“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
After the Great Tribulation will come the startling heavenly signs Jesus described here. By showing His power over the sun and moon and heavenly bodies, God will get people’s attention and announce the beginning of the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:31). That Day, perhaps a year in length based on the day-for-a-year principle (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:4-6), will lead up to Jesus Christ’s “coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
This sequence helps provide a framework for understanding the order of end-time events:
- Great Tribulation.
- Heavenly signs.
- Day of the Lord.
- Christ’s return.
We will explore this further in the next week.
Read more about the heavenly signs in our article “Signs in the Heavens.”