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Signs of the End of the Age

1And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, Look! What magnificent stones and what magnificent buildings!”
  2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these large buildings? There will absolutely not be one stone on top of another left here that will not be thrown down.”
 

3And as he sat on the Mount of Olives across from the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
  4“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
  5And Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out, so that no one leads you astray.
  6Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and will lead many astray.
  7And when you hear wars nearby and reports of wars far away, do not be troubled. These things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
  8For group will rise against group, and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines—these things are the beginning of birth pains.
 

9“But be on your guard, because they will hand you over to the courts, and you will be beaten in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, as a witness to them.
  10And the good news must first be proclaimed to all the nations.
  11And when they arrest you and hand you over, do not be anxious beforehand about what you will say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour, because it is not you who is speaking, but the holy spirit.
  12And brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
  13And you will be hated by everyone because of my name, but the one who endures to the end will be saved.
  14But when you see the abomination of desolationa standing where he should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains,
  15and the one who is on the housetop must not come down or go inside to take anything out of his house,
  16and the one who is in the field must not turn back to take his cloak.
  17But how terrible it will be for those who are pregnant and for those who are nursing mothers in those days!
  18And pray that it does not happen in the winter,
  19because in those days there will be tribulation unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and it will absolutely not happen again.
  20And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would be saved, but he shortened the days for the sake of the chosen, whom he chose.
  21And at that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah,’b or, ‘Look! There he is,’ do not believe it,
  22because false Messiahs and false prophets will arise and will perform signs and wonders to mislead, if possible, the chosen.
  23But be on guard; I have told you everything beforehand.
 

The Coming of the Son of Man

24“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
  25and the stars will fall from heaven,c and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.
  26And then they will see the Son of Man coming in cloudsd with great power and glory.
  27And then he will send out the angels and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.
 

The Parable of the Fig Tree

28“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near.
  29Likewise, you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that he is near, right at the door.
  30Truly I say to you, this generation will absolutely not pass away until all these things have happened.
  31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will absolutely not pass away.
 

No One Knows the Day or Hour

32“But no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
  33Be on guard! Stay alert! For you do not know when the time is coming.
  34It is like a man going away on a journey, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, assigning to each his own work to do, and commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.
  35Therefore, keep watch, for you do not know when the lord of the house is coming back, whether during the evening watch, or the midnight watch, or the rooster-crowing watch, or the morning watch.e
  36Otherwise, when he comes unexpectedly, he may find you sleeping.
  37And what I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Keep watch!’”
 


a[14]
From Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
b[21]
Lit. “the Anointed One”
c[25]
From Isa. 13:10; 34:4
d[26]
From Dan. 7:13
e[35]
In NT times, the rooster-crowing watch was from midnight to 3 AM.

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