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Mark 13 The Message (MSG)

Doomsday Deceivers

13 As he walked away from the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at that stonework! Those buildings!”

Jesus said, “You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble.”

3-4 Later, as he was sitting on Mount Olives in full view of the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew got him off by himself and asked, “Tell us, when is this going to happen? What sign will we get that things are coming to a head?”

5-8 Jesus began, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When you hear of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history, and no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. But these things are nothing compared to what’s coming.

9-10 “And watch out! They’re going to drag you into court. And then it will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You’re placed there as sentinels to truth. The Message has to be preached all across the world.

11 “When they bring you, betrayed, into court, don’t worry about what you’ll say. When the time comes, say what’s on your heart—the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you.

12-13 “It’s going to be brother killing brother, father killing child, children killing parents. There’s no telling who will hate you because of me.

“Stay with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.

Run for the Hills

14-18 “But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up where it should never be. You who can read, make sure you understand what I’m talking about. If you’re living in Judea at the time, run for the hills; if you’re working in the yard, don’t go back to the house to get anything; if you’re out in the field, don’t go back to get your coat. Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard. Hope and pray this won’t happen in the middle of winter.

19-20 “These are going to be hard days—nothing like it from the time God made the world right up to the present. And there’ll be nothing like it again. If he let the days of trouble run their course, nobody would make it. But because of God’s chosen people, those he personally chose, he has already intervened.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

21-23 “If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it. Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better. So watch out. I’ve given you fair warning.

24-25 “Following those hard times,

Sun will fade out,
    moon cloud over,
Stars fall out of the sky,
    cosmic powers tremble.

26-27 “And then they’ll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky—no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the angels; they will pull in the chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole.

28-31 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. And so it is with you. When you see all these things, you know he is at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

32-37 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”

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Mark 13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus Prophesies the Destruction of the Temple

13 As Jesus was leaving the temple courts, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! And what tremendous stones were used to build all this!”[a]

Jesus turned to them and said, “Take a good look at all these enormous buildings, for I’m telling you, there will not be one stone left upon another. It will all be leveled!”[b]

Signs of the End of the Age

Later, while Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the temple, his disciples, Peter, Jacob, John, and Andrew, came to him privately where he was sitting and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what supernatural sign should we expect to signal your coming and the completion of this age?”[c]

Jesus answered, “At that time deception will run rampant. So beware that you’re not fooled! For many will appear on the scene claiming my authority[d] or saying about themselves, ‘I am God’s Anointed,’[e] and they will lead many astray. You will hear rumors of wars nearby, with more rumors of wars to come. Make sure that you are not thrown into a panic or give in to your fears, for these things are destined to happen. Prepare for it,[f] but still the end is not yet. For nations[g] will go to war against each other and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be terrible earthquakes in place after place—seismic events of epic proportion. And there will be famines and riots.[h] This is how the first contractions and birth pains of the new age will begin.”

Jesus Warns of Persecution

“Be on your guard! For they will repeatedly hand you over to the ruling councils, and you will be beaten in public gatherings. And you will stand trial before kings and high-ranking governmental leaders as an opportunity to testify to them on my behalf. 10 But prior to the end of the age, the hope of the gospel[i] must first[j] be preached to all nations.

11 “So when they put you under arrest and hand you over for trial, don’t even give one thought about what you will say. Simply speak what the Holy Spirit gives you at that very moment. And realize that it won’t be you speaking but the Holy Spirit repeatedly speaking through you. 12 Brothers will betray each other unto death—even a father his child. Children will rise up to take a stand against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Expect to be hated by all because of your allegiance to the cause that bears my name. But determine to be faithful to the end and you will be saved.”[k]

The Detestable Idol That Brings Misery

14 “When you witness what Daniel prophesied, ‘the disgusting destroyer,’[l] standing where it must not be[m] [Let the reader learn what it means],[n] then those in the land of Judah must escape to higher ground.[o] 15 On that day, if you happen to be outside,[p] don’t go back inside to gather your belongings. 16 And if you’re working out in the field, don’t run back home to get a coat. 17 It will be especially hard[q] for pregnant women and for those nursing their babies when those days come. 18 So pray that your escape will not be during the winter months. 19 For this will be a time of great misery beyond the magnitude of anything the world has ever seen from the beginning of time[r] or ever will see. 20 Unless God limits those days, no one would escape. But because of his love for those chosen to be his, he will shorten that time of trouble.

21 “And if you hear reports from people, saying, ‘Look, the Messiah is over here,’ or, ‘The Messiah is over there!’ don’t believe it. 22 For there will be imposters falsely claiming to be God’s ‘Anointed One.’ And false prophets[s] will arise to perform miracle signs, and if it were possible, they would cause God’s chosen ones to wander off the right track. 23 Be alert, for I prophesy all this will happen!”

The Appearing of the Son of Man

24 “This is what will take place after that suffering:

The sun will be darkened and the moon will reflect no light.
25 The stars will be falling from the sky
    and all the cosmic powers will be shaken.[t]

26 “Then they will see the Son of Man appearing in the midst of clouds and revealed with mighty power and great glory.[u] 27 At that time he will send his messengers,[v] who will gather together his beloved chosen ones from every direction—from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven!”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

28 “Now, learn the lesson from the parable of the fig tree. When spring arrives, and it sends out its tender branches and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is soon to appear. 29 So also, when you observe all these things progressively taking place, you will know that he[w] is coming near, even at the door! 30 I assure you, this family[x] will not pass away until all I have spoken comes to pass. 31 The earth and sky will wear out and fade away before one word I speak loses its power or fails to accomplish its purpose.”

Live Always Ready for His Appearing

32 “Concerning that day and exact hour, no one knows when it will arrive, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son—only the Father knows. 33 This is why you must be waiting, watching and praying,[y] because no one knows when that season of time will come.”

A Parable of a Man Who Left on a Journey

34 “For those days can be compared to a man who was about to leave on a journey, but before leaving he placed his servants in charge and gave each one work to do while he was away. Then he commanded the watchman[z] to be on guard at all times. 35 So I say to you, keep awake and alert—for you have no idea when the master of the house will return; in the evening, at midnight, at four o’clock in the morning,[aa] or at dawn. 36 Be alert, for he’s coming suddenly and may find you sleeping! 37 And what I say to the four of you, I say to everyone—be awake at all times!”


  1. Mark 13:1 This is Solomon’s temple, rebuilt by Herod the Great. He began the project in 19 BC, prior to the birth of Christ, using some of the greatest marble and gold ornamentation found in the Middle East. Some of the stones he used were five meters long and over one meter high.
  2. Mark 13:2 This prophecy of Jesus was fulfilled by the Roman prince Titus, who, in the Roman war of AD 67–70, destroyed the temple. There is still standing in Rome today the Arch of Titus, which commemorates his conquest of Jerusalem. In about AD 135, the emperor Hadrian completely destroyed the city of Jerusalem and built a new city on its foundations.
  3. Mark 13:4 Although it is possible to translate this “the end of the world,” the Hebraic mind-set of the end of days is a transition into a new age of the Messiah’s coming that would restore all things. Note also that this teaching regarding the last days was not given publicly but only to four disciples.
  4. Mark 13:6 Or “making use of my name.”
  5. Mark 13:6 Or “I am” (the one), or “It is I.”
  6. Mark 13:7 As translated from the Aramaic.
  7. Mark 13:8 Or “ethnic groups.” Although implied in the Greek, the Aramaic text is explicit: “Peoples will rise over peoples and kingdoms over kingdoms.”
  8. Mark 13:8 The word riots (rebellious uprisings) is found only in the Aramaic manuscripts. See also 2 Chron. 15:6 and Isa. 19:2.
  9. Mark 13:10 As translated from the Aramaic (lit. “hopes”).
  10. Mark 13:10 The chronological reference (“first”) takes us back to v. 7. That is, the end will not come before the gospel is preached to all nations.
  11. Mark 13:13 Or “you will be rescued” or “preserved” or “delivered.”
  12. Mark 13:14 Or “the abomination [sin] that brings desolation [desecration].” See Dan. 8:13; 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. Jesus is saying that Daniel’s prophecy had not yet been fulfilled in his time. Many see the fulfillment of this prophecy in AD 70, when Titus, the Roman prince, went into the temple and sacrificed animals to Jupiter.
  13. Mark 13:14 The Aramaic is “the defiling sign of desolation piling up” (setting up).
  14. Mark 13:14 These parenthetical words were added by Mark to encourage us to seek the Lord for the understanding of this mystery. Jesus, speaking in the role of the true Prophet, gives us truth to ponder in veiled language.
  15. Mark 13:14 See Jer. 16:16; Zech. 14:5; Luke 21:20-22.
  16. Mark 13:15 Or “on the roof.”
  17. Mark 13:17 Or “woe.” Jesus is not cursing them, but stating how dreadfully difficult it will be for them.
  18. Mark 13:19 Or “such as has not been seen from the beginning of the creation that God created until now.”
  19. Mark 13:22 The Aramaic is “prophets of lies.”
  20. Mark 13:25 See Isa. 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10; Amos 8:9. This can also be viewed as a Hebraic metaphor of the lights of the natural realm being shut off and replaced with heaven’s glory. Lights out on the old order. Sun, moon, and stars are also representative of the governmental structures failing with great calamity. A new order, a new glory, is coming to replace the fading glories of this world.
  21. Mark 13:26 See Dan. 7:13.
  22. Mark 13:27 Or “angels.” The Greek word for “angels” can also mean “messengers.”
  23. Mark 13:29 Or “it.”
  24. Mark 13:30 As translated from the Aramaic, which employs a homonym that can be translated either “this generation will not pass away,” or “this family will not pass away. The generation in which Jesus lived on earth has indeed passed away, but the Christian “family” of believers remains and endures. Arguably one of the most difficult verses in the Gospels to interpret, “this generation” could also refer to the Jewish people (race).
  25. Mark 13:33 Most Greek manuscripts do not have “and praying”; however, there are ancient authorities who make reference to its inclusion here.
  26. Mark 13:34 Or “doorkeeper.”
  27. Mark 13:35 Or “when the rooster crows.”
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Mark 13 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Jesus Tells The Disciples That The Temple Will Be Destroyed. They Ask, When?

13 And while He is proceeding out of the temple, one of His disciples says to Him, “Teacher, look! What stones and what buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? A stone upon a stone will by no means be left here which will by-any-means not be torn-down[a]”. And while He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately, “Tell us— when will these[b] things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished[c]?” And Jesus began to say to them:

There Will Be Birthpangs, So Watch Out. The Gospel Must First Reach All The Nations

“Be watching out that no one may deceive you. Many will come on the basis of My name, saying that ‘I am[d] the One’. And they will deceive many. And whenever you hear-of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. They must take place, but it is not yet the end. For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines. These things are[e] a beginning of birth-pains. But you— be watching yourselves. They will hand you over to councils[f]. And you will be beaten in synagogues. And you will be stood before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the good-news must first be proclaimed to all the nations. 11 And whenever they lead you while handing you over, do not be anxious-beforehand as to what you should speak. But whatever is given to you in that hour, speak this. For you are not the ones speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will hand-over brother to death, and a father his child. And children will rise-up-in-rebellion[g] against parents, and they will put them to death. 13 And you will be being hated by all because of My name. But the one having endured to the end[h]— this one will be saved.

When You See The Abomination of Desolation, Flee. For a Great Affliction Will Occur

14 “But when you see the abomination[i] of desolation standing where he[j] should not (let the one reading understand), then[k] let the ones in Judea be fleeing to the mountains. 15 And let the one upon the housetop not go down nor go in to take anything out of his house. 16 And let the one in the field not turn-back to the things behind to take his cloak. 17 And woe to the ones having a child in the womb, and to the ones nursing in those days. 18 And be praying that it may not take place in winter. 19 For those days will be an affliction[l] such-as has not taken place such-as-this since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will take place [again]. 20 And if the Lord had not shortened[m] the days, no flesh[n] would have been saved. But He shortened the days for the sake of the chosen ones whom He chose. 21 And then[o] if someone says to you, ‘Look— here is the Christ’, ‘Look— there He is’, do not be believing it. 22 For false-christs and false-prophets will arise, and will give signs and wonders so-as to be leading-astray[p], if possible, the chosen ones. 23 But you be watching out. I have told you everything beforehand.

After That Affliction, The Powers Will Be Shaken. Then I Will Come In Glory

24 “But in those days after that affliction, the sun[q] will be darkened, and the moon will not give its glow, 25 and the stars will be falling from the heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And at that time He will send out the angels, and He will gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the heaven.

The Parable of The Fig Tree: When You See These Things, You Know I Am Near

28 “Now learn the parable from the fig[r] tree: when its branch already becomes tender and grows-out its leaves, you know that the summer is near. 29 So also you— when you see these[s] things taking place, you know[t] that He[u] is near, at the doors. 30 Truly I say to you that this generation[v] will by no means pass away until which time these things all take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by-no-means pass away.

But No One Knows The Day Or Hour, So Keep Watching

32 “But no one knows about that day or the hour— not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son— except the Father. 33 Be watching out, be keeping-alert, for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man away-on-a-journey. Having left his house and having given authority to his slaves— to each[w] as to his work— he also commanded the doorkeeper that he should be keeping-watch. 35 Therefore, keep watching— for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether evening[x] or midnight or rooster-crowing or early-morning— 36 that having come suddenly, he may not find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you I say to everyone: ‘Keep watching’”.


  1. Mark 13:2 Or, destroyed, demolished, done-away-with.
  2. Mark 13:4 these things happen... all these things are about to be accomplished. That is, when will this prophecy in v 2 happen... and all the events surrounding that event be accomplished. Or, when will this prophecy in v 2 happen... and all these buildings be brought-to-an-end.
  3. Mark 13:4 Or, carried out, fulfilled, completed, finished, concluded, brought to an end.
  4. Mark 13:6 I am the One. Or, I am He. That is, the Christ.
  5. Mark 13:8 Or, will be. See Mt 24:5.
  6. Mark 13:9 That is, local Jewish courts, as in Mt 10:17.
  7. Mark 13:12 Or, stand-up-against.
  8. Mark 13:13 That is, the end of his life or the coming of Christ, whichever comes first.
  9. Mark 13:14 See Mt 24:15.
  10. Mark 13:14 Or, it.
  11. Mark 13:14 Or, at that time. See Mt 29:9 on this word.
  12. Mark 13:19 Or, distress, trouble, tribulation.
  13. Mark 13:20 Or, curtailed, cut short.
  14. Mark 13:20 no flesh would have. Lit, all flesh would not have. Some think all flesh means all humanity; others, all those in Judea, v 14.
  15. Mark 13:21 Or, at that time, as in v 14.
  16. Mark 13:22 Or, misleading.
  17. Mark 13:24 Sun... moon... stars...powers. See Mt 24:29.
  18. Mark 13:28 See Mt 24:32.
  19. Mark 13:29 That is, v 5 or 14 to v 23 or 25.
  20. Mark 13:29 Or, know that (a command).
  21. Mark 13:29 Or, it; Christ’s coming.
  22. Mark 13:30 See Mt 24:34.
  23. Mark 13:34 Or, [and] to each one his work.
  24. Mark 13:35 evening... early-morning. These are the names of the four three-hour watches of the night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

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