Things to Come1 a As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, behold ▼
▼ Lit how greatwhat wonderful stones and ▼
▼ Lit how greatwhat wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? d Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.” 3 As He was sitting on e the Mount of Olives opposite the temple f Peter and ▼
▼ Or JacobJames and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the ▼
▼ Or attesting miraclesign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 6 “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘ i I am He!’ and will mislead many. 7 “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. 8 “For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 9 “But ▼
▼ Lit look to yourselvesbe on your guard; for they will k deliver you to the ▼
▼ Or Sanhedrin or Councilcourts, and you will be flogged m in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them. 10 n “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 o “When they ▼
▼ Lit leadarrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and ▼
▼ Lit put them to deathhave them put to death. 13 r “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 “But s when you see the t abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15 u “The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house; 16 and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17 “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 “But pray that it may not happen in the winter. 19 “For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred v since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. 20 “Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no ▼
▼ Lit fleshlife would have been saved; but for the sake of the ▼
▼ Or chosen oneselect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. 21 “And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is ▼
▼ I.e. the Messiahthe Christ’; or, ‘Behold, He is there’; do not believe him; 22 for false Christs and z false prophets will arise, and will show ▼
▼ Or attesting miracles, ab signs and ac wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 “But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.
The Return of Christ24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, ad the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, 25 ae and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in ▼
▼ Or heaventhe heavens will be shaken. 26 “Then they will see ag the Son of Man ah coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 “And then He will send forth the angels, and ai will gather together His ▼
▼ Or chosen oneselect from the four winds, ak from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. 28 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 “Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, ▼
▼ Or knowrecognize that ▼
▼ Or itHe is near, right at the ▼
▼ Lit doorsdoor. 30 “Truly I say to you, this ▼
▼ Or racegeneration will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 ap “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 33 “Take heed, aq keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time ▼
▼ Lit iswill come. 34 as “It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and ▼
▼ Lit giving the authority toputting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. 35 “Therefore, au be on the alert— for you do not know when the ▼
▼ Lit lordmaster of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or aw when the rooster crows, or ax in the morning— 36 in case he should come suddenly and find you ay asleep. 37 “What I say to you I say to all, ‘ az Be on the alert!’”
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