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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 even one stone left on another that will not be thrown down.”

3And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite 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 these things are all about to be accomplished?”
  5And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it 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, for they will hand you over to the courts, and in synagogues you will be beaten, and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a witness to them.
  10And the good news must first be preached to all the nations.
  11And when they lead you to judgment, and hand you over, do not be anxious beforehand about what you will say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the holy spirit.
  12And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the 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, that one will be saved.
  14But when you see the abomination of desolationa standing where he should not be (let the one reading understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains,
  15and the one who is on the housetop must not go down, nor go in 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 to those who nurse in those days!
  18And pray that it is not in the winter,
  19for in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been 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 have been saved, but for the sake of the chosen, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
  21And at that time if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘Behold, there he is,’ do not believe it,
  22for false Messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will show signs and wonders to lead astray, 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 be falling from heaven,b and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.
  26And then they will see the Son of Man coming in cloudsc 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: when its branch has now become tender and puts out its leaves, you know that the summer is near.
  29Even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know you that he is near, even at the gates.
  30Truly I say to you, this generation will absolutely not pass away until all these things are accomplished.
  31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will absolutely not pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

32“But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but only the Father.
  33Be on guard! Keep awake! For you do not know when the time is.
  34It is like a man going away on a journey, having left his house and given authority to his servants, to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
  35So keep watch, for you do not know when the lord of the house will come, whether during the evening watch, or the midnight watch, or the cockcrowing watch, or the morning watch.d
  36Otherwise he may come suddenly and find you sleeping.
  37And what I say to you, I say to everyone: watch!”

From Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
From Isa. 13:10; 34:4
From Dan. 7:13
In NT times, the day was divided into 12 hours (John 11:9) and the night into four watches: 1st: 6-9 p.m.; 2nd: 9 p.m. -midnight; 3rd: midnight -3 a.m.; 4th: 3-6 a.m. (Mark 13:35).

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