Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.
Reading the signs, being advised and aware so the proper action can be taken is the message given here. Proper action may be simply praying for someone to have wisdom and strength or it may mean an act of kindness or service for another in a time when most only do what is perceived as good for themselves. Anyone working with plants or gardens, any farmer can tell you when to do what to have good results with the crops based upon the signs of the seasons and the conditions of the soil, weather and plants. We use that knowledge to determine if and when to apply fertilizer or moisture. In the same way, we can be alert to the signs in our world that indicate the ‘season’ of time and what needs to be done when. This knowledge helps us to avoid being “…weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, …”. When we hear of ‘wars and rumors of wars’, or ‘earthquakes and famine’ do we ask What can we do? or do we quake in fear? We possess the Spirit’s guiding and the promise of God’s blessings. Jesus tells us when we read these signs to pray. Prayer is staying in touch with the Lord. We draw on His strength and wisdom. Prayer is making requests known, for those who cross our paths, for those we love, for our own ‘daily bread’ needs. Prayer is communion, communication with our Creator, hearing His voice and knowing what He requires of us in thought and action. Pray that we may be able to escape — these events won’t have the same effect on us, the believer that they have on the unbeliever. Pray that we may stand before the Lord, with confidence not in fear. “…pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”