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Chapter 43


Signs of the times and the end of the age – Making merchandise the souls of men – Beware of false prophets – Wars and rumors of war – Coming persecutions – Jerusalem and Judea forewarned –
Parable: The Fig Tree – Be watchful – Parable: The Unwatchful and Wicked Servant – The coming of the Son of Man – “For I was hungry and you fed me”Parable: The Ten Virgins

 

1  And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto the Lord, saying: “Good Master, when shall these things be of which you have spoken, that we might know concerning the signs of your coming, and of the end of this age?”

2  Yeshua answered, saying: “Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in my name deceiving many; waterless canals have they become, having no knowledge of heavenly things.

3  These are they which, for a pretense, shall make merchandise the souls of men, preaching from the housetops the doctrines of men and not of God.

4  And if any man shall say unto you: ‘Behold, here is the Lord, or there’, believe it not. For I shall never leave you or forsake you.

5  Did I not tell you from the beginning this saying: Break apart the wood and I am there, lift up the stone to look beneath, even there shall you find me?

6  But there shall arise among you a great many false prophets full of guile, which will show forth signs and wonders;

7  Insomuch that if it were possible they would deceive the very elect which are among you.

8  These are they which shall speak unto you, saying: ‘Behold, the Lord is in the desert’, or, ‘Behold, he is in the secret chambers.’ And when you hear it, believe it not, neither go you after them seeking.

9  Hear then the beginning of sorrows which shall come upon you; for you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

10  And there shall be famine and pestilence, earthquakes and fire in diverse places;

11  And they which rule shall deliver you up unto affliction, and shall kill you; and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

12  And many which are among you shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another; and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13  When, therefore, you see these things, be not troubled because of them, neither be you fearful; for whosoever shall endure faithfully, the same is accepted of God.

14  For such persecutions as shall come upon you are but like unto the wind which scatters abroad the seed of my word unto the whole world.

15  But if you would weep, then weep not for yourselves, but for Jerusalem only; for there shall come quickly upon it the abomination of desolation, even as spoken of by Daniel the prophet; and when you see it, stand you forth in a holy place.

16  Let them which are in Judea flee unto the mountains; let them which watch from the rooftops come not down to take away anything from out of the house.

17  Neither let them which are in the fields return unto the city to take away their cloaks, but flee straightway into the wilderness that you perish not.

18  And woe unto them which are with child in those days, or which give suck; for your children shall be as wood for the fire, and as meat to the belly.

19  Pray, therefore, that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day wherein no man worketh, lest death and sorrow be magnified unto you.

20  For there shall fall upon Jerusalem a great tribulation, such as no man has seen before, nor which you shall ever see again.

21  In that day shall the sun be darkened against you, and the moon shall give not of her light; and there shall fall from Heaven a multitude of stars as a witness against you, and the powers of the earth shall be sorely shaken.

22  Come, then, and to the parable of the fig tree attend your soul; for you know that when the branch is yet tender, it puts forth leaves, and when you see it, you know already that summer is nigh.

23  So, likewise, when you shall see all these things, you shall know that the time draws near of which I have spoken, yea, even to the very doors.

24  For I tell you truly that this generation shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled against you.

25  And though Heaven and earth shall pass away, yet shall my word not pass away, but shall ever remain as a testimony against you.

26  But of the coming of the Son of Man, of the day and the hour is it given unto no man to know, not even unto the angels of Heaven, but the Father only.

27  Watch, therefore, and pray you daily, for you know not at what hour your Lord shall come again unto you.

28  Know then that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched with all diligence; and would not have suffered that his house should be broken into.

29  Be you likewise also diligent: for in such an hour as you think not of, behold, in the very moment shall the Son of Man come.

30  Which of you being a good and faithful servant, of whom the Lord has made master over all his house, will not watch diligently in due season to do all which his Lord has required of him.

31  Blessed, therefore, is that servant which the Lord, when he comes, shall find so doing. I tell you truly that he shall be made ruler over all his master’s goods.

32  But if a servant be evil and shall say in his heart: Behold, the Lord has delayed his coming; and shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink wantonly, fulfilling the lusts of his own pleasure;

33  Then shall the Lord of that servant come in a day when he looketh not for him; and in an hour that he is not aware of. And the Lord shall apportion unto him according to his works, and in desolation shall he make his abode.

34  When, therefore, the Son of Man shall come into his glory, and all the righteous with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; and he shall gather from the earth, the people of every nation.

35  And he shall separate from among them the good from the evil, even as a shepherd will divide his sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep upon his right hand, but the goats shall he place on his left.

36  Then shall the Lord speak unto them which are on his right hand, saying: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

37  For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you comforted me; I was in prison and you visited me; I was a stranger and you took me in.’

38  Then shall the righteous answer the Lord, saying: ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? or thirsty, and give you drink?

39  When did we see you naked and clothe you? or sick and comfort you? or in prison and visit you? or again, when saw we the Lord as a stranger to take you in?’

40  And the Lord shall answer them tenderly, saying: ‘Inasmuch as you have done these things unto the least of your brethren, you have done it also unto me.’

41  But unto the wicked which are on the left hand shall the Lord speak, saying: ‘Depart from me, you that work iniquity, for I never knew you.

42  For I was hungry and you fed me not; I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink; I was naked, and you clothed me not; I was sick and you would not comfort me;

43  I was in prison and you would not visit me; I was a stranger and you would not take me in.’

44  Then shall the wicked say: ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry, or thirsty, or naked, or sick, or in prison, or a stranger, and did not minister unto you?’

45  And the Lord shall answer them, saying: ‘Inasmuch as you did it not unto the least of these your brethren, you did it not unto me.’

46  Then shall they which are on the left hand inherit unto their souls the lesser portion, being far from the kingdom of God and his glory.

47  Hear then this parable, for the kingdom of Heaven is like unto ten virgins which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

48  And of the ten, five were wise, and five were foolish; for they which were wise took in their vessels, oil sufficient for their lamps; but they which were foolish took their lamps only; and there was but little oil in them.

49  Now it so happened that the bridegroom tarried, and the ten virgins being made ready, slept.

50  But when the midnight hour was come, there arose a great shout, for the bridegroom was come forth to meet them; and all the virgins rose at once to trim their lamps whereby they might go out and greet him.

51  And they which were foolish spoke unto the wise, saying: ‘Give us a portion of your oil, for our lamps are all gone out.’

52  But the wise answered them, saying: ‘How can we do this thing seeing that we have but sufficient for ourselves alone? Go, therefore, quickly unto the sellers and purchase oil that you might trim your lamps for the coming of the Lord.’

53  So the foolish virgins went unto the city, and while they went forth to purchase, the bridegroom came suddenly; and they which were wise went in with him unto the marriage; and when they were entered in, the door was shut.

54  Then came the foolish virgins unto the house, saying: ‘Lord, Lord, open up unto us.’ But the Lord answered them, saying: ‘Return from whence you came, for I know you not.’

55  Watch, therefore, and be you diligent and wise; for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man shall come forth unto you.”

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