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.
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.
c. A Parable for Watchfulness
1 At that time the 1akingdom of the heavens will be likened to 2ten 3bvirgins, who took their 4clamps and 5went forth to dmeet the 6ebridegroom.
2 And 1afive of them were 2bfoolish and 1five were cprudent.
3 For the foolish, when they took their lamps, did not take 1oil with them;
4 But the prudent took oil in their 1avessels with their lamps.
5 And while the bridegroom adelayed, they all became 1bdrowsy and 2cslept.
6 But at 1midnight there was a 2acry, Behold, the bridegroom! Go forth to 3meet him!
7 Then all those virgins 1aarose and 2trimmed their own lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the prudent, 1Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are 2going out.
9 But the prudent answered, saying, Perhaps there will 1not be enough for us and for you; go rather to 2athose who sell, and 3bbuy for yourselves.
10 And as they were going away to buy, the bridegroom 1acame; and 2those who were 3bready 4went in with him to the 5cwedding feast. And the 6door was dshut.
11 And later the rest of the virgins 1came also, saying, aLord, lord, open to us!
12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do 1not know you.
13 1aWatch therefore, for you do not know the bday nor the hour.
d. A Parable for Faithfulness
14 aFor the 1kingdom of the heavens is just like a 2man about to go 2babroad, who called his own 3cslaves and delivered to them 4his dpossessions.
15 To one he gave five 1atalents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his 2own ability. And he went abroad.
16 Immediately he who had received the five talents went and 1traded with them and 2gained another five.
17 Similarly, he who had received the two gained another two.
18 But he who had received the 1one went off and 2dug in the earth and 3hid his master's money.
19 Now after a 1long time the master of those slaves 2came and 3asettled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents 1came and brought another five talents, saying, Master, you delivered to me five talents; behold, I have gained 2another five talents.
21 His master said to him, Well done, good and afaithful slave. You were faithful over a 1few things; I will bset you 2over 3many things. Enter into the 4cjoy of your master.
22 And he who had received the two talents also came and said, Master, you delivered to me two talents; behold, I have gained another two talents.
23 His master said to him, 1Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will 2set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
24 Then he who had received the one talent also 1came and said, Master, I 2knew about you, that you are a 3hard man, reaping where you did 4not sow, and gathering where you did 4not 5winnow.
25 And I was 1afraid and 2went off and hid your talent in the earth; behold, 3you have what is yours.
26 And his master answered and said to him, aEvil and bslothful slave, you knew that 1I reap where I did not sow and gather where I did not winnow.
27 Therefore you should have 1deposited my money with the money changers; and when I came, I would have recovered what is mine with 2interest.
28 1Take away therefore the talent from him and 2give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For 1ato every one who has, more shall be given, and he shall abound; but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
30 And 1acast out the useless slave into the 2outer darkness. In that place 3there will be the 4bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
3. Concerning the Nations
a. Christ Coming to Be Enthroned in Glory
31 1But when the 2aSon of Man 3bcomes in His 4glory and all the angels with Him, at that time He will sit on the 5cthrone of His glory.
b. Gathering All the Nations for the Exercising of Judgment
32 And all the 1anations will be gathered bbefore Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the 2cshepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 And He will set the sheep on His 1aright hand and the goats on the left.
34 Then the aKing will say to those on His right hand, Come, you who are bblessed of My Father, 1inherit the kingdom prepared for you 2cfrom the foundation of the world.
35 For I was 1hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me a adrink; I was a stranger and you took Me in,
36 Naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when have we seen You hungry and have fed You, or thirsty and have given You a drink?
38 And when have we seen You a stranger and have taken You in, or naked and have clothed You?
39 And when have we seen You sick or in prison and have come to You?
40 And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have 1done it to one of 2these, the aleast of My 3bbrothers, you have done it to cMe.
41 Then He will say also to those on the left, Go away from Me, you who are cursed, into the 1aeternal fire 2prepared for the devil and his bangels.
42 For I was hungry and you did not give Me anything to eat; I was thirsty and you did not give Me a drink;
43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.
44 Then they also will answer, saying, Lord, when have we seen You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to You?
45 Then He will answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you 1did not do it to one of the least of these, neither have you done it to aMe.
46 And these shall go away into eternal 1punishment, but the 2righteous 3ainto eternal life.