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Matthew Chapter 24  

Signs of the End of the Age1And Jesus was going out of the temple and going away, and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 2But he answered and said to them, “You see all these things, do you not? Truly I say to you, in no way will even one stone be left here on another that will not be thrown down.” 3And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and end of the age?” 4And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will mislead many. 6And you will hear wars nearby and reports of wars far away. See that you are not frightened, for these things must come to pass, but it is not yet the end. 7For group will rise against group, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8But all these things are the beginning of birth pains. 9Then they will hand you over to be tortured, and will even kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. 10And then many will fall away, and will hand over one another, and will hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. 12And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of the many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end, this one will be saved. 14And the Good News of the kingdom will be proclaimed to the whole inhabited world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15“Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolationa that was spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the one reading understand), 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, 17let him who is on the roof not go down into his house to take things out, 18and let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak. 19But woe to those who are pregnant and to those nursing in those days! 20And pray that your flight is not in the winter, nor on a Sabbath, 21for at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, and it will never ever happen again. 22And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved, but for the sake of the chosen, those days will be shortened. 23“At that time if someone says to you, ‘Look!, here is the Messiah!,’ or, ‘Here he is!,’ do not believe it. 24For false Messiahs will arise, and false prophets, and will show great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones. 25Look!, I have told you beforehand. 26Therefore, if they say to you, ‘Look!, he is in the desert,’ do not go out there, or ‘Look!, he is in the inner rooms of the temple,’ do not believe it. 27For as the lightning goes out from the east and shines even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will be gathered together. The Coming of the Son of Man29“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven,b and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, 30and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heavenc with power and great glory. 31And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather togetherd his chosen ones from the four winds, from the one end of heaven to the other end of it. The Parable of the Fig Tree32“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: when its branch has become tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that the summer is near. 33Even so you also, when you see all these things, know that he is near, even at the doors. 34Truly I say to you, this generation will absolutely not pass away until all these things come to pass. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will absolutely not pass away. No One Knows the Day or Hour36“But about that day and hour no one knows; not the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37For as in the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as they were in those days that were before the flood—eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage—until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and they did not know what was coming until the flood came and took them all away, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one is taken, and one is left. 41Two women are grinding with a hand mill; one is taken, and one is left. 42Therefore, watch, for you do not know on what day your Lord comes. 43But know this, that if the head of the house had known in what watch of the nighte the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed the wall of his house to be dug through. 44Therefore you be ready too, because the Son of Man will come at an hour that you do not expect. 45“Who then is the faithful and wise slave whom the lord has set over the slaves of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his lord, when he comes, will find him so doing. 47Truly I say to you, that he will set him over all his possessions. 48But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My lord is not coming for a long time,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and keeps on eating and drinking with the drunkards, 50the lord of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know, 51and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites; there will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth.

a[15]
From Dan. 11:31.
b[29]
Quoted from Isa. 13:10
c[30]
From Dan. 7:13.
d[31]
From Deut. 30:4.
e[43]
In NT times, the day was divided into 12 hours (John 11:9) and the night into 4 watches: 1st: 6-9 PM; 2nd: 9 PM -midnight; 3rd: midnight -3 AM; 4th: 3-6 AM (Mark 13:35).