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1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, "Teacher, look at these tremendous buildings! Look at the massive stones in the walls!" 1 As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!"
2 Jesus replied, "These magnificent buildings will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another." 2 "Do you see all these great buildings?" replied Jesus. "Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
3 Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him, 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately,
4 "When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to show us when all this will be fulfilled?" 4 "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?"
5 Jesus replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, 5 Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
6 because many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah. They will lead many astray. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many.
7 And wars will break out near and far, but don't panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won't follow immediately. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
8 Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come. 8 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.
9 But when these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the synagogues. You will be accused before governors and kings of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me. 9 "You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.
10 And the Good News must first be preached to every nation. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don't worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God tells you to. Then it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 11 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.
12 "Brother will betray brother to death, fathers will betray their own children, and children will rise against their parents and cause them to be killed. 12 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
13 And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved. 13 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14 "The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where it should not be" -- reader, pay attention! "Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 14 "When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' standing where it does not belong--let the reader understand--then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
15 A person outside the house must not go back into the house to pack. 15 Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out.
16 A person in the field must not return even to get a coat. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
17 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies in those days. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
18 And pray that your flight will not be in winter. 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter,
19 For those will be days of greater horror than at any time since God created the world. And it will never happen again. 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now--and never to be equaled again.
20 In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, the entire human race will be destroyed. But for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days. 20 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.
21 "And then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah,' or, 'There he is,' don't pay any attention. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ !' or, 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it.
22 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones. 22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect--if that were possible.
23 Watch out! I have warned you! 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
24 "At that time, after those horrible days end, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give light, 24 "But in those days, following that distress, " 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with great power and glory. 26 "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
27 And he will send forth his angels to gather together his chosen ones from all over the world -- from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
28 "Now, learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. 28 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
29 Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can be sure that his return is very near, right at the door. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
30 I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these events have taken place. 30 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
32 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 32 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 And since you don't know when they will happen, stay alert and keep watch. 33 Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come.
34 "The coming of the Son of Man can be compared with that of a man who left home to go on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 34 It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 So keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when the homeowner will return -- at evening, midnight, early dawn, or late daybreak. 35 "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
36 Don't let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.
37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return!" 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "