“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
What do you think of when Jesus speaks of a darkened sun and moon? Or stars falling or heavenly powers being shaken? And what does the sign of the Son of Man look like? Such is the mysterious way that the Lord describes his coming. He indicates that all will know who he is when he comes on the clouds.. and all will mourn when they see his sign.. all will be without excuse. Yet, in the midst of such mourning, angels will be dispatched to gather those who await his coming. It is a glorious and amazing scene.
Of that waiting Jesus speaks when he describes the fig tree in coming into bloom. He says that we will know the signs of his coming - we will know when the summer of his coming is at hand. The generation he speaks of is the one that will see the sun darkened and stars falling. The signs will be there for those who are awaiting and looking for his coming. The passage ends with words that only God can speak. In these words Jesus tells us of his deity. When he comes again it will be the second coming of God the Son.
Reading of your coming Lord encourages me. Thank you for giving us hope.