In 1843, William Miller’s followers climbed trees on mountains to wait on the return of the Lord. The “Great Disappointment” soon followed. Joseph Smith and Charles Taze Russell made the same prediction to their followers in the Mormon church and Jehovah’s Witnesses. More recently, Edgar Whisenant and Harold Camping have wrongly predicted the return of Jesus on multiple occasions.
Those who make these failed predictions often point to the signs presented in Mark 13 (along with Matthew 24 and Luke 21). Do the signs they point to – earthquakes, famines, war, false Christs – truly tell us when Jesus will return? Or does Jesus have a different purpose in mind when he gives these signs to his followers? We will take a good look at this passage this Sunday. Please join us.