Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
Elect, therefore, for yourselves bishops and deacons worthy of the
Lord, men who are meek and not covetous, and true and approved,
for they perform for you the service of prophets and teachers.
2 Do not, therefore, despise them, for they are those who
are honoured among you, together with the prophets and teachers.
3 Rebuke one another, not in wrath but peaceably, as ye have
commandment in the Gospel; and, but let no one speak to any one
who walketh disorderly with regard to his neighbour, neither let
him be heard by you until he repent.
4 But your prayers and your almsgivings and all your deeds
so do, as ye have commandment in the Gospel of our Lord.
Watch concerning your life; let not your lamps be quenched or your
loins be loosed, but be ye ready, for ye know not the hour at which
our Lord cometh.
2 But be ye gathered together frequently, seeking what is
suitable for your souls; for the whole time of your faith shall
profit you not, unless ye be found perfect in the last time
3 For in the last days false prophets and seducers shall
be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love
shall be turned into hate;
4 and because iniquity aboundeth they shall hate each other,
and persecute each other, and deliver each other up; and then shall
the Deceiver of the world appear as the Son of God, and shall do
signs and wonders, and the earth shall be delivered into his hands;
and he shall do unlawful things, such as have never happened since
the beginning of the world.
5 Then shall the creation of man come to the fiery trial
of proof, and many shall be offended and shall perish; but they
who remain in their faith shall be saved by the rock of offence
6 And then shall appear the signs of the truth; first the
sign of the appearance in heaven, then the sign of the sound of
the trumpet, and thirdly the resurrection of the dead
7 -- not of all, but as it has been said, The Lord shall
come and all his saints with him;
8 then shall the world behold the Lord coming on the clouds
by Charles H. Hoole