1Then the LORD said to Moses,
2"Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. This is how you are to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the LORD's commands.
3"If the high priest* sins, bringing guilt upon the entire community, he must give a sin offering for the sin he has committed. He must present to the LORD a young bull with no defects.
4He must bring the bull to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle,* lay his hand on the bull's head, and slaughter it before the LORD.
5The high priest will then take some of the bull's blood into the Tabernacle,
6dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the inner curtain of the sanctuary.
7The priest will then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar for fragrant incense that stands in the LORD's presence inside the Tabernacle. He will pour out the rest of the bull's blood at the base of the altar for burnt offerings at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
8Then the priest must remove all the fat of the bull to be offered as a sin offering. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,
9the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. He must remove these along with the kidneys,
10just as he does with cattle offered as a peace offering, and burn them on the altar of burnt offerings.
11But he must take whatever is left of the bull—its hide, meat, head, legs, internal organs, and dung—
12and carry it away to a place outside the camp that is ceremonially clean, the place where the ashes are dumped. There, on the ash heap, he will burn it on a wood fire.
13"If the entire Israelite community sins by violating one of the LORD's commands, but the people don't realize it, they are still guilty.
14When they become aware of their sin, the people must bring a young bull as an offering for their sin and present it before the Tabernacle.
15The elders of the community must then lay their hands on the bull's head and slaughter it before the LORD.
16The high priest will then take some of the bull's blood into the Tabernacle,
17dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the inner curtain.
18He will then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar for fragrant incense that stands in the LORD's presence inside the Tabernacle. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar for burnt offerings at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
19Then the priest must remove all the animal's fat and burn it on the altar,
20just as he does with the bull offered as a sin offering for the high priest. Through this process, the priest will purify the people, making them right with the LORD,* and they will be forgiven.
21Then the priest must take what is left of the bull and carry it outside the camp and burn it there, just as is done with the sin offering for the high priest. This offering is for the sin of the entire congregation of Israel.
22"If one of Israel's leaders sins by violating one of the commands of the LORD his God but doesn't realize it, he is still guilty.
23When he becomes aware of his sin, he must bring as his offering a male goat with no defects.
24He must lay his hand on the goat's head and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered before the LORD. This is an offering for his sin.
25Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood of the sin offering and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.
26Then he must burn all the goat's fat on the altar, just as he does with the peace offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the leader from his sin, making him right with the LORD, and he will be forgiven.
27"If any of the common people sin by violating one of the LORD's commands, but they don't realize it, they are still guilty.
28When they become aware of their sin, they must bring as an offering for their sin a female goat with no defects.
29They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered.
30Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.
31Then he must remove all the goat's fat, just as he does with the fat of the peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar, and it will be a pleasing aroma to the LORD. Through this process, the priest will purify the people, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven.
32"If the people bring a sheep as their sin offering, it must be a female with no defects.
33They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered.
34Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood of the sin offering and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.
35Then he must remove all the sheep's fat, just as he does with the fat of a sheep presented as a peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar on top of the special gifts presented to the LORD. Through this process, the priest will purify the people from their sin, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven.
1As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.
2But he responded, "Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"
3Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?*"
4Jesus told them, "Don't let anyone mislead you,
5for many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the Messiah.' They will deceive many.
6And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don't panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won't follow immediately.
7Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.
8But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
9"Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.*
10And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.
11And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.
12Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
13But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations* will hear it; and then the end will come.
15"The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration* standing in the Holy Place." (Reader, pay attention!)
16"Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
17A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.
18A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat.
19How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.
20And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
21For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.
22In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God's chosen ones.
23"Then if anyone tells you, `Look, here is the Messiah,' or `There he is,' don't believe it.
24For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones.
25See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
26"So if someone tells you, `Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,' don't bother to go and look. Or, `Look, he is hiding here,' don't believe it!
27For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man* comes.
28Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.*
29"Immediately after the anguish of those days,
the sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.*
30And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.*
31And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world*—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
32"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.
33In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.
34I tell you the truth, this generation* will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.
35Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
36"However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.* Only the Father knows.
37"When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day.
38In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.
39People didn't realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.
40"Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left.
41Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.
42"So you, too, must keep watch! For you don't know what day your Lord is coming.
43Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.
44You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
45"A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.
46If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.
47I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.
48But what if the servant is evil and thinks, `My master won't be back for a while,'
49and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?
50The master will return unannounced and unexpected,
51and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.