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Mateus 24

1 And Iesus went out, and departed from the Temple, and his disciples came to him, to shewe him the building of the Temple.

2 The destruction of the city, and especially of the temple is foretold.And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And as he sate vpon the mount of Oliues, his disciples came vnto him apart, saying, Tell vs when these things shall be, and what signe shalbe of thy coming, and of the ende of the world.

4 The Church will have a continual conflict with infinite miseries and offences, and furthermore, with false prophets, until the day of victory and triumph comes.And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceiue many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but theThat is, when those things are fulfilled, yet the end will not come.end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, inEverywhere.divers places.

8 All these [are] the beginning ofLiterally, «of great torments», just like women in childbirth.sorrows.

9 Then shal they deliuer you vp to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations for my Names sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shal betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall arise, & shall deceiue many.

12 And because iniquitie shalbe increased, the loue of many shalbe colde.

13 The gospel will spread abroad, angering the world and the devil ever so much: and those who continually believe will be saved.But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And thisJoyful tidings of the kingdom of heaven.gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all theThrough all that part of the world that people live for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15 The kingdom of Christ will not be abolished when the city of Jerusalem is utterly destroyed, but will be stretched out even to the end of the world.When ye therefore shall see theThe abomination of desolation, that is to say, the one who all men detest and cannot abide, because of the foul and shameful filthiness of it: and he speaks of the idols that were set up in the temple, or as others think, he meant the marring of the doctrine in the Church.abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Iudea, flee into the mountaines.

17 Let him which is on the house top, not come downe to fetch any thing out of his house.

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take hisThis is a sign of how great the fear will be.clothes.

19 And woe shalbe to them that are with childe, and to them that giue sucke in those dayes.

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on theIt was not lawful to take a journey on the sabbath day; Josephus, book 13.sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the worlde to this time, nor shalbe.

22 And exceptThose things which befell the people of the Jews in the thirty-four years, when the whole land was wasted, and at length the city of Jerusalem was taken, and both it and their temple destroyed, are mixed with those things which will come to pass before the last coming of the Lord.those days should be shortened, there should noThe whole nation would utterly be destroyed: and this word «flesh» is a figurative word for «man», as the Hebrews used to say.flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

23 Then if any shall say vnto you, Loe, here is Christ, or there, beleeue it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, andWill openly set forth great signs for men to behold.shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Beholde, I haue tolde you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say vnto you, Beholde, he is in the desert, goe not forth: Beholde, he is in the secret places, beleeue it not.

27 For as the lightning commeth out of the East, and is seene into the West, so shall also the coming of the Sonne of man be.

28 The only remedy against the furious rage of the world is that of being gathered and joined to Christ.For wheresoever theChrist, who will come with speed; and his presence will be with a majesty to whom all will flock, just like Eagles.carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Everlasting damnation will be the end of the security of the wicked, and everlasting bliss for the miseries of the godly.Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear theThe exceeding glory and majesty, which will bear witness that Christ the Lord of heaven and earth draws near to judge the world.sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all theAll nations, and he alludes to the dispersion which we read of in (Genesis 10-11), or to the dividing of the people of Israel.tribes of the earthThey will be in such sorrow, that they will strike themselves: and it is transferred to the mourning.mourn, and they shall see the Son of manSitting upon the clouds, as he was taken up into heaven.coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from theFrom the four corners of the world.four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32 If God has prescribed a certain order to nature, much more has he done so to his eternal judgments; but the wicked do not understand it, or rather they mock it: but the godly make note of it, and wait for it.Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yetWhen its tenderness shows that the sap which is the life of the tree has come from the roots into the bark.tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye see all these things, know that the kingdom of God is nere, eue at ye doores.

34 Verily I say unto you, ThisThis age: the word «generation» or «age» is here being used for the men of this age.generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

35 The Lord now begins the judgment, which he will finish in the latter days.Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36 It is sufficient for us to know that God has appointed a latter day for the restoring of all things; but when it will be is hidden from us all for our sake, so that we may be all the more watchful, so that we are not taken as those were taken in the flood years ago.But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the dayes of Noe were, so likewise shall the coming of the Sonne of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they wereThe word which the evangelist uses expresses the matter more fully then ours does: for it is a word which is used of brute beasts: and his meaning is that in those days men will pay attention to their appetites just like brute beasts: for otherwise there is nothing wrong with eating and drinking.eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knewe nothing, till the flood came, and tooke them all away, so shall also the comming of the Sonne of man be.

40 Against those that persuade themselves that God will be merciful to all men, and do by this means give themselves over to sin, that they may in the meantime live in pleasure, void of all care.Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 The Greek women and the barbarians ground and baked.Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 An example of the horrible carelessness of men in those things in which they ought to be most careful.Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 Of this be sure, that if the good man of the house knewe at what watch the thiefe would come, he woulde surely watch, and not suffer his house to be digged through.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in the houre that ye thinke not, will the Sonne of man come.

45 Who then is a faithfull seruaunt and wise, whom his master hath made ruler ouer his household, to giue them meate in season?

46 Blessed is that seruant, whom his master when he commeth, shall finde so doing.

47 Verely I say vnto you, he shall make him ruler ouer all his goods.

48 But if that euil seruant shal say in his heart, My master doth deferre his comming,

49 And begin to smite his fellowes, & to eate, and to drinke with the drunken,

50 That seruaunts master will come in a day, when he looketh not for him, and in an houre that he is not ware of,

51 And shallThat is, from the rest, or will cut him into two pieces, which was a most cruel kind of punishment: with which, as Justin Martyr witnesses, Isaiah the Prophet was executed by the Jews: the same kind of punishment we read of in (1Sa_15:33) and (Dan_3:29).cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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