So when you see the appalling sacrilege [the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place--let the reader take notice and ponder and consider and heed [this]--
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;
Let him who is on the housetop not come down and go into the house to take anything;
And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his overcoat.
And alas for the women who are pregnant and for those who have nursing babies in those days!
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.
For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now--no, and never will be [again].
And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God's chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, There He is!--do not believe it.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God's chosen ones).
See, I have warned you beforehand.
So if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness (desert)--do not go out there; if they tell you, Behold, He is in the secret places or inner rooms--do not believe it.
For just as the lightning flashes from the east and shines and is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Wherever there is a fallen body (a corpse), there the vultures (or eagles) will flock together.