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I say unto you: this generation shall not pass, until all of these
things be fulfilled.
was a landowner who planted a vineyard, and on the grounds he installed
a winepress. Around the vineyard he built a tall fence, erecting
even a tower. Then he rented his vineyard to vine keepers, and voyaged
to a distant country.
When the time
of the harvest approached, the landowner sent his servants to the
vine keepers to collect his profits. But the vine keepers ambushed
his servants, beat one, killed another, and drove the third off
Again, the landowner
sent servants to collect his profits. This time he sent a larger
group than the first, but they met with a similar fate.
landowner sent his only son, reasoning, "At least they will
respect my only son."
When the vine
keepers saw the son approaching, however, they plotted foolishly
among themselves: "Here before us is the heir to the vineyard.
If we kill him, his inheritance will be ours."
they bound the son, dragged him outside the vineyard walls, and
took his life. I ask you: when, finally, the landowner of the vineyard
returns, what will be the fate of the wicked vine keepers?
My people, my
people, you who have killed the prophets, and spurned those sent
to you, how often would I have gathered you, even as a hen shelters
her chicks beneath her wings, and yet you would not! Behold, your
house is left desolate; and you will not see me again until the
time when all will say: "Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord."
If you had only
known, in this your day of salvation, the eternal peace so near
at hand! But now it is hidden from your eyes. The powers of the
heavens will be shaken, and people's hearts will fail them for fear,
anticipating the calamities that are destined for this world.
When the end
times comes, and you see the “abomination of desolation,”
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the sacred place, then
it is time for those that dwell in the cities to flee to the mountains.
Let no one on the housetops turn to save anything that is in the
house; neither let those working in the field go back to fetch their
belongings. Sorrow, to those who bear children in those days! May
their flight not be in winter, nor on the Sabbath: for there will
be great distress, unequalled since time began. Except such days
be shortened, few would endure: and yet those days shall indeed
be shortened, for the sake of God's chosen.
The day will
come when your enemies will lay a trench around your walls, and
hem you in on every side. They will hurl you to the dust, and your
children with you, and will not leave one stone standing upon another,
all this because you failed to recognize the appointed time when
God himself moved among you.
Do you see standing
these temple walls? Truly I say to you, not one stone will be left
upright! Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until
the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
When you hear of wars and the turmoil of destruction; do not let
your hearts fill with fear: for these things must first come to
pass; the end is not yet. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom. Fearful sights and great signs will appear in the
heavens. There will be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in
the stars. On the earth will be great adversity between the nations,
and perplexity, roaring like the sea's mighty waves. Famines, plagues,
and earthquakes will increase. All these are the beginnings of sorrow.
Because evil will abound, the love of many will turn cold.
You will be
betrayed, and condemned to death, and hated by all nations for my
name's sake. Remain watchful, and pray always that you may be counted
worthy to escape these things that are coming to pass, and to stand,
justified, before the Messiah, the Son of Man.
fig tree, and learn from it. When its branches grow full of sap
and produce new leaves, one knows that summer is drawing near. Even
so, no one knows the exact day, or the precise hour of Messiah's
returning; not even the angels who are in heaven, but only my Father.
Yet seeing all of these events beginning to come to pass, know in
your heart that the day of completion draws near.
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