Matthew 24:23-51New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [a]Christ,’ or ‘[b]There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will [c]show great [d]signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the [e]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 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the [f]vultures will gather.
The Glorious Return
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from [g]the sky, and the powers of [h]the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then 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 the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His [i]elect from 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, [j]recognize that [k]He is near, right at the [l]door. 34 Truly I say to you, this [m]generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For [n]the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not [o]understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then there will be two men in the field; one [p]will be taken and one [q]will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the [r]mill; one [s]will be taken and one [t]will be left.
Be Ready for His Coming
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But [u]be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known 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 [v]broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his [w]master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his [x]master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My [y]master [z]is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the [aa]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 [ab]cut him in pieces and [ac]assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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