Whenever we read something that we don’t understand, people have a tendency to skip over it and move beyond. This is not something that is peculiar to me, but a universal trait among the human race.
You can see this in the gospels where the people were confronting Jesus over his statement that the Son of Man would be lifted up in death (John 12:34). They knew that the Old Testament promised the Messiah an everlasting kingdom, so how is it possible that he would die?
The Old Testament clearly says that the Messiah would die, and yet it still promised Him an eternal kingdom. You can see this in Daniel 9:26, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22, among others. The Jews of that day, and even until today, failed to harmonize all the Scriptures, and thus could not understand that the Messiah would die, not for Himself, but for them, and then be resurrected to receive His eternal kingdom!
I am going through the gospel of Luke during my daily devotions, and I came across another example of this, one that I had read many times and must have skipped over it, but this week it jumped out at me.
Luke 17 records Jesus speaking about the comparison between the flood and the end times, and Lot, and the destruction of Sodom, and the end times. Then He says;
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
What caught my attention was the fact that this event exactly parallels Jesus talk about the End Times in Matthew 24;
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Here’s the thing; will there be two great events where those on the housetop, and those in the field are told to flee to the hills, without taking any provisions or even clothing? No! These are two different accounts of the same time, yet they are known by separate events. The one event takes place in the Temple in Jerusalem, and the other takes place somewhere else, but the two are linked.
The Abomination of Desolation, where the Antichrist sets up an idol to himself in the temple, triggers the wrath of God like no event in history.
But why is it called “the day when the Son of man is revealed”?
The best answer is that this event coincides with the proclamation of the angel in Revelation 10;
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The revelation of the Son of Man will occur when the abomination of desolation takes place in the Temple of Jerusalem, and the time of the mystery of God will be over.
What is the mystery of God? It is that He is always present, but not seen. Once it is over He will come and go as He sees fit.
This will also coincide with the sign of the Son of Man appearing in the Heavens.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30
We normally take it that this verse is one event, but I have come to the conclusion that it is multiple events spaced out over a period of time. The sign of the Son of Man, will appear in the heavens several years before He descends with the clouds of Heaven, and will be interpreted incorrectly by the lost people of the earth. They will mourn, not because the wrath of God is coming upon the earth, but because they think the earth is about to undergo an alien attack!
They will have their own “aliens” and so will be deluded into thinking that they can fight Jesus and win. Do “little green men” appear in the bible’s account of the End Times? I think so. John was not familiar with modern stories of aliens as “little green men”, and so to him they looked like frogs;
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Revelation 16:13
Unclean spirits are all over the earth, so why would John note these three particularly? This is because these devils will be visible and will delude the leaders of the earth to think they can fight Jesus at his return. After all, if we have our own aliens, on our side, then the odds are even, aren’t they? No, of coure, because Jesus is not an alien, but God the creator, but He will use this delusion to condemn the world, because He called and they wouldn’t answer Him but delighted themselves in evil!
They will see the Sign of the Son of Man, as it orbits the earth, and they will think it is a giant space ship, full of hostile aliens who are about to invade the earth!
This is why we have been bombarded with movie and TV shows featuring interaction between aliens and humanity, such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Independence Day, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, ET, and etc.
While these shows are packaged as adventure and science-fiction, they are in fact tools of Satan to deceive the human race, and prepare them for the End Times. As God says;
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Isaiah 66:4
No doubt God has chosen the alien story as an End Times delusion, and Satan is a Tool in His hands. This plays into the pride of man, which the fable of evolution is also playing a part. Those who believe in evolution think that they are superior to the “superstitious” men of the past, and while they think they are superior, they are, in fact, embracing errors of their own. Greater errors, which will lead them to embrace the Antichrist, and wind up in the Lake of Fire for their troubles!