In a study of Jesus’ Olivetti Discourse about the end of the world, we take note of particular signs that will precede His return. If we are not careful, we can become trapped watching for signs instead of being secure by looking at the Son. As unbelievers are scratching their heads and having heart failure because of the recent tragedy in our nation, we need to be keeping our eyes on Jesus Christ. This is a time for prayer and patience and harvest. The greatest tragedy of all is when a person steps into a Christ-less eternity.

The study of prophecy is very practical. We must be about our Father’s business, not building bigger barns. Are we honoring Christ in our marriage? On our jobs? In our schools or colleges? Only by abiding in Jesus can we be the salt and light He has called us to be.

Church, we have a mission and a message that the world must hear. Will we answer the call? If we keep our eyes on Jesus and walk in His wonderful love and grace, He will use us all in a mighty way. The ultimate purpose for the signs Jesus speaks of are to cause us to get ready for His return.