Matthew 24

Signs of Christ's Return

1 1Jesus 2came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
2 And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, 3not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
3 As He was sitting on 4the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately *, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of 5Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "6See to it that no one misleads you.
5 "For 7many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
6 "You will be hearing of 8wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
7 "For 9nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be 10famines and earthquakes.
8 "11But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 "12Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and 13you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
10 "At that time many will 14fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
11 "Many 15false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
13 "16But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
14 "This 17gospel of the kingdom 18shall be preached in the whole 19world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
17 "Whoever is on 23the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
18 "Whoever is in the field must not turn back * to get his cloak.
19 "But 24woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
21 "For then there will be a 25great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever * will.
22 "Unless those days had been cut short, no * life would have been saved; but for 26the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
23 "27Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him.
24 "For false Christs and 28false prophets will arise and will show great 29signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even 30the elect.
25 "Behold, I have told you in advance.
26 "So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them.
27 "31For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the 32coming of the 33Son of Man be.
28 "34Wherever * the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 "But immediately after the 35tribulation of those days 36THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND 37THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 "And then 38the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see 39the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
31 "And 40He will send forth His angels with 41A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His 42elect from 43the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Parable of the Fig Tree

32 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;
33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right 44at the door.
35 "46Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 "But 47of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
37 "For the 48coming of the Son of Man will be 49just like the days of Noah.
38 "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, 50marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that 51Noah entered the ark,
39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the 52coming of the Son of Man be.
40 "Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
41 "53Two women will be grinding at the 54mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

Be Ready for His Coming

42 "Therefore 55be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
43 "But be sure of this, that 56if the head of the house had known 57at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
44 "For this reason 58you also must be ready; for 59the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 "60Who then is the 61faithful and 62sensible slave whom his master 63put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
47 "Truly I say to you that 64he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 "But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,'
49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards;
50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,
51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be 65weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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