My friend and I were discussing some end times stuff, and I decided that, for a different perspective on things (both her and myself being raised in homes where the view portrayed in the Left Behind series was taught as the truth) to look at the note in my copy of The Reformation Study Bible . Here is our text and the study note. Let's discuss it, shall we? 24:4-14 Wars, earthquakes, persecutions, and false prophets are all signs of Jesus' coming, but they indicate only the certainty of judgment, not its time (vv. 6,8). Such signs characterize the entire period between His resurrection and His coming in judgment. Knowing when Jesus would return would lead His disciples to laziness and laxity in their watchfulness. The "when" (v. 3) that Jesus gives is task oriented: it is after the gospel has been preached to the nations (v. 14).