Read Mark 13
Watch! We are commanded to watch. But what are we to watch? Are we to watch and predict the timing of the end? Are we to evaluate current events to gain insight into the timing of the end? Are we to erect fortifications meant to protect the things we treasure in this world from the coming wrath and destruction associated with the end times?
No. We are commanded to watch for other things. We are commanded to be on our guard for those that make predictions and proclaim the end before it has been revealed by the living God. We are commanded not to rely on our own strength and words to defend ourselves from the inevitable persecution we will encounter and endure as disciples of Jesus. We are commanded to watch how we are trusting in the love of Jesus as we are cast out and abandoned by those closest to us, including our family. We are commanded to guard against those coming in the name of Jesus who promote and glorify the miraculous works of their own hands and not the Christ. We are commanded to watch out for the inevitable corruption and desolation of the House of God as the message of Jesus is replaced with a message of self-glorification. Most importantly, we are to watch and pray that when the Son of Man comes like a thief in the night we are prepared to stand before the throne of the living God with sincerity of heart to declare our complete devotion to Jesus Christ and his commands to which we have submitted our entire lives. Watch!