The Widow's Gift

1 1And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.
3 And He said, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;
4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had 3to live on."
5 4And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said,
6 "As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which 5there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down."
7 They questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?"
8 And He said, "See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, '6I am He,' and, 'The time is near.' 7Do not go after them.
9 "When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately."

Things to Come

10 Then He continued by saying to them, "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,
11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
12 "But before all these things, 8they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake.
13 "9It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.
14 "10So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
15 for 11I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
16 "But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,
17 and you will be hated by all because of My name.
18 "Yet 12not a hair of your head will perish.
19 "13By your endurance you will gain your lives.
21 "Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and 15those who are in the country must not enter the city;
22 because these are 16days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.
23 "Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for 17there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;
24 and they will fall by 18the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and 19Jerusalem will be 20trampled under foot by the Gentiles until 21the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ

25 "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 "22Then they will see 23THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.
28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because 24your redemption is drawing near."
29 Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees;
30 as soon * as they put forth leaves, you see it and 25know for yourselves that summer is now near.
31 "So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that 26the kingdom of God is near.
33 "27Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
34 "28Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.
36 "But 29keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to 30stand before the Son of Man."
37 Now during the day He was 31teaching in the temple, but 32at evening He would go out and spend the night on 33the mount that is called Olivet.
38 And all the people would get up 34early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.