Jesus said, "You're not impressed by all this sheer size, are you? The truth of the matter is that there's not a stone in that building that is not going to end up in a pile of rubble."
Later as he was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, "Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time's up?"
Jesus said, "Watch out for doomsday deceivers.
Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, 'I am Christ, the Messiah.' They will deceive a lot of people.
When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don't panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end.
Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places.
This is nothing compared to what is coming.
"They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name.
And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other's throat, everyone hating each other.
"In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people.
For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in - nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.
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)