1) The Si gns of Nature......We are told to watch for earthquakes, famine, pestilence, and signs in the he avens (see Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:11). —--------2) The Si gns of Society........Je sus said that society will become increasingly lawless and immoral as the time approaches for His return. In fact, He said it would become as ev il as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:12,37-39). —---------------3) The Spiritual Si gns — There are both positive and negative spiritual signs that we are to watch for. The negative ones include the appearance of false chr ists and their cults (Matthew 24:5,11,24), the apostasy of the professing church (2 Thessalonians 2:3), an outbreak of Sa tanism (1 Timothy 4:1), and the persecution of faithful Chr istians (Matthew 24:9).-------4) The Si gns of Technology — The book of Daniel says that there will be an explosion of knowledge in the end times and that people will move about quickly (Daniel 12:4).-------5) The Si gns of World Politics — The Bib le pro phesies that there will be a certain pattern of world politics that will characterize the end time geopolitical map.----6) The Si gns of Israel — The signs related to the state of Isr ael are prolific and very important.------The State of Is rael
The first is the re-establishment of the state of Is rael which occurred on May 14, 1948. Jes us singled out this event as the one that would signal His soon return.
His prophecy is contained in the fig tree parable (Matthew 24:32-35) which He presented in His Olivet Discourse. The day before He delivered this speech, He had put a cur se on a barren fig tree, causing it to wither (Matthew 21:28-29). This was a symbolic prophecy that G od would soon pour out His wr ath upon the Je wish people because of their spiritual barrenness in rejecting His Son.
The next day Je sus reminded His disc iples of the fig tree. He said to watch for it to bloom again. In other words, He said watch for the rebi rth of Is rael. He indicated that when the fig tree blooms again, He would be at the gates of Heav en, ready to return (Matthew 24:33).
Equally significant, He added an interesting observation: "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Matthew 24:34). What generation? The generation that sees the fig tree blossom.
We are that generation. The fig tree has blossomed. J esus is at the gates.
-----------The City of Jer usalem
The second key event was prophesied by Je sus in the same speech, as recorded by Luke: "[The Je ws] will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jer usalem will be trampled under foot by the Gen tiles until the times of the Gent iles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).------