1As he was leaving the Temple one of his disciples said to him, 'Master, look at the size of thosestones! Look at the size of those buildings!' 2And Jesus said to him, 'You see these great buildings? Not a single stone wil be left on another;everything wil be pul ed down.' 3And while he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, facing the Temple, Peter, James, John and Andrewquestioned him when they were by themselves, 4'Tel us, when is this going to happen, and what sign wil there be that it is all about to take place?' 5Then Jesus began to tel them, 'Take care that no one deceives you. 6Many wil come using my name and saying, "I am he," and they wil deceive many. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this is something that must happen,but the end wil not be yet. 8For nation wil fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There wil be earthquakes in variousplaces; there wil be famines. This is the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9'Be on your guard: you wil be handed over to sanhedrins; you wil be beaten in synagogues; and you wil be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as evidence to them, 10since the gospel must first be proclaimed to al nations. 11'And when you are taken to be handed over, do not worry beforehand about what to say; no, saywhatever is given to you when the time comes, because it is not you who wil be speaking; it is the Holy Spirit. 12Brother wil betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will come forward against theirparents and have them put to death. 13You wil be universal y hated on account of my name; but anyone who stands firm to the end wil besaved. 14'When you see the appal ing abomination set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand),then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains; 15if a man is on the housetop, he must not come down or go inside to col ect anything from his house; 16if a man is in the fields, he must not turn back to fetch his cloak. 17Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! 18Pray that this may not be in winter. 19For in those days there will be great distress, unparalleled since God created the world, and such aswil never be again. 20And if the Lord had not shortened that time, no human being would have survived; but he did shortenthe time, for the sake of the elect whom he chose. 21'And if anyone says to you then, "Look, here is the Christ" or, "Look, he is there," do not believe it; 22for false Christs and false prophets wil arise and produce signs and portents to deceive the elect, ifthat were possible. 23You, therefore, must be on your guard. I have given you full warning. 24'But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun wil be darkened, the moon wil not give its light, 25the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens wil be shaken. 26And then they wil see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27And then he wil send the angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world tothe ends of the sky. 28'Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you knowthat summer is near. 29So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, right at the gates. 30In truth I tel you, before this generation has passed away al these things will have taken place. 31Sky and earth wil pass away, but my words wil not pass away. 32'But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; no one butthe Father. 33'Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time wil come. 34It is like a man travel ing abroad: he has gone from his home, and left his servants in charge, eachwith his own work to do; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening,midnight, cockcrow or dawn; 36if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. 37And what I am saying to you I say to al : Stay awake!'
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