When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, â€œAs for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.â€
They asked him, â€œTeacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?â€ And he said, â€œBeware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, â€˜I am he!â€™ and, â€˜The time is near!â€™ Do not go after them.
â€œWhen you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.â€ Then he said to them, â€œNation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
â€œBut before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.