Oh, how we long to see our Lord in person! The “can’t wait” longing is like a woman in her last month of expectancy. We can sense that “pregnant moment,” which brings us to a crucial key to understanding the times—binocular vision. Like the two lenses on binoculars, we need two fields of view to see the complete picture of the events surrounding Christ’s return. Not having these two fields of vision is what has caused false “sightings” and false “timings.”
The two fields of vision of our end-times binoculars cover the chronos (CROW-nos) and the kairos (KIE-ros). Those are the Greek words used in the original language of the New Testament. They mean the times and the signs. The “times” is God’s set timetable given in the Bible. The “signs” are the signals we see in the world that say the time is soon approaching.
They are like the times and the signs of a pregnancy. A woman knows the set time of any human pregnancy—nine months. She also knows the signs that show she is indeed pregnant—the swelling belly, food cravings, mood swings, contractions, and her water breaking. The child’s coming can’t happen apart from that set time and those signs.
Much of what we see and hear in the media concerning the end-times is not necessarily tied specifically to the biblical record of the times and the signs. That’s why there is so much speculation about what each event means. Instead, these events generally signal that we are in the last of the last days. They show the cumulative effect of the “falling away” brought about by secular humanism—the idea that we can fix our world with the right progressive ideas. Clearly, it’s not working. These current events show us that the conditions that the Bible says shall exist when Christ returns are “in the works” and right on schedule.