Jesus clearly taught that when He returns in victory all of creation will shudder. These natural and supernatural convulsions will be like nothing we’ve seen before. The destruction of the temple in AD 70 and the terror of Rome murdering thousands in a day will all pale in comparison to the terror and destruction that will occur when Jesus returns. This terrifying reality stands in contrast to Jesus’ invitation to joyful obedience in spite of a world falling apart. The stars, moon, and sun will all melt as Christ returns gathering up His people and bringing His kingdom into victorious fullness. Some take Jesus’ teaching about his soon return to mean they should check out of life and ministry so they might huddle up and wait. Jesus’ return is not an excuse for passive waiting. The opposite is true. Jesus’ soon return is cause for His followers to stay alert, on mission, ready to serve with joy.