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Ezekiel

A Harmony of the Apocalypse Accounts

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Matthew 24:1 – Mark 13:1 – Luke 21:5 
Jesus & the disciples leave the Temple. The apostles admire the architecture.

Harmony: Then as Jesus went out and departed from the Temple, His disciples came up to show him the buildings of the Temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations. One of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!”


(Matthew 24:1) Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.


(Mark 13:1) Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!


(Luke 21:5) 5 Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations


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Matthew 24:2 – Mark 13:2 – Luke 21:6
Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple

Harmony: And Jesus answered, saying to them “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly I say to you these things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.”


(Matthew 24:2) 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”


(Mark 13:2) 2 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”


(Luke 21:5b-6) He said, 6 “These things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”


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Matthew 24:3 – Mark 13:3 – Luke 21:7
The apostles desire to know about the “signs of the times”

Harmony: Now as Jesus sat on the Mountain of Olives (which is opposite the Temple) the disciples Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately, asking him “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age, and of the fulfillment of all these things?”


(Matthew 24:3) Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”


(Mark 13:3) 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?”


(Luke 21:7) So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”


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Matthew 24:4-8 – Mark 13:4-8 – Luke 21:8-11
Deceivers will come. Wars & rumors of wars. Plagues. Signs in heaven. Beginning of sorrows.

Harmony: And Jesus began to answer them, saying “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying ‘I am the Christ’* and ‘the time has drawn near’ they will deceive many. Therefore do not go after them. And you will hear of wars, rumors of wars, and commotions. Do not be troubled, for such things must come to pass first – but the end is not yet, nor will it come immediately. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences, troubles, earthquakes in various places, and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. All these things are the beginning of sorrows.


* When deceivers come in Jesus’ name, one of two things may happen: 1.) the deceivers will personally claim to be Jesus himself by saying “I am the Christ,” or 2.) the deceivers will come and affirm what Jesus has said about himself: “I am the Christ.” In other words, Jesus might be saying “Deceivers will come and affirm that I am the Christ while also saying “the time has drawn near.” The author of this article believes both are legitimate possibilities.


(Matthew 24:4-8) 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.


(Mark 13:5-8) 5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.


(Luke 21:8-11) 8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. 9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately. 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”


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Matthew 10:16-20 – Matthew 24:9-14 – Mark 13:9-11 – Luke 21:12-15 – John 16:1-4
We will be handed over to the assemblies and beaten. Lawlessness will increase. Gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world.

Harmony: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and beat you in the religious assemblies*. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. And you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will wax cold – but he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. For I will give you a mouth, and I will give you wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. Whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.


* The Greek word used here is συναγωγή (synagōgē, pronounced “soon-ah-goh-gay”). According to the popular Blue Letter Bible, synagogue means “an assembly of Jews formally gathered together to offer prayers and listen to the reading and expositions of the scriptures; assemblies of that sort were held every Sabbath and feast day, afterwards also on the second and fifth days of every week; name transferred to an assembly of Christians formally gathered together for religious purposes.” Additional information can be found here. Notice here that synagōgē refers to both Jewish and Christian assemblies/congregations. This is why I have chosen to use the term “religious assemblies” rather than synagogue. Although the term “synagogue” is technically correct, it carries with it a Jewish connotation instead of the historically accurate Judeo-Christian connotation.


(Matthew 10:16-20) 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.


(Matthew 24:9-14) 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.


(Mark 13:9-11) 9 “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.


(Luke 21:12-15) 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.


(John 16:1-4a) “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.”


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Matthew 10:21-27 – Mark 13:12-13 – Luke 21:16-19
Families will fall apart and betray their Jesus-believing relatives.

Harmony: You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. Children, too, will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved – not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience, possess your souls.


(Matthew 10:21-27) 21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.  23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.


(Mark 13:12-13) 12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.


(Luke 21:16-19) 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.19 By your patience, possess your souls.


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Matthew 10:28-29 – Matthew 16:24-27 – Mark 8:38 – 1 Thessalonians 2:19
Do not fear those who will persecute you, rather fear God. If God cares about birds, surely He cares even more for His children.
Whoever is ashamed of Jesus will also be the ones whom Jesus is ashamed of.

Harmony: 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. For whoever is ashamed of me, denies me, and denies my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels (after which, he shall judge all men according to their works). A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.


(Matthew 10:28-39) 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.


(Matthew 16:24-27) 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

Also see: Job 34:11, Psalm 62:12, Proverbs 24:12, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Jeremiah 32:19, Ezekiel 18:20, Zechariah 14:5,


(Mark 8:38) 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”


(1 Thessalonians 2:19) 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

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Daniel 11:30-35 - Daniel 12:11 - Matthew 24:15-20 – Mark 13:14-18 – Luke 21:20-23 - Luke 17:31-37  

The Judeans should flee to the mountains when the Abomination of Desolation is revealed. 
Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the “melo haGoyim” (fullness of the Gentiles) is fulfilled/completed. 

Harmony: But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. [Hear the word of Daniel the prophet]:

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For ships of Kittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and shall return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, and shall do his pleasure: he shall even return, and have regard unto them that forsake the holy covenant. And forces shall stand on his part, and they shall profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt-offering, and they shall set up the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that are wise among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves unto them with flatteries. And some of them that are wise shall fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.

And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Therefore, when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ (spoken of by Daniel the prophet) standing where it ought not stand (i.e. in the holy place) – whoever reads this, let him understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house [away with him]. And likewise, let him who is in the field not turn back to get his clothes*. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath**. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And they answered and said to Him, “Where [will they be led off to], Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”***


* Men who worked in the fields likely took off any unnecessary clothes (for example, perhaps their prayer shawls (tallitot)) to avoid getting over heated. Jesus is saying here “don’t go back to get those clothes you took off for working in the fields. You literally have no time to spare – you gotta ‘get out of Dodge’ fast.


** Jesus exhorts believers to pray that the exodus of the Judeans would not take place in the winter because it gets very cold in Judea at that time of year. He bids us, also, to pray that the exodus would not take place on the Sabbath either, probably because journeying by foot on the Sabbath is forbidden.


(Daniel 11:30-35, ASV) 30 For ships of Kittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and shall return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, and shall do his pleasure: he shall even return, and have regard unto them that forsake the holy covenant. 31 And forces shall stand on his part, and they shall profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt-offering, and they shall set up the abomination that maketh desolate. 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. 33 And they that are wise among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days. 34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves unto them with flatteries. 35 And some of them that are wise shall fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.


(Daniel 12:11, ASV) 11And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.


(Matthew 24:15-20) 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.


(Mark 13:14-18) 14 “So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (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 into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. 16 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 17 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 And pray that your flight may not be in winter. 


(Luke 21:20-24) 20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.


***(Luke 17:31-37) 31 “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. 36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”


*** Luke 17:37 does not seem to fit in with any of the other passages. In reporting the End Times information, Jesus might use this phrase more than once and in more than one way (also see Dan 11:30-35, 12:11 - Mat 24:15-20 – Mark 13:14-18 – Luke 24:20-23 - Luke 17:31-37). However, I believe this is very unlikely. In one instance Jesus appears to be referring to where the Jews of the Second Exodus/Diaspora will be sent, and in another passage he appears to be referring to where he will be when he returns. As we study further, we may move this passage to a different location in this article. Please understand that we are trying our hardest to figure these things out, yet we also do not want to be presumptuous and declare something as truth when we do not have sufficient proof. Thank you for being understanding.


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Matthew 24:21-22 – Mark 13:14-20 
There will be great tribulations, greater than anything in history. These days are shortened for the saints.

Harmony: For then in those days there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall. And unless the Lord has shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.


(Matthew 24:21-22) 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.


(Mark 13:19-20) 19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. 20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.


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Matthew 24:23-24 – Mark 13:21-22 – Luke 17:20-23
If anyone says, “Look, there’s Jesus!” Don’t believe them. Jesus’ appearance will be obvious.

Harmony: Now when he was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Look, there!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; do not go after them or follow them. See, I have told you all [pertinent] things beforehand.


(Matthew 24:23-24) 23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.


(Mark 13:21-22) 21 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.23 But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.


(Luke 17:20-23) 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” 22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.


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Matthew 24:25-28 – Luke 17:24-25
Jesus must suffer many things before the End Times.

Harmony: Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the desert!’ do not go out [there]. Or [if they say] ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning under heaven flashes from the east and shines to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”*


(Matthew 24:25-27) 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.


(Luke 17:24-25) 24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 


*(Luke 17:37) 37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”


* Luke 17:37 does not seem to fit in with any of the other passages. In reporting the End Times information, Jesus might use this phrase more than once and in more than one way (also see Dan 11:30-35, 12:11 - Mat 24:15-20 – Mark 13:14-18 – Luke 24:20-23 - Luke 17:31-37). However, I believe this is very unlikely. In one instance Jesus appears to be referring to where the Jews of the Second Exodus/Diaspora will be sent, and in another passage he appears to be referring to where he will be when he returns. As we study further, we may move this passage to a different location in this article. Please understand that we are trying our hardest to figure these things out, yet we also do not want to be presumptuous and declare something as truth when we do not have sufficient proof. Thank you for being understanding.


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Matthew 24:29 – Mark 13:24-25 – Luke 24:25-26
Immediately after the Tribulation, there will be signs in the heavens.

Harmony: Immediately after the tribulation of those days there will be signs: the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.


(Matthew 24:29) 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.


(Mark 13:24-25) 24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.


(Luke 21:25-26) 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.


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Daniel 7:13 - Matthew 13:24-50 – Matthew 24:30-31 – Mark 13:26-27 – Luke 24:27-28 
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

Then the sign of Jesus will appear in heaven. All tribes will mourn. Jesus will come in the clouds with his angels,
and they will harvest the saints from the earth. Redemption draws near.

Harmony: Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn. And then they will see the Son of Man coming on the cloud(s) of heaven with great power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”  “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” [After the sign of the Son of Man appears in heaven, and after all the tribes of the earth mourn, and after the tribes of the earth see the Son of Man coming in the clouds], then the Lord himself will descend from heaven with his angels and with a great* shout: with the voice of an archangel and with a great sound from the trumpet of God. They will gather together God’s elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part of heaven. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep: the dead in Christ will rise first.** Then we who are alive and remain*** shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.


* The English word “shout” is translated from the Greek word “keleusma” (pron. kehl-yoo-zma) [Strong’s G2752] which means “a word of command, a call, an arousing outcry.” This Greek word appears only once in the New Testament. The Hebrew word “teruah” (pron. teh-roo-ah) [Strong’s H8643] would serve as a near-equivalent counterpart. “Teruah” can mean: alarm, battle cry, blowing, blowing trumpets, joy, joyful sound, resounding, shout, shout of alarm, shout of joy, shouted, shouting, shouts of joy, signal, trumpet blast, war cries, war cry.


** This is a resurrection of martyrs.


***The phrase “we who are alive and remain” might also be understood as “we who remain alive.” This is because there are two groups mentioned in the passage: the “dead in Christ” and “we who are alive and remain.” This perhaps refers to martyred and non-martyred believers who were around during the time of the Tribulation. The martyrs would thus be the ones who died during the Tribulation and the other believers (“we who are alive and remain”) may refer to those who were survived.


(Daniel 7:13a) I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven!


(Matthew 24:30-31) 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


(Matthew 25:31-46) 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.


(Mark 13:26-27) 26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.


(Luke 24:27-28) 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”


(1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.


(1 Corinthians 15:51-55) 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”


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Matthew 24:32-33 – Mark 13:28-29– Luke 21:29-31
The Parable of the Fig Tree

Harmony: Then he spoke to them: “Now learn this parable by looking at the fig tree, or even any tree. When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is now near. So you also, when you see all these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near – indeed, right at the doors!


(Matthew 24:32-33) 32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!


(Mark 13:28-29) 28 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! 


(Luke 21:29-31) 29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 


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Matthew 24:34-35 Mark 13:30-31Luke 21:32-33 
This generation will not pass away till all these things take place. Then heaven & earth will pass away.

Harmony: Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.


(Matthew 24:34-35) 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


(Mark 13:30-31) 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


(Luke 21:32-33) 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


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Matthew 24:36-37 – Mark 13:32-33 – Luke 21:24-26
Watch for the signs and pray to escape. The End Times will come as a surprise to those who don’t watch.

Harmony: But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the son, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. So take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy* to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.


* NU-Text reads “may have strength.”


(Matthew 24:36-37) 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.


(Mark 13:32-33) 32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.


(Luke 21:34-36) 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.


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Matthew 24:38-41 – Luke 17:26-27
Jesus compares the End Times to the days of Noah

Harmony: And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came, took them all away, and destroyed them all. So also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then, two will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two will be grinding [flour] at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.


(Matthew 24:38-41) 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men* will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women* will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.


* In the KJV and NKJV, words in italics are words the translators inserted into the text to, what they thought would, clarify the text. However, in some instances this is incorrect. For example, in this passage the words “men” and “women” add no additional clarity to the text. In fact, in some cases (such as Luke 17:34) it even seems unbiblical, to say that two men are in bed together and one will be taken.


(Luke 17:26-27) 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.


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Luke 17:28-30
The days of Lot – don’t turn back after you’ve fled the Beast.

(Luke 17:28-30) 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

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Matthew 24:42-51 – Matthew 25:14-30 – Mark 13:34-37
Parable of the man who leaves his house in the hands of his servants. Watch and pray!

Harmony: For the kingdom of heaven is like a man, a master of servants, who travels to a far country. Before the master leaves, he appoints his servants to have authority over his assets (i.e. his estate, his money, etc.) He commands them to use his possessions wisely and profitably. He also bids his servants to keep watch, ensure that a thief does not come and steal his belongings. However, there are evil servants who say in their hearts, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and will begin to beat their fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards. The master of that evil servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of. So when the master returned, to the surprise of the evil servant, the servant said ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your coin in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the coin from him, and give it to the servant to whom I originally gave five coins but made five more coins. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And the master cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. It is there where people will be weeping and gnashing their teeth. However, blessed is the servant whom his master, when he comes, will find doing his commandments (i.e. keeping watch and using his master’s possessions wisely). Assuredly, the master will make that good servant ruler over all his goods. 


(Matthew 24:42-51) 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


(Matthew 25:14-30) 14 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


(Mark 13:34-37) 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”


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Matthew 25:1-13 – Matthew 7:15-23 – Luke 13:23-30
Prepare. Beware false prophets. Do not be deceived. Not everyone who calls Jesus their personal lord and savior will be saved,
because Jesus does not know those who intentionally commit lawlessness.

Harmony: Do not be unprepared when the Son of Man appears. Do men prepare after the fact? No, earnestly wait in preparation before that great day. Then one said to him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And he said to them, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes? Do men gather figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while the unprepared virgins went to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready (the prepared virgins) went in with him to the wedding. When once the Master of the house (the bridegroom) has risen up and shut the door, and the forgetful virgins begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and he will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, and I do not know where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, nor do I know where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of lawlessness.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.


(Matthew 25:1-13) “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.


(Matthew 7:15-23) 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


(Luke 13:23-3023 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”


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Luke 13:31-34
Jesus says “you shall not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yehowah!’

(Luke 13:31-34) 31 On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” 32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.' 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem. 34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”


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Matthew 25:31-32
Jesus’ second coming, then he gathers the nations for judgment

(Matthew 25:31-33) 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.


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Matthew 25:34-40 Blessings for the Saints

(Matthew 25:34-40 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’


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Matthew 25:41-46
Curses for the Wicked

(Matthew 25:41-46) 41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”