Matthew 24:1-28 Bible in Basic English

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And Jesus went out of the Temple, and on the way his disciples came to him, pointing out the buildings of the Temple. 2  But he, answering, said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say to you that here there will not be one stone resting on another, which will not be pulled down. 3  And while he was seated on the Mountain of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Make clear to us, when will these things be? and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?

4  And Jesus said to them in answer, Take care that you are not tricked. 5  For people will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and a number will be turned from the true way through them. 6  And news will come to you of wars and talk of wars: do not be troubled, for these things have to be; but it is still not the end. 7  For nation will be moved against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and men will be without food, and the earth will be shaking in different places; 8  But all these things are the first of the troubles. 9  Then they will be cruel to you, and will put you to death: and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10  And numbers of people will be turned from the right way, and will give one another up and have hate for one another. 11  And a number of false prophets will come, causing error. 12  And because wrongdoing will be increased, the love of most people will become cold. 13  But he who goes through to the end will get salvation. 14  And this good news of the kingdom will be given through all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come. 15  When, then, you see in the holy place the unclean thing which makes destruction, of which word was given by Daniel the prophet (let this be clear to the reader), 16  Then let those who are in Judaea go in flight to the mountains: 17  Let not him who is on the house-top go down to take anything out of his house: 18  And let not him who is in the field go back to get his coat. 19  But it will be hard for women who are with child and for those with babies at the breast in those days. 20  And say a prayer that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21  Because in those days there will be great sorrow, such as there has not been from the start of the world till now, or ever will be. 22  And if those days had not been made short there would have been no salvation for any, but because of the saints those days will be made short. 23  Then if any man says to you, See, here is the Christ, or, Here; do not put faith in him; 24  For there will come up false Christs, and false prophets, who will do great signs and wonders; so that if possible even the saints might be tricked. 25  See, I have made it clear to you before it comes about. 26  If, then, they say to you, See, he is in the waste land; go not out: See, he is in the inner rooms; put no faith in it. 27  Because as in a thunderstorm the bright light coming from the east is seen even in the west; so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28  Wherever the dead body is, there will the eagles come together.

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