Heavenly Sign Watching: Part I
By Bob Schlenker (Prints about 6 pages)
Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ Mark 13:33-37For what do we watch? The signs of the master’s coming. Where do we look for these signs? They will be evident both in the heavens and on the earth.
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11The signs in the heavens are the topic of interest in this article, several of which are presented for your consideration. These signs are unquestionably from a source beyond the reach of man who would tamper with it if he could. The moon, sun, stars and planets were each set in motion by the Creator a long time ago and no man has altered their courses in any way. Based upon the astronomical and historical facts, you may be surprised to discover that the range of interpretation of the signs I will address is rather narrow. The interpretations synchronize harmoniously with the messages recorded in the holy scriptures. As each of the celestial witnesses come forward, one after the other, a case is made very dramatically. Y'shua is coming to judge the earth for sin. And He is coming for His Bride! Will you be ready?
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:28-32The book of Revelation contains another significant mention of a sign of the red moon.
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. Revelation 6:12-13There are a number of reasons the Moon would appear red. Viewing the moon through a very dusty or smoky sky would cause it to appear this way. Heavy volcanic activity, an asteroid impact, a nuclear explosion or some combination of these would cause such a phenomenon. In the scriptures noted above, the moon turning red is mentioned in conjunction with the sun turning black, suggesting to me that the event which will cause this unusual discoloration of the celestial bodies will be caused by an atmospheric condition. The moon also turns red during a lunar eclipse. Although a lunar eclipse wouldn't cause the sun and stars to be darkened, it is a rare enough celestial event to be noteworthy, especially as there have been so many of late corresponding to the Holy Day calendar.
David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown. I Chronicles 21:16The angel had been in the process of slaughtering the Israelites because of David's sin of taking a census of the people. Seventy thousand of them died. Blood is the required payment for sin. The Lord is merciful, but there is justice for those who reject the mercy he offers.
Then the LORD spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. I Chronicles 21:27
Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to testify against them. Deuteronomy 31:28The assembling together into the land is particularly marked in the years 1882, 1947 (UN granted Israeli Jews self-determination) and 1948. Although there were other years which have been significant, these were certainly very important years involving the return of the people to the land. Heaven is bearing testimony to God's providence in these matters, is it not?
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.By the sign of the rainbow, God's promise not to destroy the earth again by water still stands. However, the Earth will be destroyed by fire. What was evidently a portent of the first destruction could well be the same for the next. Consider the following prophetic declaration.
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. II Peter 3:4-7The announcements made by such celestial messengers as comets are the judgments of the Highest Court and they will be executed upon the earth and its peoples. Once again, I ask if the prophetic Jewish tradition about a comet's passing through Orion should be cause for concern? Let's just consider it one witness' testimony that it is.