Luke 21:25 Meaning of And There Shall be Signs in the Sun, Moon and Stars

Luke 21:25
“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.”

Explanation and Commentary on Luke 21:25

We love to read Revelation concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the end time. It talks concisely on the things that will happen at the end of days. John wasn’t the only one who wrote about the end time and what will happen when the son of man, Jesus Christ, is about to come the second time. Luke wrote about it when Jesus Himself was talking to His disciples.

In Luke 21:7, the disciples of Jesus became curious and wanted to know more about the end time. “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” 

“There will be signs in the sun.”
What could Jesus mean by this phrase “signs in the sun?” Could the phrase be figurative or literally? That is the question. The answer is that it is both. According to Jesus, signs coming from the sun means changes. There will be changes that are evident to the people. The sun is what people can see and if the sun gives a sign, everyone will see it. The kind of change that Jesus was saying here could represent different things. These include doctrines changing and moral standards being compromised.

On the literal part of the phrase, the sun will indeed give a sign as it will be turned to darkness. The same thing goes for the moon and the stars. All will be changed. Peter mentioned this too in the following verse.

Acts 2:20
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.”

“On earth, there will be anguish.”
There is no doubt the earth will go through this. Anguish mean pains, it could be physical or mental. Anguish is not only on the physical part of the body, but people could also feel pain and suffering on the spiritual part too. 

“Perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”
This is figurative, it means there will be things happening on earth that will pass the human understanding and will not be able to comprehend. 

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Biblical Translations of Luke 21:25

NIV
“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.”

NLT
“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.”

ESV
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves.”

KJV
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.”

NKJV
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.”

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