Zechariah 9:14

Hebrew Bible

12 Return to the stronghold, you prisoners, with hope; today I declare that I will return double what was taken from you. 13 I will bend Judah as my bow; I will load the bow with Ephraim, my arrow. I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and I will make you, Zion, like a warrior’s sword. 14 Then the Lord will appear above them, and his arrow will shoot forth like lightning; the Sovereign Lord will blow the trumpet and will proceed in the southern storm winds. 15 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will guard them, and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink and will become noisy like drunkards, full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. 16 On that day the Lord their God will deliver them as the flock of his people, for they are the precious stones of a crown sparkling over his land.

Matthew 24:27

New Testament

25 Remember, I have told you ahead of time. 26 So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. 27 For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

 Notes and References

"... In all the Gospels, seeking 'signs from the sky' or in the sky as well as reading the sky for signs of the times are quite matter of course (Matthew 16:2; Mark 8:11; Luke 1l:16; see also Matthew 12:38-39; Luke 12:54-56). This is in the tradition of Moses who met with God on Sinai in a situation replete with atmospheric phenomena such as smoke interpreted as indicating God's presence ('because God came down upon it in fire'), thunder interpreted as God's voice ('God replied to him in thunder'). Sky effects such as thunder, lightning, dense clouds, and earthquakes all indicate God's local presence (Exodus 19:16-19). The experience of lightning, long considered God's arrows (2 Samuel 22:15; Psalm 144:6; Zechariah 9:14), serves as an analogy of the coming of the son of Man (in Q: Matthew 24:27; Luke 17:24). Finally, the Synoptics tell of Jesus' final discourse before his arrest, that is, replete with astronomical vocabulary ..."

Malina, Bruce J., and John J. Pilch Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation (p. 113) Fortress Press, 2000

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