But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days.
"Then, if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Messiah!' or "There he is!' - do not believe it.
For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God's chosen people, if possible.
Listen! I have told you this ahead of time.
"Or, if people should tell you, "Look, he is out in the desert!' - don't go there; or if they say, "Look, he is hiding here!' - don't believe it. 1
References for Matthew 24:26
24.26, 27 Lk 17.23, 24.
For the Son of Man will come like the lightning which flashes across the whole sky from the east to the west.
"Wherever there is a dead body, the vultures will gather. 2
References for Matthew 24:28
24.28 Lk 17.37.
"Soon after the trouble of those days, the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses. 3
References for Matthew 24:29
24.29 a Is 13.10; Jl 2.10, 31; 3.15; Rev 6.12; b Is 13.10; Ez 32.7; Jl 2.10; 3.15; c Is 34.4; Rev 6.13.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky; and all the peoples of earth will weep as they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 4
References for Matthew 24:30
24.30 Dn 7.13; Zec 12.10-14; Rev 1.7.
The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
"Let the fig tree teach you a lesson. When its branches become green and tender and it starts putting out leaves, you know that summer is near.