We have seen the Jesus the Rabbi or Teacher. We have watched Jesus the Miracle-Worker. Less so in Mark than we will see in the other Gospels, we have seen Jesus the Man. We have been teased along with the question whether Jesus is God. Today we meet Jesus the Prophet.
I am afraid this is a greatly confusing chapter to me, and it has been to many people through the ages. Jesus begins by talking about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which we know from history happened around AD 70. Mixed in this chapter it seems Jesus is also talking about the end of time altogether when he comes again. He talks about the coming of the kingdom, which could be associated with either of these two or something entirely different or it could be both. Stripping the topics apart seems very complicated.
Then we are told that no one can know the time when all of this will happen (13:32). But we are also given hints of when (13:8, 14, 29). And last we are told to “keep watch” four times (13:33, 34, 35, 37). So maybe we can know generally when but not exactly?
Like so many other biblical prophecies I have come to before, I am going to have to give some study time to this chapter some day soon.