Jesus reminds us that when we see certain signs that indicate we are in, or are entering into the end times, we don't have to be alarmed. Because He's told us ahead of time what to expect, we know from His word, "such things must happen, but the end is still to come."
He reminds us that we will know these are prophetic words coming to pass when we hear of "wars and rumors of wars," when we see certain events unfolding, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains."
And also, in this one chapter where Jesus is telling us of all that's to come, signs of the end times, He says this over and over, 7 different times throughout these verses...He warns us to stay aware. His words are true and they are for this day and time, and throughout all future days until he comes again. May we be faithful, wise to listen, and may He help us to apply them to life:
"Watch out that no one deceives you..."- "You must be on your guard..." - "So be on your guard, I have told you everything ahead of time." - "Be on guard!" - "Be alert!"- "Therefore, keep watch..."- "If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!" As believers, we have hope in Christ, we know beyond a doubt He is at work in this world and He will come again.
Let's keep working while it is still day...Praying for His mercy through the storms and floods, through the earthquakes, through the fires, may God draw many to Himself in these days. And may we be found living as light in a world that needs His great peace.