The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
The sun shall be turned into darkness,.... As at the death of Christ, by a total eclipse of it:
and the moon into blood; as at the opening of the sixth seal, Revelation 6:12
before that great and notable day of the Lord come; when he shall come in power and great glory, as he did in a few years after this, to take vengeance on the Jews, and destroy their nation, city, and temple; in which there was a display of his greatness, and power, and which was awful and "terrible" to them, as in Joel it is called;
See Gill on "Matthew 24:29".