Matthew 24:1-28 Revised Standard Version

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2  But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." 3  As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?"

4  And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. 5  For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8  all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9  "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10  And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11  And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12  And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. 13  But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. 15  "So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17  let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 18  and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 19  And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 20  Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22  And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23  Then if any one says to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. 24  For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25  Lo, I have told you beforehand. 26  So, if they say to you, 'Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, 'Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27  For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28  Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

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