The Second Coming is FULL of Intervening Events. (B.W. Newton)
As the budding of the fig-tree indicates the near approach of spring, so surely shall these things indicate His glorious coming; and for these things He commands us to wait and to watch. Would the Lord have commanded us to watch for these events if such waiting produced a bad spiritual effect on the soul, and tended to make it say, “My Lord delayeth His coming,” therefore I will eat and drink with the drunken?
Will any indeed say that the teaching of intervening events produces this effect, when they must acknowledge that in this chapter [Mtt 24] the Lord Jesus has not only spoken of intervening events, but commanded us to expect them, and made such expectation essential to a right condition of watchfulness?
If we watch, that is, observe the appointed signs (and there is no other way of watching in the sense in which ‘watch’ is used in Scripture), we shall not indeed know either the day or the hour of the Lord’s appearing, but we shall know when it is near, even at the doors.
(B. W. Newton)