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17 April 2016: In His discourse on the Mount of Olives, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of five primary signs for us to watch for as indications of His soon coming and the end of the current age of mankind. Jesus warned against the man-made deception ("let no man deceive you") of false messiahs; wars and rumors of wars, famines, biological plagues and earthquakes all occurring in various places. All of these signs (occurring together or concurrently), He said, are the beginning of [Greek: ōdin thanatos] dire calamities, the beginning of sorrows, which occur as the travail of a woman in the throes of childbirth. This specific Greek phrase ōdin thanatos is repeated with what I believe is a little more clarity in Acts 2:24 where it is translated as "the pains of death."