Bible Reference: Mark 13:9-13

One of the many things that is so amazing about the Bible is the fact that, although written thousands of years ago, it is more current and more relevant than anything today and it will continue to be relevant until Jesus comes back.

HATED BY ALL

Throughout verses 9-13 of Mark 13, Jesus mentions persecution that will come upon the Jewish people in the end times. They are the “you” spoken of throughout the passage. They are the ones who “will be hated by all.” They will be the focus of most of the hatred in the tribulation period. The Antichrist will seek to annihilate them but the Lord is going to use the horrors of that time to turn their hearts and to blitz the world with the gospel before the end comes.

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. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 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. 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. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

-Mark 13:9-13

PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD

The Jewish people won’t be the only ones who will have the opportunity to hear the gospel and be saved. The “gospel will be preached in all the world.” Many of the people on the planet at the time will reject this good news and take the mark of the beast but some will hear the good news of the kingdom and will embrace Jesus, regardless of the price they have to pay. God is going to make sure that the people who are living during this time have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. That will make people take sides, which will result in severe persecution for believers.

PERSECUTION IN THE TRIBULATION

During the tribulation period, when the Lord resumes His focus on the lost sheep of the house of Israel, those who represent Him will find themselves persecuted ruthlessly. Their own family members will turn against them and turn them in to the ungodly authorities, even to the point of death. There won’t be any neutrality toward Christians, like there is today. All believers will be hated because of their connection to the Lord and especially Jewish believers. The Jews will be the target of the Antichrist’s persecution, so Jewish believers will be doubly hated. The result will be that many will be killed.

AN ENDURANCE THAT LEADS TO SALVATION

However, there will be those who survive to the end and there will be those who remain faithful to the Lord God and they will be delivered from the horrors of the tribulation. Jesus isn’t suggesting that everyone who dies during the tribulation period is lost and condemned. But Jesus is answering the questions that He knew would arise from what He said in this text. If things are going to get this bad for the people of Israel and if many are going to defect and turn away, will there be any who remain faithful and make it to the end? Will the Jewish nation survive? Yes, the Jewish nation will survive. In fact, there will be those who endure to the end and they will be saved from the horrors of the tribulation to enter the kingdom. May God grant us the grace to help us endure to the end!

 

Bryan Hughes

Bryan is the Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, MT.  He has been an MWSB visiting faculty member for over 15 years. You can listen to his sermons here.
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