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Future Destruction of the Temple
13 1Jesus was leaving the temple* area. One of his followers said to him, "Look,
Teacher! This temple has very beautiful buildings with very big stones." 2Jesus
said, "You see these great buildings? All these buildings will be destroyed. Every
stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another."
3Later, Jesus was sitting at a place on the Mount of Olives.* He was alone with
Peter, James, John, and Andrew. They could all see the temple. Those followers asked
Jesus, 4"Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will show us it is time
for these things to happen?"
5Jesus said to the followers: "Be careful! Don't let any person fool you. 6Many
people will come and use my name. They will say, 'I am the One.' And they will fool
many people. 7You will hear about wars that are being fought. And you will hear
stories about other wars beginning. But don't be afraid. These things must happen
before the end comes. 8Nations will fight against other nations. Kingdoms will fight
against other kingdoms. There will be times when there is no food for people to
eat. And there will be earthquakes in different places. These things are like the
first pains when something new is born.
9"You must be careful. People will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will
beat you in their synagogues.* You will be forced to stand before kings and governors.
You will tell them about me. This will happen to you because you follow me. 10Before
these things happen, the Good News* must be told to all people.
11You will be arrested and judged. But don't worry about what you should say. Say
the things God gives you to say at that time. It will not really be you speaking.
It will be the Holy Spirit* speaking. 12"Brothers will turn against their own brothers
and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give
them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and find ways for
their parents to be killed. 13All people will hate you because you follow me. But
the person that continues strong until the end will be saved.
14"You will see 'the terrible thing that causes destruction.'* You will see this
thing standing in the place where it should not be." (You that read this should
understand what it means.) "At that time, the people in Judea should run away to
the mountains. 15People should run away without wasting time to stop for anything.
If a person is on the roof of his house, he must not go down to take things out
of his house. 16If a person is in the field, he must not go back to get his coat.
17At that time, it will be bad for women that are pregnant or have small babies.
18Pray that these things will not happen in winter. 19Why? Because those days will
be full of much trouble. There will be more trouble than has ever happened since
the beginning, when God made the world. And nothing as bad as that will ever happen
20God has decided to make that terrible time short. If that time were not made short,
then no person could continue living. But God will make that time short to help
his special people that he has chosen. 21At that time, some person might say to
you, 'Look, there is the Christ* !' Or another person might say, 'There he is!'
But don't believe them. 22False Christs and false prophets* will come and do great
things and miracles. They will do these things to the people God has chosen. They
will do these things to try to fool his people, if that is possible. 23So be careful.
Now I have warned you about all this before it happens.
Footnotes: temple The special building in Jerusalem for Jewish worship. Mount of
Olives A hill east of the city of Jerusalem where a person could look down into
the temple area. synagogue(s) Synagogues were places where Jews gathered for prayer,
study of the Scriptures, and other public meetings. Good News The news that God
has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever.
Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter.
Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. 'the terrible
thing that causes destruction' See Dan. 9:27; 12:11 (see also Dan. 11:31). Christ
The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. false prophets People that say
they speak for God but do not really speak God's truth.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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