Friday, July 3, 2015

Signs in The Sky? Are We Missing Something?

I'm not sure if you have been out stargazing these last few nights hoping to catch a glimpse of what some have been calling the Star of Bethlehem. I know we have tried but have had an abundant cloud cover up here in the High Desert and haven't been able to catch anything. Whether or not this phenomena is similar to what really happened the night of Jesus' birth, I don't think that it is, since this is merely an alignment of Venus and Jupiter that appear in the sky as a brighter than normal star. We know in actuality that these plants are not in perfect alignment since they remain quite a distance apart.

I believe in the Biblical account of the star that lead the wise men and shepherds to be something extraordinary and divinely created. But you can't help but wonder in light of the things happening quite literally almost weekly if not daily that God is trying to get our attention. What will have to happen to get us to take notice?

This year has had quite a lot of things for people to sit up and take notice, and then again, quite a few people are oblivious to what I believe is setting the stage for something big about to happen. Now understand something first, I am NOT date setting but merely piecing what I believe are clues from the Bible and what I see happening around us worldwide that can not be simply ignored.

First let us understand what the Bible said we should be aware of and looking for as we near the end times.

Matthew 24:1-14  ~ "Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us, " they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"

Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, "I am the Christ," and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. 

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (NIV).

Luke 21:25-28 ~ "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be anguish and perplexity at the roaring and the tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heards, because your redemption is drawing near." (NIV).

For those of us that understand the Bible, and know it is not like a bag of trail mix, where you simply take out the parts that you like and toss out the rest, we know that from the Old Testament, there were 7 year period of time in which were referred to as Shemitah years or the years of cleansing. Crops were given rest periods so that the land could heal from harvests and debts were resolved from those who owed money. It was a resetting of things from God's standards. The Jewish people still understand this.

2015 is the Shemitah year and with is, a time of what I believe is a cleansing period. You have to also understand that in the Jewish calendar our years don't run from January 1st to December 31st. The Shemitah years begins from September 25, 2014 to September 13, 2015. So what does that have to do with anything?

Let's look at what has happened to the signs in the sky since that time frame and what the significance that has to anything.

The last of the Four Blood Moons of 2014-2015 has already begun, known as Tetrads. Three of these Tetrads have occurred in the last 500 years that are significant to Israel and also fall on the Jewish Feasts. We also know that these are the only Tetrads that have had a total solar eclipse somewhere within the series. The coming Tetrads in 2014-2015 will also contain a total solar eclipse within its series. But what is so different about the previous three Tetrads significant to Israel and the coming Tetrad?

Unlike the others, this series of Four Blood Moons contains a Shemittah year which runs from September 25, 2014 to September 13, 2015. This Shemittah year will begin on the first day of the Jewish New Year (Feast of Trumpets) of 2014 and conclude on the following celebration of the Jewish New Year (Feast of Trumpets) of 2015. Follow this phenomenon:

The occurrence of a lunar eclipse is common.

The occurrence of a total lunar eclipse is less common.

The occurrence of a Tetrad or four consecutive Blood Moons (total lunar eclipses) is rare.

The occurrence of a Tetrad with a total solar eclipse within its series is very rare.

A Tetrad with a total solar eclipse that is significant to Israel's history and the Jewish Feasts is very, very rare.

The occurrence of a Tetrad with a total solar eclipse historically significant to Israel and Jewish Feasts that includes a Shemittah year within its series is very, very, very rare.

But a Tetrad with a total solar eclipse, historically significant to Israel and falling on the Jewish Feast with a Shemittah year that corresponds with the Feasts of Trumpets (the Jewish New Year) within its series is astronomically rare!

Taken in its context, is God trying to tell us something is coming?

I believe He is and most don't think anything about it. Especially in light of what occurred last Friday with the Supreme Court and the willingness of our current president willing to turn it's back on Israel for the first time since Israel began a nation in 1948, I believe in my opinion the end of days is literally coming much sooner than we expect with the rapture of the church imminent to happen at any time.

We already see believers in Jesus Christ being persecuted and killed for their faith, while the world, does nothing to stop it. Same sex marriage is now ruled by the courts in the United States as legal and even more recently the Episcopal church is coming out in favor and acceptance that they will perform same sex marriages. If any Christian speaks out in opposition, they find themselves at the conjuncture of having to make a decision to decide to keep their job or walk away. Much to the acceptance and joy of same sex supporters.

Churches now face opposition and are accused of being bigots, haters, and arrogant to the new normal way of life that is being tolerated by the world. Jesus predicted exactly all this would happen and told us that read the Bible that in the last days it would look like Sodom and Gomorrah and I believe that is already happening.

He told us to watch for these signs to happen before He returned for His church in the rapture, for which I am a firm believer in the Pre-Tribulation. That the church will not have to endure the wrath coming in the 7 year period known as the Tribulation Period.

If this is a year of cleansing, the Shemittah year, it is interesting it corresponds to the Feast of the Trumpets, because Jesus proclaimed that He would return for His church at the last trumpet blast. Is it possible that it has no reference to the Tribulation wraths of the Trumpets and instead corresponds to the Feast of Trumpets in the last of the Four Blood Moon Tetrads that also happens in a Shemittah year of cleansing?

What if this is the final year, before the ultimate 7 year period to follow, the Tribulation Period that will be the result of God's judgment and the cleansing of the earth of sin and the evil that permeates before Jesus returns in His Second Coming? What if this is our final warning before His returns for His purified church?

It is interesting to note that this is the last time in future history that all these events line up so perfectly you can't  help but wonder if God is trying to tell us something by all of this especially in light of all that is happening in the world today.

What if this is God telling us that we are to be ready and be busy doing God's business right now? For those of you that don't know where your eternal status is, where you will be spending an eternity right now, heaven or hell, you'd better make a decision, because I believe that time is running out and something big is about to happen, when the last trumpet sounds. That Feast of Trumpets is scheduled for September 13th, but God can take us home at any time. The last Blood Moon is scheduled for September 28, 2015 by the way.

If you want to know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the only way to get into heaven by the way, simply say the following prayer from your heart:

Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.

I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!

If you have prayed that prayer from your heart, I would encourage you to pick up a Bible and read about the Jesus Christ, who saved you from your sins and your eternal destiny because a day is coming in the very near future where you won't be able to make that choice, when your heart becomes so hardened from all your rejection of His truth that you will fall victim like Pharoah did and will be deceived by the great deception that will come to the world, and you won't be able to change your mind.

Think these things don't really matter?

Consider what has happened in just the last 6, Shemittah years:

In 1973: The Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade occurred, which resulted in the deaths of more than 60 million unborn babies.

In 1980: Saddam Hussein invaded Iran to signal the beginning of the Gulf War years.

In 1987: A supernova that could be seen by the naked eye for the first time since 1604 occurred. A supernova is the explosion of a star that has reached the end of its life; this brilliant point of light can briefly outshine entire galaxies and radiate more energy than our sun will in its entire lifetime. That same year the U.S. stock market crashed.

In 1994: Yassar Arafat returns to the Middle East. A rare earthquake occurred in North America on the New Madrid fault line; it spanned the Midwest of the United States up to Canada.

In 2001: America was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists killing three thousand Americans on 9/11. This day became America's new day of infamy.

In 2008: America experienced a stock market crash on September 29th when the market fell 777 points in one day. It was the greatest one-day decline in the history of Wall Street.

In 2015: The Supreme Court has redefined marriage to include same sex marriage.

What else awaits? It is interesting that a military exercise is being staged to last from July 15 to September  15th, known as Jade Helm. Is this really a sign or simply something being staged for the outbreak of another terrorist attack or a possible civil disobedience outbreak set to occur or is it all simply just nothing at all? Merely coincidences? Conspiracy Theories?

I believe God is sending us so many signs, we can't help but wonder if something isn't about to happen very soon. Let's get busy, as believers in Jesus, praying for revival and repentance of this great nation and spread the Gospel News that Jesus is the Only Way, The Truth and The Life to this fallen world before it's too late.


Mari said...

I agree! It seems every day there is something else happening that points to end times. I do think God is telling us something.
PS - I have seen the "star of Bethlehem" and posted a picture of it on my blog. It's interesting, but whether it's the same, I question.

David C Brown said...

We're best to keep our eyes on the Morning Star!