The Sign of the Son of

Most modern translations of Matthew 24:30 read something like this: "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. ..." That is a mistranslation, based not on the Greek text but on the translators' own misguided assumptions about the subject of this passage (thinking it is speaking about the Second Coming). A word-for-word rendering from the Greek actually reads:

And then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. . . .

As you can see, two important differences come to light in the correct translation: first, the location spoken of is heaven, not just the sky; second, it is not the sign which is in heaven, but the Son of Man who is in heaven. The point is simply that this great judgment upon Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, will be the sign that Jesus Christ is enthroned in heaven at the Father's right hand, ruling over the nations and bringing vengeance upon His enemies. The divinely ordained cataclysm of a.d. 70 revealed that Christ had taken the Kingdom from Israel and given it to the Church; the desolation of the old Temple was the final sign that God had deserted it and was now dwelling in a new Temple, the Church. These were all aspects of the First Advent of Christ, crucial parts of the work He came to accomplish by His death, resurrection, and ascension to the throne. This is why the Bible speaks of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church and the destruction of Israel as being the same event, for they were intimately connected theologically. The prophet Joel foretold both the Day of Pentecost and the destruction of Jerusalem in one breath: •

And it will come about after this

That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

And your sons and daughters will prophesy,

Your old men will dream dreams,

Your young men will see visions.

And even on the male and female servants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

And I will display wonders in the heaven and on the earth:

Blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.

The sun will be turned into darkness

And the moon into blood,

Before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes. And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the

Lord Will be delivered;

For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the Lord has said,

Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-31)

As we will see in Chapter 13, Peter's inspired interpretation of this text in Acts 2 determines the fact that Joel is speaking of the period from the initial outpouring of the Spirit to the destruction of Jerusalem, from Pentecost to Holocaust. It is enough for us to note here that the same language of judgment is used in this passage. The common dime-store interpretation that the "pillars of smoke" are mushroom clouds from nuclear explosions is a radical twisting of the text, and a complete misunderstanding of Biblical prophetic language. It would make just as much sense to say that the pillar of fire and smoke during the Exodus was the result of an atomic blast.

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