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.
"Staying with it - that's what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry, and you'll be saved.
All during this time, the good news - the Message of the kingdom - will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.
"But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up in the Temple sanctuary. The prophet Daniel described this. If you've read Daniel, you'll know what I'm talking about.
If you're living in Judea at the time, run for the hills;
if you're working in the yard, don't return to the house to get anything;
if you're out in the field, don't go back and get your coat.
Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard.
Hope and pray this won't happen during the winter or on a Sabbath.