Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 29, 2014

Luke 17

“And he said to the disciples, “Days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Behold, there!’ ‘Behold, here!’ Do not go out or run after them! For just as the lightning shines forth, flashing from one place under heaven to another place under heaven, so the Son of Man will be in his day. But first it is necessary for him to suffer many things, and to be rejected by this generation. And just as it was in the days of Noah, so also it will be in the days of the Son of Man— they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, whoever is on the housetop and his goods are in the house must not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will keep it. I tell you that in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.”

And they answered and said to him, “Where, Lord?” So he said to them, “Where the dead body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.” Luke 17:22-37

Verse 24 is very instructive, and mistranslated. The Greek astrape is translated lightning. This is the wrong concept. It should say, ‘as the sun rays shine forth, shining from east to west…’ The idea is that the second coming of Christ will be as the sun rising, gradually lighting the whole earth with truth as in a day that’s 1,000 years long. So the noon day sun is 750 years in! (Jewish days start at sundown, so noon is three-quarters through the day). This sets the tone for further details that the beginning of this 1,000 year long Day will be as in the 370 day (year) long Noah flood. That flood gave the world it’s current topography, and the second ‘flood’ of Jesus’ presence will change the topography again, so that,

“Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:4-5

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