7 So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”
8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’[a]Therefore do not[b]go after them.9 But when you hear ofwars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 And there will be greatearthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues andprisons.You will be brought before kings and rulersfor My name’s sake.13 Butit will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will[c]answer;15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdomwhich all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or[d]resist.16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will putsome of you to death.17 Andyou will be hated by all for My name’s sake.18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.19 By your patience possess your souls.
The Destruction of Jerusalem
20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.22 For these are the days of vengeance, thatall things which are written may be fulfilled.23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentilesuntil the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.27 Then they will see the Son of Mancoming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, becauseyour redemption draws near.”
The Parable of the Fig Tree
29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but Mywords will by no means pass away.
The Importance of Watching
34 “Buttake heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with[e]carousing, drunkenness, andcares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.35 Forit will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.36 Watch therefore, andpray always that you may[f]be countedworthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, andto stand before the Son of Man.”
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