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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Matthew 24:1-51

24  Departing now, Jesus was on his way from the temple, but his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple.+  In response he said to them: “Do YOU not behold all these things? Truly I say to YOU, By no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.”+  While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence*+ and of the conclusion* of the system of things?”*+  And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads YOU;+  for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’* and will mislead many.+  YOU are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end* is not yet.+  “For nation will rise* against nation+ and kingdom against kingdom,+ and there will be food shortages+ and earthquakes+ in one place after another.  All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.  “Then people will deliver YOU up to tribulation+ and will kill+ YOU, and YOU will be objects of hatred+ by all the nations on account of my name.+ 10  Then, also, many will be stumbled+ and will betray one another and will hate one another.+ 11  And many false prophets+ will arise and mislead many;+ 12  and because of the increasing of lawlessness+ the love of the greater number will cool off.+ 13  But he that has endured+ to the end* is the one that will be saved.+ 14  And this good news+ of the kingdom+ will be preached* in all the inhabited earth* for a witness* to all the nations;+ and then the end*+ will come. 15  “Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing+ that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place,*+ (let the reader use discernment,)* 16  then let those in Ju·de′a begin fleeing+ to the mountains. 17  Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house; 18  and let the man in the field not return to the house to pick up his outer garment. 19  Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days!+ 20  Keep praying that YOUR flight may not occur in wintertime, nor on the sabbath day;* 21  for then there will be great tribulation*+ such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now,+ no, nor will occur again. 22  In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones+ those days will be cut short.+ 23  “Then if anyone says to YOU, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’+ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it.+ 24  For false Christs+ and false prophets+ will arise and will give great signs+ and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones.+ 25  Look! I have forewarned YOU.+ 26  Therefore, if people say to YOU, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner chambers,’ do not believe it.+ 27  For just as the lightning+ comes out of eastern parts and shines over to western parts, so the presence* of the Son of man will be.+ 28  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles+ will be gathered together.+ 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  And then the sign of the Son of man+ will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation,+ and they will see the Son of man coming* on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.*+ 31  And he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet sound,+ and they will gather his chosen ones+ together from the four winds,+ from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity. 32  “Now learn from the fig tree as an illustration this point: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and it puts forth leaves, YOU know that summer is near.+ 33  Likewise also YOU, when YOU see all these things, know that he is near at the doors.+ 34  Truly I say to YOU that this generation*+ will by no means pass away until all these things occur. 35  Heaven and earth will pass away,+ but my words will by no means pass away.+ 36  “Concerning that day and hour+ nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son,* but only the Father.+ 37  For just as the days of Noah+ were, so the presence* of the Son of man will be.+ 38  For as they were in those days before the flood,* eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah+ entered into the ark;+ 39  and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away,+ so the presence* of the Son of man will be. 40  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned; 41  two women will be grinding at the hand mill:+ one will be taken along and the other be abandoned.+ 42  Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.+ 43  “But know one thing, that if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming,+ he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44  On this account YOU too prove yourselves ready,+ because at an hour that YOU do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming. 45  “Who really is the faithful and discreet slave+ whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time?+ 46  Happy+ is that slave if his master on arriving* finds him doing so. 47  Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings.+ 48  “But if ever that evil slave should say in his heart,+ ‘My master is delaying,’+ 49  and should start to beat his fellow slaves and should eat and drink with the confirmed drunkards, 50  the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and in an hour+ that he does not know, 51  and will punish him with the greatest severity*+ and will assign him his part with the hypocrites. There is where [his]* weeping and the gnashing* of [his]* teeth will be.+


Gr., pa·rou·si′as. See App 5B.
Or, “joint end; combination end; ending together.” Gr., syn·te·lei′as; Lat., con·sum·ma·ti·o′nis.
Or, “of the order of things.” Gr., ai·o′nos; Lat., sae′cu·li; J1-14,16-18,22(Heb.), ha·ʽoh·lam′.
“The Christ.” Gr., ho Khri·stos′; Lat., Chri′stus; J17,18,22(Heb.), ham·Ma·shi′ach.
Or, “accomplished end; completed end.”
Or, “be stirred up; be roused up.”
See vs 14 ftn, “End.”
Or, “be heralded.” Gr., ke·ry·khthe′se·tai; Lat., prae·di·ca′bi·tur. Compare Da 5:29 ftn, “Heralded.”
Lit., “in all the inhabited.” Gr., en ho′lei tei oi·kou·me′nei, fem. sing., implying the earth; Lat., in u·ni·ver′so or′be, “in the universal circle,” that is, of the earth. See Isa 13:11 ftn, “Land”; Na 1:5 ftn.
“A witness.” Gr., mar·ty′ri·on; Lat., te·sti·mo′ni·um.
Or, “accomplished end; completed end; finish.” Gr., te′los.
“In a holy place.” Gr., en to′poi ha·gi′oi; Lat., in lo′co sanc′to; J17,18(Heb.), bim·qohm′ qo′dhesh.
Lit., “let the one reading be minding.”
See Ac 1:12 ftn.
“Great tribulation.” Gr., thli′psis me·ga′le; Lat., tri·bu·la′ti·o ma′gna; J17,18(Heb.), tsa·rah′ ghedhoh·lah′.
See App 5B.
“Coming.” Gr., er·kho′me·non.
Or, “with great power and glory.”
“Generation.” Gr., ge·ne·a′; different from ge′nos, “race,” as in 1Pe 2:9.
“Nor the Son,” א*BDVgmssArmJ18,21,22.
See App 5B.
Or, “deluge; cataclysm.” Gr., ka·ta·kly·smou′; Lat., di·lu′vi·um.
See App 5B.
Lit., “having come.” Gr., el·thon′.
Or, “will cut him in two.”
Or, “their.”
Or, “grinding; clenching.”
Or, “their.”

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