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Matej 24:1-51

Isus pretkazuje buduće događaje

(Mk 13:1-20; Lk 21:5-24)

1Kad je Isus izišao ih Hrama i pošao dalje, priđu mu učenici da mu pokažu hramsko zdanje. 2A on im reče: “Vidite li sve to? Zaista vam kažem, neće od ovoga ostati ni kamen na kamenu. Svaki će biti razvaljen.”

O počecima nevolja

3Kad je poslije sjedio na Maslinskoj gori, učenici mu priđu i nasamo kažu: “Reci nam kada će se to dogoditi. Koji će znak najaviti tvoj dolazak i svršetak svijeta?”

4“Pazite da vas tko ne zavede!” odgovori im Isus. 5“Mnogi će doći pod mojim imenom, proglašujući se Mesijom,24:5 U grčkome: …pod mojim imenom i reći ‘Ja sam’… i mnoge će zavesti. 6Kad čujete da blizu vas izbijaju ratovi i vijesti o dalekim ratovima, ne uznemirujte se. Sve se to mora dogoditi, ali svršetak još neće doći. 7Zaratit će narod protiv naroda i kraljevstvo protiv kraljevstva. Bit će potresa u mnogim dijelovima svijeta i zavladat će glad. 8Sve je to samo početak strašnih muka.

9Tada će vas mučiti i ubijati. Svi će vas narodi zamrziti zato što ste moji.24:9 U grčkome: zbog mojega imena. 10Mnogi će tada posrnuti u vjeri, izdavat će jedan drugoga i mrziti se. 11Pojavit će se brojni lažni proroci i mnoge će zavesti. 12Bezakonje će uzeti velikog maha, a ljubav mnogih će ohladnjeti. 13Ali tko ustraje do kraja, spasit će se. 14Radosna vijest o kraljevstvu propovijedat će se po cijelome svijetu da čuju svi narodi, a onda će konačno doći svršetak.

15Tako kada vidite ‘svetogrđe’ o kojemu je pisao prorok Daniel gdje stoji na svetomu mjestu (čitatelju, shvati o čemu je riječ!), 16neka oni koji se zateknu u Judeji bježe u goru. 17Tko se zatekne na krovu,24:17 Ljudi su se ondje u to vrijeme često odmarali i družili na ravnim krovovima kuća, posebice uvečer kad je bilo svježije. neka ne silazi u kuću što uzeti! 18Tko se zatekne u polju, neka se ne vraća po ogrtač! 19Teško trudnicama i dojiljama u to vrijeme! 20Molite se da ne morate bježati zimi ili u subotu 21jer će to biti dani tako strašnih nevolja kakvih nije bilo od postanka svijeta niti će biti ikad poslije. 22I da Gospodin ne skrati to vrijeme nevolja, nitko se ne bi spasio. Ali zaradi svojih izabranika ti će se dani skratiti.

Isus govori o svojem povratku

(Mk 13:21-31; Lk 17:23-37; 21:25-33)

23Kaže li vam tada tko: ‘Evo Mesije!’ ili ‘Eno ga ondje!’ ne vjerujte 24jer će ustati brojni lažni mesije i lažni proroci te činiti znamenja i velika čudesa ne bi li, bude li moguće, zaveli i Božje izabranike. 25Eto, unaprijed sam vas upozorio!

26Kaže li vam dakle tko: ‘Eno ga, u pustinji je’, ne idite onamo, kaže li ‘U tajnim je odajama’, ne vjerujte. 27Jer dolazak Sina Čovječjega vidjet će se poput munje koja sijevne na istoku i rasvijetli cijelo nebo, sve do zapada. 28Gdje bude strvine, skupljat će se strvinari.24:28 Kao što se po okupljanju strvinara može znati da je u blizini strvina, tako ćete po tim znacima znati da je konac blizu.

29U vrijeme kad prođu sve te strahote

‘Sunce će potamnjeti

i mjesec neće sjati,

zvijezde će s neba padati

i nebeske će se sile potresti.’24:29 Vidjeti: Izaija 13:10; 34:4 i Joel 2:10.

30Tada će se na nebu pojaviti znak Sina Čovječjega.24:30 Vidjeti: Daniel 7:13. Proplakat će tada svi narodi na zemlji i ugledati Sina Čovječjega kako dolazi na oblacima s velikom moći i slavom. 31On će poslati anđele na zov velike trublje da saberu njegove izabranike sa svih strana, sa svih četiriju vjetrova, od kraja zemlje do kraja neba.

Pouka o smokvi

(Mk 13:28; Lk 21:29-30)

32Učite iz prispodobe o smokvi. Kad joj na granama izbiju nježni pupovi i kad potjera lišće, znate da je ljeto blizu. 33Također, kad vidite da se zbiva sve o čemu sam vam govorio, možete biti sigurni da je Gospodinov povratak blizu, na samim vratima. 34Zaista vam kažem, ovaj naraštaj neće proći dok se sve to ne dogodi. 35Nebo i zemlja će proći, ali moje riječi ostaju zauvijek!

Neznani dan i čas

(Mk 13:32-37; Lk 21:34-36; 17:26-27, 34-35; 12:39-46)

36Nitko, međutim, ne zna dana ni ure kada će se to dogoditi. Ne znaju ni anđeli na nebu, pa čak ni Sin. Zna samo Otac. 37Za dolaska Sina Čovječjega bit će kao i u Noino doba. 38Kao što su u to vrijeme prije potopa ljudi jeli i pili, ženili se i udavali sve do dana kada je Noa ušao u korablju 39i ništa nisu slutili dok nije došao potop i sve ih odnio, tako će biti i za dolaska Sina Čovječjega. 40Od dvojice koji tada budu skupa radili u polju jedan će se uzeti, a drugi ostaviti. 41Od dviju žena koje budu skupa mljele u mlinu jedna će se uzeti, a druga ostaviti.

42Bdijte, dakle, jer ne znate kada će vaš Gospodin doći! 43Znajte: kad bi vlasnik kuće znao kada će doći lopov, bdio bi i ne bi mu dopustio da provali u kuću. 44Budite zato i vi stalno pripravni jer će Sin Čovječji doći kad mu se i ne nadate.

Vjerni i razumni sluga

45Tko je dakle onaj vjerni i razumni sluga kojega je gospodar postavio da upravlja ukućanima i da im daje hranu u pravo vrijeme? 46Blago onome koga gospodar, kada dođe, nađe da tako čini! 47Zaista vam kažem, povjerit će mu da upravlja svim njegovim imanjem. 48Ali ako zli sluga pomisli: ‘Gospodar se još neće vratiti’ 49pa počne tući svoje sudrugove te jesti i piti s pijancima, 50gospodar će doći u dan kad mu se ne nada i u čas u koji neće ni slutiti. 51Nemilosrdno će ga kazniti i odrediti mu usud među licemjerima, gdje će biti plač i škrgut zuba.”

New International Version - UK

Matthew 24:1-51

The destruction of the temple and signs of the end times

1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2‘Do you see all these things?’ he asked. ‘Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’

4Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no-one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,” and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth-pains.

9‘Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15‘So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation,”24:15 Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11 spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no-one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no-one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again.

22‘If those days had not been cut short, no-one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Messiah!” or, “There he is!” do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you in advance.

26‘So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert,” do not go out; or, “Here he is, in the inner rooms,” do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29‘Immediately after the distress of those days

‘ “the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”24:29 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4

30‘Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth24:30 Or the tribes of the land will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.24:30 See Daniel 7:13-14. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32‘Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: as soon as its twigs become tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it24:33 Or he is near, right at the door. 34Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The day and hour unknown

36‘But about that day or hour no-one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,24:36 Some manuscripts do not have nor the Son. but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand-mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, “My master is staying away a long time,” 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.