A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' Then" 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" "For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?"
Those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. "If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive."