The Return of Christ

25 “There will be [a]signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the [b]world; for the powers of [c]the heavens will be shaken. 27 And (A)then they will see (B)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 (C)your redemption is drawing near.”

29 And He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees: 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see for yourselves and (D)know that summer is now near. 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, [d]recognize that (E)the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 (F)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 “But (G)be on your guard, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that [e]this day will not come on you suddenly, like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. 36 But (H)stay alert at all times, praying that you will have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to (I)stand before the Son of Man.”

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  1. Luke 21:25 I.e., confirming miracles
  2. Luke 21:26 Lit inhabited earth
  3. Luke 21:26 Or heaven
  4. Luke 21:31 Lit know
  5. Luke 21:34 Lit that day

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