Sunday, August 6, 2017

Be Careful Concerning the Great American Eclipse and Revelation 12 Sign Hype

The enormous hype surrounding the “Great American Eclipse,” is not only coming from secular sources, but is also coming from those who profess to be Christians in what might be best referred to as the New Age Prophecy Movement. This movement, in which Jesus seems to be scattering prophetic wisdom and visions among anyone with a YouTube channel, is dangerous and deceptive. Following right on the tail of the Great American Eclipse is the Revelation 12 sign on September 23rd


Let me back up one moment before going further with this. Are these prophetic signs fulfilling prophesy? Yes, they are. Look at this passage from Genesis 1:14-15:

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.

So, yes, these are signs. God has sent them as a message to His people. We are to take them seriously.


These are not signals for, nor do they give license to setting dates and/or declaring prophetic woes upon any nations or people. Furthermore, for anyone to claim that some great prophetic word came to them in a vision, a dream or some particular experience (perhaps a particularly difficult bowel movement) flies directly in the face of the Word of God. Consider this:

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. - Revelation 22:18-19

This is a serious warning and it applies to the whole of scripture. To add to or declare God’s judgments beyond what He has laid out in His Holy Word is dangerous ground. We can speculate to the meanings of these signs, of course, but we do so examining the scriptures in order to understand what signals God is sending us through His signs. It DOES NOT mean that we can set dates for the rapture and declare that God is going to destroy America or make any other such statements.

These Are Warnings

When you hear the distinctive rattle of the tail of a diamondback snake, what does it tell you? When you see the hackles standing up on a dog’s back, it has its teeth bared, and it is growling, what sort of sign is it giving you? They are warnings to back off from whatever you are doing. When God sent Moses to Egypt to demand that Pharaoh free the Israelites, He gave signs and warnings of the consequences of Pharaoh’s disobedience. Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the prophets throughout the Old Testament gave warnings. There was always a single warning… Back off from what you are doing! Repent and turn to the Holy God!

God backed up His warnings with His signs. Why? God wants us to understand that HE controls the universe. Let me give you a tiny sample of what God’s warnings declare:

“Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
Who has put wisdom in the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together? – Job 38:25-38

Chapters 38 through 41 are filled with an example of God’s complete sovereignty over ALL of creation. The message is clear. I AM WHO I AM (Genesis 3:14).  God existed before creation and will continue to exist without any challenge to His existence. He does not have to answer to anyone or do anything that anyone commands. He is God and He is Holy. His signs are before us in every moment of every day and in every single aspect of our lives. But when He puts signs in the heavens, He does it for the purpose of letting us know that we need to HUMBLE ourselves before Him and pay attention. We need to back off from what we are doing, repent of our errors and focus on His Holiness.

For those who are wondering what the specific purpose of these most recent signs are about, let me give you a hint. These are signs to let you know that God will no longer bear the rejection of His son, Jesus, nor the disobedience of His law. He will no longer tolerate the challenges to His sovereignty and that includes those of you who call yourselves Christians, yet believe that your will, your words or your works will somehow sanctify you in the sight of the Holy God.

Jesus Is Wholly and Holy God

Just in case you are one of those who thinks that sweet Jesus surely isn’t involved in the coming judgments had better take another look at how you view Jesus. In the 8th chapter of John, when the Pharisees were questioning Jesus’ authority, He responded to them with a simple statement which infuriated them to the point of trying to kill Him:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Those are the exact same words which God said to Moses when He was asked by what authority Moses was to say he was making his demands. Jesus is not a wall flower. He is God. He is in on the judgment that is to come. In fact, He is THE major player in carrying out the judgments. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is coming with a rod of iron.

Make no mistake; Jesus’ wrath will be terrible!

But there is hope. Those who hear His call, repent of their sins and turn to Him as the hope of their salvation will be saved from the Day of Wrath.

Let me list a few of the warning signs:

·         There are currently more than 30 active volcanoes worldwide.
·         On a daily basis, there are more than 100 earthquakes worldwide, more than a dozen every day are stronger than 4.0.
·         In the past six months, there have been major floods on every continent in the world, on many of those continents several times over.
·         There are famines taking place in numerous regions of the world.
·         There have been fireballs coming through our atmosphere in vast numbers. On some occasions there have been more than 50 within a twenty four hour period.
·         The radiation produced by the sun in the last six months has nearly doubled in intensity.
·         There are spot wars all over the world and rumors of war. We are a hair’s breadth from a major global conflict.

Jesus told us that these things would be like birth pains of a woman who is about to give birth. From that we can understand that they will increase in frequency and intensity until the fullness of time is complete. The command that everyone is missing when they look to the prophetic words of Jesus is this one:

“Look up, for your redemption draws near!”

That doesn’t mean gaze into the heavens and wonder what’s coming next and then make a YouTube video about your speculations. That means look toward the HOLY ONE!!! Don’t look within yourself, don’t look to your church, carefully crafted theologies that tickle your ears, don’t look to your neighbors, your family or your friends. Don’t look toward your religious practices, LOOK TOWARD THE HOLY GOD. Fall on your knees and humble yourself before the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Be CAREFUL! Do not be deceived by the numerous false teachers. Do not be fearful or in a panic. Turn your focus onto the Holy Lamb of God who lives, reigns and has dominion over heaven and earth. Look to HIM, Jesus, for your salvation.

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