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November 14, 2011

Mark 13:1-31
1: And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2: And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.” 3: And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4: “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?” 5: And Jesus began to say to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. 6: Many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7: And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. 8: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9: “But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them. 10: And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11: And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12: And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13: and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14: “But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 15: let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything away; 16: and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 17: And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 18: Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19: For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be. 20: And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21: And then if any one says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!’ or `Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22: False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23: But take heed; I have told you all things beforehand. 24: “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25: and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26: And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27: And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 28: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29: So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30: Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. 31: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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