Jesus said, "You're impressed by this grandiose architecture? There's not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble."
Later, as he was sitting on Mount Olives in full view of the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew got him off by himself and asked,
"Tell us, when is this going to happen? What sign will we get that things are coming to a head?"
Jesus began, "Watch out for doomsday deceivers.
Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, 'I'm the One.' They will deceive a lot of people.
When you hear of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don't panic. This is routine history, and no sign of the end.
Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. But these things are nothing compared to what's coming.
"And watch out! They're going to drag you into court. And then it will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You're placed there as sentinels to truth.
The Message has to be preached all across the world.
"When they bring you, betrayed, into court, don't worry about what you'll say. When the time comes, say what's on your heart - the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you.
"It's going to be brother killing brother, father killing child, children killing parents.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)