As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3
When I was young, I can remember hearing my mom using Pig Latin when she was talking about something I shouldn’t hear. “Tell me what you are talking about!. I want to know.” It was frustrating.
I hear a similar frustration from the disciples in this section of Mathew and for a similar reason. They (and we) are just not ready to handle all the knowledge that God has. Tell us, tell us when, we want to know. Jesus responds, with the reminder to just stay ready.
People have been seeing signs and predicting the end since then, trying to do exactly what Jesus warned against. In every generation of Christians, someone has seen end signs. Why? Because there are always wars, and famines and plagues (cicadas every seventeen years) and corrupt governments. Natural disasters occur as do contagions. And false prophets have been in every age, trying to tell us they have all the answers, that only they can fix things, that they should be believed over all other authority, Do not be deceived.
You don’t need to know when if you are always prepared: keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. How is it today with your soul? Are you prepared for his return?