See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!'
and, 'The time is at hand! Do not go after them.
And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must
first take place, but the end will not be at once. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and
great signs from heaven.
But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and
prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. You will be delivered up even by parents and
brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name's sake.
But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. But when you see Jerusalem
surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.
For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of
the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem
will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because
of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For
the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because
your redemption is drawing near.
When you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom
of God is near.
But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life,
and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake
at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before
the Son of Man.
"The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer" Psa 6:9