The “earth” (gēs) in Matthew 24:30 speaks of “all of the earth” but not in a literal, geographic way but instead speaks of the focus of the mind or heart of those who will hear the Son of man speaking from Heaven (as He opens up the Scriptures to our minds via the Spirit from Heaven) in this coming time.
Matthew 24:30 KJV (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of
man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and
they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.
Some will hear the voice of the Son of man in Heaven and will deaden their members which are “upon the earth” which are currently bogged down in earthly wisdom: behaving in wrath, envy, strife, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection. They will put to death those evil things within their own hearts (envy and strife) when they hear the voice of the Son.
Some will overcome these things which are upon the “earth”….of the earthly wisdom that is from below….and will instead redirect their focus on those things which are of the wisdom from above …from Heaven (peacefulness, gentleness, love, patience, kindness etc).
Those who will overcome will put on Christ at the hearing of the voice of the Son and will be able to rejoice in what they hear Him saying. They will hear His voice and come forth and do good towards what they hear.
Colossians 3:5-6 KJV (5) Mortify therefore your members which are
upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil
concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which
things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
They will put off all evil things (the “earthly things”) out of their heart as well as their mouth: the anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication.
Colossians 3:8 KJV (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
There is wisdom from above and wisdom from below (earthly).
The wisdom that is from below is earthly, sensual, devilish and those who dwell “upon the earth” dwell in these things as their minds and hearts are only after them and they will not overcome.
They “dwell” upon envy, strife, wrath, contentions, etc. They take pleasure in their unrighteousness. Their joy will turn to mourning (worldly sorrow) towards what they hear. They will not mourn with a godly sorrow unto repentance but will mourn a worldly sorrow of what they hear unto death.
They will hear His voice in this coming time and will behave according to the “earthly” wisdom and not according to the heavenly wisdom. They will be found “dwelling upon the earth” as they will not overcome and be found dwelling as a “citizen” of Heaven in their behavior. They will not enter in to understand.
James 3:13-18 KJV (13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge
among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with
meekness of wisdom. (14) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in
your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (15) This
wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
(16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every
evil work. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit
of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
We are to seek those things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God and not be found setting our affection on things on the “earth”….the earthly wisdom.
Colossians 3:1-2 KJV (1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
(2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
We must put on Christ who is from above and not of this world (as the world behaves according to its earthly wisdom in envy, strife, wrath, etc).
John 8:23 KJV (23) And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am
from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart….whether it be “upon the earth” or in Heaven above.
If we lay up treasures upon the earth, the thieves (the false prophets) will break through and steal. They will be able to deceive us with their speaking of great swelling words of vanity as they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness in the earthly wisdom.
Matthew 6:19-21 KJV (19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do
not break through nor steal: (21) For where your treasure is, there
will your heart be also.
The false prophets have rejoiced in this time in the tribulation of the church as they have divided us and have enriched themselves in this evil time of disunion, envy, strife, hatred of one another.
But their time of rejoicing is coming to an end as the Lord comes to let the “prisoners” go out of their grasp.
The Son of God comes to open up the Scriptures to our minds so that we may understand. He comes to give us an understanding so that we may show that we know Him by how we receive His words of knowledge. Some will hear the voice of the Son and come forth and do good while others will be found doing evil.
1 John 5:19-21 KJV (19) And we know that we are of God, and the whole
world lieth in wickedness. (20) And we know that the Son of God is
come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is
true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal life. (21) Little children, keep
yourselves from idols. Amen.
The believers will rejoice while the unbelievers will not.
ALL of the “tribes of the earth” will mourn a worldly sorrow of what they hear and they will see the believers receiving His words with rejoicing which causes them to grieve even more.
The rejoicing of those who “dwell on the earth” shall be turned to mourning. This mourning is not after a godly manner but of the mourning/sorrow of the world that works death as they will speak evil of what they hear and of those who will receive His words in this coming time.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 KJV (9) Now I rejoice, not that ye were made
sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry
after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
(10) For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be
repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
The “rulers” …the false prophets…who once rejoiced in this time of the tribulation of the church will have their joy turn to deep gloom.
Their “sun” shall be darkened as their joy turns to mourning. All the tribes of the earth shall mourn….a worldly sorrow that works death. It will not be a Day of rejoicing for them as their joy will go dark.
Matthew 24:29 KJV (29) Immediately after the tribulation of those
days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens
shall be shaken:
His servants will hear and rejoice while they who once rejoiced in the time of the tribulation of the church will cry for sorrow of heart and will howl for vexation of spirit.
Isaiah 65:13-14 KJV (13) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold,
my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants
shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall
rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: (14) Behold, my servants shall sing
for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl
for vexation of spirit.