"During the days after this trouble happens, 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' Then people will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with power and great glory."
— Mark 13:24-26
When Jesus returns in glory, no one will doubt his arrival. His return will be triumphant, glorious, and universally acknowledged. Won't that day be fantastic for those of us who eagerly await his return?
O Father all glorious, we look forward to the return of our Lord and Savior when your reign will be universally recognized and the faithful endurance of your spiritual children will be rewarded. In Jesus' name I await this day with the joy of anticipation and praise. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
"You will see 'the terrible thing that causes destruction.' You will see this thing standing in the place where it should not be." (You that read this should understand what it means.) "At that time, the people in Judea should run away to the mountains. People should run away without wasting time to stop for anything. If a person is on the roof of his house, he must not go down to take things out of his house. If a person is in the field, he must not go back to get his coat. At that time, it will be bad for women that are pregnant or have small babies. Pray that these things will not happen in winter. Why? Because those days will be full of much trouble. There will be more trouble than has ever happened since the beginning, when God made the world. And nothing as bad as that will ever happen again. But God has decided to make that terrible time short. If that time were not made short, then no person could continue living. But God will make that time short to help his special people that he has chosen. At that time, some person might say to you, 'Look, there is the Christ !' Or another person might say, 'There he is!' But don't believe them. False Christs and false prophets will come and do great things and miracles. They will do these things to the people God has chosen. They will do these things to try to fool his people, if that is possible. So be careful. Now I have warned you about all this before it happens. "During the days after this trouble happens, 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' "Then people will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with power and great glory. The Son of Man will send his angels all around the earth. The angels will gather his chosen people from every part of the earth.
In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ himself was like God in everything. Christ was equal with God. But Christ did not think that being equal with God was something that he must keep. He gave up his place with God and agreed to be like a servant. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God. He obeyed even when that caused him to die. And he died on a cross. Christ obeyed God, so God raised Christ to the most important place. God made the name of Christ greater than every other name. God did this because he wants every person to bow for the name of Jesus. Every person in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. Every person will confess (say), "Jesus Christ is Lord (Master)." When they say this, it will bring glory to God the Father.
The Son of Man will come again with his Father's glory and with his angels. At that time, the Son of Man will reward each person for the things he has done.