Some [of the disciples] were talking about the temple complex. They noted that it was built with fine stones and decorated with beautiful gifts. So Jesus said,
"About these buildings that you see--the time will come when not one of these stones will be left on top of another. Each one will be torn down."
The disciples asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? What will be the sign when all this will occur?"
Jesus said, "Be careful that you are not deceived. Many will come using my name. They will say, 'I am he!' and 'The time is near.' Don't follow them!
"When you hear of wars and revolutions, don't be terrified! These things must happen first, but the end will not come immediately."
Then Jesus continued, "Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be terrible earthquakes, famines, and dreadful diseases in various places. Terrifying sights and miraculous signs will come from the sky.
"Before all these things happen, people will arrest and persecute you. They will hand you over to their synagogues and put you into their prisons. They will drag you in front of kings and governors because of my name.
It will be your opportunity to testify to them.
So make up your minds not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.
I will give you words and wisdom that none of your enemies will be able to oppose or prove wrong.