We recognize the signs, of the end of the age, when we are spiritually in tune with Christ (through prayer), and are following the word of God (the Bible), which causes us to see our unfolding world events through discerning eyes. But, if we are looking for signs just to make a point, or to prove someone wrong, our efforts will be futile. Jesus brought this to light in Matthew 16:1-4:
“Some Pharisees and Sadducees were on him again, pressing him to prove himself to them. He told them: “You have a saying that goes, ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning.’ You find it easy enough to forecast the weather—why can’t you read the signs of the times? An evil and wanton generation is always wanting signs and wonders. The only sign you’ll get is the Jonah sign.” Then he turned on his heel and walked away.” (The Message – MSG).
The disciples, later came to Jesus, with sincere hearts, in Matthew 24:
“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (vs3).
Jesus tells them how to gauge the nearness of his return, by the frequency, and intensity of the signs in their time. His list is descriptive, and the reader can see that the signs become more relevant with each generation that passes. Today those signs are more frequent, and intense than ever before.
In Matthew 25, Jesus goes on to give examples of what it will be like when he returns; but the central message, in those two chapters, is summed up in Matt 24:42:
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
Those who are sincerely seeking will be sincerely answered.