24:21 For then there will be great suffering 1 unlike anything that has happened 2 from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 24:22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 3 or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false messiahs 4 and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
1 tn Traditionally, “great tribulation.”
2 sn Suffering unlike anything that has happened. Some refer this event to the destruction of Jerusalem in
3 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”
sn See the note on Christ in 1:16.
4 tn Or “false christs”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”