Jesus was leaving the temple when his students called his attention to the grandeur of its buildings (175).
Jesus told them, “Not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”
Later, as Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, some of the chosen witnesses came to him in private & asked, “How will we know that it’s time for your return at the end of the age?” Jesus gave a lengthy answer.
“You have to be very careful about this. Many men will claim to be me, and they will fool many people. You’ll also hear the noise of wars close by & news of wars far away; nations will definitely make war against one another. There will also be famines & earthquakes everywhere. But all these things won’t mean that the end has come; they are simply like the first pains of childbirth.
“Also, some people will hate you because of your testimonies about me. Be aware that men will arrest some of you & haul you into court; they will even beat some of you in the synagogues.
“But when you are brought to trial before rulers & kings, you’ll have opportunities to tell God’s good news to many Jews & non-Jews. Don’t worry about what to say or how to say it; when the time comes, the Spirit of God will give you the right words to say.
“In the face of such opposition, many of your co-workers will give up their faith; some will even hate & betray those of you who remain faithful; and sometimes even your own family members will turn against you.
“Also, many false prophets will appear & fool many people with lies about me. As evil spreads, many people’s love for me will simply die.
“But you have to hold on!
“Whoever holds on to the end will be saved & used by God to preach the good news about God’s kingdom to people all over the world.”
(175) Matthew 24:1-14, Mark 13:1-13, Luke 21:5-19