Signs in the Heavens and on Earth
There have been many articles, TV specials and internet videos lately regarding blood moons, the total solar eclipse(s), hurricanes, earthquakes, massive flooding, west coast forest fires, the planet alignment on September 23rd, race wars, ideological/religious wars and rumors of wars with Korea, etc.
Some are saying many of these events are Biblical signs from God who is showing forth His wrath and judgment on America for the sins of the people. Others are saying the 7-year span between the total solar eclipses of August 21, 2017, and April 8, 2024, which crisscross the US and place an X on it, marks the period of the great tribulation.
An article was recently posted on World Net Daily (WND.com) by Mark Blitz who believes the tribulation could begin soon.
9/23/17: More ominous, ‘biblical’ signs in the sky
Mark Biltz believes ‘tribulation could begin soon’
Here is what he says about September 23rd:
“On that day, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (known as the virgin). The moon will be below the “feet” of the constellation. Additionally, Venus, Mars and Mercury will be above the constellation. As the constellation Leo has nine stars and will also be above Virgo’s head, the alignment can be interpreted as a “crown” of 12 stars.
Revelation 12: 1-2 reads: “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 she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”
Biltz believes the upcoming sign on Sept. 23 is precisely what this passage is referring to.
“The woman clothed with the sun is the constellation Virgo and represents the nation of Israel,” he explained. “The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Interestingly, the constellation Leo, the lion, which is above Virgo, is made up of nine stars. The lion represents specifically the tribe of Judah. It just so happens this year during the Days of Awe, three planets will join the constellation Leo making up 12 stars. Virgo will be clothed with the sun, and the moon will be under her feet, fulfilling this sign to precise detail.”
“Furthermore,” said Biltz, “contemporary events on Earth are also precisely fitting with biblical prophecy.”
Blitz quotes from Luke 21:25, which says: “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.”
Then he goes on to say:
“The next verse also refers to how ‘the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’ Look what happened immediately after the solar eclipse at the beginning of the month of repentance,” he said. “We have the sea and the waves roaring loud and clear because of Hurricane Harvey. Not only that, the eclipse was on the 21st and the hurricane was the 25th. This event has been directly tied to this verse in Luke 21:25! Talk about predicted in the Bible!”
It sure makes for interesting reading and there is certainly nothing wrong with noting those magnificent occurrences, but let me ask you a question: Does a wise person need to look in the heavens or on earth to tell him or her what is happening or what is about to happen?
The answer is no, and that is because all things must by “nature” follow the Creator’s immutable law of Sowing and Reaping. Therefore, knowing what to expect should be a no-brainer to the wise, to those who do not dwell in darkness (ignorance).
1 Th 5:4-5 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Don’t be deceived, or as the saying goes, “Don’t kid yourself.” God gives us the choice to determine what we do but He withholds the result from our choice. Therefore, we all, both individually, nationally and globally, reap what we sow.
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
If men and nations continue to sow to the wind, which is vanity and all the carnal mindedness it entails, such as lust, greed, hate, etc., then they shall reap the whirlwinds (storms, tempest, hurricanes) that must naturally follow.
When they learn to sow to the heart and begin to love one another with truth and justice for all, then they shall reap the blessings and peace that must naturally follow.
The point is, if you see what is being reaped in both your life and the world around you, then you can “see” what has already been spiritually sown, for the unseen things are understood by the things that are seen (Rom 1:20).
Before we go on, there are two important things we should keep foremost in our hearts and minds.
The first is that we should never be fearful about the things that are happening in the world around us or the things we suffer.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
I could elaborate on the subject of fear ad infinitum for it is the exact opposite of faith. The point is, we must all learn to discern and realize that when we find ourselves being fearful or anxious about what is happening today or what tomorrow may bring (Mat 6:25)… our lack of faith is on display.
That coincides with the second thing we need to keep in our hearts and minds and that is that faith and wisdom (the opposites of fear) tell us no matter what is happening in the world around us, no matter what pain and suffering we endure, it is all good (Rom 8:28). http://onelibertyplace.org/its-all-good.
You see, God’s plan doesn’t end in tragedy. It ends in salvation for all… everyman in his own order (1 Tim 2:4, 1 Cor 15:23). If therefore you have wisdom, you will know that all our trials and tribulations that we endure, both individually and nationally, are actually blessings that bring us to maturity in Christ (love) and therefore as children of light we should count them all joy.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count (judge, esteem) it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (adversity, affliction, trouble); Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Those who don’t yet have the wisdom to understand that are instructed to ask God to give them the wisdom to see it.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
The way it works is this: One cannot be freed from bondage unless he or she is first IN bondage. One cannot come out of darkness into the marvelous light (of truth) unless one is first IN the darkness (ignorance), even as one cannot be awakened unless one is first asleep. So if there is to be a great spiritual awaking (and there is… it’s already underway), then a great many people must by default be asleep (and they are).
To that end God created the darkness so that He could command the light to shine out of it! Are you with me?
Likewise, one cannot have a victory unless there is a struggle or a battle(s). One cannot overcome an obstacle unless there is something in the way. Such is also the prerequisite for “salvation”. One cannot be “saved” from anything unless he or she is first in a position where he or she needs to be saved! One cannot be lifted up out of a pit, raised up from the depths of hell, unless that one is first “down” in the pit.
Think about it: How could Christ rise lest he first descend? And, so it is with each and every one of us. Again, we cannot be set free unless we aren’t free! We cannot be healed unless we are first sick (Mat. 9:11, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.) That applies both spiritually and physically. And, we cannot be resurrected, raised to LIFE, unless we are first DEAD! That’s right! Death (to be carnally minded is death) is a prerequisite for resurrection to LIFE (to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6).
Of course trials and affliction and adversity are painful, some physically, some mentally and some both! But as the saying goes, “No Pain, No Gain.” Does nature not teach us the beautiful end result of enduring “natural” pain? Ask a mother who has brought forth a child with great labor pains. Will she say the pain was worth it? Of course, and she’ll be willing to endure the pain again to bring forth another.
There are all sorts of examples of pain and struggle in nature bringing forth beauty and new life. There are also many examples of “successful” people who struggled through adversities and failures and bankruptcies and even tragedies only to emerge at the top of their profession, trade or field of artistry. Yea, the caterpillar, through much struggle, emerges from the bondage of the cocoon as a new creature, a beautiful butterfly.
Again, it is written in Romans 1:20 that the things we see and observe in the world around us teach us about the things we don’t see, i.e. spiritual things. So, is bringing forth the Christ child in each and every one of us going to happen without trials and tribulation, without spiritual labor pains? What do you think?
Those who are talking about the planet alignment that will occur on September 23, 2017 draw parallels to Rev 12:1-2 and claim it portends the ushering in of “the end of the world” or the beginning of the great tribulation… as man defines it. Suppose that is true and you believe it. Based on what we’ve discussed so far, is tribulation, i.e. labor pain, a “bad” thing? The answer is, not ultimately. It’s all good! It’s well worth enduring because it means you’re “with child” about to be delivered.
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 she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”
The Book of Revelation is about the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1), who resides where? In you (Col 1:27)… the mystery of which is to one day be revealed to you. Because you see… you are, and were from the beginning, a son (no gender intended) of God, like Jesus, who was fully enlightened to His sonship at the age of 12.
I know some are offended by that because it goes against everything they grew up believing in traditional Churchianity. They become so ingrained (sown deep) by their doctrinal “beliefs” that they are fearful to think outside their pews.
But what do the scriptures tell us?
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Do you think the Creator didn’t foreknow everyone who was ever born? (See “The Word was Made Flesh”). Of course He did, and therefore His plan (call it predestination if you like) is that one day we shall all conform to the image of His Son.
It hasn’t happened or appeared yet, but it’s a done deal… because it is His will.
1 Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Again, we are all the sons of God… it just hath not yet appeared to all that we are! Remember, it is every man in his own order (1 Cor 15:23).
If you know that, then the next two verses make perfect sense.
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
If you harbor hate for some or blame or despise others, be they politicians, religious leaders, “sinners” of the flesh, or those who use you or harm you, then by the natural law of sowing and reaping you cannot lead a quiet and peaceable life.
The problem is most people see things through the lens of their flesh eyes instead of their spiritual eyes. To that end, they are both spiritually evil (ignorant) and spiritually adulterous (idolatrous). That is why they look to or seek after signs. That does not mean they are necessarily “bad” people. It’s just not their “end time”, their “last days” yet! Again, we all are brought to the glory of God in our own order (1 Cor. 15:23)
Keep in mind what an evil (ignorant… of Christ) and adulterous (idolatrous) man the Pharisee Saul was before Christ revealed Himself to him and his name (nature) was changed to Paul (meaning little).
Question: If you knew prior to Saul’s conversion what God’s plan was for him in the future, would you have “judged” him differently before his conversion? Would you have harbored hate or resentment for his severe persecution of Christians or would you have prayed for him as instructed in 1 Ti 2:1? I ask that because there are many Saul’s in the world today whose time has not yet come! Think about what unconditional love is.
We sell God (and ourselves) short when we judge others according our perceived beliefs of right and wrong! That is not good and it is unacceptable. Here’s what is good an acceptable:
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
What is the “knowledge” of the truth? It is that we are all sons of God.
Do you think God’s will to have “all men to be saved” can be subverted? If you do, then again, you sell Him short.
So the question of the day is: Do the signs in the heavens and on earth tell us we are headed for great or greater tribulation? The answer is: Open your eyes because the world is already suffering great, great tribulation.
So are things going to get worse? Well, if the “child” has not yet been born (delivered) what does nature tell us? Do not the labor pains get stronger and stronger right up to the birth?
Remember what is written about where heaven, the kingdom of God, is? Luke 17:21… within you! So if a great wonder (sign, miracle, revelation) appears in heaven, where does it occur? In the constellations? Well, if you see it there (physically), then you better “see” it within (spiritually).
Remember also what Jesus says to the religious folks.
Mat 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil (ignorant, children of darkness) and adulterous (idolatrous) generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
The only sign given is not a visible one, but an internal sign, the allegory of which is contained in the story of Jonah being three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish.
Mat 12:40 For as Jonas (meaning dove, symbolic of spirit) was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Once again, if you see the sign of the “Son of man being three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” as just the historical event which happened over 2000 years ago, then you’re seeing with the wrong set of eyes. Here’s a little help… YOU are, WE all are, in the heart of the earth!
Just as Jonah was brought forth from the belly of the great fish, so shall Christ be brought forth from the “heart of the earth”.
The real you, the child of God, not the flesh man, must be brought forth. Have you not read, “You must be born again (from above)?” And that new birth does not come without travail, without labor pains.
Therefore, if you are a “child of light (1 Th 5:4-5) and you see the labor pains, the travail, getting stronger and stronger, do not despair in darkness (ignorance), but rather rejoice in the light, the “knowledge of the truth”… for you know deliverance draws nigh!
Hallelujah! That is Good News.
In conclusion, it should be obvious that both the main stream media and main stream Christianity thrive on fear and bad news. After all, bad news sells so much better than good news and it gets higher ratings that result in more revenue… if you know what I mean.
We are not the bearers of fear and bad news but rather of faith and Good News.
So go have a blessed, fearless, peaceful day! It’s all good!
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