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Jesus: Signs of His Return

Jesus was asked what will be the "sign of his coming" and the end of the age?

Matthew 24: 1- 34

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its
buildings. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on
another; every one will be thrown down." As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came
to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of
the end of the age?" Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my
name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must
happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There
will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. "Then you
will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me."

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false
prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most
will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will
be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

"So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of
through the prophet Daniel-- let the reader understand" [Daniel 9:27 - End time covenant] then let those
who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out
of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for
pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the
Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-- and
never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of
the elect those days will be shortened.

At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For
false Christ�s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--
if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in
the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as lightning that
comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there
is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. "Immediately after the distress of those days" 'the sun will be
darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be

"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will
mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And
he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one
end of the heavens to the other. "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender
and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you
know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away
until all these things have happened.