As I read through Luke 17, it impressed upon me the great urgency to be prepared today, not tomorrow, for the return of Christ. All that we have and all that we can do as physical beings will not matter the instant Christ appears. But the world will not watch and try to prepare for this day, quite the opposite. Man will be so deeply enthralled in his own pursuits that for the majority of the world, including many of those who profess Christianity, this day will come as a surprise. What seems so clear and obvious in the Bible is profoundly misunderstood by the world. We need to rejoice in the understanding we have our eyes opened to!
We should not let this understanding cloud our eyes through complacency and deception. Christ warned His disciples of this very attitude, “Then He said to the disciples, ‘The 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, “Look here!” or “Look there!” Do not go after them or follow them’” (Luke 17:22-23). We pray for an expedient return of Christ and His rulership on earth during most prayers. And we must likewise pray for discernment, because many will continue to be lead astray.
Christ goes on to explain exactly how His appearing will take place. “For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day” (Luke 17:24). Lightning is triggered during tumultuous storms and the return of Christ will be a storm that will wash over the entire planet with power no human has experienced.
We must keep our eyes opened to watch and not be drawn into a slumber Satan’s deception exudes upon this world. Holding on to this truth and vigilantly preparing for this instant of time is the only way to escape The Day of the Lord. “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10).
But even with these simple warnings, the world will still be satiated with their own desires and lusts when Christ returns. He continues in the book of Luke showing the attitude upon His return, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).
It will be “just” like that on the day that Christ returns. We need to stay watchful so that we can be those who are “…changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).