Message to Suffering Christians

Dear Suffering Christian

The Lord God would have me give you this message………

Your Heavenly Father loves you. The Lord Jesus Christ loves you.  You are precious in the sight of our Lord.  He gave you the  Holy Spirit to love you and always be with you.  He will comfort you in your time of suffering. 

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Jesus said His people would be hated. He warned that they would be persecuted for His sake.  

John 15:18-25  If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. This fulfills what is written in their scriptures ‘They hated me without cause.’

John 16:1-4  “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.

What Jesus said then is also true today for the people that truly believe in Him and follow Him.  Some may only endure hatred…….some may go to prison…….and others will have to be faithful even unto death.

Revelation 6:9-11  When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

 Here are some of the promises made by our Heavenly Father:

Matthew 5:10  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I Peter 4:12-14  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

Romans 8:35-37  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

 Psalm 23:4   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

tears  wipe away out tearsRemember this……our lives on earth are only a moment in time.  We will live with our Heavenly Father for eternity.  There will be no tears or suffering then.  He will wipe away every tear and we will live in perpetual joy!  This is the hope you must cling to!

Revelation 21:3-4   And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away. 

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The Great Tribulation

What is the Great Tribulation?

Jacob’s Trouble

The Wrath of The Lamb

The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

 

Zephaniah 1:14-18  “That terrible day of the Lord is near. Swiftly it comes — a day of bitter tears, a day when even strong men will cry out. It will be a day when the Lord’s anger is poured out—

a day of terrible distress and anguish, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of trumpet calls and battle cries.

Down go the walled cities and the strongest battlements!

“Because you have sinned against the Lord, I will make you grope around like the blind. Your blood will be poured into the dust, and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.”

Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the Lord’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy.

He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth.

The Great Tribulation is a 7-year period of time that occurs just prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  It will be a time showing the wrath of God to all people who have not accepted His Son Jesus Christ as their Savior.  It will also be a time when even Jesus pours out His fury on those who did not accept Him.

This horrible time will also be when God allows Satan to come to earth in all of his fury.  The peoples of the earth will have the privilege of experiencing what it is like to live in a literal “hell on earth” rather than the rule of Jesus Christ.

The Church (people who have already believed in Jesus as their Savior) will not be present for this terrible time. They will have been “taken up”  to heaven before the tribulation begins.  See Rapture of the Church for more information.

The Great Tribulation is a time for God to punish Israel for not accepting Jesus as their Messiah.  The Gentile nations will be punished also for not accepting Jesus as  Savior.   God is loving and merciful and provided a way of escape through Jesus.  Anyone that truly accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior will not go through the horrible punishment.  Those that refuse have only themselves to blame when they enter into this horrible time!

Even during the tribulation there will still be a chance to accept Jesus Christ.  You will still endure the suffering of this world…..but will have the hope of eternity with God instead of going to hell.

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The Great Tribulation begins when Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God)

opens the seven seals of judgement. 

The first seal opened is the rise of the Antichrist to power.  At first he will seem like a wonderful leader for all of the world to embrace.  However, after a while he will show his true self.  The Antichrist will be a cruel leader such as the world has never seen before.  He will want every person to worship him instead of God. You will not be able to buy or sell unless you take his “mark” or “666”.  Many will be killed because they refuse.  Those that do take the mark of the Antichrist are doomed to spend eternity in hell. True believers that accepted Jesus during the tribulation period will NOT take the mark and will be martyred for the sake of Jesus! (their reward in eternity will be great)

Revelation 6:1-2  As I watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll. Then I heard one of the four living beings say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.  (See more about this rider who is the Antichrist).

The second seal opened is war.

Revelation 6:3-4  When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!” Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.

The third seal opened is a time when it takes a day’s wages to buy only enough food to survive.

Revelation 6:5-6  When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”

The fourth seal opened is Death. 

Revelation 6:7-8  When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.

The fifth seal is martyrdom for those who accept Jesus Christ during the tribulation period.

Revelation 6:9-11  When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

The sixth seal is signs and wonders on earth and in the heavens.

Revelation 6:12-14  I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

Revelation 6:15-18   Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”

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trumpet judgments

The Seventh Seal contains

Seven Trumpet judgements. 

Revelation 8:1-13  When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.

Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out. Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.

Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts.

The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. One-third of the earth was set on fire, one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass was burned.

Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea.  One-third of the water in the sea became blood, one-third of all things living in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.

Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star was Bitterness. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.

Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.

Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly

as it flew through the air,

“Terror, terror, terror

to all who belong to this world

because of what will happen

when the last three angels

blow their trumpets.”

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The First Terror

Revelation 9:1-12  Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. When he opened it, smoke poured out as though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air turned dark from the smoke.

Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were told not to kill them but to torture them for five months with pain like the pain of a scorpion sting. In those days people will seek death but will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them!

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. They had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked like human faces. They had hair like women’s hair and teeth like the teeth of a lion. They wore armor made of iron, and their wings roared like an army of chariots rushing into battle. They had tails that stung like scorpions, and for five months they had the power to torment people. Their king is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon—the Destroyer.

The first terror is past, but look, two more terrors are coming!

The Second Terror

Revelation 9:13-20  Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God. And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.” Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops.

And in my vision, I saw the horses and the riders sitting on them. The riders wore armor that was fiery red and dark blue and yellow. The horses had heads like lions, and fire and smoke and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths. One-third of all the people on earth were killed by these three plagues—by the fire and smoke and burning sulfur that came from the mouths of the horses. Their power was in their mouths and in their tails. For their tails had heads like snakes, with the power to injure people.

But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

The Third Terror

Revelation 11:15-19   Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:

“The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”

The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him. And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.

The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come.

It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest.

It is time to destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.”

Then, in heaven, the Temple of God was opened and the Ark of his covenant could be seen inside the Temple. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and roared, and there was an earthquake and a terrible hailstorm.

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There are many more horrors during this time of Great Tribulation!  Read the Book of Revelation to see them all.  The prophets of old told of this time as well as the writer of Revelation.  This time will come!

The truth is that the Great Tribulation is fast approaching us!

Remember this…….

God is a just and merciful God.  He has already made a way for you to have peace with Him.  We all have sinned and must accept Jesus Christ (the Son of God) as our Lord and Savior!  Jesus is the only way.

There is no other way to God, but through the Son.  God does not want anyone to go to hell OR go through the Great Tribulation.  His perfect will is that everyone would accept Jesus (see more here)!

The Rapture of the Church

What is the Rapture?   It is the “catching up” of all believers in Jesus Christ (the Church).

This will occur right before the Great Tribulation.

Jesus will appear in the clouds and give a shout!

Those dead in their graves shall rise to meet Him first…..

Then those that are still alive will rise up to meet Him.

 

Rapture is a term used by most Christians around the world to describe “being caught up” to meet the Lord Jesus.  The actual term isn’t in the Bible, but the description of events definitely is in the scriptures. This event is strictly for Christians (people that do not believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior will not be a part of this).  The rest of the world WILL have to suffer through the Great Tribulation. That will be a time of suffering that is worse that anything the world has ever seen. The Apostle Paul explained the last days Rapture (also called catching up) this way:

I Thessalonians 4:15-18  We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

Paul admonished the believers (the Church) to be careful and watch for the Lord.  We are to study the scriptures and be aware of the signs of the times.  Christians are to wait expectantly for their Lord to come back for them!  We must be alert and not live as the world.  Christians are NOT supposed to revel in sin as the unsaved do.  The Church MUST be found by Jesus waiting and watching expectantly for Him…..doing our best to be pleasing to Him!

I Thessalonians 5:10-11   Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.  For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

The Letter to the Church of Philadelphia in the Book of Revelation tells of the reward for the remnant that “perseveres”.  These are the people that keep their faith in Jesus alive and strive to obey Him. 

Revelation 3:10-12 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

Also read Revelation Chapter 2 and 3.  These tell what Jesus says to the seven churches.  These are all types of churches that exist today.  Each church will have many that aren’t accepted by Jesus.  However, each church will have a “remnant” that have remained faithful to Him.  

Let those that have an “ear to hear” be able to listen!

Everyone that didn’t place their faith in Jesus Christ will still have the opportunity to believe in Him after the Rapture takes place.  They will enjoy the promise of eternity with God just as the Church does.  Unfortunately…..these people will have to endure the horrors of the Anti-Christ and the Great Tribulation.  They will suffer greatly for the cause of Christ and they WILL BE rewarded for their suffering. Even so…..blessed is the person that has already accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior when these things begin to occur!  The time is short!  Jesus is calling you to a place of love, grace and safety.

America………..Wake Up America!

America!

Listen to your God before it is too late!

Cry out for mercy!

Cry out for compassion!

Wake Up!

Fall to your knees with broken hearts and mournful spirits!

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Once Christians fled to you for refuge. 

The people sought to worship their God in peace. 

The Cross of Christ was seen everywhere……..

You were blessed!

Innocent children learned their lessons in school from the Word of God.

The Ten Commandments were revered by virtually all.

Church bells rang out all over the land………calling the faithful to worship!

Not so long ago,

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What happened to you?  What blindness overcame you?  What deafness overtook your ears?

You offer your babies to the idols of lust and self indulgence……..

You murder the innocent and say “all is well”

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The people of Sodom and Gomorrah cry out to God

for justice and accuse Him. 

They cry out that they should have mercy if you have mercy.

He hears their cries and considers them. 

The blood of all of the innocent babies

cries out to Him and pleads for vengeance. 

He hears them! 

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America…….who are you?

Who have you become?

God saw your charity and smiled. 

He saw goodness coming out of you and blessed you.

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But now……….your hearts are cold.  Love has left you.

You call good evil………and evil good!

You bend your knee to no one.  After all…….you are America!

What arrogance!   You play a fool’s game!

Do you not know that the same God that raised you up will take you down?

Do you not know that you will reap what you sow?

God is not mocked!

How long do you expect Him to tolerate you?

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The Remnant of Believers are God’s chosen and beloved. 

They need not fear. 

He will protect them with His mighty hand as He sends out His mighty justice!

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Parable of the Ten Virgins

Jesus told a parable to His disciples about ten virgins. 

They were waiting for the bridegroom. 

 

Five were wise and five were foolish.  The bridegroom arrived and invited the five wise virgins in to the wedding feast.  He refused to let the five foolish virgins in and said He didn’t know them.

ImageMatthew 25:1-13  Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.

When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!

All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.

But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.

Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’

But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

The ten virgins represent people that believe they are Christians.

The five wise virgins are the “true believers” in Jesus Christ.  They have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  They follow Jesus and try earnestly to obey Him.  These five virgins represent the true Remnant Church that is the Bride of Christ!

The five foolish virgins have followed false teachings that don’t agree with the true teachings of the gospel.  They belong to the Apostate Church and Jesus Christ will not receive them as His bride!

Here is a warning to all that read this!

Who are you?   What do you actually believe and practice?  Are you a believer in Jesus Christ and ALL of His teachings?

OR…….do you merely go to church and then believe some parts of the scripture that appeal to you?  Don’t listen to false teachers that say pleasing things to you!  The true preachers MUST preach the complete word of God and you MUST make yourself ready for the return of the Lord!

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Signs of the End Times – Part I

We are living in the last days!

Jesus Christ will be coming back very soon!

Heed the warning!

 

What are the Signs?

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Earthquakes………Famines…….Pestilence

People Coming “Claiming to be ” Jesus Christ and Trying to Lead Many Astray

Jews Will be Hated All Over the World

Christians Will be Hated All Over the World

People Will Betray Each Other

Natural Love Will Wane (between husbands and wives, parents and children, etc.)

People Won’t be Interested in Hearing the True Word of God…….They Will Want Preachers to Tell Them What They Want to Hear

The Gospel Will be Preached All Over the World

The Restoration of the Roman Empire

Knowledge Will Increase at a Fast Pace (from 1900 to present we have gone from horses and carriages to rockets…….writing with a fountain pen to the computer…….medical science and other sciences have increased amazingly).

Travel to distant places will increase (jets take people all over the world every day)

Jesus Christ tells us the signs to watch for in Matthew 24.  He loves us and does not want anyone to be taken by surprise!  No one knows the day or hour but God the Father………BUT we are admonished to understand the season we live in!

 

The Sign of His Coming and the End of the Age

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.   For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

The number of countries at war in 2013 is too long to list on this page.

Please take a look………

 Countries at War

 

Another sign  – Earthquakes becoming stronger and more frequent.  See chart below:

Number of Earthquakes (Mag. > 6.99)
Dates

1863 thru 1900…………….12 earthquakes
1901 thru 1938…………….53 earthquakes
1939 thru 1976…………….71 earthquakes
1977 thru 2010…………..164 earthquakes
2011………………………………33 earthquakes
2012………………………………31 earthquakes
2013 as of Oct. 15………..30 earthquakes

 


“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The coming of the Son of Man

 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun 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 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 The Lesson of the Fig Tree (Christian scholars and Jewish scholars both agree that the Fig Tree symbolizes Israel).

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
 
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  
 
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
 
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For He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
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He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
 
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”