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"For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day." (Luke 17:24 ESV)

How much is packed into this one statement by Jesus about his return, his second coming!  How many errors could be avoided by paying close attention to this passage.

  • His return will be like lightning (sudden, unexpected, powerful)
  • It will light up the sky (visible, glorious)
  • From one side to the other (universal, global*)
  • the Son of Man in his day (personal, bodily)

Jesus' second coming will be personal, visible, sudden, worldwide, and glorious! 

*Jesus notes that at his return some will be sleeping, some will be working (17:34, 35). This is probably not a reference to shift work, but to the fact that for some it will be day and for others night.  Hint: Jesus knew the world was round.

He goes on to say that his return will be preceded by a period of normalcy.  Normal human activities -- eating, working, attending weddings. (This one reason why I believe the rapture will precede the great tribulation, which will be a period of non-normalcy.)

The big warning: "remember Lot's wife" (17:32).  Don't be attached to the world that is going to be destroyed. Be ready to leave.  "I wish we'd all been ready." (Larry Norman)


Lightning photo from Wikimedia Commons. 


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