The Coming of the Son of Man

Luke 21  •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 5
Luke 21
Jesus watched the rich men as they cast gifts into the treasury. He also saw a widow casting in two mites. He said, "This poor widow hath cast in more than they all." They cast in of their abundance, "but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had."
The Destruction of the Temple—Preceding the 2000 Years of Grace
The temple "was adorned with goodly stones and gifts." In the coming day "there shall not be left one stone upon another," but all will be thrown down. The disciples asked, When shall this happen? And what sign will there be? Jesus said, Do not be deceived, many shall come in My name saying, I am Christ. He went on to tell them, When you hear about wars and rumors of wars do not be terrified, for these things must take place, but the end is not immediately. Nation will rise against nation and great signs will come from heaven.
You will testify before kings; you need not try and anticipate what you should say; I will give you what you shall say. You will be betrayed by family and friends and hated of all the nations for Christ's sake. Not a hair of your head shall perish. God has them all numbered. Patience will keep you.
When you see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then you will know of the desolation. Those in Judea shall flee to the mountains. Those in the midst of Judea should leave. These are the days of vengeance, that all things that are written will be fulfilled. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
After the 2000 Years of Grace
Signs of the Son of man's coming will be seen in the sun, moon and stars. (Sun, moon and stars are rulers.) On the earth there will be distress of nations in perplexity, the roar of the sea (heathen peoples of the earth) and rolling waves (great changes taking place), men ready to die for fear of what is coming on the habitable earth, for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. The powers of the heavens are the angels, having their powers transferred to Christ and the Church.
Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. They are told to look up, for their redemption is nigh.
SA 13:14{When the trees sprout, the summer (millennium) is near. "The kingdom of God is nigh at hand." 'This generation [which began at Sinai] shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled."
The day of judgment will come on those who do not value the work of God for them, the heart being overcharged with overindulgence, drunkenness and the cares of this life. This condition applies to both Jew and Gentile in their time. The disciples were to watch and pray. This chapter ends Christ's public ministry.