The first thing to notice is that the sign of the Son of man shall “appear” ( Greek: Φανήσεται – Phanēsetai meaning “to lighten, shine, appear” ). The sign shall “lighten, shine” is an indication of what to expect from the sign.
“And then shall shine the sign of the Son of man in heaven”. The Son of man is the one who is in Heaven and not the sign. It seems to read that the sign is in heaven and some translations actually put the sign in Heaven when it is the Son of man who speaks to us (who are on earth) from Heaven. The sign is a personal confirmation of the Son who is in Heaven speaking to us.
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.
Again, the sign is a personal confirmation of the Son speaking to us as the sign “lightens/shines” within our very own darkened hearts when we hear the voice of the Son of man from Heaven.
His sign is the “bright and morning star” that arises within our very own hearts at the hearing of His voice and we shall know that this is the Son speaking of whom we are to hear. We are to take heed on how we hear.
Jesus tells us in Revelation 22 that He is the “bright and morning star”….and that “star” appears/lightens within our once-darkened hearts when we hear His voice speak to us in the Spirit.
He sends His “angel”….messenger….to speak His heavenly words of knowledge (opening up the Scriptures to our minds) to our ears and the sign that we have that this is truly the Son in Heaven speaking is within us….that arising “bright and morning star” within our very own hearts.
Revelation 22:16-17 KJV (16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring
of David, and the bright and morning star.
We are to hear and respond with hospitality.....entertaining "strangers" sent out by Him to speak His words.
(17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever
will, let him take the water of life freely.
Peter speaks to us about the “sign” here in 2 Peter 1:16-21. The apostles on the holy mount heard a voice that came from Heaven that said “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. The apostles that were with Him in the holy mount had no doubt that this is the Son by the hearing of the voice from Heaven confirming that this is the Son.
2 Peter 1:16-21 KJV (16) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he
received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a
voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom
I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we
heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
But today we have a more sure word of prophecy that we are to take heed on how we hear as men of God speak as they are moved by the Holy Spirit as they have from old.
We hear His voice speaking to us from Heaven in the Spirit of Truth sent from there. The Scriptures are opened up to our understanding by the Son in Heaven through those men (“strangers”) sent out by Him to speak His words from Heaven via the Spirit. We are to be found of Him remembering to let brotherly love continue and "entertain strangers" and their words.
The sign that we have today that this is His Son speaking to us from Heaven (the Son of man who is in Heaven) is the “light that shines in a dark place”….shining in our very own once-darkened hearts. This is the "sign of the Son of man" who is in Heaven speaking to us.
This “sign” arises in our own hearts as the “day dawns” at the hearing of His Son’s voice from Heaven whom we are to listen to.
That “bright and morning star”….the “day star”….arises within our hearts and is the sign of the Son of man who is in Heaven speaking to our ears. The darkness within us fades away until it is no more...as the light of 7 days. We have a personal confirmation within us that this is His Son whom we are to hear.
(19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until
the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (20) Knowing
this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
False Christs and false prophets do not have this sign appear within us. They are imposters. There is no accompanying inward sign of the Son of man when they speak to us.
They must use/show outward signs in front of us to deceive us as no inward “bright and morning star” arises within our hearts when we hear the “good words and fair speeches” of those who are false and seek to deceive as they say that they are sent by Him to speak to our hearing ears. They are falsely sent and do not come in His authority but instead come in their own.
They show signs outwardly (performing outward signs of supposed inward realities).
They show “wonders”….that is, use great swelling words of emptiness to cause us to “wonder” after them in admiration with their use of their “good words and beautiful speeches” that do not amount to anything.
Their words sound eloquent and appear logical and appeal to human wisdom but really contain no meaning as they have no understanding of the Scriptures. Again, there is no accompanying inward sign of the Son of man when they speak to us.
Matthew 24:24-27 KJV (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold,
I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you,
Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret
chambers; believe it not.
But not so with the Son of man who is in Heaven and comes to speak to our hearing ears. We have a more solid, personal confirmation that this is the Son speaking.
That personal confirmation that this is the Son is within our very own hearts as the “lightning” comes out of the east (the rising of the light within the heart) and shines even unto the west (the darkness where the sun had gone down).
That “lightning” is the bright shining of rays flashing within our very own darkened hearts when we hear the Son come to give us an understanding as He opens up the Scriptures to our hearing ears.
(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
That “light” shines within our very own hearts and is the confirmation sign of the Son of man who is in Heaven speaking to us.
When that light is with us, we are instructed to walk in the light (responding to the light with righteousness) and not resist what we hear the Son saying with envy and strife and contentions….lest that light goes away and darkness comes upon us.
John 12:35-40 KJV (35) Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness
come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he
While we have the light shining within us, we are to believe in the light (believe that this is His Son speaking to our hearing ears).
We are to believe in the light so that we may be the children of the light (who behave in righteousness towards what we hear). Those who do not believe have the light depart out of their hearts. Jesus “departed and did hide Himself” form those who did not believe on Him. Don't let the "sun go down" upon your wrath of what you hear the Son saying.
(36) While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did
hide himself from them. (37) But though he had done so many miracles
before them, yet they believed not on him: (38) That the saying of
Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath
believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been
Those who do not believe in the light of the Son shining (the sign of the Son of man shining) within their very own hearts at the hearing of the Son’s voice and will not respond to the light with light (with righteousness) will not then be able to believe as judgment upon them for their unbelief.
"Therefore they COULD NOT BELIEVE." Darkness comes upon the unbelievers of the Light within them as the eyes of their understanding are then blinded so that they can NOT believe in what they hear and will not understand. The wicked shall not understand. The light departs out of their hearts as the “sun goes down” in them.
(39) Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, (40) He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart;
that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their
heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
ALL of the “tribes of the earth” shall mourn at the hearing of His voice.
*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
The “clouds of Heaven” are those people in this earth who are seeking only those things which are above (peace, joy, love, patience, gentleness, etc). Christ is in Heaven and we are to have our citizenship there (in this earth) as we live according to the reign of Heaven in this earth by setting our affection on those things above and not on the things on the earth.
Colossians 3:1-8 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.
(3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4)
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear
with him in glory.
Those “clouds of Heaven” are the people who will deaden their members “which are upon the earth” and will focus on those things which are above when the “sign of the Son of man” appears within them.
But those “tribes of the earth” will not deaden their members at the hearing of His voice and will resist what they hear in wrath, envy, strife, contentions, etc.
They will continue to “dwell on the earth” in their earthly behavior as they resist what the Son has to say in their disobedience...obeying unrighteousness. The “tribes of the earth” will mourn what they hear while those people who focus on things above (the clouds of heaven) will rejoice in what they hear the Son saying. Those who "dwell on the earth"....dwelling on their earthly wisdom of envy and strife...will see the effects of the Son of man upon the believers which will cause them even more grief.
(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: (7) In the which
ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also
put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy
communication out of your mouth.
Other supporting verses to consider:
The rising sun of righteousness….
Malachi 4:2 KJV (2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth,
and grow up as calves of the stall.
Proverbs 4:18 KJV (18) But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Jesus : I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright and morning star….
Revelation 22:16 KJV
(16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the
bright and morning star.
David spoke by the Spirit of the LORD and said....
2 Samuel 23:2-4 KJV (2) The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. (3) The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel
spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear
of God. (4) And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun
riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing
out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Those who dwell in the “uttermost parts” (dwelling on things above: peace, joy, love, patience, etc) are afraid of His “tokens”….the appearing of the sign of the Son of man (the arising light)within the hearts of those who hear His voice. He makes the “outgoings” of the morning…the rising of the bright and morning Star…to cause joy in those who hear Him. The “evening” departs out of the heart…causing one to rejoice in the Light.
Psalms 65:8 KJV (8) They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and
evening to rejoice.
God commanded the light to shine out of darkness….and that light shines in our own once-darkened hearts. But those who will not believe will not be illuminated by that light. They have no morning light in them (Isaiah 8:20).
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 KJV (3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (5)
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus' sake. (6) For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.