I hear comments from a wide variety of people who wish Christ would return. They welcome the idea, as if it were going to solve the world’s problems. I’m always daunted by what will happen immediately before His return. Whatever joy He may ultimately bring, this world will undergo widespread catastrophes prior to the return.
Jesus was asked about the signs which would accompany His return. He answered in Luke 21: 25-26:
And there shall be signs in the sun…
[the most common sign is always an eclipse. For some reason the transit of Venus across the sun went largely unnoticed. But the sun waxes and wanes in both magnetic effect, sunspot activity and solar flares. It affects climate, electromagnetic fields, crops and all life.]
and in the moon…
[the most common sign are blood moons and eclipses. But it can also be used to gauge the health of our atmosphere.]
and in the stars…
[these rotate predictably, but when they move from one age to another by the precession through the equinoxes, the new constellation was said anciently to be “a new earth.” And when the pole star moved from one to the next, the change was said anciently to be “a new heaven.” Both Aquarius and Polaris represent a change to a new heaven and a new earth.]
and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
[most often associated with economic upheaval and warfare. But today there is both distress and perplexity from causes the modern world has no preparation to face and little hope of solving peacefully.]
the sea and the waves roaring;
[most often associated with tsunami activity.]
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
[most often associated with the lack of courage to face the adversaries and opposing forces that threaten our safety. It includes the inability to stand for principal and righteousness because men are weak. It also includes the growing cruelty of men toward one another.]
for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
[most often associated with apostasy and collapse of faith by men. But also includes distress felt by the angels who are over the earth and those sent by heaven to minister to others. The term “Powers of Heaven” is a proper noun, referring to angelic hosts.]
I’m not certain those who pray for the Lord’s quick return appreciate fully what they are asking.