Matthew 24

Temple Destruction Foretold

[As] Jesus left the temple [and] was walking away, His disciples came up to [Him] to point out [its] buildings. “vvv Do you see all these things?” He replied. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on [another] ; [every one] will be toppled.”

Signs of the End of the Age

[While] [Jesus] was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when {will} these things happen, and what [will be] the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. [These things] must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in [various] places. All these [are] [the] beginning of birth pains.

Witnessing to All Nations

Then they will deliver you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. 10  At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, 11  and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. 12  Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13  But the [one who] perseveres to [the] end will be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

15  So when you see standing in [the] holy place ‘the abomination of desolation,’
Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
described by the prophet Daniel ({let} the reader understand) ,
16  then {let} those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17  [Let no one] on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house. 18  And [let no one] in the field return for his cloak. 19  How miserable those days [will be] for pregnant and nursing [mothers] ! 20  Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter [or] on the Sabbath. 21  For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from [the] beginning of [the] world until now, [and] never to be [seen again] . 22  If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened. 23  At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here [is] the Christ!’ or ‘There [He is] ,’ {do} not believe [it] . 24  For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 25  See, I have told you in advance.

The Return of the Son of Man

26  So if they tell you, ‘There He is in the wilderness,’ {do} not go out; [or], ‘Here [He is] in the inner rooms,’ {do} not believe [it] . 27  For just as the lightning comes from [the] east and flashes as far as [the] west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28  Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’
Or the celestial bodies will be shaken; Isaiah 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10
30  At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
See Daniel 7:13-14
31  And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the [other] .

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32  Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer [is] near. 33  So also, when you see all these things, you will know that He is near,
Or it is near
right at [the] door.
34  Truly I tell you, this generation {will} not pass away until all these things have happened. 35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words {will} never pass away.

Readiness at Any Hour

36  No one knows about that day [or] hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
BYZ and TR do not include nor the Son,
but only the Father.
37  As [it was] in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38  For in the days before the flood, [people] were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39  And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will it be [at] the coming of the Son of Man. 40  Two [men] will be in the field: one will be taken and [the other] left. 41  Two [women] will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and [the other] left. 42  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know [the] day on which your Lord will come. 43  But understand this: If the homeowner had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and {would} not have let his house be broken into. 44  For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect. 45  Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give [the others] [their] food at the proper time? 46  Blessed [is] that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47  Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48  But suppose that servant [is] wicked [and] says in his heart, ‘My master will be away a long time.’ 49  And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50  The master of that servant will come on a day he does not anticipate and at an hour he does not expect. 51  Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, [where] there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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