13 (A)waiting for our blessed (B)hope, the (C)appearing of the glory of our great (D)God and Savior Jesus Christ,

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The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, (A)that you may not grieve as others do (B)who have no hope. 14 For (C)since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him (D)those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you (E)by a word from the Lord,[a] that (F)we who are alive, who are left until (G)the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For (H)the Lord himself will descend (I)from heaven (J)with a cry of command, with the voice of (K)an archangel, and (L)with the sound of the trumpet of God. And (M)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be (N)caught up together with them (O)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so (P)we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or by the word of the Lord

But you (A)are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all (B)children[a] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then (C)let us not sleep, as others do, but let us (D)keep awake and (E)be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, (F)are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, (G)having put on the breastplate of (H)faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for (I)wrath, but (J)to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (K)who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Or sons; twice in this verse

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

14 (A)“Let not your hearts be troubled. (B)Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. In (C)my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that (D)I go to prepare a place for you?[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you (E)to myself, that (F)where I am you may be also.

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  1. John 14:1 Or You believe in God
  2. John 14:2 Or In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you

All these are but the beginning of (A)the birth pains.

“Then (B)they will deliver you up (C)to tribulation and (D)put you to death, and (E)you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a] and (F)betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many (G)false prophets will arise (H)and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, (I)the love of many will grow cold. 13 (J)But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom (K)will be proclaimed throughout the whole world (L)as a testimony (M)to all nations, and (N)then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation (O)spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in (P)the holy place ((Q)let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 (R)Let the one who is on (S)the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And (T)alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be (U)great tribulation, (V)such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for (W)the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 (X)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For (Y)false christs and (Z)false prophets will arise and (AA)perform great signs and wonders, (AB)so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, (AC)I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, (AD)he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 (AE)For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be (AF)the coming of the Son of Man. 28 (AG)Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after (AH)the tribulation of those days (AI)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (AJ)the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then (AK)will appear in heaven (AL)the sign of the Son of Man, and then (AM)all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and (AN)they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven (AO)with power and great glory. 31 And (AP)he will send out his angels with a loud (AQ)trumpet call, and they will (AR)gather (AS)his elect from (AT)the four winds, (AU)from one end of heaven to the other.

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  1. Matthew 24:10 Or stumble

The Final Judgment

31 (A)“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, (B)then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him (C)will be gathered (D)all the nations, and (E)he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates (F)the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then (G)the King will say to (H)those on his right, ‘Come, you (I)who are blessed by my Father, (J)inherit (K)the kingdom (L)prepared for you (M)from the foundation of the world. 35 For (N)I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you (O)gave me drink, (P)I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 (Q)I was naked and you clothed me, (R)I was sick and you (S)visited me, (T)I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And (U)the King will answer them, (V)‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these (W)my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, (X)‘Depart from me, you (Y)cursed, into (Z)the eternal fire prepared for (AA)the devil and his angels. 42 For (AB)I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, (AC)you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away (AD)into eternal punishment, but the righteous (AE)into (AF)eternal life.”

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  1. Matthew 25:40 Or brothers and sisters

The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 Then I saw (A)a new heaven and a new earth, for (B)the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw (C)the holy city, (D)new Jerusalem, (E)coming down out of heaven from God, (F)prepared (G)as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, (H)the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will (I)dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] (J)He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and (K)death shall be no more, (L)neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And (M)he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I (N)am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for (O)these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, (P)“It is done! (Q)I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. (R)To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (S)The one who conquers will have this heritage, and (T)I will be his God and (U)he will be my son. (V)But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, (W)their portion will be in (X)the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is (Y)the second death.”

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  1. Revelation 21:3 Or tabernacle
  2. Revelation 21:3 Some manuscripts peoples
  3. Revelation 21:3 Some manuscripts omit as their God

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