From the time of Christ to this day, there have not been any shortage of wars, earthquakes, plagues or famines. Jesus describes these signs as the beginning of ‘birth pangs’ as the world convulses before the birth of the Kingdom of God and the eternal reign of Christ. But as every mother knows, the start of birth pangs do not guarantee a short labor. Even so, these signs, the result of sin’s affects upon mankind and the natural environment, are a constant reminder that the end is coming and a new day is about to dawn. The Son will soon appear and drive back the darkness, and these signs, as in
every new mother’s pain, will be but a fading memory.