3. The signs of the Apocalpse; Parable or Reality?
Some say it will be the apocalypse of nuclear war, regarding to the end of this world. However, the above prophecies recorded in the Bible suggest more seriouse situation than third world war or an environmental destruction or a collision of a small planet with earth.
Some even interpret Bible prophecies about the signs of the end as symbols or parables. The sun and moon are interpreted as the New and Old Testament, and the signs are interpreted as the situation in which the word of God is disturbed, that is, the situation of the war. However, if you look at the context before and after the above verses, you can see that their interpretation is wrong.
We need to know that the above prophecies are not metaphors, but an actual cosmic cataclysm that will happen. For this reason, the Bible prophesied that the signs of the end would cause everyone in the world to tremble with fear.
【Matt 24:29-30】 “Immediately after the distress of those days” ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.
You are needed to pay attention to how all the nations of the earth react when the sun goes dark and the moon doesn’t shine as a sign of the end. If the prophecy of the sign is a symbol or a parable, how could people who do not believe in Jesus respond like that? But in the verse above, Jesus said, “All nations of the earth will mourn.” In other words, everyone in the world will recognize and fear the signs of the end.
The sign of the apocalypse means a cosmic cataclysm. It will appear in a way that everyone in the world can feel. The same statement can be found in the book of Luke.
【Luke 21:25-26】 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
Jesus said, “The nations are in anguish and perplexity and men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.” He described in detail that the whole world would enter a panic through terrible fear because of the phenomenon of the shaking of the heavenly bodies.
The phenomenon of the shaking of the heavenly bodies! It is not a metaphor or a symbol, but a depiction of the actual catastrophe. As the Lord releases the power of his creation, the order of universe begins to collapse.