Watching the clock is not an ideal way to pass the time at work, and nor is it an ideal way of waiting for a deadline to approach. Instead, one should be actively engaged in accomplishing a purpose. One should be so engrossed in the energy of accomplishment that the time or the deadline approaches imperceptibly.
Christians, Jews and Muslims are all at a unique time in their theological chronology. They all are expecting an act of "salvation" by a Messiah or savior. They all are expecting a new world order and a new life superimposed on the old status quo. They want a changed world without having to change. Essentially, they all seem to be watching the clock. Any fervent activities that are not uniquely geared toward surrendering the heart and mind are equivalent to watching the clock.
First, the chronological convergence among these three major religions with a connected past leads to the conclusion that their future must also be connected. One questions, for example, whether the Messiah whose arrival they each are anticipating is one and the same person. The notion that there would be three separate Messiahs, one for each of the three faiths, whose dates of arrival approximate each other, is somewhat anachronistic.
Second, that they all seem to be in a holding pattern also is significant. They now have all the evidence they need to buttress their beliefs, but are not certain of how it should be used, or what should be their first step. Holding patterns are similar to patterns of dismay in that persons in a holding pattern often feel incapable of moving forward. Becoming unstuck requires that they bulldoze the offending roots, and allow the Spirit of God to take control. They must become surrendered.