What were the Signs in the Sun in Luke 21:25?

“there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars” –Luke 21:25

The concept of unidentified aerial phenomena is a concept familiar to most people today. We live at a time that aliens and belief in UFOs are part of the popular culture.We are being bombarded with films, documentaries, and news about them on a daily basis.It is of great interest then that Jesus warned that one of the signs of his presence will be “signs in the sun and moon and stars”.Unfortunately, Jesus didn’t elaborate further on what would these signs look like therefore speculation would not be founded on concrete facts.

For years the Watchtower identified these “signs” as the airplanes and helicopters that rained bombs during the 1st and 2nd World War and more recently they acknowledged the fact that these “signs” may include supernatural phenomena.So, is there a way to know more about these “signs”?

One should never forget that the signs that Jesus gave in relation to his second coming had a dual application.One during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and the other during our times.In actual fact, the well known Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in his work Antiquities of the Jews provides us with an insight on what these aerial phenomena involved during those perilous times.

Josephus reports that celestial lights appeared for years over Jerusalem (sounds familiar?) before the arrival of the Romans.Also, other supernatural phenomena as described more fully:

Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year . Thus also, before the Jews’ rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eight day of the month Xanthicus, [Nisan,] and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day-time; which light lasted for half an hour .

These phenomena were so bizarre that even Josephus was conscious about including them in his work.He was a first-hand witness as it seems but not the only one, multitudes saw these signs.We read in Book VI, Chapter 6, Section 3 (Entire): The Signs That Preceded The Destruction:

Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the one-and-twentieth day of the month Artemisius, [Jyar,] a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities .

So what does it all mean for us today? We too have been witnesses of the UFO phenomenon, celestial lights that seem to make their appearance all over the world.We should not be dismissive of the  fact that these are part of the signs of the end and also part of the the “great deception” that Paul talked about in 2 Thessalonians 2:11,12 : ” That is why God lets a deluding influence(=great deception) mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie, in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.”

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  1. Rene Nielson
    May 20
    Reply

    I applaud your effort to re-look at the Watchtower doctrines. However, your material here is way off base.

    • jwdoctri
      May 20
      Reply

      thanks Rene ,I’d love to know which part exactly if you have the time .It is great to exchange ideas .Thanks for your comment

      • jwdoctri
        May 23
        Reply

        Thanks Rene that sounds more like a personal attack rather than a valid point. Could you point to something specific on this article that you don’t belive to be in accordance with the Bible and why that is?

  2. Rene Nielson
    May 21
    Reply

    I would love to share thoughts. I am not dogmatic, except this.,, my love for Jesus Christ compels me to do only good, speak only truth, and question everything in the example of the Bereans.

    And one must have “intellectual capacity” according to the Scriptures, lest we forget that out “sacred service” must not be without our “power of reason”.

  3. Rene Nielson
    May 23
    Reply

    Hi again. I would like to mention that I have spoken to many over the years concerning these matters, and I have found that for the majority, they are very comfortable with their existing beliefs, even if contradictions are pointed out to them. Thus, it is pointless to discuss beyond a certain point. And I do not.
    You opened by expressing that it is your desire to reexamine Watchtower teachings, however, your thoughts above reflect the opposite.
    I do not mean to insult you.
    Take for instance the idea of a “dual fulfillment”. This is a Watchtower teaching. It contradicts Jesus, and if we are not willing to accept Jesus clear words to the contrary, then it is pointless to go on.
    As well, the idea that “earthquakes” are a sign from Jesus. This again, is a Watchtower teaching and it contradicts Jesus teaching.
    Because you have indicated your desire to reexamine Watchtower teachings, you therefore admit that those teachings leave something to be desired from your standpoint. It would be unwise, therefore to “put new wine into old wineskins”.
    Can you bring yourself to truly reexamine, leaving behind preexisting ideas and personal attachments? Can you accept Jesus’ words as He spoke them?

    • jwdoctri
      May 23
      Reply

      Thanks Rene that sounds more like a personal attack rather than a valid point. Could you point to something specific on this article that you don’t belive to be in accordance with the Bible and why that is?

  4. Rene Nielson
    May 23
    Reply

    Dear Author. I am sorry you take offense. I made the point above that offense was not my intention.

    It is your contention that Watchtower teaches correctly, and that Jesus was teaching a “dual fulfillment”. However, this idea runs contrary to Jesus teaching in many ways. I will begin with the most straightforward contradictions..

    1) The events described by Christ to this point in the discussion are a one-time fulfillment.
    Mt 24:21
    For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until nowand never to be equaled again.

    2) Those affected had to take flight to avoid being negatively impacted. This doesn’t work on a global scale.
    Mt 24:16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

    3) Events that pertain to the still future cannot and did not take place in the first century and cannot happen twice.

    Mt 24:30 Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

    These are but a few. To cherry pick what verses one wishes to add to their paradigm of thought and to exclude others while spiritualizing yet other verses to make them fit produces something that nobody can truly believe in, and thus will be questioned continuously.

    As you are doing with your own paradigm.

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