As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives1 opposite the temple, Peter, James, John2 and Andrew asked him privately,
"Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?"
Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.3
Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many.
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
"You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues.4 On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.5
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"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.6
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All men will hate you because of me,7 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.8
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"When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation'9 standing where it does not belong--let the reader understand--then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
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Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out.
Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!10
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Pray that this will not take place in winter,
because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world,11 until now--and never to be equaled again.12
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If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ !' or, 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it.13
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For false Christs and false prophets14 will appear and perform signs and miracles15 to deceive the elect--if that were possible.
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So be on your guard;16 I have told you everything ahead of time.
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