Only the Father knows the day and the hour (Matt 24:36) .He tells us 'Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36).
But he also said that though he would come to the world as a thief in the night, we should not be caught out but be ready:
’ But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober.’ 1 Thess 5:5
Many of the signs Jesus discussed have already been fulfilled.
Wars and rumours of wars, kingdom against Kingdom; famines, pestilences, earthquakes (there were 6 major earthquakes recorded in 1901 rising each year since then to 28 in 2014 source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - and these are just significant earthquakes); these are described by Jesus as the beginnings of the sorrows, like birth pangs, ie getting stronger and more frequent. Exactly what is happening!
Then there are the deceivers who claim to follow or even be The Christ; yep, they are here too;
After nearly two millennia the twelve tribes of Israel are back in the Promised Land and the nation of Israel has been reborn. This fulfils numerous prophecies: Isaiah 66:8, Isaiah 11:10-12, Ezekiel 36:22-28, Ezekiel 37:12, Ezekiel 38:8, Jeremiah 30:3-4, Zechariah 10:10, and others.
Increased wickedness and loss of love, no need for explanation there!
Technology is in place which would allow ‘the mark of the beast’ to control buying and selling;
Technology would also allow the whole world to see the 2 witnesses of Revelation via TV or the internet ( impossible just 50 years ago);
the gospel preached in all the nations; again, the internet has reached everywhere as well as missionaries;
the persecution and martyrdom of Christians . Thousands of Christians are currently dying for their faith with more and more suffering each successive year. Currently a Christian is dying for their faith every 5 minutes and over 200 million Christians are under threat because of their faith in 105 out of the 190 nations on earth.
Worldwide moral conditions are now the same as they were in the days of Noah as Jesus said they would be in Matthew 24:37 and Luke 17:26. The three specific things the Bible says about the immorality of the world at the time of Noah were that there was genetic manipulation (Genesis 6:4), violence everywhere (Genesis 6:11), and every human thought was evil continually (Genesis 6:5).
Jesus said He would not visit Israel again until its people recognized that He came from God (Matthew 23:39). The early Church was primarily Gentile because the Jewish people largely rejected Christ as their Messiah in fulfillment of Romans 11:25 and Acts 15:14-16. But in just the last few decades there has been an explosion of faith among the Jews with thousands turning to Him. There are some 300,000 Messianic Jews now, and hundreds of thousands more are turning to God through Messianic ministries such as Jews for Jesus, Chosen People Ministries, IMetMessiah.com, and others. Truly there are now hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who declare of Jesus Christ: “Blessed is He who come in the name of the LORD.”
Israel is ready to build the Third Temple with just a moment’s notice and it has taken many, many years to get to this point. The architectural plans are finished, actual descendants of Aaron have been identified for priestly service and trained, a temple service training school has already been established, the temple’s altar has been rebuilt, the temple’s cornerstone has been cut and is ready for installation, and the priestly garments and artefacts are ready for use;
Apostasy in the church; a great falling away; people who want their ears tickled by teachers of their own liking; immorality abounds;
So taking all these things together, I would say we should look up, for our redemption draws nigh. No, we do not know the day or the hour, but we can see the signs of the times, as Jesus told us we ought to
‘.But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief.’
'So also, when you see all these things, know that He is near, at the very door.'Matt 24
How long does it take to open that door?