Understanding Difficult Passages 

New Testament: Mark 13.4

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 13.1–13 on March 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Passages exist in the Bible that present difficulties in understanding. Mark 13 is like Matthew 24 and Luke 21; they all present some similar material. They speak of the destruction of Jerusalem, which took place in the year 70, and Mark 13 does not speak of another destruction. 

Jesus had revealed to his disciples that Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed, and they wanted to know when those things would happen, asking: 

“Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?”

– Mark 13.4 

Jesus then proceeded to answer their questions about the destruction of the temple and later in his answer he added something that they did not ask, as recorded in Mark, and that is the event of his return. 

However, he did not necessarily connect the two events. 


  • Do you believe we have an idea when Jesus is returning, or has it been completely hidden from us? 
  • Of all the predictions that people have made of the Lord’s return, how many have come true? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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