Destruction of the Temple Predicted
Signs of the End of the Age
3While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives13:3 Mt 21:1 across from the temple,13:3 Ac 21:26 Peter,13:3 Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 James,13:3 Ac 12:2 John,13:3 Jn 21:7 and Andrew13:3 Jn 6:8 asked him privately,
4“Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
5Jesus told them, “Watch out that no one deceives you.
6Many will come in my name,13:6 Jn 10:25; 14:13 saying, ‘I am he,’13:6 Ex 3:14; Ps 45:8; Jn 8:24 and they will deceive13:6 1Jn 4:6 many.
7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars,13:7 Jr 51:46; Dn 11:44 don’t be alarmed;13:7 2Th 2:2 these things must take place,13:7 Dn 2:28–29 but it is not yet the end.
9 “But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to local courts, 13:9 Or sanhedrins 13:9 Mt 10:17 and you will be flogged13:9 Lk 22:63; Ac 5:40; 16:19–23,37 in the synagogues.13:9 Jms 2:2 You will stand before governors and kings13:9 Ac 24:10–27; 25:1–12,23–27 because of me,13:9 Rm 8:36 as a witness13:9 Mk 6:11; 1Tm 2:6 to them.13:9 Php 1:12
11So when they arrest you and hand you over, don’t worry beforehand what you will say, but say whatever is given to you at that time, for it isn’t you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12 “Brother will betray 13:12 Jn 13:21 brother to death,13:12 Is 19:2; Mc 7:6 and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
The Great Tribulation
14 “When you see the abomination of desolation 13:14 Dn 9:27 13:14 Dn 9:27; 11:31; 12:11 standing where it should not be” (let the reader understand), “then those in Judea13:14 Lk 1:5 must flee to the mountains.
15A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house,13:15 Mt 24:17; Lk 17:31
18 “Pray 13:18 Mt 5:44; Ac 12:12 it13:18 Other mss read “Pray that your escape won’t happen in winter.
19For those will be days of tribulation,13:19 1Co 1:4 the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning13:19 Ac 26:4 of creation13:19 Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 until now and never will be again.
21 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘See, here is the Messiah! 13:21 Mt 1:17; Eph 5:2 See, there! ’ do not believe it.
22For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and will perform signs and wonders13:22 Ex 7:3; Dn 6:27; Jn 4:48; Ac 4:30; Rm 15:19; 2Th 2:9; Heb 2:4 to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
23And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance.
The Coming of the Son of Man
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation: 13:24 2Co 1:4 The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light;
25the stars13:25 Rv 1:16 will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.13:24–25 Is 13:10; 34:4; Jl 2:10,31; 3:15
26Then they will see the Son of Man13:26 Mk 2:10 coming13:26 Mk 8:38; 1Th 4:16 in clouds13:26 Dn 7:13–14 with great power13:26 Lk 6:19 and glory.13:26 Mk 10:37; Lk 9:32
The Parable of the Fig Tree
28 “Learn 13:28 Jn 7:15 this lesson13:28 Mk 12:1 from the fig13:28 Jn 1:48 tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.13:28 Rv 1:1
29In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize13:29 Or you know that he13:29 Or it is near — at the door.
30 “Truly I tell you, 13:30 Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21 this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place.
No One Knows the Day or Hour
34 “It is like 13:34 Lk 12:35–40 a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his servants,13:34 Mt 10:24 gave each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert.
35Therefore be alert,13:35 Rv 16:15 since you don’t know when the master13:35 Col 3:22 of the house is coming — whether in the evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning.
37And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!”
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