SIGNS OF THE TIME
By Prof Herman Hanko
"The Scriptures speak frequently of the signs of Christ’s coming, and the entire book of Revelation is devoted to a discussion of these signs. But the chapter in Matthew 24, speaks clearly and briefly of all the signs that must take place before the Lord returns. It is well that we, who live in the end of the ages, know what these signs are in order that we recognize them as signs when these events take place. We must be students of the times in which we live and know what is happening in our own country and in all the nations of our planet earth.
But Jesus does not give us the list of signs in order that we may have some additional information of God’s works; He himself ends His discussion of the signs of His coming with many urgent warnings to watch and pray; and He even gives us three parables in Matthew 25 to press home His admonitions concerning how we are to live in the light of the nearness of Christ’s coming.
The wicked mockers laugh at the anxious prayer of the righteous, “Come Lord Jesus, yea, come quickly.” But our Lord tells us how we must live when our life is controlled by the nearness of Christ’s return. Peter emphasizes the same practical calling that is ours. After pointing to the foolishness of those who mock Christ’s coming, and after assuring us of the complete destruction of this present world, he says, “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Pet. 3:11)."