The Old and New Jerusalem
Enrique Simonet - Flevit super illam
And going out, YHWSO went away from the Set-apart Place, and His taught ones came near to point out to Him the buildings of the Set-apart Place. And YHWSO said to them, “Do you not see all these? Truly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, at all, which shall not be thrown down.” And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones came to Him separately, saying, “Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And YHWSO answering, said to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. “For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they shall lead many astray.
“And you shall begin to hear of fightings and reports of fightings. See that you are not troubled, for these have to take place, but the end is not yet. “For nation shall rise against nation, and reign against reign. And there shall be scarcities of food, and deadly diseases, and earthquakes in places. “And all these are the beginning of birth pains.
Rembrandt - The Stoning of Saint Stephen
“Then they shall deliver you up to affliction and kill you, and you shall be hated by all nations for My Name’s sake. “And then many shall stumble, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. “And many false prophets shall rise up and lead many astray. “And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold. “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved. “And this Good News of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
“So when you see the ‘abomination that lays waste,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, set up in the set-apart place” – he who reads, let him understand – “then let those who are in Yehuḏah flee to the mountains. “Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take whatever out of his house. “And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his garments. And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing children in those days!” “And pray that your flight does not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
Time of the end
David Roberts - The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem
For then there shall be great distress, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. “And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the sake of the chosen ones those days shall be shortened.
“If anyone then says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe. “For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and they shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. “See, I have forewarned you. “So if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe.
The Second Coming
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines to the west, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.
For wherever the dead body is, there the vultures shall be gathered together.
And immediately after the distress of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
“And then the sign of the Son of Adam shall appear in the heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Adam coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and much esteem. And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
The fig tree
James Tissot - The Accursed Fig Tree
“And learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. “So you also, when you see all these, know that He is near, at the doors.
“Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all this takes place. “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
“But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only.