Matthew 24:32-33   "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. [33] Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

• The meaning is this, when a fig tree begins to bloom, men know that summer is near. If we lived in Washington D.C. we might say it this way… When the cherry trees blossom, we know that summer is near. (The fig tree is a general time indicator.)

• So it is with the end times; when we begin to see the prophetic events described in Mt 24 occur, the generation then living will know the Lord’s return is very near and we are living in the last days.

• The point of the parable is obvious; there are specific signs that will precede the Lord’s coming. These indicators allow us to know the general time or season of His coming.

• We know what will happen. We know how it will happen. We know where it will happen. We just don’t know exactly when. But we have enough information that we shouldn’t be caught off guard!