1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Signs of the times
The proper observing of these signs. They are heavenly, and therefore must be seen in a heart which is seeking those things which are spiritual.
1. The sign of the day. Another day is gone. The day of the Lord is nearer. Am I better prepared for it?
2. The sign of the cross of his Saviour. Has he crucified every evil affection?
3. The sign of the example of his Saviour.
4. The signs of the times in which he is living, and he considers how they are the harbingers of the last day, and how he must conduct himself accordingly.
5. And the question with the man of God is, what do these signs foreshadow? Do they prove that he has advanced in the Christian course? Then the heavens are red with joyful signs for the morrow.
6. The redness of the evening sky may deceive, as we all know; these signs never can.
7. Whatsoever the signs of the sky foreshadow, we cannot alter; but we may alter that which is threatened by the signs of the spiritual world.
8. The true Christian will observe the signs of the morning as he rises as it were from death unto life again, and he will prepare himself for the coming day. Is it red and lowering with the coming storms of trial and temptation; then he will prepare to meet it.
9. The Christian does not desire any more signs from heaven. The more watchful he is the more he finds that he has already, and the more evident and certain they are. The very last has been given, the Son of man has risen from the dead.
10. Scripture is full of exhortations to Christian watchfulness.
11. The rebuke which our Lord administered to these worldly-minded sign-seekers-“And He left them and departed.” (R. W. Evades, B. D.)