You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.1 There will be famines2 and earthquakes in various places.
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All these are the beginning of birth pains.
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted3 and put to death,4 and you will be hated by all nations because of me.5
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At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
and many false prophets6 will appear and deceive many people.7
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Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.8
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And this gospel of the kingdom9 will be preached in the whole world10 as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
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"So when you see standing in the holy place11 'the abomination that causes desolation,'12 spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand--
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then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let no one on the roof of his house13 go down to take anything out of the house.
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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!14
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Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again.15
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If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect16 those days will be shortened.
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At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.17
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For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles18 to deceive even the elect--if that were possible.
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See, I have told you ahead of time.
"So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.
For as lightning19 that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming20 of the Son of Man.21
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Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.22
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"Immediately after the distress of those days " 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'23
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