One thing is certain Jesus tells us to be watchful concerning the end times. In the New Testament, Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John all refer to the discipline of “watching or being “watchful”. In fact, they refer to it twenty-three times! It is a key way we prepare for the Last Days by watching.
“Watch you therefore: for you do not know when the master of the house comes, in the evening, at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he finds you sleeping. And I say to you and to you all, Watch.” Mark 13:35-37
The Greek word translated “watch” carries the meaning of being alert and staying awake to watch for the events that the Bible indicates will happen prior to Jesus’ return.
Jesus told us the Parable of the Ten Virgins as an indicator of what the church will be like on His return. Sadly, all ten waiting for the bridegroom (Jesus) were asleep, and even worse half of them did not have oil for their lamps. When they returned with oil, Jesus said to them ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you’. Jesus tells us here that prior to His return the church will be asleep and up to half of the people in our churches are not born again. This is the case today with apostasy in the church rife: most of the denominational churches have compromised with the world on gay marriage and homosexuality.
Jesus finishes the parable with: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour”. What are we watching for? All the signs He has given us so that we know that time is short and we need to complete the great commission. If we aren’t thinking about Jesus’ return on a regular basis, then we won’t notice events in our world that could indicate the end is approaching. We do not know the day nor the hour but we can observe all the chronological signs he has given us and be prepared for the coming tribulation, even great tribulation.
God has raised up many end times ministries and one recent one is Last Days Overcomers http://www.lastdaysovercomer.org where you can download the must-read book: 10 SIGNS – The Last Days Have Already Begun.