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E. The Prophecy of the Kingdom

1. Concerning Israel

a. From Christ's Ascension to the Consummation of the Age

1 aAnd Jesus came out 1from the 2temple and was going away, and His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the 2temple.

2 But He answered and said to them, Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, There shall by ano means be left here a stone upon a stone, which shall not be 1thrown down.

3 aAnd as He sat on the 1bMount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, 2When will these things be? And what will be the csign of Your 3dcoming and of the econsummation of the age?

4 And Jesus 1answered and said to them, 2See that no one aleads 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 be hearing of 1wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for it must happen; but the 2aend is not yet.

7 For 1nation will rise up aagainst nation, and 1kingdom against kingdom; and there will be 2bfamines and 3earthquakes in various places.

8 All these things are the beginning of 1birth pangs.

9 Then they will deliver 1you up to atribulation and will bkill you, and you will be chated by all the nations because of My name.

10 And at that time many will be stumbled and will deliver up one another and will hate one another.

11 And many afalse prophets will arise and will lead many astray.

12 And because lawlessness will be multiplied, the alove of the many will grow cold.

13 But he who has aendured to the end, this one shall be 1saved.

14 And this 1agospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a 2testimony to all the nations, and then the 3bend will come.

b. At the Consummation of the Age

(1) The Transpiring of the Great Tribulation

15 1aTherefore when you see the 2babomination of 3cdesolation, which was spoken of through dDaniel the prophet, standing in the 4holy place (let him who reads eunderstand),

16 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains;

17 Let him who is on the ahousetop not come down to take the things out of his house;

18 And let him who is in the field not turn back to take his garment.

19 But woe to those who are 1pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days.

20 And pray that your flight may not be in 1winter, nor on a 2Sabbath,

21 For at that time there will be 1agreat tribulation, such as has not occurred from the beginning of the world until now, nor shall by any means ever occur.

22 And unless those days had been cut 1short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the 2achosen, those days will be cut short.

23 At that time if anyone says to you, Behold, ahere is the 1Christ! or, Here! do not believe it.

24 For 1afalse Christs and 2bfalse prophets will arise and will 3show great csigns and wonders so as to lead astray, if possible, even the dchosen.

25 Behold, I have told you beforehand.

26 aTherefore if they say to you, Behold, He is in the 1wilderness, do not go forth; Behold, He is in the 2inner rooms, do not believe it.

(2) Christ's Coming to the Earth

27 For just as the 1lightning comes forth from the east and shines to the west, so will the 2acoming of the Son of Man be.

28 Wherever the 1acorpse is, there will the 1vultures be gathered together.

29 aAnd immediately 1after the tribulation of those days, the 2sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30 And at that time the 1asign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the 2btribes of the 2land will 3mourn, and they will see the cSon of Man coming 4don the clouds of heaven with 5power and great glory.

(3) The Gathering of Israel

31 And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will 1agather His bchosen together from the cfour winds, from one end of the dheavens to the other end.

2. Concerning the Church

a. Watching and Being Ready

32 1aBut learn the parable from the 2bfig tree: As soon as its branch has 3become tender and 4puts forth its leaves, you know that the 5summer is near.

33 So also you, when you see 1all these things, know that 2it is near, at the doors.

34 Truly I say to you that this 1ageneration shall by no means pass away until all these things happen.

35 Heaven and earth will apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.

36 But concerning that aday and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens nor the 1Son, but the Father only.

37 aFor just as the 1days of Noah were, so will the bcoming of the Son of Man be.

38 1For as they were in those days before the flood, 2eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day in which aNoah entered into the ark,

39 And they did not know that judgment was coming until the flood came and took all away, so also will the acoming of the Son of Man be.

40 1aAt that time two 2men will be 3in the field; one is 4taken and one is left.

41 Two 1women will be 2grinding at the mill; one is 3taken and one is left.

42 1aWatch btherefore, for you do not know on what day 1your Lord comes.

43 But know this, that if the 1householder had known in which watch the 2athief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his 1house to be broken into.

44 For this reason you also be aready, because at an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of Man is 1coming.

b. Being Faithful and Prudent

45 Who then is the 1afaithful and 1prudent slave, whom the master has set over his 2household to 3give them food at the proper time?

46 1Blessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

47 Truly I say to you that he will aset him 1over all his possessions.

48 But if that 1evil slave says in his heart, My master adelays,

49 And begins to 1beat his fellow slaves and 2eats and drinks with the adrunken,

50 The master of that slave will come on a aday when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,

51 And will 1cut him asunder and appoint his 2portion with the 3hypocrites. In that place there will be the 4aweeping and the gnashing of teeth.