The Lord has not stopped speaking about His return and signs of the end. Anyone familiar with Bible prophecy can look at what is going on in Israel and realize the stage is being set for the antichrist to come on the scene any moment. God continues to speak of the importance of laying aside all that distracts, praying and seeking Him like never before, and focusing on fulfilling our assignments, including bringing in the final harvest. He has spoken of the urgency for the church to get as many saved as possible now because of the increase of demonic deception that will be present after the antichrist takes his place.
God also continues to speak about indicators/signs in society and continues to strongly emphasize repentance – beginning with the church (with His people individually and corporately). I believe He’s shown us the parallel of how the message of lawlessness (acceptance of remaining in sin) is the forerunner message which prepares the way for the devil’s anti-“anointed one” (II Thess 2) in the same way that the Lord sends forerunners with the message of repentance from sin to prepare the way for His Anointed One (Christ Jesus). For those familiar with the concept of the “bizarro world” (where things are inverted or opposite) – it could be likened to the “bizarro” (or anti) forerunner message that prepares the way for the “bizarro” (or anti) christ. Because of this increased opposition to His Truth in society, He continues to surround us with messages of the necessity that we must be willing to lay down and sacrifice our lives (in whatever form necessary) to remain committed to Him, to stand for the Truth of His Word, and to complete the assignments He’s given us (individually and corporately as the church). (much more to all this, but think it’s to be for a different post so this doesn’t get overwhelmingly long…again).
The inspiration for this message, however, began with some interesting messages in the past months about signs in the heavens. John Hagee recently released a book on the coming 4 blood moons and a theory about their possible significance. Since I haven’t read it, I am not endorsing it or the premise behind it, but was intrigued and read a bit about it. I also read a counter to the premise behind this book. In the end the writer still believed that other indicators support that events of Biblical proportion are on the horizon, even if he wasn’t convinced that the coming blood moon tetrad is an irrefutable sign from God about them. When Kamaal Saleem last spoke at CFAN, he also mentioned these coming 4 blood moons and talked about a dream or vision he’d had, an encounter with the Lord, including confirmations of things we believe He’s been speaking in these past three years. (You can find that message on CFAN’s website archives from Sunday November 3 if interested.)
Then this morning (11/26), my friend Mark tagged me in this post below (shared from Bruce Timpany, who looks like he’s quoting, in part, from the ministry who put together the video he gave a link for at the end of his post):
“The Most Sensational Signs in the Sky which rival the Star of Bethlehem are about to be seen in different parts of the world, yet like the Star of Bethlehem, so many people will have little idea about the Savior they are pointing to. … The Bible tells us to make aware and be prepared! God made the sun, moon and stars to point to His seasons. God wrote His Word to explain these seasons and how to be saved before it’s too late.”
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 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.” 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. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
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. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. II Peter 3
“The Bible records the sad news of how the people in the last days would actually choose to be scoffers instead of taking God up on His offer to be rescued before its too late. God really did judge this world once, and He’s going to do it again. Time is running out and the rain’s going to be here before you know it. Please, don’t be like the scoffers of Noah’s day. Discover the evidences of A Judged Creation and enter the ark of Yeshua Jesus before it’s too late!”
The post included this link to an interesting youtube video about 8 coming signs in the heavens – scheduled to begin with comet Ison, predicted to be the brightest comet ever on 11/28/13 (Thanksgiving – which also coincided with Hanukkah this year – aka the feast of lights). (Again, this is not an endorsement of everything said on the video.)
Again, though I cannot presume to speak with any authority about the significance of the blood moon tetrad or any other heavenly signs mentioned in the video (though if what he says about Jupiter and Virgo is accurate that is AWESOME and truly sounds like the Lord proclaiming Jesus in the heavens!), I believe the Lord was at the very least confirming the current significance of II Peter 3 again. (II Peter 2 and 3 have been significant themes the past 3 years.) I had just read from Peter’s letters this very same morning (11/26), as well as this devotional thought from Rick Renner (below) which also talks about those who would scoff and mock at believers in the end. I’d been asking the Lord about whether to post Rick’s devo and/or this passage from II Peter 3 when I received the notification that Mark had tagged me in this post. (II Peter 3 also came up again in my time with the Lord on 11/30.) So it certainly seemed like precise confirmation. In addition, those who have followed past posts may remember that “the ark” has had special significance to what the Lord has been speaking to us in the past 3 years. He has continued to surround us with messages about “the ark,” increasing all the more again recently in answer to some of our questions (including a video we recently “happened to” receive about Noah, complete with a depiction of the scoffing he endured and the tragic fate of those who sadly did not believe). So the post cited above was also another confirmation of all that. I was also led through the video link in the post to a couple of additional teachings which answered very specific questions I had JUST asked the Lord about that very morning, once again leaving me in AWE of God’s divine orchestration. This was further confirmation that the entire morning was being orchestrated by Him.
to be continued…