The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 24
AND Jeshu went forth from the temple to depart:
and his disciples approached him, showing him the building of the temple.
But he said to them,
See you not all these ?
Amen I say to you,
There shall not be left here a stone upon a stone which shall not be destroyed.
And while Jeshu sat upon the mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and said between themselves and him,
Tell us when these things shall be; and what is the sign of thy coming and of the consummation of the world.
Jeshu answered and said to them,
Beware that no man cause you to err; for many will come in my name and will say, I am the Meshicha; and many will be deceived.
But it will be for you to hear [of] wars and the noise of battles; (yet) see that you be not perturbed; for all these will take place, but not yet is the end.
For people will rise against people, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and plagues, and earthquakes in various places.
But these are all the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you to affliction, and shall kill you; and you shall be hated of all peoples on account of my name.
Then shall many be offended, and shall hate one another, and betray one another.
And many lying prophets shall stand up, and shall delude the multitudes.
And because of the abounding of iniquity, the love of many will languish.
But he who shall persevere unto the end,
-he shall live.
And this annunciation of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony for all nations; and then will come the end.
But when you see the unclean sign of desolation which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, that it standeth in the holy place;
-he who readeth let him understand !-
then let those who are in Jehud escape to the mountain.
And let not him who is on the roof descend to take what [is in] his house; nor he who is in the field turn back to take his vestment.
But woe to those who are with child, and to those who give suck in those days !
But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, nor on the shabath.
For then shall be the great affliction, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be (again).
And unless those days be cut short, none could live of all flesh:
but on account of the chosen those days shall be cut short.
Then if any one shall say to you, Lo, here is the Meshicha, or there; believe them not.
For there shall arise false Meshichas and prophets of untruth; and they shall give forth magnificent signs, so as to seduce, if possible, the chosen also.
If therefore they shall say to you, (observe ! I have told you before,)
Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: or, Behold, he is in the inner chamber; believe not.
As the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen unto the west, so shall be the advent of the Son of man.
But where the body shall be, there will be assembled the eagles.
But immediately after the affliction of those days, the sun will become dark, and the moon show not her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven be commoved.
And then shall be seen the standard of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the generations of the earth2 shall wail, and they shall see the Son of man coming upon the clouds of heaven, with great power and glory.
And he shall send his angels with the great trumpet, and they shall gather the chosen who are his from the four winds and from the ends of heaven.3
But from the fig-tree learn a parable:
As soon as her branches are soft, and they put forth her leaves, you know that summer draweth nigh.
So also, when all these are seen, you know that it cometh to the door.
Amen I say to you, that this race 4 shall not have passed away until all these shall take place.
Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away.
BUT concerning that day and concerning that hour, no man knoweth; neither the angels of heaven, but the Father only.
But as the days of Nûch, so shall be the coming of the Son of man.
For as before the deluge they were eating and drinking, taking wives and giving to husbands, until the day that Nûch went into the ark; and knew not till the deluge came, and carried them all away; so shalt be the advent of the Son of man.
Then two shall be in the field; one shall be taken, and one be left.
Two shall be grinding in the mill; one is taken, and one is left.
Be wakeful therefore, because ye know not in what hour cometh your Lord.
But this know; that if the master of the house knew in what watch the thief would come, he would have been watching, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Wherefore be ye also prepared, because in the hour that ye expect not shall come the Son of man.
WHO is the servant faithful and wise whom his lord shall appoint over the children of his house, to give every one his meat in his time ?
Blessed is that servant, who, when cometh his lord, shall be found doing so.
Amen I say to you, that he will establish him over all that he hath.
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord withholdeth to come; and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall be eating and drinking with drunkards; the lord of that servant shall come in a day that he computeth not, and in an hour which he doth not know, and shall sunder him, and set his lot with the hypocrites.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2 Or, tribes of the land.
3 From the extremity of the heavens to their extremity.
4 Sharebtha, ” tribe, people, nation.”