In the climate of current events every thinking person must have serious questions, and must be curious about what on earth is taking place in the world!
In Mark 13, the Master discusses the Endtime with His disciples:
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
His clear instruction was that the day of His Second Advent was unknown. But the phrase, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors offers hope to us of today’s generation more than any previously! He is clearly warning us of this generation that the general climate of His return will be apparent; the specific“ generation” of His return has arrived!
One of the obvious, concrete portents of His Second Coming is the unmistakable signpost of 1948 – the establishment of the State of Israel after having disappeared 19 centuries ago. It is the budding Fig Tree of His parable!
That historic occurrence is the landmark event signaling the Second Advent’s nearness. Isaiah 5:26 refers to that entity as an “ensign.” And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: Here the “ensign” is obviously the nation of Israel prior to Jesus’ return to which His people are bidden to come as he whistles (hisses) for them! His people HAVE returned to the Land swiftly, so that nearly six million of them dwell in that Ensign today!
Later the “Ensign” has obviously become the personal presence of the Lord returned from the heavens: Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. This can only be the personal King of Israel, the Christ of the Second Advent then enthroned upon Judah’s sacred hill of Zion. We await that time!