The dead sea is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water with a salinity of 34.2%, it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean making it a very harsh environment where plants and animals can't flourish or even survive. However, recently there's been small fish and vegetation found in sinkholes near the sea showing that it's coming to life. The bible states this will happen but is this just a big coincidence or one of many signs of the times we're living in?
One of the many signs accompanying the "end of this age" is the rebirth of the nation of Israel 70 years ago in 1948. In Matthew 24:32-34, Jesus gives a parable about a fig tree - Israel. He likens the appearance of leaves on the tree to events that will precede his return, but who is "this" generation that saw the fig tree bud and what does it mean for our current time?
We are a blessed generation that is witnessing the words of the prophets come to life and experiencing things previous generations could only dream to see. We're currently living in a period of time where many prophecies in the bible are being fulfilled daily and are setting up for their near and future fulfillments. We are born for such a time as this. However, as Christians what do we then do with this information? Do we keep it to ourselves and hide in our homes or sound the "alarm" of the events to come?
Several times in the bible, we're commanded to be watchful - watchful of the times we're living in and the many signs accompanying these times. But what does it really mean to be watchful and how does this affect our outlook of life as followers of Christ?