Marcos 13

1 AS he was going out of the Temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what great stones and what great buildings!"

2 Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left one stone upon another which will not be thrown down."

3 Then, when he was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the Temple buildings, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

4 "Tell us when these things will be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to come to pass?"

5 Jesus began and said to them: "See to it that no one misleads you.

6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and they will deceive many.

7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. These things must come, but the end is not yet.

8 For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places and there will be famines. These things are the beginning of birth-pangs.

9 But you, be on your guard. They will hand you over to councils and you will be beaten in synagogues and you will have to stand before governors and kings for my sake for a testimony to them.

10 The good news must first be preached to all the nations.

11 When they are taking you along to deliver you up, feel no anxiety what you are to say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour. For it will not be you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

12 Brother will betray brother to death and father will betray child, and children will rise up against parents and put them to death.

13 You will be hated by all men for my name, but he who endures to the end, he will be saved.

14 "When you see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought notLet the reader consider, then let those in Judea flee to the mountains,

15 and let him who is on top of the house not descend and enter to take anything from his house,

16 and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his cloak.

17 Alas for the women with child and the nursing mothers in those days!

18 Pray that it may not be in the winter.

19 For those will be days of misery such as has not been since the beginning of God's creation until now, and never will be again.

20 Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of those whom he has chosen he has shortened the days.

21 Then if any one says to you, 'See here is the Christ!' or, 'See there,' believe him not.

22 False Christs and false prophets will do signs and wonders to mislead if possible the chosen.

23 But you, be on your guard. I have foretold you all things.

24 "But in those days, after that misery, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light

25 and the stars will be falling from heaven and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.

26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

27 Then he will send out his angels and will gather together his chosen from the four winds, from the farthest bound of earth to the farthest bound of heaven.

28 "From the fig tree learn a comparison. When once her branch becomes tender and puts out leaves, you know that summer is near.

29 So, when you see these things happening, know that he is nigh, yes, at the door.

30 I tell you truly that this generation will not pass away until all these things come to pass.

31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 "But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son, but the Father only.

33 "Be watchful, be wakeful, for you do not know when the time is.

34 It is just as when a man going abroad leaves his house and gives to his servants authority and to each his work and commands the porter to watch.

35 Watch, therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house will come, whether at evening or at midnight or at cock-crowing or in the morning.

36 Otherwise coming suddenly he may find you sleeping.

37 What I say to you, I say to all, Watch."