Matthew 24:1-28 New American Standard Bible

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2  And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things ? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another , which will not be torn down ." 3  As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives , the disciples came to Him privately e , saying , "Tell us, when will these things happen , and what will be the sign of Your coming , and of the end of the age ?"

4  And Jesus answered and said to them, " See to it that no one misleads you. 5  "For many will come in My name , saying , 'I am the Christ ,' and will mislead many . 6  "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars . See that you are not frightened , for those things must take place , but that is not yet the end . 7  "For nation will rise against nation , and kingdom against kingdom , and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes . 8  " But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs . 9  " Then they will deliver you to tribulation , and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name . 10  "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another . 11  "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many . 12  "Because lawlessness is increased , most people's love will grow cold . 13  " But the one who endures to the end , he will be saved . 14  "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations , and then the end will come . 15  "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet , standing in the holy place ( let the reader understand ), 16  then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains . 17  "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house . 18  "Whoever is in the field must not turn back e to get his cloak . 19  "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days ! 20  "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter , or on a Sabbath . 21  "For then there will be a great tribulation , such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now , nor ever e will. 22  "Unless those days had been cut short , no e life would have been saved ; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short . 23  " Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold , here is the Christ ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 24  "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders , so as to mislead , if possible , even the elect . 25  "Behold , I have told you in advance . 26  "So if they say to you, 'Behold , He is in the wilderness ,' do not go out, or, 'Behold , He is in the inner rooms ,' do not believe them. 27  " For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west , so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28  " Wherever e the corpse is, there the vultures will gather .

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