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Some Astrological Events to Pay Attention To

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.

Luke 21:25-28

What a time to be alive! This is the best time ever to be a child of God on the face of the earth! We are witnessing the very evidence of these signals Christ gave His disciples – here! Now! For a child of God, it cannot be more exciting than this! We are living Romans 8:19-24 right now! All of creation has been groaning and suffering pains of the revealing of the sons of God. The futility the creation has been subjected to is coming to a head and God is faithful to keep His Word.

If you’ve been complacent, apathetic, asleep, or just plain distracted, wake up! Dust off, shake out, and make sure you have oil in your lamp! The word “signs” in the passage above means an “indication”1. Do you realize an indication is “a sign, signal or symptom that something exists or is true”2?   Christ said there would be indications from the celestial show house! What can the sun, moon and stars be indicating exists or is true? How fortunate for us that man cannot manipulate the celestial forces. What happens beyond man’s power is indisputably God’s power.

The word for “stars” in Luke 21:25 properly means a constellation1. So according to Christ, the sun, moon and constellations will indicate something exists and is true!

Last year, on November 20, 2016, Jupiter entered Virgo’s abdomen area and will stay there for 42 weeks, exiting on September 9, a few days from now. For Jupiter to remain in the constellation Virgo’s abdomen for 42 weeks, it has to engage in a rare retrograde motion. Additionally, Leo, with its primary nine stars, will move to the head of Virgo and Mars, Mercury and Venus will line up in Leo, making a sort of 12 star crown on the head of Virgo. The moon will be a crescent at Virgo’s left foot and the sun will be on her left shoulder. It appears that for the first time in seven millennia3, the sky will depict Revelation 12:1-2.

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

(And if you wondered, that word “wonder” in Rev. 12:1 is the exact same word for “sign” in Luke 21:25.)

As if it couldn’t be any plainer, all of these aligning of stars will take place on September 23, which also happens to be Rosh Hashanah, (the first fall festival known as the festival of trumpets). Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish (spiritual) New Year and is a rehearsal for the coronation of a king. This sign will occur over Jerusalem’s sky in a matter of weeks. What could God be indicating exists or what is He signaling? And why is He revealing it on the Feast of Trumpets over Jerusalem?

If we return to the Luke 21 text, we see other things happening as well. The next thing listed is “upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity”. So there appears there will be some anxiety going on in nations – and that word for nations is actually “ethnos” from where we get the root word for races1, and ethnicity. It appears anxiety is manifesting among ethnic groups and it is causing “perplexity”, which actually translates “a state of quandary”1. A state of quandary is defined as “a state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do in a difficult situation”2.

Going on…”the sea and waves roaring” – pretty self-explanatory. And then, “and men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (vs. 26) So basically this means men will be faint-hearted with fear because the things coming on the earth will cause anxiety.

It’s important you catch this, because it’s been taught rather poorly (and erroneously) in our religious institutions. The “tribulation” spoken of is not seven years. It is quite simply NOT a seven year tribulation. I know, I know, that’s what is taught prevalently. Just hang on a minute. Think: if the seven seals, bowls and trumpets were unleashed in a seven year time span, do you really think people are going to carry on, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building? Oh sure, some would, but certainly not a majority. If a third of civilization was killed by war, earthquakes, famine, pestilence, drought, disease in the matter of 86 months, most people would at least pause. We are deceived if we believe there will be a seven year tribulation, and I can prove that. (just email me – it’s not for this essay)

No. The anxiety people will be facing will be in short bursts: an earthquake here, a hurricane there, a drought over there, and a war over here. It will not be one wide-spread panic or mass hysteria. It will be in pockets at different times. That is why John recorded FOUR TIMES in two different places that after a series of judgments the people “did not repent” of their deeds, even though they suffered tragedy through the action of judgment4. Just like Christ is recorded in the Luke 21 passage as men being anxious for the things going on the earth, but says nothing of repentant hearts.

What He does say, and what we’d be good to pay attention to is that when we see these things happening, look up! Literally, “unbend”1. (I find that hysterical in our modern era of bent heads over cell phones.) And lift up your heads! For we are to know our redemption draws near! In our lifetime! It is coming; it is just around the corner! Wow. “…our redemption…” literally our “ransom paid in full”1 – our debt to our Creator will be satisfied and the bill canceled. Our redemption will be at hand, approaching, drawing near.

Again, what an amazing time to be alive on the earth! Scriptures are being fulfilled and the time of our King’s coronation is approaching! There is no better time to evaluate our lives, our hearts, our minds, our spirits and see if we are ready for our Lord’s return! I urge all brethren in all places to unbend! Lift up your heads and be ready, diligently found in the service of the King when He arrives, not sleeping, partying, or shirking our responsibilities!

If you think I am being dramatic I would counter, no more than the hour demands! If you have been blinded by the false teachings in the western church, consider a few things to help unravel the confusion.

Daniel is not written in chronological order. Neither is Revelation. They are both written in chiasms, and Revelation has a form of bifed incorporated. This means the Scriptures were written in an overlapping pattern, repeating elements with different details to give a broader scope. The seven seals, bowls and trumpets of Revelation overlap and tell of the same events, but with different detail.

The overwhelming catastrophes of these judgments are spread over the last 2000 years or so. They are not one time events that happen on one specific date at one specific location. God has been faithful to warn every generation since Christ in a variety of ways. These judgments have been going on since the revelation of Jesus Christ given to John. I put together a rough list of just the major known events in history since the death of Christ and my rough totals look like this: (email me for the document if you want specifics)

  • Historic Famines, droughts and peculiar epidemics:              176,150,000 – 186,150,000 dead
  • Historic plagues, pestilences & epidemics:                 300,304,000 – 575, 305,000 dead
  • Deaths by wars:        211,096,000 – 598,000,000 dead
  • Natural Disasters:  15,235,298+ dead
  • The Christian Martyrs:           70,000,000 (see notes below box)

(20th century alone: 45.5 million deaths which means 65% of total Christian martyrs are in the last one hundred years) Total since Christ is 70 million martyrs

Current rate of Christian martyrdom: 287- 288 martyrs/day or 12/ hour or one/ five minutes

 

For a grand total of 1,444,690,298. That’s one and half billion people just with notable recorded historical events, and those figures don’t count the ten most famous conquests of history that span 855 years over time. Those figures are just a baseline.

My point is simply that the “end times” has been a perpetual timeline of the days of the apostles on. This is why Peter was able to quote Joel fifty days after Christ’s resurrection about it being the “end days”5, and why we can continue to quote him today in 2017. The difference is we’re at the end of the end now while Peter was at the beginning of the end. The signs are our clue to just how close to the return of Christ we really are.

It’s an exciting time to be alive on the earth! The only ones who need to fear are those who are not in covenant with Christ, and those who are but are not being obedient. May the coming days, months and years find God’s people awake and walking in step with Him as we lift up our faces in anticipation of the return of our King.

 

1Strong’s Concordance

2Encarta Dictionary: English (North America)

3http://www.unsealed.org/2017/01/the-revelation-12-sign-compendium.html

4Revelation 9:20-21 and 16:9-11

5Acts 2:17

The Days of Lot – part one

It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:28-31  NASU

It will be as the days of Noah, the days of Lot, when the Lord of lords, King of kings, Messiah and Son of God is revealed on the earth.  Lot, the man who picked the more fertile land to settle in when given the choice by Abraham.  Lot, the man whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking at what the angel said not to.  Lot, the man whose daughters got him drunk so they could have sex with him and propagate the family line.  Lot, who Peter called righteous…  (not what I was thinking of calling him).

Lot…an example our Lord gave of what earth would look like at His return.  Why is this the analogy the Lord uses at the most pivotal time the earth will see since the Cross was raised?  Lot…the days of Lot.  Our Lord depicts a normal life going on, look:  commerce, trade, futures, building and planting!  Normal life going on when the Son of Man is revealed.  NORMAL activities.  Not the cataclysmic Armageddon the Left Behind series depicts.  And why did God select two times on earth to equate the setting for His return:  the days of Noah, and the days of Lot?

I was disturbed when I read about God rescuing “righteous Lot”.  What did He mean “righteous”??  He settled in Sodom – the hot seat for sin in the territory.  He offered his daughters to the men of the city who wanted to rape the angels!  What is righteous about that?!?

Oh the mysteries of God!  Oh the deep counsel of His heart!  If only we would learn to pursue His heart for His understanding, to cry out for His wisdom, wouldn’t our lives be radically changed?  Peter had insight into this, look:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;  and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;  and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that  righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,  and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

2 Peter 2:4-10a  NASU

And this is where we gain insight and counsel:  Lot saw and heard lawless deeds all about him, and it tormented his soul.    The activities that were going on in his city, in his society, his environment, were oppressive and disturbing to someone who was trying to live righteously.  He was “vexed with the filthy conversations of the wicked” according to the King James.  The original Greek would indicate vexed as worn down with toil, labored, filthy as licentiousness, and conversations as behavior [see Strong’s Concordance].  The New American Standard translated this as “oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men”, but the richness of the original language is slightly obscured by this translation.

Now, what does it look like, what does it feel like, to be worn down by continual talk and behaviors that are filthy, sexually immoral?  Apparently this behavior was so vexing to Lot, who was posited in the midst of this culture, that he would do the unthinkable:  offer his virgin daughters to wicked men!  Apparently his soul was so tormented by this culture that his only solution was to try to straighten what was crooked, i.e. put the right and natural thing in their midst to offset the perverted wickedness.  And Peter, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, called this man righteous.  (in right standing with God)  Surely this is just a little mind-numbing to ponder!

But these days of Lot, these days of perversion and wickedness and no barometer for righteousness, these are the days that will be on the earth at the return of Christ.  But wait!  Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed “as an example for those who would live ungodly lives thereafter”!  Basically the Word of God is telling us:  you’ve been warned!

Now the emphasis I’m intending isn’t really the sexual deviances of our culture, as that’s a given and obvious.  It’s the other part Christ refers to:  “they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building…”  In the midst of a corrupt society!  The righteous are settled in the midst of these societies!  The righteous are vexed by the corruption!  Society is carrying on in its normal activities, doing the work thing, the home thing, the family thing, the friend thing, the growing thing, and simultaneously the society has vexing sexual deviances in its midst that is hostile to right living.  Perversions are abounding in the midst of a “normal” society; all this is co-existing with the righteous in its midst.

Be careful.  We are living in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot.  Yes, it can get worse.  Yes, it can get plainer (for those with eyes to see), but it is still here right now, in this place and at this time.  Sexual deviances abound, we’re still buying and selling, building and planting, marrying, eating and drinking, and the righteous are vexed, worn down toiling against the corrupt systems of the earth.  As Daniel [12:10 NASU] said, “…but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”   The wicked will continue being wicked, and only those with insight or wisdom will understand.  The time is nearly ripe for the return of our King.