"When the ship hits the sand..." no man knows. But in Luke 21, some hints of the impending end of the age include: -wars and rumors of wars -great earthquakes -famines -pestilences -signs in the heavens -persecution of Christians -Jerusalem compassed by armies (this might be the time to flee to the mountains). But amidst all the fear and slaughter, look up and know that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Then you will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Watch and be ready.