In these verses it says that Jesus will come “on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.” Thus His coming here is quite visible and glorious. And we also read from this context (vv. 14-30) that His coming spoken of here is when the antichrist is on the scene (v. 15) and when there is great tribulation (v. 21). Actually, He comes just “after the tribulation of those days (v. 29). There is no doubt that His coming in these verse—and we will see that it is true for all of Matthew 24—is not the rapture but is the second phase of His coming.
“For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, 30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.