December 2 - Matthew 24.29-44
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The Coming of the Son of Man 29"Soon after the trouble of those days, the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses.
30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky; and all the peoples of earth will weep as they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
33In the same way, when you see all these things, you will know that the time is near, ready to begin.
34Remember that all these things will happen before the people now living have all died.
35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
(Mark 13.24-27; Luke 21.25-28)
No One Knows the Day and Hour 36"No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come--neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows.
37The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah.
38In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat;
39yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
40At that time two men will be working in a field: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind.
41Two women will be at a mill grinding meal: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind.
42Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come.
43If the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, you can be sure that he would stay awake and not let the thief break into his house.
44So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.
(Mark 13.32-37; Luke 17.26-30, 34-36)
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Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament ©
American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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