The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
13Â As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, â€œLook, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!â€
2Â â€œDo you see all these great buildings?â€ replied Jesus. â€œNot one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.â€
3Â As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4Â â€œTell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?â€
5Â Jesus said to them: â€œWatch out that no one deceives you. 6Â Many will come in my name, claiming, â€˜I am he,â€™ and will deceive many. 7Â When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8Â Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
9Â â€œYou must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10Â And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11Â Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12Â â€œBrother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13Â Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14Â â€œWhen you see â€˜the abomination that causes desolationâ€™ standing where it does not belongâ€”let the reader understandâ€”then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15Â Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16Â Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17Â How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18Â Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19Â because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until nowâ€”and never to be equaled again.
20Â â€œIf the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
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