Bible: Matthew 24:4-51

24:4 Jesus answered them, 1 Watch out 2  that no one misleads you. 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ 3  and they will mislead many. 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. 4  24:7 For nation will rise up in arms 5  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines 6  and earthquakes 7  in various places. 24:8 All 8  these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Persecution of Disciples

24:9Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations 9  because of my name. 10  24:10 Then many will be led into sin, 11  and they will betray one another and hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will appear and deceive 12  many, 24:12 and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. 24:13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved. 13  24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, 14  and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

24:15So when you see the abomination of desolation 15 spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 24:16 then those in Judea must flee 16  to the mountains. 24:17 The one on the roof 17  must not come down 18  to take anything out of his house, 24:18 and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 24:19 Woe 19  to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 24:20 Pray 20  that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 24:21 For then there will be great suffering 21  unlike anything that has happened 22  from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 24:22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 23  or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false messiahs 24  and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 24:25 Remember, 25  I have told you ahead of time. 24:26 So then, if someone 26  says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ 27  do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. 24:27 For just like the lightning 28  comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures 29  will gather. 30 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

24:29Immediately 31  after the suffering 32  of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 33  24:30 Then 34  the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 35  and 36  all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They 37  will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven 38  with power and great glory. 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven 39  to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

24:32Learn 40  this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 24:33 So also you, when you see all these things, know 41  that he is near, right at the door. 24:34 I tell you the truth, 42  this generation 43  will not pass away until all these things take place. 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 44 

Be Ready!

24:36But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven 45  – except the Father alone. 24:37 For just like the days of Noah 46  were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:38 For in those days before the flood, people 47  were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 24:39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. 48  It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. 49  24:40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. 50  24:41 There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; 51  one will be taken and one left.

24:42Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 52  your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 53  was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 54 

The Faithful and Wise Slave

24:45Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 55  whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 56  their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 57  when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 58  the master 59  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 60  that evil slave should say to himself, 61 My master is staying away a long time,’ 24:49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, 24:50 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, 24:51 and will cut him in two, 62  and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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