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throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the
end will come.
“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke
about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the
Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) “Then those in Judea must flee to the
hills. A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house
to pack. A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat. How
terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those
days. And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began.
And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is
shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the
sake of God’s chosen ones.
“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’
don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t
bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as
the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when
the Son of Man comes. Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a
carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.
“Immediately after the anguish of those days,
the sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the
heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the
earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty
blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the
world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its
leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way,
when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right
at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene
until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my
words will never disappear.
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen,
not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.