This blog was started one year ago, this month, in conjunction with the release of my first book, “Unlocking Creation.” I am now about a month away from the release of my second full-length book, “The Red Letter Parables”, in less than a year. I don’t know if that seems surprising to you, but it’s shocking to me, really. I didn’t know I had that much to say. Ok, I can hear some of you going, “We are not that surprised, Bob.” LOL..you’re probably right.
But over the last few months, many of my posts have not been about creation at all, rather more about the creatures. In particular, the human kind. For this week’s post, I want to get back on track a bit and talk about a particular part of God’s creation, the stars and universe at large. My reason for doing that now is that there is something pretty significant about to happen up there in the heavenlies, over the next couple of months. Something to keep on eye on, if nothing else.
Those of you who know me know that I am a big fan of Bible prophecy. I have been for years. No, I am not one to say, “the world is going to end next week” or make predictions about certain dates or events. I just like to keep up with what is happening around us and see how it ties in with prophecies made by Jesus Christ and the other prophets of God. Jesus scolded the Pharisees for not being aware of the “signs of the times.”
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? [Matthew 16:2-3 NASB]
We can watch the news or surf the interent, these days, and see countless stories that tie in with what the prophets predicted regarding “the end times.” Israel, Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, they all seem to be parts of a puzzle that is rapidly coming together, right before our eyes. But there are also more natural occurrences, like volcanoes, earthquakes, droughts and violent weather patterns adding to the speculation, as well. And right now, there is another possible sign about to take place in the skies above us, a little over a month from now. The Book of Genesis tells us that the stars were created, in part, to be signs. If that is true, as I believe it to be, we are about to witness a pretty amazing one.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; [Genesis 1:14 NASB]
On Septemeber 23rd, 2017 the stars are going to be arranged in a way they have not been in approximately 6000 years (so cool that we can accurately calculate that stuff now), which is right about the time of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, if the biblical genealogies are correct (that part got my attention). The experts say that certain, specific groups of stars are going to intersect to form the woman with the crown of twelve stars from Revelation 12. Here are the verses in question:
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. [Revelation 12:1-2 NASB]
If you would like to see it for yourself, pop onto the Internet or YouTube and type in September 23rd, 2017. It’s posted all over the place. Very easy to find. But, try to avoid getting caught up in all the doomsday scenarios. There are tons of them. Just remember, signs are usually a type of warning, not usually a cataclysmic event, in and of themselves. But nevertheless, just as with a road sign, I take note. If there is danger ahead, I prefer to know about it. Can you imagine seeing a road sign that said, BRIDGE OUT, then choosing to ignore it just because you had driven that road many times before and the bridge was always there? Yeah, me neither. That would probably not end well, I suppose.
The next couple verses are also very interesting, since they talk about a male child born to rule the nations, who was then caught up to God for a time (Jesus?). There is also this period of twelve hundred and sixty days (or 3 1/2 years) which every prophecy student knows as half of the seven year tribulation period that the prophet Daniel foresaw. So, there seems to be a connection. Here is how the Apostle John explained it:
And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. [Revelation 12:5-6 NASB]
The interesting thing regarding this “sign in the stars” is the fact that Jupiter (which is also referred to as the “King”) has moved into what would be the woman’s abdomen and is scheduled to come out around September 23rd. Coincidence? I think not. Like it said in Genesis, God designed the heavens to be used as signs and to mark time. I do not believe in coincidences or accidents. I believe in intelligent design and a divine plan.
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. [Revelation 12:7-9 NASB]
In the Bible, the dragon (or serpent) is believed to be symbolic of Satan and “his angels” are the ones who rebelled with him. When they are cast down to the earth, that is believed to be what will start the final 3 1/2 years when Satan is let loose and the AntiChrist is revealed. These will be the “great and terrible days” that the prophets spoke of.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. [Revelation 12:10 NASB]
Eventually, this will lead up to the return of Christ, the destruction of His enemies and the redemption of those who have put their trust in Him and received forgiveness through His blood that was shed. God’s promises are true. He said He would come again to redeem His children, and I have no doubt that He will one day. Whether we remain alive until then or not (only God knows the answer to that), we can be assured of the promise of eternal life, if we put our hope and trust in Him.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. [Revelation 12:11 NASB]
The reason I chose to share this story today, is not to scare anyone or be some kind of doomsayer. Quite the contrary, actually. The Bible teaches us that “no man is promised tomorrow.” Here today, and gone tomorrow. But it is our human nature to forget, sometimes, how frail human life can be.
This looming astrological event, six weeks from now, could be something huge, something that changes the world as we know it in a blink of an eye, or it could come and go without anyone hardly noticing it, just like Y2K. But it is just like with Noah, as Jesus talked about. No one believed him that a great flood was coming. They went on with their lives just as if nothing would ever change. But when the rains came and the doors to the Ark were closed, it was too late. Their opportunity to be saved was lost. Jesus said it will be just like that in the end times.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” [Matthew 24:36-39 NASB]
We would be wise to take those words to heart and, at least, keep an eye out for the signs and warnings God is providing. The people who are His, the ones who are “keeping watch” will not be caught off guard by His coming. They will be ready and waiting, for they will have seen the signs and believed that the day of the Lord’s return is drawing near, though they won’t know exactly what day or hour. If you are prepared, it doesn’t matter when.
But rest assured, there will be a day when that seventh trumpet sounds and these words are finally spoken:
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” [Revelation 11:15 NASB]
Imagine…this world being restored to when there was no sickness, no death, no greed or hatred or any form of sin or temptation because Satan and all who do his work will be bound for a thousand years. That’s something you will not to miss, trust me.
When God reveals a sign to us, as individuals or the world as a whole…it is not for nothing. But, He leaves it up to us (free will) to do decide whether to accept it, or to drive over that cliff where there used to be a bridge. Both choices come with consequences.
Therefore, choose wisely. Your future depends on it.
*** If you would like to know more about this coming astrological signs in the heavens, here is a very informative video (about 30 minutes) that explains it in great detail. It is very interesting, to say the least.***