M A R K.
We have here the substance of that prophetical
sermon which our Lord Jesus preached, pointing at the destruction
of Jerusalem, and the consummation of all things; it was one of the
last of his sermons, and not ad populum—to the people, but
ad clerum—to the clergy; it was private, preached only to
four of his disciples, with whom his secret was. Here is, I. The
occasion of his prediction—his disciples' admiring the building of
the temple (ver. 1, 2),
and their enquiry concerning the time of the desolation of them,
ver. 3, 4. II. The
predictions themselves, 1. Of the rise of deceivers, ver. 5, 6, 21-23. 2. Of the
wars of the nations, ver. 7,
8. 3. Of the persecution of Christians, ver. 9-13. 4. Of the destruction of
Jerusalem, ver. 14-20.
5. Of the end of the world, ver.
24-27. III. Some general intimations concerning the time
of them, ver. 28-32. IV.
Some practical inferences from all, ver. 33-37.