“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
“And then they will see the son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angel, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of Heaven.
“Then, it anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘Look, there he is,’ do not believe it. Impostors will come claiming to be messiahs or prophets, and they will produce signs and wonders to mislead God’s chosen, if such a thing were possible. But you be on your guard; I have forewarned you of it all.”
“But when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ usurping a place which is not his (Let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must take to the hills. If a man is on the roof, he must not come down into the house to fetch anything out; if in the field, he must not come back for his cloak.
“Alas for women with child in those days, and for those who have children at the breast! Pray that it may not come in winter. For those days will bring distress such as never has been until now since the creation of the world–and never will be again. If the Lord had not cut short that time of troubles, no living thing could survive. However, for the sake of his own, whom He has chosen, He has cut short the time.”
“But take heed to yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them.
“And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
“And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given to you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
“And brother will deliver up brother to death; and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “When will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?”
And Jesus told them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.”
As he was leaving the Temple, one of his disciples exclaimed, “Look, Master, what huge stones! What fine buildings!”
Jesus said to him, “You see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”
There was a great crowd and they listened to him eagerly. He said as he taught them, “Beware of the doctors of the Law, who love to walk up and down in long robes, receiving respectful greetings in the street, and to have the chief seats in synagogues, and places of honor at feasts. These are the men who eat up the property of widows, while they say long prayers for appearance’ sake, and they will receive the severest sentence.”
Once he was standing opposite the Temple treasury, watching as people dropped their money into the chest. Many rich people were giving large sums. Presently there came a poor widow who dropped in two tiny coins, together worth a farthing.
He called his disciples to him. “I tell you this,” he said. “This widow has given more than any of the others, for those others had more than enough for themselves; but she, with less than enough, has given all that she had to live on.”
After that nobody ventured to put any more questions to him; and Jesus went on to say, as he taught in the Temple, “How can the teachers of the Law maintain that the Messiah is ‘Son of David’? David himself said, when inspired by the Holy Spirit, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” ‘ David himself calls him ‘Lord’; how can he also be David’s son?”