Bible: Mark 13:24-37

The Arrival of the Son of Man

13:24But in those days, after that suffering, 1  the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; 13:25 the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 2  13:26 Then everyone 3  will see the Son of Man arriving in the clouds 4  with great power and glory. 13:27 Then he will send angels and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 5 

The Parable of the Fig Tree

13:28Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 13:29 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 6  that he is near, right at the door. 13:30 I tell you the truth, 7  this generation 8  will not pass away until all these things take place. 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 9 

Be Ready!

13:32But as for that day or hour no one knows it – neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son 10  – except the Father. 13:33 Watch out! Stay alert! 11  For you do not know when the time will come. 13:34 It is like a man going on a journey. He left his house and put his slaves 12  in charge, assigning 13  to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to stay alert. 13:35 Stay alert, then, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return – whether during evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or at dawn 13:36 or else he might find you asleep when he returns suddenly. 13:37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Stay alert!

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