be centered on when the end of the world will come and the various predictions that come. Often these predictions come from reading Mark 13, or the parallel passages Matthew 24 and Luke 21. So we are going to carefully read this chapter and look for what Jesus is teaching and what we should understand as followers of Christ.
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