The phrase "can't see the forest for the trees" is an expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole.

Rather than seeking out specific occurences in the news to see if they "might" meet certain criteria in prophetic passages, it's often helpful to stand back and observe what's happening in the forest. I think it's ok to be curious. But there's often a tendency to say "this is that" - only to be proven wrong later. History is full of examples where popular theories were turned upside down years or decades later. The details will become apparent in time. In the meantime, observe the forest.