1 As he went out of the temple one of his disciples said to him, "Look, teacher, what a size these stones and buildings are!"
2 Jesus said to him, "You see these great buildings? Not a stone shall be left on another, without being torn down."
3 And as he sat on the Hill of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him in private, 4 "Tell us, when is this to happen? What will be the sign for all this to be accomplished?"
5 So Jesus began: "Take care that no one misleads you: ??6 many will come in my name saying, 'I am he,' and mislead many. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumours of war, do not be alarmed; these have to come, but it is not the end yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and realm against realm; there will be earthquakes here and there, and famines too. All that is but the beginning of the trouble.
9 Look to yourselves. Men will hand you over to Sanhedrins and you will be flogged in synagogues and brought before governors and kings for my sake, to testify to them. 10 (Ere the end, the gospel must be preached to all nations.) 11 Now when they carry you off to trial, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; say whatever comes to your lips at the moment, for he who speaks is not you but the holy Spirit. 12 Brother will betray brother to death, the father will betray his child, children will rise against their parents and kill them, 13 and you will be hated by all men on account of my name; but he will be saved who holds out to the very end.
14 But whenever you see the appalling Horror standing where he has no right to stand (let the reader note this), then let those who are in Judaea fly to the hills; 15 a man on the housetop must not go down into the house or go inside to fetch anything out of his house, 16 and a man in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17 Woe to women with child and to women who give suck in those days! 18 Pray it may not be winter when it comes, 19 for those days will be days of misery, the like of which has never been from the beginning of God's creation until now ??no and never shall be. 20 Had not the Lord cut short those days, not a soul would be saved alive; but he has cut them short for the sake of the elect whom he has chosen.
21 If anyone tells you at that time, 'Look, here is the Christ,' or, 'Look, there he is,' do not believe it; 22 for false Christs and false prophets will rise and perform signs and wonders to mislead the elect if they can. 23 Now take care! I am telling you of it all beforehand.
24 But when that misery is past, in those days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not yield her light, 25 the stars will drop from heaven, and the orbs of the heavens will be shaken.
26 Then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 Then he will despatch his angels and muster the elect from the four winds, from the verge of earth to the verge of heaven.
28 Let the fig tree teach you a parable. As soon as its branches turn soft and put out leaves, you know summer is at hand; 29 so, whenever you see this happen, you may be sure He is at hand, at the very door. 30 I tell you truly, the present generation will not pass away till all this happens. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words never.
32 Now no one knows anything about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take care, keep awake and pray; you never know the time. 34 It is like a man leaving his house to go abroad; he puts his servants in charge, each with his work to do, and he orders the porter to keep watch. 35 Watch then, for you never know when the Lord of the House will come, in the late evening or at midnight or at cock-crow or in the morning. 36 Watch, in case he comes suddenly and finds you asleep. 37 Watch: I say it to you, and I say it to all."