Luke 21:25-28 – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Jesus told us to watch for specific signs leading up to his return. These signs are “birth pangs” (Matthew 24:6-7, Mark 13:7-8, and Luke 21:9-11).
When these signs “begin” to happen, we know our redemption is near. While this redemption is ultimately speaking of the 2nd Coming of Jesus, the “birth pangs” have probably already begun.
In other words, as the “birth pangs” increase in frequency and intensity, we know that the return of Christ is drawing near!