The very first paragraph in this gospel makes me think about the times when my (everyone’s) life becomes dark. It happens to all of us at some point. We can’t see the light, tribulation overtakes our mind, and we are in despair. I’m reading this at a more personal level, not necessarily looking at “the end” but I our kind what we “feel” is the end. And it’s the. That we see the Lord. We see His glory. I don’t see an image of the Son of Man in a cloud, but within me I see the light He provides!
I also think the comparison to the fig tree represents the strength and the newness one feels once they realize God has been with them the whole time!