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therefore, for you know not the hour when your Lord will come.
no man deceive you; for in the end times, many will come using my
name, saying, "I am Christ," and will deceive many. False
prophets will arise; and they too will lead many into believing
Do not believe
those who tell you: "I have found one like Christ." For
there will arise many deceitful imitators, and false prophets, exhibiting
“signs” and “wonders,” so that even the
elect will be deceived.
Some among you
will say, "Behold, one like Christ is in the desert.”
Do not hurry out looking for me. Or if they say, "Christ has
come, and is in a secret location that I alone know of," do
not believe it. For even as the lightning flashes across the sky,
illuminating the heavens from the east to the west, so will be the
coming of the Son of Man.
At the end of
time, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, causing
the nations of the earth to tremble. All will see the Messiah, the
Son of Man, appearing with power and great glory; and they will
see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the living God,
returning on the clouds of heaven. And he will send his angels with
the great sound of a trumpet; and they will gather together his
chosen ones as from the four winds, from the farthest ends of the
heavens and earth, and reward everyone according to his works.
As it was in
the days of Noah, so will it be at the time of the coming of the
Son of Man. In the days that preceded the great flood, they were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and carelessly
celebrating, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.
It was the same
in the days of Lot. Men and women ate and drank, bought and sold,
planted and built. But on the day that Lot departed from Sodom,
it rained fire and molten sulfur from heaven, and destroyed them
all. So will it be on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
Do not let your
heart be overwhelmed by the pursuit of earthly pleasure, or the
anxieties of life. Let not my returning find you unprepared; for
like the springing of a trap, will it suddenly come upon the earth.
Two will be
working in a field. One will be taken and the other left behind.
Two women will be grinding at a mill. One will be taken, and the
other left behind. Watch therefore: for you know not in which hour
your Lord will return. But do know this: that if those in the house
had known the hour of the thief’s coming, they would have
remained watchful, and would not have let their stores be plundered.
Of this I assure
you, prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you
now see, and did not, or to hear the things you now hear, and did
not have the opportunity to hear them. You, instead, have both seen
and heard all of these prophecies come to pass.
heart; for in the hour that you least expect it, the Son of Man
Hear the story
of ten bridesmaids, who carried their lamps out to meet the bridegroom
to illuminate the path of his arrival. This group was comprised
of five wise, and five foolish women. Those that were foolish remembered
their lamps, but not extra fuel; while the wise carried both their
lamps and added fuel. The bridegroom's coming was delayed, and they
began to grow tired and fall asleep.
midnight, there arose a cry: "Behold, the bridegroom approaches!
The time has come to go out to meet him."
bridesmaids began preparing their lamps. Then the foolish said to
the wise: "Give us some of your fuel; for our lamps have burned
out in the night."
the wise replied, "for there is not enough fuel for both your
lamps and ours. Go quickly, wake those that sell fuel, and buy extra
But while they
were off searching for fuel, the bridegroom came; and those who
were ready went with him to the marriage celebration, and behind
them the door was shut.
Some time later,
the foolish bridesmaids returned and began to call out plaintively:
"Lord, Lord, let us in."
But he answered
and said: "Truly I say to you, I do not know who you are."
those servants, whom the Lord, when he comes, finds ready and anticipating
his arrival, even if he should come in the middle of the night,
or at dawning of the day. Truly I say, that he will adorn himself
in his banquet clothes, and invite such servants to sit down with
him at the table of feasting, rising himself to serve them as honoured
Be always watchful;
for you do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man will
return. Live your life in a prepared manner, your lights burning
brightly; like those servants who wait with expectancy for the sound
of the Lord’s approaching.
It is easier
for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one of these words to