Mark 13:1-37 NIV
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
1As Jesus was leaving the Temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the Temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him privately, 4“Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
5Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6Many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
9“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of Me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10And the Gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13Everyone will hate you because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’a standing where itb does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
20“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them. 21At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there He is!’ do not believe it. 22For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
24“But in those days, following that distress,
“ ‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’c
26“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with Great Power and Glory. 27And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
28“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that itd is near, right at the door. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33Be on guard! Be alerte ! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping.
37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”
I read very helpful article on the Words of Christ saying, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”
In the Bible it says heaven and earth will pass away but His Word will live forever…. What does it mean by heaven will pass away? I thought heaven would last forever.
I am not sure exactly what this fairly enigmatic passage means. To some extent, all I can do is quote the Scripture and say that in some sense it must be true, because the Bible says so.
Here is my take. In Revelation 21:1-4 we learn that at Judgment Day God will create “a new heaven and a new earth.” In this sense, the earth and heaven will pass away. What does this mean? Does it mean that the physical earth we live on will literally cease to exist and a new physical earth will be created out of nothing? Maybe, but I doubt it very much.
Revelation is obviously written as highly symbolic language. Similarly, one can ask whether this means literally that the current heaven will cease to exist and a completely new heaven will be created in its place. Again, I doubt that this is the meaning, but I cannot say for sure. God leaves a lot of the details about heaven and the afterlife in doubt. We know very little about the new heaven and the new earth. The language used is highly symbolic. Presumably, these things are beyond our human understanding, making it necessary for God to use symbolic language.
Bottom line, it is my opinion that when Jesus says that “heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away,” I believe He is saying that heaven and earth as they exist now will be radically transformed, but the Word of God will never change. In this sense, pass away means pass away in its present form, becoming something brand new. Exactly what this means, I do not know. In fact, there is no reason I need to know. What I do know is that I want to be in heaven with God. To me, it does not really matter exactly how the change from the present heavens to the future heavens will happen, which is why God does not tell us. All I know is that I want to be in this new heaven with God, and I want to bring as many people as possible with me.
See more at: http://www.evidenceforchristianity.org/in-the-bible-it-says-heaven-and-earth-will-pass-away-but-his-word-will-live-forever-what-does-it-mean-by-heaven-will-pass-awayr/#sthash.I5yab3ZH.dpuf