Pardon me, readership, as I indulge my Christian side. Those who are not Christians or otherwise inclined to partake, feel free to either ignore this altogether or read your own interpretation. :-)
Jesus told them, "Don't let anyone fool you. For many will come claiming to be the Messiah, and will lead many astray. When you hear of wars beginning, this does not signal my return; these must come, but the end is not yet. The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places. But all this will only be the beginning of the horrors to come.
Then you will be tortured and killed and hated all over the world because you are mine, and many of you shall fall back into sin and betray and hate each other. Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool the love of many. But those enduring to the end shall be saved.
Then if anyone tells you, "The Messiah has arrived at such and such a place, or has appeared here or there", don't believe it. For false Christs shall arise, and false prophets, and will do wonderful miracles, so if it were possible, even God's chosen ones would be deceived.
See, I have warned you.
Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When her branch is tender, and the leaves are about the sprout, you know that summer is almost here. Just so, when you see all these things beginning to happen...then at last this age will come to a close."