D. Preparing the Disciples for His Death
1. Telling Them the Things to Come
1 1And as He was going out of the atemple, 2one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, behold, 3what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!
2 And Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? 1There shall by no means be left here a astone upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.
3 1And as He sat on the aMount of Olives opposite the temple, bPeter and cJames and John and dAndrew easked Him privately,
4 Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign awhen all these things are about to be accomplished?
5 And Jesus began to say to them, aSee that no one bleads you astray.
6 Many will come in My aname, saying, I am the Christ! and will lead many astray.
7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be aalarmed; it must happen, but the bend is not yet.
8 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be aearthquakes in various places; there will be bfamines. These things are the beginning of birth pangs.
9 1But you, take heed to yourselves. They will adeliver you to bsanhedrins, and in the synagogues you will be cbeaten, and before 2governors and dkings you will stand for My sake, for a testimony to them.
10 Yet the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the anations.
11 And when they lead you away and deliver you up, do not be aanxious beforehand about what you should 1speak, but bwhatever is given to you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who are speaking, but the Holy cSpirit.
12 And brother will deliver up brother to death, and a afather his child; and children will rise up against their parents and put them to death.
13 And you will be hated by all on account of My aname. But he who has bendured to the end, this one shall be saved.
14 1But when you asee the abomination of bdesolation standing 3where it should not (let him who reads understand), then let those in cJudea flee to the mountains;
15 And let him who is on the ahousetop not come down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house;
16 And let him who is in the field not turn back to take his garment.
17 But woe to those who are apregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days.
18 And pray that 1it may not happen in winter,
19 For those days will be a time of atribulation such as has bnot occurred from the cbeginning of the creation which God created until now, nor shall by any means ever occur.
20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the achosen, whom He chose, He bshortened the days.
21 And then if anyone says to you, Behold, ahere is the Christ! Behold, there! do not believe it.
22 For false Christs and afalse prophets will arise and will 1show bsigns and wonders to cdeceive, if possible, the chosen.
23 But you, abeware; 1I have told you all things bbeforehand.
24 But in those adays, bafter that ctribulation, the sun will be ddarkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25 And the stars will be afalling out of heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 And then they will see the aSon of Man bcoming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then He will send the angels, and He will agather together His chosen from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.
28 1But learn the parable from the afig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and puts forth its bleaves, you know that the summer is near.
29 So also you, when you see these things happening, know that 1it is near, aat the doors.
30 Truly I say to you that this generation shall by no means pass away until all these things happen.
31 Heaven and earth will apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.
32 But concerning that aday or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the bFather.
33 aBeware, be balert; for you do not know when the time is.
34 It is like a man who is about to go aabroad, having left his house and given to his slaves authority, to each his work, and who commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
35 aWatch therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house comes, whether in the 1evening or at midnight or at cockcrowing or in the morning;
36 Lest He come suddenly and find you asleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to all: aWatch!