Read: Matthew 24:29-31
“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.
Reading and thinking of these passages from Matthew is difficult given the state of our world today and it is hardly what you might expect from a daily devotional
Ray Stedman, wrote,“the tribulation will be essentially the manifestation of the naked brutality of man, the exhibition of the cruelty and unbelievable violence of the human heart unrestrained by grace… It will be a time when the horrors of Nazi persecution, reflected in the gas chambers of Buchenwald and Dachau, will be repeated all over the earth; a time when violence stalks the streets, and … it will be a day of unprecedented human evil, of terrible slaughter and human suffering.”
But, those days will lead to something followers of Christ are waiting for – the physical return of Christ. There are three things in the passage above –
The will be some kind of significant change in the sun, moon and stars. Imagine the consequences here on earth – this will be true climate change.
Next, the Son of Man will appear – not in secret, but for all the world to see.
Finally, the goodness of God will win and darkness will be defeated.
Today, we are seeing signs of upheaval in the world, not just here in the United States, but across the planet.
Not all is doom and gloom. In fact, there should be great hope because every day on earth brings us closer to the return of Christ and that is definitely good news.