Jesus prophesied that “the sun will be darkened…

Jesus prophesied that “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give light and the stars will fall from heaven”. A cursory reading leads many to conclude he must be speaking of the 2nd Coming and end of the world. However, careful Bible students learn that such language was commonly used by prophets to describe the fall of a nation or city. So then, reading the context of Jesus’ statement, the thoughtful reader discovers that it falls in the middle of verses foretelling the fall of Jerusalem, which was fulfilled forty years later in AD 70. The terminology originated from conquerors setting fire to the defeated city so that the thick smoke darkens the sun and at night it is as if the moon has no light and the stars have fallen from heaven. It certainly isn’t a sign of the 2nd Coming, for it is to come as “a thief in the night”, that is, with no advance warning and no precise signs. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

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