"Wars And Rumors Of Wars"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 178

Context: Jesus, after His confrontation in the temple in Jerusalem by the Pharisees and Sadducees, conservative followers of the law, denounces them and leaves the temple. Declaring to His disciples that not one stone of the temple will be left upon another, He goes to the Mount of Olives. When He is questioned about the time of the destruction of the temple and about the sign of the Second Coming and the Day of Judgment, He warns them that they must not be led astray by the many who will come in His name before the final day. The end, however, in spite of the wars that have taken place and will take place, is not yet at hand:

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And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

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