J E Bradburn

On the Mount of Blessing


Jesus Christ [Hebrew Elohim] came down with His disciples from the mountain of the ordination (an official investiture as a Christian priest or minister, or as a rabbi,) it was not long before a great crowd gathered around Him. Among them were townspeople from Capernaum and country folk from the villages scattered over then Plain of Gennesaret. There were many too, from as far away as Jerusalem and Judea in the south, and from the region of Tyre and Sidon in the north Hearing of the wonderful works which Jesus had performed in Galilee, they brought along their sick ones to receive His healing touch. They were not disappointed, for there went virtue out of Him and He healed them all.

So great was the concourse of people who came for healing, and to hear His teaching that the narrow beach was soon too confined for all to get near. When therefore, He had finished His healing ministry Jesus retired again to the hills, followed by His disciples and the multitude. Selecting a prominent rock on the grassy slope where He could be seen and heard by all, He sat down, after a manner of the teachers of that day, and began the discourse which has ever since been known as the “Sermon on the Mount.

It may be wondered why Jesus chose to deliver so considerable a body of teaching at this time, and to this particular congregation, but when we think of the events which preceded it we can understand the reason.

The rejection of Jesus by the religious leaders in Judea and Galilee convinced Him that the time had come to inaugurate the new Israel,  to take the place of fleshly Israel. Early that morning, therefore, after a night of earnest prayer, “too His Father Jehovah Jesus had appointed the twelve disciples as representatives of the “tribesof the New Israel.

Now He was to proclaim the constitution and laws of the Kingdom and outline the spiritual qualifications of those who were to be its subjects. In His “sermon on the Mount” Jesus explained the way of “blessing” in this life and the qualifications for an inheritance in the eternal home.

That this great pronouncement was made neither in a synagogue nor in the temple, but from a mountain pulpit under the blue heavens, underlines the new spiritual order He was initiating. It was from Mount Sinai that God gave Moses his ten commandments to ancient Israel it was to be their commission as His missionary people. Now, upon another mountain, Jesus founded the church which was to carry the Gospel invitation to the ends of the earth. (However today has spawned the great apostasy)


The Beatitudes” (a determiner, the definite article, used before a noun denoting somebody or something that has already been mentioned, or identified, or something that is understood by both the speaker and hearer) with which Jesus began His discourse, vividly outline the way of the blessed.And like God’s standard of righteousness proclaimed on Sinai, it begins with man’s relation to God 

And then goes on to delineate (to describe or explain something in detail) His relations with His fellow men.

Blessed are the poor in spirit” began Jesus, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There was good reason for Jesus putting this qualification first, for it was precisely on this point that the Jews had failed. Like the highly placed Lucifer in the heavenly courts, they had become exalted by the Divine choice and had forgotten the pit whence they were dug. As Paul later described them,


Romans 2:17-29 (KJV)

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,”

18 And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;”

19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,”

20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.”

21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preach a man should not steal, dost thou steal?”

22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? Thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?”

23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?”

24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.”

25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.”

26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?”

27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?”

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:”

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”


Their estimate of themselves was typified by the Pharisees prayer in the temple, “God I thank thee that I am not like other men.” But just as spiritual pride brought about the downfall of Lucifer, it forfeited for Israel their place in the redemptive [redeeming] purpose of God. (The kingdom is for all who repent) but not for the wicked. So now, as Jesus began the work of gathering anew the subjects of His Kingdom, He made it clear that those only would qualify who were conscious of their sinfulness and who felt their need of divine forgiveness and mercy. Only to those who admit their spiritual poverty does Jesus offer the riches of His grace. Only such does He invite to become “partakers of the inheritors of the saints.” Enumerating the second of the marks of the true children of God, Jesus went on;


Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”


Those who are “poor in spirit,” and are conscious of how far short they fall of the glory of God, will sincerely sorrow for the sin that has separated them from Him. To them comes the assurance of God’s comfort. True repentance evokes His mercy and forgiveness, and the sorrow of the sinner is turned to joy in His salvation. Those on the other hand, who delight in sin and laugh at God’s judgements will one day have their foolish laughter turned to “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  How much better is it then, to mourn our sins now with godly sorrow and receive the comfort of God, than to wait until the day of recompense when there will be judgement, not comfort, for those who mourn too late.

Upon those who, in deep poverty of spirit and sorrow for sin, come to Him, Jesus pronounces His third “beatitude” “Blessed are the meek (showing submissiveness and lack of initiative or will): for they shall inherit the earth”.

Meekness is often regarded as synonymous with gentleness, but the word which Jesus used means “teachableness”. Those who, in the pride of their own wisdom, persist in going their own way will discover too late that it leads to death and destruction. But if, like little children, we sit at His feet and learn of Him, He will direct our steps into the way of life.  Seeking a wisdom not of God, are first parents were driven from Eden.  To the meek, the last inheritance shall be restored.

   To complete the picture of the redemptive process portrayed in the first three beatitudes, Jesus added the fourth, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

When we come to Christ in repentance and faith, our lives are cleansed or emptied of unrighteousness, a hunger and a thirst for God’s righteousness is born in us. In response to that hunger and thirst, it is declared by Jesus, I am the Bread of life: He that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” His word becomes our daily bread. His spirit is as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

In Him, “ye are made full.” adds the apostle Paul. Marvellous indeed is the saving grace which can restore fallen man, so marred by sin, to the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” As the people listened to His wonderful outline of the plan of redemption they could not but contrast it with the teaching of the proud Pharisees and the worldly Sadducees, and many that day determined to follow Jesus and seek the character which would fit them for a place in His kingdom.

The last six commandments of the Decalogue set forth the human relationships born of a true relationship to God [Hebrew Jehovah], and in like manner the remaining four beatitudes show the outworking of grace in the life of the child of God.

The apostle Paul; because he has himself received “mercy,” he will be merciful to his fellows, forgiving those who do him wrong, because God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven Him.  He will recognise in others what he was before he came to Christ, and in his heart there will be no condemnation, but to lead them to the Source of pardon and peace.

  From a “pure heart” will spring the purity of life, so different from the ceremonial cleanliness of the Pharisees. This entitles men to “see” God now by faith and one day to see Him face to face in His Kingdom. The followers of Him who came to bring “on earth peace and good will toward men” (Even in Satan’s system today) will themselves be “peacemakers,” seeking to reconcile men to God. Their lives will be an oasis of peace in a world of sin and strife.

     Like their Master, who was “oppressed” and “afflicted” without complaint, they will rejoice when men revile and persecute them and “say all manner of evil” against them falsely, knowing that their witness, like that of the prophets and Jesus before them, will bear fruit for the “Kingdom of God,”  and that the light afflictions of this present life will be swallowed up in an eternal reward. 

  What a picture Jesus drew of the character of the children of God.! No wonder He declared significantly of them that they would be the “salt of the earth,” the “light of the world” and a “city set on a hill.

The salt found among the rocks around the Dead sea was prized as a saviour or seasoning, as well as being the most effective preservative available in the days before refrigerators and cold storage. God’s purpose for the Jew’s was that they should be the spiritual “salt” which would preserve all nations with the savour of righteousness. By their own folly, however, they lost the divine savour and had become fit only to be “cast out, and trodden underfoot.” That is what the Gospel has done all down the ages. CHRISTIANS AS HAVE JEWISH MINDS; I repeat; quite often, that we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Hebrews or Jews for giving us Christians the wisdom, and knowledge, which is in our Lord. The KJV Bible consists of the Old Testament and New Testament and both should be thoroughly perused to gain all the understanding and wisdom of Gods Plan.


This is what the Gospel has done all down the ages. Not only has it delivered multitudes from the corruption of sin, and Satan’s fallen world but it has actually saved degraded tribes of mankind from physical extinction. Truly Christians and Christian communities have been the “salt” of the earth, and but for the restraints which they have placed on human society, might have perished.

In His second illustration Jesus compared His people to the little eastern lamps which were the usual means of illumination in that day. When darkness fell these lamps, consisting of a wick floating in a bowl of oil, were lighted and placed upon candlesticks or “Jewish Menorah” in niches in the wall from which they illuminated every corner of the humble dwellings, and the altar of Jehovah in the Temple. 

Had the Jews fulfilled Jehovah’s intention, they would have been “the light of the world,” However, they allowed the Pharisees to enter Jerusalem and bury the gift of Jehovah under the bushel of the Pharisaic pride and self sufficiency for so long that it was snuffed out, leaving them to stumble as blind men in the darkness.

Jesus Christ [Hebrew Elohim] came to kindle a new light in the lives of those who received Him that the glory Jehovah His father might be shed abroad to the ends of the earth.

The third illustration Elohim used was especially apt in Palestine where cities were set for safety upon the hilltops, rather than down in the open valleys. From where Christ spoke the people could see the white houses of more than one such city gleaming in the morning sun, Just like that the church was to be, witnessing to the Gospel of grace and offering men a divine refuge from the assaults of Satan, man’s direst foe.   Blessed” indeed was the call of Jesus to the multitudes on the mount and blessed is the life to which He is still calling men, today. Glorious too, is the “home of the blessed” in which He is reserving a place for all His children hereafter. That life and that home can be yours if you will cast away your pride and self-sufficiency, if you will recognise yourself as a sinner standing in need of the Grace of God, if you will let Him empty your life of sin and fill it with your righteousness and peace.

Historical Sketch

More than three centuries ago, a little treatise, entitled “THE BENEFIT OF CHRIST’S DEATH,” appeared in Italy. Emanating from presses in Venice, Stuttgart, and Lyons, it swiftly found its way into the hands of the readers of Europe. In Tuscan, Italian, French, German, in Croatian versions, it was eagerly read and widely circulated. Forty thousand copies of it were within a few years uttering its voices and bearing to multitudes its warm illustrations of “the glorious riches of Jehovah’s free grace, which every believer receives of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Rich in evangelical theology, fervid inexpression (same as fervent: showing passionate enthusiasm), loving in application, it is not strange that it thus won its way to the hearts of God’s hidden one’s in papal lands, as well as to the embrace of many others in realms in which the Reformation was giving the true word of the true Gospel to the people.

  The little book was too true to Christ and His stake to escape the ban of Rome. It was condemned by the Inquisition (a former organization in the Roman Catholic Church established to find, questions, and sentence those who did not hold orthodox religious beliefs. The Spanish Inquisition lasted until the 19th century and was known for its harsh punishments and use of torture). Under their curses and strengths it sank from sight, as a stream in Eastern  lands sinks amid burning sands before the sun. “The Benefits of Christ’s Death” disappeared. Its forty thousand copies were sought out in their thousand homes and destroyed. So utterly was it rooted out that, in 1840,

Macaulay said of it, (in the Edinburgh Review,) “The inquisitors proscribed it;” and it is now as utterly lost as the second decade of Livy” Titus Livius known as Livy in English, was a Roman historian. He wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people. But Macaulay was mistaken. The stream that had disappeared before the fires of Inquisitorial hatred was not totally lost. It still lived although unseen. Many a soul had drank at it and been refreshed and it had become within him a well of living water. And, besides this, after three centuries, beneath the arid sands the stream still survived, and now it rises again to the upper air, sparkling in the sunlight and offering refreshment to the thirsty soul. Dr McCrie, the Scottish historian, had learned from the will of one Thomas Bassinden, printer in Edinburgh, who died in 1577, that an English version of this treatise must have existed previous to the death of Bassinden.

  This statement induced the Rev John Ayre, of England, to search for a volume which he thought might still survive in the English language. In 1848 or 1844 he succeeded in discovering it, and in 1847 reprinted it, stating in the introduction that no copy of the original Italian work was known to exist. This re-publication awakened a new interest in the subject, and led to the discovery of antiquaries (a collector, scholar, or seller of antiques or antiquities) of three copies in Italian, of one in French, one in German, and of a copy of the Croatian version, as well of several English copies.

  It was found that there was in existence also a manuscript English translation of the book, in the library of Cambridge University. This version was made from the Italian by Edward Courtnay, the twelfth Earl of Devonshire, in 1558, whilst laying a prisoner in the Tower. Its interest is increased by the fact that King Edward the sixth, of England, had evidently read, and in two places had written in it.

  The English translation, which has been republished in Great Britain, was made from the French version, and printed at London in 1573. An Italian version has also been reissued at Pisa and at Florence, thus giving it again to the land of its birth. In German, Dutch, Danish, and French, it has likewise renewed its race; and it is now given also to the American public. The lost stream will soon flow broader and deeper than ever.

  But who was the Author of this book? It bears the name of no writer. To proclaim the precious truth of salvation by Christ’s death alone was too dangerous a deed in Italy three centuries since to make Evangelical authors anxious to be known. They wrote for Christ not for fame. Yet there can be scarce a doubt that the author of the “Benefit of Christ’s death” was an Italian scholar and professor, Antonio dalla Paglia  or, as he ordinarily called himself and is called by others, AOINO PALEARIO.

  Born in the  Campagna di Roma, at Veroli, about the year 1503, studying at Rome under the most masters, he soon took rank with the learned of that city. In 1530 he went to Perugia, in the Romagna, and thence to Sienna, a city of Tuscany, where, in 1538, he married. He here taught the learned languages, whilst diligently (showing persistent and hard-working effort in doing something) studying the Scriptures and the works of the writers of the Reformation. The light that arose within him shone out, and the brand of heresy was soon fixed upon him by the bigots of the Italian Church (somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views). In 1542 he was brought before the Senate of Sienna, but for the time escaped the penalty of his heresy.

 One Otho Melius Cotta was his most determined enemy; and with this person three hundred leagued themselves in a resolution to destroy Paleario. In order to ensure his condemnation, twelve of these were selected to bear witness against him. He had, in consequence, to defend himself before the Senate of Sienna, which he did with so much spirit that for the moment his defence was successful.               

There are some,” said he, so censorious (inclined or eager to criticize people or things)as to be displeased when we give the highest praise to the author and God of our salvation, Christ, the King of all nations and people. For writing in the Tuscan language to show what great benefits accrue to mankind from His death, a criminal accusation has been made against me. Is it possible to utter or conceive anything more shameful?”

  I said that, since He in whom Divinity resided has poured out His life’s blood so lovingly for our salvation, we ought not to doubt the good will of Heaven, but may promise ourselves the greatest tranquillity and peace. I affirmed, agreeably to the most unquestionable monuments of antiquity, that, those who turn with their souls to Christ crucified commit themselves to Him by faith                                       acquiesce in the promises, (to agree or comply with something in a passive or reserved way), and cleave with assured faith to Him who cannot deceive, are delivered from all evil, and enjoy a full pardon of all their sins.

  These things appeared so grievous, so detestable, so exorable (executor), to the twelve, I cannot call them men, but inhuman beasts, that they judged the author should be committed to the flames. “If I must undergo this punishment for the afore-said testimony, then, senators, nothing more happy can befall me. In such times as these I do not think a Christian ought to die in his bed. To be accused, to be dragged to prison, to be

scourged (somebody or something that is perceived as an agent of punishment, destruction, or severe criticism) to be hung up by the neck, to be sewed up in a sack, to be exposed to wild beasts, is little: let me be roasted before a fire, provided only the truth be brought to light by such a death.”

  In 1546 he was invited to Lucca, whence, after ten years’ services, he removed to Milan, at the invitation of its Senate, to take the post of Professor of Eloquence. Here the bloodhounds who had dogged his steps for years secured their prey. Paleario was seized by the Inquisitor Angelo di Cremona, about 1568, conveyed to Rome, and committed a close prisoner to the Torre di Nona.


The charges against him were disposed under the following four headings

1.      That he denied purgatory (in Roman Catholic doctrine, the place where souls remain until they have expiated their sins and can go to heaven).

2.      That he disapproved of the burial of the dead in churches, and preferred the ancient Roman mode of sepulchre without the walls of cities.

3.      That he ridiculed the monastic life;

4.      That he ascribed justification solely to faith in the mercy of God forgiving our sins through Jesus Christ.


In his examinations he appears to have manifested great firmness. When questioned by the Cardinals of the Inquisition he addressed them, (it is an enemy who reports his words:) “Seeing that your eminences have so many credible witnesses against me, it is unnecessary for you to give yourselves or me longer trouble. I am resolved to act according to the advice of the blessed Apostle Peter, when he says, “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow His steps; who did no evil, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again, when he suffered he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. Proceed, then to give judgement: pronounce sentence on Aonio, and thus gratify his adversaries and fulfil your office.” Judgement was given; and he was condemned, after a lengthened imprisonment, to be suspended on a gibbet (an upright post with a beam projecting horizontally from its top, from which the bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display), and his body to be committed to the flames; though more probably he was burnt alive.

  The Romanists, according to their frequent practice in such cases, pretended that Aonio was repentant and died in the communion of their church. But this assertion is refuted by an author, Laderchius, who drew his materials from the records of the Inquisition, and who says, “When it appeared that this son of Belial (in the Bible, a personification of wickedness or worthlessness, often thought of as a devil or demon) was obstinate and refractory (determined not to agree to other people's wishes or accept their suggestions), and could by no means be recovered from the darkness of error to the light of the truth, he was deservedly delivered to the fire, that, after suffering its momentary pains here, he might be found in everlasting flames hereafter,”(But not so). [Annales Eccles. Rom 1733]. Indeed, the last letters which Paleario wrote to his family on the morning of his death show the falsity of of the pretended recantation. They would, we may readily conclude, have expressed his contrition (deep and genuine feelings of guilt and remorse), had he felt any, for opposing the popish doctrines. Thus does the old man write from his dungeon in the face of a cruel death:-

MY DEAREST WIFE:- I would not wish that you should receive sorrow from my pleasure, nor ill from my good. The hour is now come when I must pass from this life to my Lord and father God. I depart as joyfully as if I were going to the nuptials of the Son of the great King, which I have always prayed my Lord to grant me through His goodness and infinite mercy. Wherefore, my dearest wife, comfort yourself with the will of God and with my resignation, and attend to the desponding family which still survives, training them up and preserving them in the fear of God, and bring to them both father and mother.

I am now an old man of seventy years, and useless. Our children must provide for themselves by their virtue and industry, and lead an honourable life. God the father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with your spirit! Thy husband,.

                                                        Aonio Paleario.   Rome, July 3, 1570”           





The First Chapter


The Holy Scripture saith that God created man after His own Image and Likeness


Genesis1-3 (KJV)

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

The state of man before and after that he had sinned.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  /  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Making him, as in respect of his body, impassible (free from suffering) and, as touching his soul, righteous, true, good, merciful, and holy.

3 And God said, ‘Let there be light: and there was light.’” But, after that he, being overcome with desire of knowledge, had eaten of the apple that God had forbidden him, he lost the said image and likeness of God, and became like the brute beasts, and like the Devil who had abused him. For as touching his soul, he became unrighteous, untrue, and pitiless, and the enemy of God; and as touching his body, he became passible (emotionally sensitive, especially to the point of feeling pain) and subject to a thousand inconveniences and diseases, not only like, but also inferior to brute beasts.


Now if anyone of you is confused; my website will enlighten you in conjunction with E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible (KJV) Online Appendix to the Companion Bible. It is vitally important that you read all of it.

The benefit of Christ [Hebrew Elohim] is that everyone saw, and read about the Crucifixion; however, a staggering lot of people, the world over have denied it ever even happened, without studying it first. I can vouch that it did happen, through studying over the past 30 years, I am now more convinced than ever that it did, and also what is in store for us; as the years fly by.  

  When Jesus Christ came to earth, and was born to a human couple of great stature in Israel; namely Mariam and Joseph of the house of Jesse:

Man is said to be made in God’s image, in so far as the image implies, an intelligent being endowed with free will and self-movement: now that we have treated of the exemplar, i.e. God, and of those things which come forth from the power of God in accordance with His will; it remains of us to treat of His image, i.e. man,  inasmuch as he too is the principle of his actions, as having free-will and control of his actions.

The purpose of His visit was to rescue those who were lost; Yes; the Crucifixion was to indicate to us the way back to His Father Jehovah. That is why His father sent Him here as a lamb, to the slaughter.

  Whether the pain of separation of the earthly body for the Spiritual one frightens those who believe, or are frightened, or ignorant of the facts; think to them-selves “It is better the evil you knowwhen it be death anyway for you to contemplate.  


Hebrews 2:14 (KJV) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Satan’s system, here on earth, we are only given three score and ten years (70) Some a bit longer and some shorter; so why do we wish to persevere in Satan’s system? Fear, and short sightedness; and only If we live that long.  You will still die and be judged, but our Father is merciful and grants us all salvation who wish to be with Him.




A new and secure life,  free of drugs, criminals, murderers, Satan, and the wicked  and over 6000 years of;

Purgatory (an extremely uncomfortable, painful, or unpleasant situation or experience). Why would anyone wish to remain when there is no future for us on this earth.




Luke 21:7-38 (KJV)

07 And they asked Him, saying, “Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

08 And He said, “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.’

09 “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”

10 Then said He unto them, “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:”

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake.”

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.”

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:”

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.”

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.”

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.”

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.”

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into.”

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.”

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

29 And He spake to them a parable; “Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;”

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.”

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”

32 Verily I say unto you, ‘This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.’”

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away.”

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” (surfeiting = Overindulgence)

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

37 And in the day time He was teaching in the temple; and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.”

38 And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the temple, for to hear Him.”