121 Jesus reveals what will happen before his return.

Genesis 6:5–8; 7:6–24; Isaiah 13:10; 19:2; 27:13; 34:4; Daniel 7:13–14; 9:27; 11:31; 12:1, 11; Joel 2:2, 10; Zephaniah 1:15; Zechariah 9:14; Matthew 24:3–42; Mark 13:3–37; Luke 21:7–36; Revelation 1:7

Why didn’t all the disciples see Jesus about when the last days would be (Mark 13:3–4)?

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How could anyone be fooled by someone’s claim to be the Messiah (Mark 13:5–6)?

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What are wars, famines, and earthquakes a sign of (Mark 13:7–8)?

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In the last days, what kinds of religious persecution might we expect to see (Mark 13:9)?

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What did Jesus say would happen to relationships among family and friends (Mark 13:12)?

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Why would a false prophet’s message be popular enough to deceive a multitude (Matthew 24:11)?

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When love is lost, what remains (Matthew 24:12)?

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Who does Jesus say will be saved in the last days (Mark 13:13)?

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How well do you think the “good news of the Kingdom” has been preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14)?

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What day is Jesus describing, when soldiers surround Jerusalem and people should flee (Luke 21:20–24)?

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Why should people be wary of false messiahs (Matthew 24:23–28)?

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What kinds of signs is Jesus describing where the “powers of the universe will be shaken” (Matthew 24:29)?

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Why will people mourn when they see Jesus appear in the sky (Matthew 24:30)?

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Who will rejoice at the coming of the Lord (Matthew 24:31–35)?

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What does the budding of a fig tree have to do with the return of Christ to Earth (Matthew 24:32–34)?

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What did Jesus mean when he said his words would “stand forever” (Matthew 24:35)?

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If no one can know the exact date and time, why do people try to figure it out (Matthew 24:36)?

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What did Jesus say most people would be doing at the time of his return (Matthew 24:37–41)?

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If we can’t know the time, is there anything we can do to keep the day from coming unexpectedly (Luke 21:34–36)? If so, what?

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What does it mean to “always be watching” (Mark 13:34–37)?

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Across the valley from the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came privately to Jesus while he sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. “Teacher, tell us. When will all these things happen? What will signal your coming and the end of the world?”

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Matthew 24:3 Later, Jesus was sitting on the slopes of the Mount of Olives when his disciples came to him in private and said, “Tell us. When will all these things happen? what will signal your coming and the end of the world?”
Mark 13:3–4 Across the valley from the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came privately to Jesus while he sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. “Tell us,” they said, “when will all these things happen? How will we know when the time is at hand?”
Luke 21:7 His disciples said, “Teacher, when will all these things happen? How will we know when the time is at hand?”
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Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mark 13:3–4 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Luke 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

“Be careful,” Jesus said. “Do not let anyone deceive you. Many will claim to be the Messiah and say the time has come. Do not follow them. They will fool a multitude.

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Matthew 24:4–5 “Be careful,” Jesus said. “Do not let anyone deceive you. Many will claim to be the Messiah and will fool a multitude.
Mark 13:5–6 “Be careful,” Jesus said. “Do not let anyone deceive you. Many will claim to be the Messiah and will fool a multitude.
Luke 21:8 “Be careful,” Jesus said. “Do not let anyone deceive you. Many will claim to be the Messiah and say the time has come. Do not follow them.
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Matthew 24:4–5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mark 13:5–6 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

“Do not panic when you hear about wars or battle threats. Such things must happen, but that does not mean the end has come. Nation will war against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places, but that is only the beginning of the tragedies. There will be terrifying events and great signs from above.

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Matthew 24:6–8 “Do not panic when you hear about wars or battle threats. Such things must happen, but that does not mean the end has come. Nation will war against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places, but that is only the beginning of the tragedies.
Mark 13:7–8 “Do not panic when you hear about wars or battle threats. Such things must happen, but the end is not yet. Nation will war against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. This is only the beginning of tragedies.
Luke 21:9–11 “Do not panic when you hear about wars or battle threats. Such things must happen, but that does not mean the end has come. Nation will war against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrifying events and great signs from above.
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Matthew 24:6–8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mark 13:7–8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Luke 21:9–11 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

“Before the end, people will arrest you and take you to court. Watch out for yourselves, because they will have you flogged because you follow me. Even relatives and friends will betray you, and some of you will be executed. Because of my name, you will be hated by people everywhere. They will deliver you to their synagogues and prisons. You will stand before kings and magistrates, but this will be an opportunity for you to testify about me. Do not worry about how you will answer the charges brought against you. When the time comes, I will give you words of wisdom that your adversaries cannot refute, words that come from the Holy Spirit.

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Matthew 24:9 “Men will hand you over to be flogged and even killed. Because of my name, you will be hated by people everywhere.
Mark 13:9 “Watch out for yourselves, because people will take you to court and have you flogged in the synagogues. You will stand before kings and magistrates and testify about me.
Mark 13:11 “When you are arrested and taken to trial, do not worry about how you will answer the charges brought against you. When the time comes, you will speak the words that come from the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:13 “Because of me, all men will hate you, but those who stand firm until the end will be saved.”
Luke 21:12–17 “Before the end, people will arrest you and have you flogged because you follow me. They will deliver you to their synagogues and prisons. You will stand before kings and magistrates, but this will be an opportunity for you to testify about me. Do not worry about how you will answer the charges brought against you. I will give you words of wisdom that your adversaries cannot refute. Even relatives and friends will betray you, and some of you will be executed. Because of my name, you will be hated by people everywhere.
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Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 21:12–17 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

“Many will forsake their faith and betray one another, each hating the other. Brothers will turn against one another, fathers against their children, and children against their parents to have them executed. Don’t worry. Not even a hair of your head will actually be lost.

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Isaiah 19:2 I will bring internal warfare, among families, neighborhoods, cities, and kingdoms.
Matthew 24:10 “Many will forsake their faith and betray one another, each hating the other.
Mark 13:12 “Brothers will turn against one another, fathers against their children, and children against their parents to have them executed.
Luke 21:18 “Don’t worry. Not even a hair of your head will actually be lost.
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Isaiah 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

“Many false prophets will come and lead large crowds astray. Because evil will flourish, most people’s love will grow cold. But those who remain faithful until the end will be saved.

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Matthew 24:11–13 “Many false prophets will come and lead large crowds astray. Because evil will flourish, most people’s love will grow cold. But those who remain faithful until the end will be saved.
Mark 13:13 “Because of me, all men will hate you, but those who stand firm until the end will be saved.”
Luke 21:19 “By standing firm until the end, you will be saved.
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Matthew 24:11–13 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

“The good news of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world for a testimony to all people. After that, the end will come.

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Matthew 24:14 “The good news of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world for a testimony to all people. After that, the end will come.
Mark 13:10 “The good news must be preached to people around the world.
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Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by soldiers, you will know its destruction is at hand. (Readers, understand and pay attention.) When you see the abominations and desecration of the Holy Place as predicted by the prophet Daniel, those in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those in the city must escape, and those in the country must not return to the city. These will be days of vengeance when all that has been written will be fulfilled.

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Daniel 9:27 He will confirm his agreement for seven periods, and in the midst of that time, he will not accept sacrifices and offerings. The rising of abominations will bring desolation until the destroyer is judged.
Daniel 11:31 His soldiers will desecrate the Temple and bring an end to the daily sacrifice. The rising of abominations will bring desolation.
Daniel 12:11 From the ending of the daily sacrifice to the rising of abominations that make desolate, a thousand two hundred ninety days will pass.
Matthew 24:15–16 “When you see the abominations and desecration of the Holy Place as predicted by the prophet Daniel, those in Judea should flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:14 (Readers, understand and pay attention.) When you see the abominations as predicted by the prophet Daniel, and desecration standing where it ought not to be, those in Judea should flee to the mountains.
Luke 21:20–22 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by soldiers, you will know its destruction is at hand. Those in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those in the city must escape, and those in the country must not return to the city. These will be days of vengeance when all that has been written will be fulfilled.
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Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Matthew 24:15–16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Luke 21:20–22 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

“People on their housetops should not take time to gather belongings from their houses. A man in the field should not go back home for his coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers. There will be disaster in the land, and people will suffer horribly. They will die by the sword or be taken captive. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until their time has been fulfilled. Pray that you will not have to flee in winter or on a Sabbath, because this will be the worst time of suffering that has ever been or ever will be. Except those days be few, no one would survive, but the time will be shortened for the sake of God’s people.

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Daniel 12:1 Your guardian angel, Michael, will arise. Great distress will come, the worst in the nation’s history, but those whose names are written in God’s book will be saved.
Matthew 24:17–22 “People on their housetops should not take time to gather belongings from their houses. A man in the field should not go back home for his coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Pray that you will not have to flee in winter or on a Sabbath, because this will be the worst time of suffering that has ever been or ever will be. Except those days be few, no one would survive, but the time will be shortened for the sake of God’s people.
Mark 13:15–20 “People on their housetops should not take time to gather belongings from their houses. A man in the field should not go back for his coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Pray that you will not have to flee in winter, because this will be the worst time of suffering that has ever been or ever will be. Except those days be few, no one would survive, but the time will be shortened for the sake of God’s people.
Luke 21:23–24 “How terrible it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers. There will be disaster in the land, and people will suffer horribly. They will die by the sword or be taken captive. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until their time has been fulfilled.
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Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Matthew 24:17–22 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Mark 13:15–20 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Luke 21:23–24 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

“If anyone says, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘There he is,’ do not believe it. False messiahs and ministers will perform such great signs and wonders that even God’s people would be deceived if that were possible. Pay attention, because I’ve warned you ahead of time. So if people say, ‘He is in an obscure place or is hiding somewhere,’ do not believe it. When the Son of Man comes, his arrival will be as unmistakable as the lightning that flashes across the sky and is seen to the far east and west. As the gathering of vultures shows where the carcass is, these signs indicate that the end is near.

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Matthew 24:23–28 “If anyone says, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘There he is,’ do not believe it. False messiahs and ministers will perform such great signs and wonders that even God’s people would be deceived, if that were possible. Pay attention, because I’ve warned you ahead of time. So if people say, ‘He is in an obscure place or is hiding somewhere,’ do not believe it. When the Son of Man comes, his arrival will be as unmistakable as the lightning that flashes across the sky and is seen to the far east and west. As the gathering of vultures shows where the carcass is, these signs indicate that the end is near.
Mark 13:21–23 “If anyone says, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah,” or, “There he is,” do not believe it. False messiahs and ministers will perform such great signs and wonders that even God’s people would be deceived if that were possible. Pay attention, because I’ve warned you ahead of time.
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Matthew 24:23–28 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Mark 13:21–23 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

“Soon after those days of suffering, darkness will blanket the sky. There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. People will be terrified when they see what is happening in the earth. The sun will hide and the moon will give no light. All the stars will disappear, and the powers of the universe will be shaken. The earth will be in turmoil, with violent tides and furious seas.

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Isaiah 13:10 Darkness will blanket the sky so the sun, moon, and stars will give no light.
Isaiah 34:4 The stars will disappear from the sky like text rolled up in a scroll– like dying leaves fall from a grapevine or ripe figs drop from their tree.
Joel 2:10 Before them, the earth quakes and the sky trembles. Darkness blankets the sky so the sun, moon, and stars will give no light.
Zephaniah 1:15 It will be a dark and gloomy day with thick clouds that hide the light, a day of wrath, distress, and devastation.
Matthew 24:29 “Soon after those days of suffering, darkness will blanket the sky. The sun will hide and the moon will give no light. All the stars will disappear, and the powers of the universe will be shaken.
Mark 13:24–25 “After those days of suffering, darkness will blanket the sky. The sun will hide and the moon will give no light. All the stars will disappear, and the powers of the universe will be shaken.
Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. The earth will be in turmoil, with violent tides and furious seas.
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Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mark 13:24–25 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

“The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and the people of the earth will mourn. They will see him arrive in the clouds, with power and great glory. He will be given all honor and authority to rule the nations. People of every language will serve under his reign forever, and his Kingdom will never be destroyed. When these things begin to happen, look up and be glad, for your redemption is near.

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Daniel 7:13–14 In a night vision, I saw someone who looked like the Son of Man, rising through the clouds above. He came before the one who has lived forever. He was given all honor and authority to rule the nations. People of every language will serve under his reign forever, and his Kingdom will never be destroyed.
Matthew 24:30 “The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and the people of the earth will mourn. They will see him arrive in the clouds, with power and great glory.
Mark 13:26 “The people will see the Son of Man arrive in the clouds, with power and great glory.
Luke 21:27–28 “They will see the Son of Man arrive in the clouds, with power and great glory. When these things begin to happen, look up and be glad, for your redemption is near.
Revelation 1:7 Look, he comes with the clouds, and everyone will see him, even those who crucified him. Because of him, everyone on earth will cry out. So it must be. Amen.
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Daniel 7:13–14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Luke 21:27–28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

“With the mighty blast of a trumpet, he will send his angels to gather his people from everywhere on Earth.”

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Isaiah 27:13 At the sound of the great trumpet, God’s people in exile will return from Assyria and Egypt to worship him on his holy mountain, Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:14 God will appear above them, and his arrows will flash like lightning. He will blow the trumpet and advance like a tempest from the south.
Matthew 24:31 “With the mighty blast of a trumpet, he will send his angels to gather his people from everywhere on Earth.
Mark 13:27 “He will send his angels to gather his people from everywhere on Earth.
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Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Jesus gave this illustration: “From the fig tree, you can understand how it will be. When the branches bud and start to put on leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things come to pass, you will know the time is near, right at the door. When all these things have been fulfilled, this age will come to its close. The skies above and the earth below will pass away, but my words will stand forever.

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Matthew 24:32–35 “From the fig tree, you can understand how it will be. When the branches bud and start to put on leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things come to pass, you will know the time is near. When all these things have been fulfilled, this age will come to its close. Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will stand forever.
Mark 13:28–31 “From the fig tree, you can understand how it will be. When the branches bud and start to put on leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things come to pass, you will know the time is near, right at the door. You can be sure, when all these things have been fulfilled, this age will come to its close. Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will stand forever.
Luke 21:29–33 Jesus gave this illustration about the fig and other trees: “When the branches bud and start to put on leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things come to pass, you will know the Kingdom of God is near. You can be sure, when all these things have been fulfilled, this age will come to its close. Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will stand forever.
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Matthew 24:32–35 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mark 13:28–31 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:29–33 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

“No one knows the exact date and time, not even the Son or the angels in Heaven. Only the Father knows.

Eyewitness

Matthew 24:36 “No one knows the exact date and time, not even the angels in Heaven. Only the Father knows.
Mark 13:32 “No one knows the exact date and time, not even the Son or the angels in Heaven. Only the Father knows.
King James

Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

“The coming of the Son of Man will be like the days of Noah. Before the flood, people were eating, drinking, and having a good time until the day Noah entered the ark. They did not believe until the flood swept them away. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes. Two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, the other left behind. Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken, the other left behind. Be careful. Do not let partying and the pursuit of pleasures overcome your heart, or that day will come unexpectedly, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone on Earth.

Eyewitness

Genesis 6:5–8 God saw how wicked that people on earth had become, how everything they thought and every motive was consistently evil. So God was sorry he had made man. It broke his heart. “I will eliminate the human race from the earth,” God said. I will destroy humans and animals, birds and beasts, for I regret making any of them. Noah was an exception because he pleased God.
Genesis 7:1–24 God said to Noah, “Go on board the ark with your family because, among all the people, you alone are righteous. Take seven pairs of each clean animal, the male and female, but only one pair of each kind of unclean animal. Of the birds, take seven pairs of each kind, the male and female, so the species may continue to live upon the earth. In seven days, I will bring rain for forty days and nights. Every living thing upon the earth will be destroyed.” Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded. When the deluge came, Noah was six hundred years old. He boarded the ark with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ wives, to escape the rising floodwaters. Animals and birds and everything that crawls, male and female, went into the ark as God had commanded. A week later, the flood came. On the seventeenth day of the second month, water burst forth from the aquifers beneath while torrents poured from the sky, and the rain continued to fall for forty more days. The same day that it began to rain, Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and all their wives entered the ark. All kinds of beasts, livestock, and birds went into the ark with Noah, pairs of all living creatures. After male and female of all flesh had entered as commanded, God closed the door behind them. For forty days, the floodwaters rose, and the ark floated on the surface. The water pushed upward, higher and higher, but the ark remained safely afloat. After the flood had covered the highest mountains, it kept rising for another twenty-three feet until nothing was left alive anywhere on earth. Everything that breathed was dead—people, livestock, wild animals, and birds. Only Noah and those with him in the ark survived. A hundred-fifty days passed, and the water still covered everything.
Matthew 24:37–41 “The coming of the Son of Man will be like the days of Noah. Before the flood, people were eating, drinking, and having a good time until the day Noah entered the ark. They did not believe until the flood swept them away. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes. Two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, the other left behind. Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken, the other left behind.
Luke 21:34–35 “Be careful. Do not let partying and the pursuit of pleasures overcome your heart, or that day will come unexpectedly, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone on Earth.
King James

Genesis 6:5–8 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Genesis 7:1–24 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Matthew 24:37–41 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luke 21:34–35 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

“Always be watching, because you do not know when your Lord will come. Constantly pray so you can escape the terrors and stand before the Son of Man.

Eyewitness

Matthew 24:42 “Always be watching, because you do not know when your Lord will come.
Mark 13:33 “Always be watching, because you do not know when your Lord will come.
Luke 21:36 “Always be watching. Constantly pray so you can escape the terrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
King James

Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

“My coming will be like a man who took a long journey. When he left home, he instructed his servants about the work they were to do and told the doorman to keep watch. Always be watching, because you do not know when the master of the house will come, whether at midnight, before dawn, or after the sun comes up. Do not let him catch you sleeping when he arrives unexpectedly. I am warning everyone to always be alert.”

Eyewitness

Mark 13:34–37 “My coming will be like a man who took a long journey. When he left home, he instructed his servants about the work they were to do and told the doorman to keep watch. Always be watching, because you do not know when the master of the house will come, whether at midnight, before dawn, or after the sun comes up. Do not let him catch you sleeping when he arrives unexpectedly. I am warning everyone to always be alert.”
King James

Mark 13:34–37 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.