When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red; and
in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day, for the sky is red and lowering. O ye
hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of
the times? Mathew.16:2,3
"THESE words were addressed to the Pharisees and Sadducees at a time when theycame to Christ tempting him for a sign from Heaven. It was a reproof to them for
their unbelief in the signs mentioned in the Old-Testament writings, which they
professed to believe, and which were actually being fulfilled before their eyes, yet
disregarded by them. They could tell the weather for the morrow, but had no skill
in those prophecies that pointed to that time.
That which constitutes a sign of the times, in a scriptural sense, must be a matter
of prophecy. The prophetic pencil sketches that which shall take place in the
political and religious worlds. Time shows the fulfillment. The student of prophecy
compares the prophetic sketch with the facts of history, and, finding a perfect
agreement, he sees his position on the great highway of time."