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Does God Intend for us to Watch the “Signs in the Heavens?”

October 22, 2015

Are there Scriptures where God says that He actually uses the sun, moon, and stars for signs? If so, what does He expect us to do when we see them?

MOADIM – THE APPOINTED TIMES

On the fourth day of creation, God was designing/creating His divine calendar. The purpose was to teach us about His plan of redemption through Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah. At which point He said the following:

“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years”. (Gen.1:14)

I emphasized this English word “seasons” to shed greater light on the meaning of this verse by using the original language of the Old Testament (Hebrew). In Genesis 1:14 seasons has been translated and interpreted incorrectly for centuries. This is the Hebrew word “moade or moadim” which means “an appointed time.”

In the Stone’s Edition of the Tanach, (same as the Bible’s Old Testament), Genesis 1:14 means ” …and they shall serve as signs, and for appointed times, and for days and years.” Also, in Psalm 104:9, “God appointed the moon for seasons,” the word seasons again is “moadim” which is “appointed times.” In other words, we can read it to say “God appointed the moon to determine the appointed times.”

We need to realize that these “appointed times” were set prior to the creation of any living being to align with God’s plan for redemption. God had already created a timetable for His children to meet with Him (for example, during Feasts/holidays). These appointed times serve as God’s signs for us that He is our God and we are His people. But they are also meant to point to something else; signs of Christ’s arrival on Earth, both times.

OTHER BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

As mentioned in another article, the Star of Bethlehem was a sign in the heavens that showed up when Jesus came to Earth as a baby. This star features prominently in every Christmas pageant, book, or manger scene during this holiday. It was what the royal delegation referred to as the Three Kings, the Wise Men or the Magi used to help them make their journey from the East to discover who this Child was. They were likely Jews who already knew about these biblical prophecies who were still living in Babylon or elsewhere in the East from their time in captivity.

Well, what do you know? That star just showed up again on June 30, 2015 for the first time since the time of Jesus 2,000 years ago! This, among many other signs to show up in the heavens recently has to make people wonder why. See links to additional articles described further down the page for more detailed information about these.

So what are these signs all about?

Well, in Luke 21:25 after Jesus had just described to His disciples what the signs would look like just before His return (e.g., increasing number of wars, earthquakes, climate issues, etc…), He also described that there would also be signs to appear in the heavens, as follows (my notes are in brackets):

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars… [at this point He describes many troubling signs in the world that will also coincide with these cosmological signs]. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

In Matthew, Jesus referred to a list of specific signs that will appear in the heavens during the darkest days on Earth.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven… (Matthew 24:29-30)

The signs being described here are fairly frightening. I mean, what in the universe could cause the stars to “fall from the sky” and the “heavens to be shaken?” Besides asteroids and pole shifts, might there be something man made that could be added to this list of potential candidates? What about the immensely dangerous scientific experiments being conducted at the Hadron Collider at CERN?

Whatever the cause may be, this is not the doomsday everyone expects it to be. While it may be among Earth’s darkest days, it is not the end of the world. It signals the beginning of Jesus’ 1,000 year reign on Earth, as this verse in Luke continues (vs. 28):

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

Here is another translation of that last verse:

When these things start to happen, stand up and hold your heads high; because you are about to be liberated!

What we can discern from these verses is that these are the signs that we are going to see at the very end of that seven-year period known as the tribulation. That is the time when Satan gets to do his worst with humanity through a false savior known as the Antichrist. The Antichrist will deceive many and will eventually begin beheading anyone unwilling to “take the mark of the beast.” Of course, Christians cannot do that because they know doing that will purchase them an instant ticket to hell. Will any Christians survive. Yes, they will. Likely only those who have strong enough faith to pray for and expect miracles. Who knows? God may even give some of them a heads up in advance to get prepared so that they do not need to do any buying and selling during that period of time.

Are there signs that will signal the beginning and the middle of the tribulation, too? Likely, yes.

We also learn from the prophet Joel in chapter two and in several places in the book of Revelation just prior to the end it is said that there will be signs appearing in the heavens. This one is speaking of the time “before the great and terrible or awesome day of the Lord.”

The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (Joel 2:31)

This verse is obviously speaking of a special set of lunar and solar eclipses that are to show up just before the tribulation begins. Few people would see a simple solar or lunar eclipse as a sign. So there would have to be something rather special about this. Has anything special like this involving lunar and solar eclipses ever happened before? Yes, most definitely! You aren’t going to want to miss reading about an extremely rare succession of lunar and solar eclipses we just experienced in 2014-15 called the Biblical Blood Moon Tetrad:

Blood Moons: Signs in the Heavens Point to Christ’s Return

 

Most Bible scholars believe that the book of Revelation is in chronological order. So, with 22 chapters, one could say that chapter 12 is approximately in the middle. Consequently, this verse referring to specific signs that are to show up in the constellations, moon, and sun, should happen in the middle of the tribulation when the worst part of the tribulation begins.

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. (Revelation 12:1-4)

This sign will show up in the heavens in September 2017. Of course, I am not date setting or telling you that this is the middle of the tribulation. But it certainly looks to be possible, especially when you consider that 1,260 days earlier from this date was when the first blood moon of the tetrad happened (that is 3.5 years).

To read more about this, please check out this link:

Heavenly Sign from Revelation 12 to Appear during Fall 2017

 

Of course, there are additional places in the Bible where other signs are spoken of. So, what should our response be to all of these recent and upcoming signs?

  • First of all, you need to prepare yourself spiritually, emotionally, and physically to endure what is to come. What might that include?
    • Building up your faith for we cannot please God without faith nor can we obtain the things we may need or ask Him for until we are able to exercise that faith.
    • Overcome the temptation to conform to this world or to be accepted by those closest to you who may be among those to persecute you in the end.
    • Find a body of believers or form a small group in your home of brothers and sisters in Christ that will encourage you when you are down and visa-versa. We are going to need one another in the difficult days ahead.
  • And secondly, get active in doing your part to bring in the final harvest. Begin building the Kingdom of God. What does that involve?
    • People are hungry to know who God is. Introduce them to Him.
    • Give your testimony of how God has changed your life.
    • Learn how to answer the “hard questions” intelligently like:
      • Those involving creation: intelligent design vs. chance.
      • Who is the true God? I.e., why not Buddhism?
    • Give money to ministries that are actually going out there to harvest the lost and train new Christians to do the same (like this ministry).
    • Give your time to ministries that are doing this (like this ministry).

You may want to check out these other related articles:

Are Christians Supposed to Watch for Christ’s Return? 

Mind Blowing Certainty of Christ’s Imminent Return 

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This article was written by Tracey Nelson, MALC, M.Ed. from the blog The Spotless Bride (https://thespotlessbride.wordpress.com)

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