We have 'stepped' upon verses 6, 8, 9, 10, 14.
We will seek out some more 'stepping stones' after that important 'stone' in verse 14.
"Then shall the end come."
There follows a further sequence of verses which cover the last 31/2 years up to the end of this age!
Verse 15 - 'When'.
Verse 16 - 'Then'.
Verse 21 - 'Then'.
Verse 23 - 'Then'.
Verse 29 - 'Immediately after'.
Verse 30 - 'And then', 'Then'." . . . and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
We now can jump to our text and its first word - 'Then'! No clearer instructions could be given than these!
It is at the end of this age that this parable is centred. It is then when the 'Church' will succumb to slumber and sleep!
Is this not another sign of the 'last days?