I have spoken to a lot of Catholics in my Diocese who also believe we are “nearing” the End Times. Mainly because of the attacks on the Faith, the extremism currently popular in the US and parts of Europe (homosexuality, abortion, bi-sexualism, couples living together & having children without marriage, and the unfortunate fact that many who practice these things are self-identified as “catholic” (lower case “c” used intentionally) and the current attack of the government on Catholics and many Protestants to force us to provide abortions… It’s true that Jesus stated that the re-establishment of Israel would be the “first sign” of the nearing of the End Times, as well as “wars & rumors of wars”. Although the Earth has had war in one place or another very frequently for many centuries. However, since WWII, we’ve had larger as well as more limited wars, somewhere, continuously for the past 70 years. Israel was re-established in 1948, and Jesus said that "that generation which saw (Israel re-established) “would not pass away” prior to His return. A biblical generation varies from 30 years, to as much as 70 years, depending upon the Scripture interpretation.
The current rapid increase in sinful behavior, and acceptance by general populations of things which were scandalous and considered sinful for centuries would seem to indicate we are “nearing” the End Times. Personally I feel the world is self-destructing in so far as morals are concerned. As for the rebuilding of the Temple, that is apparently done by the anti-Christ, during the “last 7 years” before the return of Christ.
It’s true that many Protestants do believe it is near, but a lot of Catholics are also beginning to believe the same thing. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it occurs within the next 10 - 20 years, but only the Father knows the hour and the day. We can only be careful to be ready at all times for that occurrence, and I try very hard to be ready every day and every hour, since I have no way of knowing when the Time will come. Since I’m over 70, there’s a good chance I will die prior to the return of Christ, but I find it an interesting subject. We need to pray daily to be ready, receive the Sacrament of Penance as often as we should (I go once a month, usually) and celebrate the Holy Mass weekly. I wish I could attend Mass daily, but due to disability, cannot get to our Historic Church the 3 weekdays when Mass is offered, but attend at the Parish Center which is handicap accessible each week. I’m also trying to get back in the habit of daily Rosary, which I did get “lazy” with for several years. I do pray daily, and often say short prayers during the day as well. I think we should all do as much as we can to pray for the world and the general population which has become so immoral. It is the Father’s decision when the End comes, but I would certainly want to be watchful and ready if it occurs while I live!