Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,
6"As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another;1 every one of them will be thrown down."7
"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them.29When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."10
Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.311There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.412"But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13This will result in your being witnesses to them.514But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.615For I will give you7 words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends,8 and they will put some of you to death.17All men will hate you because of me.918But not a hair of your head will perish.1019By standing firm you will gain life.1120"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,12 you will know that its desolation is near.21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.1322For this is the time of punishment14 in fulfillment15 of all that has been written.23How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.24They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled16 on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.25"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.1726Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.1827At that time they will see the Son of Man19 coming in a cloud20 with power and great glory.28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."2129
He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees.30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God22 is near.32"I tell you the truth, this generationa23 will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.2434"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life,25 and that day will close on you unexpectedly26 like a trap.35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.36Be always on the watch, and pray27 that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."