As Christians we always search the scriptures for answers to life’s most perplexing questions. All the synoptic gospels speak of the end of days and of events now unfolding, but Luke’s gospel adds some interesting information for us to consider and understand. Luke 21:25 says, 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;
Apostles and prophets spoke much about the sun in the scriptures. Jesus tells of the darkening of the sun. However, this darkening follows the tribulation of other events, i.e. false Christs and false prophets arising and showing great signs and wonders, as mentioned in Matthew 24:29 and in Mark 13:24.
Solar flares certainly do not display a darkening sun (this is for a time to come), but one would have to conclude that these solar flares are indeed wonders of fire. Could these be the wonders in heaven spoken of in the book of Acts? Peter quoting the prophet Joel spoke about wonders in heaven. Acts 2:19-20 proclaims, And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: As we see images of serpentine trails of fire emanating from the sun, is there any doubt these are the wonders of heaven predicted in this verse? An interesting fact is presented in the first four words of Acts 2:19a: And I will show: the I in this verse refers to God. The wonders and signs spoken of by Peter and Joel are initiated directly or indirectly by Almighty God! We can only watch and WONDER.
The apostle John spoke in Revelation numerous times about the sun. In fact, the book of Revelation mentions the sun more than any other New Testament book. In Revelation the sun is mentioned several times in its darkened state. It is first mentioned in Revelation 6:12, And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; This obviously is a metaphor for the darkening of the sun. Again in Revelation 8:12, And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And again in Revelation 9:2, And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. This is for a time to come.
These wonders beg the question: What is God up to? I believe the answer is in God’s love for and His longsuffering with humanity. He is bringing about these events to cause men to WONDER and seek Him. God is longsuffering and is not willing that any should perish (2Peter 3:9). After discussing the wonders of heaven on the day of Pentecost, Peter portrays God’s wondrous intent in the subsequent verse. Peter encourages all mankind by saying Acts 2:21b, …whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. This is what God is up to. These wonders are God’s signs of salvation. All men should wonder and take heed.