Bible: Luke 21:5-36

The Signs of the End of the Age

21:5 Now 1  while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned 2  with beautiful stones and offerings, 3  Jesus 4  said, 21:6 As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. 5  All will be torn down! 6  21:7 So 7  they asked him, 8 Teacher, when will these things 9  happen? And what will be the sign that 10  these things are about to take place? 21:8 He 11  said, “Watch out 12  that you are not misled. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 13  and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! 21:9 And when you hear of wars and rebellions, 14  do not be afraid. 15  For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.” 16 

Persecution of Disciples

21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms 17  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and famines 18  and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights 19  and great signs 20  from heaven. 21:12 But before all this, 21  they will seize 22  you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues 23  and prisons. You 24  will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 21:13 This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. 25  21:14 Therefore be resolved 26  not to rehearse 27  ahead of time how to make your defense. 21:15 For I will give you the words 28  along with the wisdom 29  that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, 30  brothers, relatives, 31  and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 32  21:18 Yet 33  not a hair of your head will perish. 34  21:19 By your endurance 35  you will gain 36  your lives. 37 

The Desolation of Jerusalem

21:20But when you see Jerusalem 38  surrounded 39  by armies, then know that its 40  desolation 41  has come near. 21:21 Then those who are in Judea must flee 42  to the mountains. Those 43  who are inside the city must depart. Those 44  who are out in the country must not enter it, 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, 45  to fulfill 46  all that is written. 21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 47  on the earth and wrath against this people. 21:24 They 48  will fall by the edge 49  of the sword and be led away as captives 50  among all nations. Jerusalem 51  will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 52 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

21:25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, 53  and on the earth nations will be in distress, 54  anxious 55  over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear 56  and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 57  21:27 Then 58  they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud 59  with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things 60  begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption 61  is drawing near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

21:29 Then 62  he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 63  21:30 When they sprout leaves, you see 64  for yourselves and know that summer is now near. 21:31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 65  that the kingdom of God 66  is near. 21:32 I tell you the truth, 67  this generation 68  will not pass away until all these things take place. 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 69 

Be Ready!

21:34But be on your guard 70  so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 71  21:35 For 72  it will overtake 73  all who live on the face of the whole earth. 74  21:36 But stay alert at all times, 75  praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 76  happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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