And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came
to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto
you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be
Then Jesus left the temple and said his disciples,
Everything that you see here will be completely destroyed.
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?
As Jesus sat on the mount of Olives, his disciples said to him,
When will these things happen?
What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the world? 
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Don't let anyone fool you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
For many will come in my name, saying, "I am Christ", and many will believe them.
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.
There will be wars and rumors of wars, but don't worry; it won't mean the end has come.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and
there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
There will be wars between nations and kingdoms, with famines, diseases, and earthquakes.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
These things are just the beginning of sorrows.
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.
You will be afflicted and killed, and will be hated by everyone because of me.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall
hate one another.
Many will stop believing and will betray and hate each other.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
False prophets will deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Evil will be everywhere and love will be rare.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.
But whoever endures to the end will be saved. 
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.
The gospel will be preached throughout the world, and then the end will come. 
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:)
When you see the abomination of desolation (that Daniel talked about) standing in the holy place (If you read this, make
sure you understand) 
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
then whoever is in Judea should run to the mountains. 
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of
And if you are on your housetop, don't come down to take anything from your house.
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
If you're in the field, don't go back to get your clothes.
And woe unto them that
are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
And woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
Pray that it doesn't happen in winter or on the sabbath. 
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning
of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
For then there will be great suffering, worse than any that the world has seen or will ever see.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:
but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
If it lasted, no one on earth would survive. But God will end it before his favorite people die.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe
If anyone tells you, "Here is Christ", don't believe it.
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.
There will be many false Christs and false prophets who will show great signs and wonders. 
So many, in fact, that God's favorite people would (if it were possible) be deceived.
But I've told you all this 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.
If they say to you, "He is in the desert", don't go there.
Or if they tell you, "He is in the secret place", don't believe it.
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.
When the son of man comes, it will be like lightning that comes from the east to the west.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
Because eagles will gather wherever there's a dead body.
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:
After the time of suffering, the sun will darken, the moon won't produce light, the stars will fall from
the sky, and the heavenly powers will be shaken. 
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.
Then the son of man's sign will appear in the sky, all the tribes will mourn, and they'll see the son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. 
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.
And he'll send angels to blow a trumpet. Then they'll gather his favorite people from the earth's four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and
putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Learn the fig tree parable: When its branch sprouts new leaves, summer is coming.
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors.
When you see these things, it's about to happen. 
Verily I say unto you, This
generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
This generation will still be alive when all these things happen. 
Heaven and earth shall
pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Heaven and earth will end  but my words will last forever.
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
No one knows when any of these things will happen, not even the angels, but only my Father. 
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man
The coming of the Son of man will be like the days of Noah. 
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered
into the ark,
Before the flood, everyone ate, drank, and got married, until Noah entered 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.
They didn't know the flood was coming until they all drowned. It'll be like that when the Son of man comes.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
There will be two in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the
Two women will be grinding: one will be taken and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
So watch out and be ready, because you'll never know when your Lord will come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch
the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his
house to be broken up.
If a man knew when his house would be robbed, he would watch and be ready.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of
So be ready, because the Son of man will come when you least expect it.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler
over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Who is the faithful and wise servant? 
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Blessed is that servant who will be watching when his lord comes.
Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
He will put him in charge of all of his things.
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his
But the evil servant says, "My Lord is late in coming."
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the
So he hits his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunk people.
The lord of that
servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that
he is not aware of,
The lord of that servant will come when he least expects it.
And shall cut him
asunder, and appoint
him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
- Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming,
and of the end of the world? (v.3)
The end of the world will be signaled by false prophets (5), wars, famines, disease, and
earthquakes (6-7). And that's just "the beginning of sorrows" (8).
Next believers will be hated and killed by unbelievers (9),
believers will hate and betray each other (10), false prophets will fool people (11),
iniquity will abound and love wax cold (12).
But hey, if you make through all that, you'll be saved (13).
Only one more thing will happen before the end comes: the gospel will be preached throughout the world
Well, that and the abomination of desolations will stand in the holy place (15),
many false Christs and false prophets will show great signs and wonders (24), the sun and moon will
be darkened and the stars will fall (29), the sign of the son of Man will appear in the sky, everyone
on earth will mourn, and then, finally, the great and powerful son of Man will come in all his glory (30).
Oh, and all these things will happen within the lifespan of Jesus's contemporaries (34).
Or maybe not. Jesus was talking about things he knew nothing about (36).
(See Mark 13:32.)
- He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (v.13)
What the Bible says about salvation
- This gospel ... shall be preached in all the world ... and then shall the end come.
But in Matthew 10:23, he said the
end would come before the gospel was preached to all the cities of Israel.
In any case, this is a false prophecy since the gospel has been preached throughout the world (as Paul says in
Romans 10:18) yet the world hasn't ended.
When will the world end?
When did Jesus say he would return?
- When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet prophet,
stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (v.15)
If you see the abomination of desolation in the holy place, try to understand. God is trying to say something.
Here's what Daniel had to say about it (whoso readeth, let him understand):
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 9:27
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 11:31
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. Daniel 12:11
- Let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains. (v.16)
Why? Can't God find and kill them there, too?
- Woe unto them that
are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (v.19)
Why? Does God especially hate pregnant and nursing women?
- Pray ye that your flight be not ... on the sabbath day. (v.20)
Is it necessary to keep the Sabbath?
- There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders.
Jesus himself, according to Acts 2:22, fits this description.
- The sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven.
Apparently, Jesus believed that the moon produces its own light, and that the stars are lights held in place by a
firmament only a few miles above our heads.
- Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all ... the earth mourn,
and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (v.30)
Will Jesus's second coming be visible to all?
- 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. (vv.32-33)
Based on these verses, Hal Linsey's The Late,
Great Planet Earth predicted that the end of the world would occur before 1988. The fig tree represents
Israel, Israel came back to life in 1948, and Jesus said the end would come within one generation (40 years).
- This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (v.34)
Jesus was a false prophet, since he predicted that the end of the world will come within the lifetimes of his
The world didn't end then, and
according to Ec.1:4 it never will.
What the Bible says about the end of the world
Speaking of false prophets, the Jehovah's Witnesses used to interpret this verse to mean that some of those who witnessed
Jesus's return in 1914 would still be alive when Armageddon happened. Now that those alive in 1914 are now pretty much dead, the
JWs have given up on this prediction.
- Heaven and earth shall pass away. (v.35)
With the earth last forever?
- But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only. (v.36)
The best and earliest Greek manuscripts say, "not the angels of heaven, neither the son, but the Father only."
But apparently it bothered the scribes that there were some things Jesus didn't know, so they fixed it by omitting the
phrase, "neither the son." [Bart D. Ehrman,
Misquoting Jesus (2005), p.95]
- As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (v.37)
Jesus believed that Noah's flood actually happened and he had no problem with drowning
everyone on earth. It'll be just like that when he returns.
- Who then is a faithful and wise servant? (v.45)
For Jehovah's Witnesses, this is the most important verse in the bible. It is the basis of their central dogma,
that the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses is the "faithful and wise servant,"
or as the NWT puts it "the faithful and discrete slave." As such, the governing body
must be obeyed in all matters and all of their teachings must be accepted. Those who do
so will survive Armageddon; those who do not, will not.
- That evil servant ... The lord of that servant shall come
in a day when he looketh not for him ... And shall cut him asunder, and ... there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. (vv.48-51)
God will come when people least expect him. Then he'll "cut [them] asunder." And "there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth."
What the Bible says about torture
- Don't be deceived by false Christs.
- Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 24:4-5
- Don't worry about wars and rumors of wars.
- 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. 24:6
- f anyone says to you, "Lo, here is Christ" or "Lo, there he is", don't believe it.
- 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. 24:23-24
- Learn a fig tree parable.
- 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.
- Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:42
- Be ready for the coming of the Son of man.
- Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 24:44
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Forget Camping:
What Jesus said about the end of the world (Matthew 24:3-51
- 175 ways to get yourself saved
- Woe is everyone! (24:19)
- And I beheld when the
moon became as blood (24:29)
- The Bible's
guide to torture (24:51)
- The Late, Great Planet Earth
- Capella's Guide to Atheism
- Was Jesus wrong about
his second coming and the end of the world?
- Answers in Genesis
- The Gospel -- Evidence for Creaion
- Christian Responses
- The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
- He shall
make it desolate, even until the consummation (Matthew 24)
- Matthew 24:13 - Faith That Endures
- Matthew 24:14 - And Then, The End (Cross-reference)
- Matthew 24:15 - Let The Reader Understand
- Matthew 24:16 - Flee To The Mountains
- Matthew 24:19 - Woe to the Mothers
- Matthew 24:24 - Wonder-Working Pseudo-Christs
- Matthew 24:29 - Moonlight
- Matthew 24:30 - 1914 and the End of the World
- Matthew 24:34 - This Generation Shall Not Pass Away ...
- Matthew 24:35 - Earth, Eternal or Not? (Cross-reference
- Matthew 24:37 - The Days of Noah
- Matthew 24:50-51 - The Fate of the Evil Servant
- SAB Author Answered
- SAB Author Answered