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.