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 And these signs shall attend those who have believed: in my name they shall cast out demons, speak new tongues, take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall by no means hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall be well.”
And while Jesus was speaking to his disciples, we saw him taken up to heaven. (The Gospel of Nicodemus, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 8, pg. 422)
This is almost word for word what we see in Mark 16:15-19. So what does this tell us? It says to us that this ending in Mark was known and used at least as far back as the second or third century. As far as I am aware, there are not any manuscripts of Mark in existence today, that can claim to be this old. So we know that as far back as at least the third century, which is only 200 years at most after the Gospel of Mark was written, this saying of Jesus was known and quoted.
Also, we have the testimony of the second century Church Father, Irenaeus. In his work, Against Heresies, book 3, sec. 5, he says this,
Also, towards the conclusion of his Gospel, Mark says: "So then, after the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God; “
If we look at Mark 16:19 in the KJV (the Textus Receptus), we read, "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God." Irenaeus says this portion was "towards the conclusion" of Mark's Gospel. Indeed it is, because the gospel ends in the very next verse. How could Irenaeus quote a portion from Mark's gospel, in the second century, if it didn't exist? The answer is, he couldn't.
It would seem to make sense that somebody, along the way, got a little to free with their use of the scribe’s razor, and trimmed a little too much off the end of Mark’s gospel.
Luke 24:21, How one word changes everything
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and besides all this, today is the third day since these things were done.

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