Signs will occur in the sun, moon, and stars. The nations of the earth will be deeply troubled and confused because of the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint as they fearfully wait for what will happen to the world. Indeed, the powers of the universe will be shaken. Then people will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to happen, stand with confidence! The time when you will be set free is near.
Then Jesus used this story as an illustration. “Look at the fig tree or any other tree. As soon as leaves grow on them, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happen, you know that God’s kingdom is near. I can guarantee this truth: This generation will not disappear until all this takes place. The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
Make sure that you don’t become drunk, hung over, and worried about life. Then that day could suddenly catch you by surprise like a trap. That day will surprise all people who live on the earth. Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the strength to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.”