I believe that it is very clear and easy to recognize that we are living in the last days. The signs of the times that are spoken of in the Bible, which pertain to the end of the world as we know it today, including the rapture of the Church as well as the second coming of Christ are occurring more rapidly now than ever before in history. You can easily look at the news and see headlines that are a confirmation of Biblical prophecy almost every day. While I'm not saying that Christ is going to return this year or next year, there are some amazing things that are going to occur that will have a significant precedence and impact on the future of the world in such a way that it will bring tremendous blessings upon the righteous who honor the Word of God and recognize what is happening, but it will also bring great destruction to those who are unrighteous, who reject Jesus Christ and the Scriptures. Furthermore, I believe that God has given the Bible to us to help prepare us for the last days, so that we aren't frightened or taken by surprise.
"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 2:28-32, NIV)
Luke 21:28, says, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (KJV)
"The 2014 - 2015 Blood Moons Tetrad" pertains to a set of four consecutive lunar eclipses of the moon that will occur on the exact dates of four Jewish holidays (Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles), which will happen in both 2014 and 2015. A blood moon is a complete and total eclipse of the moon that causes it to appear bloody red. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has done extensive research on the subject. They looked down the road 100 years and said that this will never happen again in this century. Since the time of Christ, there have only been four blood moons just seven times. Biblically seven is the number of perfection. This coming Passover, April 15th, will be the eighth time of the "Blood Moon Tetrad", and according to the Bible eight is the number of "New Beginnings", but none of the other blood moons have happened during a year of Jubilee which signifies a great transfer of wealth and release from debt for God's people, but a great time of punishment for the unrighteous. A major shift is about to take place in the world, and I believe it's going to happen in the near future, but we know that our future is good! Praise God!
According to the Jewish Talmud Sukkah 29a, "when the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is red as blood, it is a sign that the sword is coming to the world." Jewish Rabbi's for many 100's of years have followed the positioning of the sun and moon and they've also followed the positioning of sackcloth suns (total eclipses of the sun), bloody moons and comets. As a result, hey have come up with an elaborate way of discerning the signs of the heavens how it will affect events on earth.
In Genesis 1:14, the Scripture says that the sun, moon, and stars were given for signs and seasons. Please note that as Christians we are not suppose to observe the constellations and categorize people under certain signs that have bearing on their personal lives as with horoscopes and astrology. This practice is forbidden in Deuteronomy 4:19.
According to the Bible, the sun, moon, and stars are for signs and seasons to ancient Israel, which they began to discover when they saw that within 4 years of a comet there would be a major war some where. These signs give us clear evidence of what's going to happen. Examples: 66 AD (Halley's Comet appeared) and 4 years later in 70 AD the Temple was Destroyed; in 1910 (Halley's Comet appeared) and in 1914 WWI took place; in 1988 (Halley's Comet appeared) and in 1992 Gulf War erupted. Then, "During the Passover and Feast of Tabernacles of 1949-1950, the four blood moons marked the birth of Israel in 1948 and the first Arab-Israeli War which was fought from May 15, 1948 until March 10, 1949. The tetrad blood moons ushered in the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel miraculously overcame great odds against an Arab coalition army determined to destroy them. A convergence of other world events took place in a volatile 1968 which included the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy." [Source, The Examiner, March 6, 2014]
In order to understand what things will come to pass, we must read Luke 21 and Matthew 24. Jesus was speaking to His disciples about His return. Virtually the entire chapter is a response to the disciples' questions "...when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?" (verse 7). Matthew 24:3, reveals more details: "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Then Jesus lists the events that will take place. In Matthew 24, the word "shall" is repeated 59 times. He talks about war between nations. Then the Lord mentions great earthquakes, famines and pestilences, and He also emphasizes that first there shall be great persecution.
We know that the first century church suffered great persecution as seen in the book of Acts 8:1. This has continued for centuries even until today. While physical persecution is limited to some African, Middle Eastern and Asian nations, we must never think that we have been spared from persecution. However, persecution in the western world to a large degree is not physical. The persecution we experience is more subtle and it is taking place in the midst of the Church. I am speaking of the persecution against those who boldly proclaim the truth of the Scriptures with conviction. For example, you will find that the vast majority of Christian churches are beginning to reject the literal interpretation and validity of the Scriptures, and cater to pleasing people rather than obeying the Word of God. Those of us who believe that God's Word is infallible and true are being rejected and considered to be narrow thinkers, close minded, intolerant, odd balls. It is not my intention to give you details on this matter to discourage you, but in reality "Truth" is being persecuted. (Ref. 2 Timothy 4:3) Jesus warns of that the time would come when these things would occur, not only to the church, but more profoundly to Israel. He provides us with a geographical reference in the book of Luke 21:20, 21, 24 "...ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies...let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains...Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles." This is pertaining to tribulation occurring in the land of Israel.
In the book of Amos 3:7, it lets is know that, "...the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." I have said all of that to lay the foundation for what I'm about to share with you now. So, I urge you to pay close prayerful attention to what is being conveyed and shared with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, says, "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (KJV)
Again, Genesis 1:14, says, "And God said, 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." (KJV) God has ensured that His people would not be left in the dark, deceived or caught by surprise about the things that would happen in the last days, or about the signs of the times pertaining to the return of Christ. It is very important to notice what Genesis 1:4 says about what the "lights in the firmament of the heaven" would be for. The "lights in the firmament" is speaking of the sun, moon and the stars. The Jewish or Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar that is based upon lunar months or lunar cycles of the sun and moon together, while the western "Gregorian" calendar is based upon the sun alone, and the Islamic calendar is only based upon the moon. It is important to recognize that the Gregorian calendar was instituted by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, but the calendar that was used in the time when Jesus was on earth and is still being used today is the Lunar calendar, which is based upon the activity of the sun and the moon.
The reason why this is so important for us today is because of what is about to happen and take place this year beginning in the month of April through September of 2015. As we understand the significance of the hour in which we are living as it pertains to the return of Jesus Christ, we should be compelled to do the work of the ministry and Kingdom of God in the earth. We are living in the finest hour for the Church to shine as salt and light as a witness of Christ to those who aren't saved. Perry Stone, who is a highly respected and well recognized Bible scholar, shared the following information on end-time prophecy:
Recently there has been much discussion on the FOUR BLOOD MOONS to occur in 2014 and 2015. Coincidentally, these 4 Blood Moons are scheduled to occur on the Jewish Passover and Feasts of Tabernacles. This has occurred only 3 times in the last 500 years! In the past when this has happened it has led to historical events involving the Israel.
The 4 Lunar eclipses break down as follows:
*Passover April 15, 2014 (Blood Moon 4/14 - 4/16)
Feast of Trumpets September 25, 2014 (Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New
Year; meaning "Head of the Year")
*Feast of Tabernacles October 8, 2014 (Blood Moon)
Jewish New Year March 20, 2015 (Total Eclipse of the Sun on the Jewish New Year / Adar 25, Nisan 1)
*Passover April 4, 2015 (Blood Moon)
Feast of Trumpets September 13, 2015 (Partial Eclipse of the Sun,
Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year)
*Feast of Tabernacles September 28, 2015 (Blood Moon)
Jesus Christ said, referring to the days before His second coming: “And there will be fearful sights and GREAT SIGNS from heaven” (Luke 21:11, KJV). Christ went on, “And there will be SIGNS in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars . . .” (Luke 21: 25).
Also speaking of His second coming, to rule this world, and to deliver mankind from its greatest crisis in all human history, Jesus foretold: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars [meteors] will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken [an incredible cosmic quaking and shaking -- see Hebrews 12:25-28; Hag.2:21-23]. Then the SIGN of the Son of Man will APPEAR in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will SEE the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and glory” (Matt.24:29-31).
The prophet Joel tells us, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” (Joel 2:31).
John in Revelation prophesied that in the period just before the coming of the Messiah, and the “Day of the Lord,” that great signs would take place: “I look when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth [meteor showers], as a fig tree droops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (Rev.6:12-14)." [Source, Perry Stone Ministries - Voice of Evangelism]
The following short video will further add to and increase your understanding and awareness of the serious nature of the hour in which we are living. The greatest thing that needs to be understood is that the rapture of the Church could occur at any time, and whether you believe in and espouse the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation doctrine the key is to be ready and prepare for His coming. While God the Father knows the exact time of Christ's coming, He has given us signs that let us know when we are in that season. My earnest prayer is that you become a stronger witness of Jesus Christ to everyone that you meet, and that your commitment to the Lord is greater than ever before. Let the Word of God and prayer be your daily bread, and fellowship with the saints be a part of your ongoing source of spiritual growth and enrichment in Jesus mighty name, until He comes again. Amen.
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