Signs of Christ’s Return

24 (A)Jesus (B)came out from the temple and was going away [a]when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, (C)not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

As He was sitting on (D)the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of (E)Your coming, and of the [b]end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them, (F)See to it that no one misleads you. For (G)many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the [c]Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of (H)wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For (I)nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be (J)famines and earthquakes. (K)But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

(L)Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and (M)you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will [d](N)fall away and will [e]betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many (O)false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, [f]most people’s love will grow cold. 13 (P)But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This (Q)gospel of the kingdom (R)shall be preached in the whole [g](S)world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the (T)abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in (U)the holy place ((V)let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 [h]Whoever is on (W)the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 [i]Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But (X)woe 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 (Y)great 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 [j]life would have been saved; but for (Z)the sake of the [k]elect those days will be cut short. 23 (AA)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [l]Christ,’ or ‘[m]There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and (AB)false prophets will arise and will [n]show great [o](AC)signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even (AD)the [p]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 (AE)For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the (AF)coming of the (AG)Son of Man be. 28 (AH)Wherever the corpse is, there the [q]vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the (AI)tribulation of those days (AJ)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (AK)the stars will fall from [r]the sky, and the powers of [s]the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then (AL)the 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 (AM)the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And (AN)He will send forth His angels with (AO)a great trumpet and they will gather together His [t](AP)elect from (AQ)the 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, [u]recognize that [v]He is near, right (AR)at the [w]door. 34 Truly I say to you, (AS)this [x]generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 (AT)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

36 “But (AU)of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For [y]the (AV)coming of the Son of Man will be (AW)just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, (AX)marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that (AY)Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not [z]understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the (AZ)coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field; one [aa]will be taken and one [ab]will be left. 41 (BA)Two women will be grinding at the [ac](BB)mill; one [ad]will be taken and one [ae]will be left.

Be Ready for His Coming

42 “Therefore (BC)be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But [af]be sure of this, that (BD)if the head of the house had known (BE)at 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 [ag]broken into. 44 For this reason (BF)you also must be ready; for (BG)the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

45 (BH)Who then is the (BI)faithful and (BJ)sensible slave whom his [ah]master (BK)put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his [ai]master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that (BL)he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My [aj]master [ak]is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the [al]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 [am]cut him in pieces and [an]assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be (BM)weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:1 Lit and
  2. Matthew 24:3 Or consummation
  3. Matthew 24:5 I.e. the Messiah
  4. Matthew 24:10 Lit be caused to stumble
  5. Matthew 24:10 Or hand over
  6. Matthew 24:12 Lit the love of many
  7. Matthew 24:14 Lit inhabited earth
  8. Matthew 24:17 Lit He who
  9. Matthew 24:18 Lit He who
  10. Matthew 24:22 Lit flesh
  11. Matthew 24:22 Or chosen ones
  12. Matthew 24:23 I.e. Messiah
  13. Matthew 24:23 Lit here
  14. Matthew 24:24 Lit give
  15. Matthew 24:24 Or attesting miracles
  16. Matthew 24:24 Or chosen ones
  17. Matthew 24:28 Or eagles
  18. Matthew 24:29 Or heaven
  19. Matthew 24:29 Or heaven
  20. Matthew 24:31 Or chosen ones
  21. Matthew 24:33 Or know
  22. Matthew 24:33 Or it
  23. Matthew 24:33 Lit doors
  24. Matthew 24:34 Or race
  25. Matthew 24:37 Lit just as...were the days
  26. Matthew 24:39 Lit know
  27. Matthew 24:40 Lit is
  28. Matthew 24:40 Lit is
  29. Matthew 24:41 I.e. handmill
  30. Matthew 24:41 Lit is
  31. Matthew 24:41 Lit is
  32. Matthew 24:43 Lit know this
  33. Matthew 24:43 Lit dug through
  34. Matthew 24:45 Or lord
  35. Matthew 24:46 Or lord
  36. Matthew 24:48 Or lord
  37. Matthew 24:48 Lit lingers
  38. Matthew 24:50 Or lord
  39. Matthew 24:51 Or severely scourge him
  40. Matthew 24:51 Lit appoint his portion

(A)And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which (B)there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the [a]sign when these things are about to take place?” And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘(C)I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ (D)Do not go after them. When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Things to Come

10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great [b]signs from heaven.

12 “But before all these things, (E)they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, [c]bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 (F)It will lead to [d]an opportunity for your testimony. 14 (G)So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for (H)I will give you [e]utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. 16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet (I)not a hair of your head will perish. 19 (J)By your endurance you will gain your [f]lives.

20 “But when you see Jerusalem (K)surrounded by armies, then [g]recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of [h]the city must leave, and (L)those who are in the country must not enter [i]the city; 22 because these are (M)days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for (N)there will be great distress upon the [j]land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by (O)the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and (P)Jerusalem will be (Q)trampled under foot by the Gentiles until (R)the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ

25 “There will be [k]signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the [l]world; for the powers of [m]the heavens will be shaken. 27 (S)Then they will see (T)the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because (U)your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and (V)know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, [n]recognize that (W)the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this [o]generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 (X)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 (Y)Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But (Z)keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to (AA)stand before the Son of Man.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 21:7 Or attesting miracle
  2. Luke 21:11 Or attesting miracles
  3. Luke 21:12 Lit being brought
  4. Luke 21:13 Lit a testimony for you
  5. Luke 21:15 Lit a mouth
  6. Luke 21:19 Lit souls
  7. Luke 21:20 Lit know
  8. Luke 21:21 Lit her
  9. Luke 21:21 Lit her
  10. Luke 21:23 Or earth
  11. Luke 21:25 Or attesting miracles
  12. Luke 21:26 Lit inhabited earth
  13. Luke 21:26 Or heaven
  14. Luke 21:31 Lit know
  15. Luke 21:32 Or race

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