Unveiling Celestial Signs: A Biblical Perspective on the Second Coming and End Time Prophecy

Unveiling Celestial Signs: A Biblical Perspective on the Second Coming and End Time Prophecy

 Heavenly signs and the second coming, let's remind ourselves of one unchanging truth: that our God is infinitely powerful, infinitely wise, and infinitely resourceful. Our understanding, limited as it is, can barely comprehend the depth of his power and resources. Look around you, look above you, and what do you see? The endless expanse of the sky, stretching from horizon to horizon, from dawn to dusk. This vast sky is more than just a sky of blue or a theater of twinkling stars at night. 

It is God's heavenly billboard, a powerful resource of our God, the Creator, the Almighty. And it is through this billboard that God communicates with us in ways we may not always understand. Psalm 19:1 tells us 'The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.' Indeed, the sky is a testament of God's magnificent creation, His grand design, and His infinite power. When we see the sunrise in the morning casting its warm golden light on the earth, it is God's way of proclaiming a new day, a new beginning. When we see the night sky filled with countless stars, it is God's way of showing us the infinite possibilities that lie within His creation. Throughout history, God has used the heavens as His billboard to guide, warn, and enlighten mankind. He led the Israelites with a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. A star in the east announced the birth of Jesus. The sky turned dark when Jesus was crucified, and He has promised signs in the heavens before His second coming. These aren't mere coincidences, but divine signals from God who uses the celestial bodies to manifest His will and convey His message. However, just like any billboard on a highway, it is up to us to pay attention, to understand the message that is being conveyed. 

It is up to us to look beyond the beauty of the heavens and decipher the divine messages that God is sending us. When we understand this, we can truly appreciate the wisdom and power of our God, a God who can make the sun stand still, command the stars to line, and darken the skies to reflect the sorrow of the world. Isaiah 55:8 and 9, 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.' For ages, humanity has been captivated by the sky. Some religions have even based their beliefs on what they perceive in the heavens. As we gaze into the vast expanse, we marvel at the beauty of the heavens. The sky stretches out beyond our sight, filled with worlds and planets moving at incredible speeds, some even light years apart. No matter how long we might travel through the heavens, we would never reach the end. There are always more stars, more planets, more galaxies to discover. Yet, at the center of this infinite expanse is a Creator who governs it all. As described in Isaiah chapter 6, 'In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.' This central position is the command center for the entire universe. God, with His immeasurable power, has promised us signs in the heavens to foretell the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Can we truly rely on these celestial signs? Some Christians have their doubts, perhaps out of fear of straying into occult practices, which often involve interpreting the movements of stars and the moon. To some, any attention to stars or moon may immediately hint at occultism, and they stop listening. However, by doing so, they could miss out on a valuable truth. God attaches great importance to what we observe in the heavens. In fact, we could go as far as saying that the heavens serve as God's billboard for the world. God has used His celestial billboard in the past and continues to use it today. It's a source of guidance, of prophecy, and of revelation. Therefore, let us keep our minds open to the lessons that God may be teaching us through the majesty of the heavens. Genesis 1:14-16 - 'And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.' And it was so. And God made the two great lights - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars also. Our understanding of the seasons comes from the signs God provided. In scripture, there are numerous examples of God using the heavens to guide people. Take, for instance, the journey of the Israelites as documented in Exodus 13:21 - 'By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.' The heavens served as their guide, when Jesus was born, we find in Matthew 2:2 that the wise men were led to Him by a star they had seen in the east. They followed this celestial sign to worship the newly born King of the Jews. Likewise, leading up to Jesus's second coming, God will use the sky to provide signs of His return. He will warn the world of Jesus's second coming using the heavens. In Luke chapter 21, Jesus talks about ten signs of His second coming. He says something particularly noteworthy in verse 11 - 'There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.' Focus on the last phrase: 'great signs from heaven.' These are Jesus's own words, highlighting the importance of heavenly signs. 

To dismiss these signs is to disregard Jesus's teachings, and I believe we can all agree that none of us knows better than Him. So let's pay heed to the signs from the heavens as they are the divine messages from our Lord. In the same chapter, verse 25 also says, 'There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.' Here, our Lord Jesus is talking about the period just before His second coming. He's referring to the time during and around the great tribulation. Matthew 24:29, part of Jesus's Sermon on the Mount of Olives, talks about a sign that will occur right after the great tribulation. It says, 'Immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' Let's look at what comes next. In this chapter, it reads, 'Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.' Note the first words: 'and then,' indicating a time after the great tribulation. 

There will be a period when the sun will be darkened. After this, Jesus will make His second coming. Revelation 6:12 echoes the words Jesus spoke during His Sermon on the Mount of Olives concerning the signs in the heavens. Revelation 6:12-13 states, '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, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.' This passage provides three clear signs preceding the second coming. The opening of the sixth seal will trigger significant cosmic disturbances. The first sign mentioned in this scripture is that the sun will turn black. This isn't the only instance when the sun will darken according to the book of Revelation. In the fourth trumpet, found in Revelation 8:12, it's written, 'The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.' Then, in the fifth trumpet described in Revelation 9:2, we read, 'When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.' According to this verse, when Satan opens the shaft of the Abyss, dense and extremely hot smoke billows out. The smoke is so heavy and dark that it blocks the sun and pollutes the Earth's atmosphere. This polluting smoke coming from the bottomless pit seems an appropriate setting for the evil creatures coming out of the pit. The abyss, or the bottomless pit, is a place of imprisonment for demons. No wonder the Bible, in Luke 21:26, speaks of people's hearts failing them due to fear in anticipation of the events about to befall the earth. Once again, Revelation illustrates the sun's darkening during the fifth bowl judgment. It reads, 'The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.' These scriptures clearly indicate cosmic disturbances leading up to the second coming of the Lord. Picture the unsettling experience of living through a period where the sun turns black with an unnerving regularity. The moon too will not remain unaffected. It will turn a vivid red, lending it the name Blood Moon. This is another significant celestial sign. Revelation 6:13 further presents the sign of the stars falling from heaven as figs from a tree shedding its late season fruit. The Bible mentions this phenomenon of stars descending to the Earth only twice: once during the sixth sealed judgment and again at the second coming of Christ. In Matthew 24:29, these three cosmic occurrences serve as a divine warning system, alerting the world to the imminent return of the Lord. 

God will go to great lengths to ensure people are aware of Jesus's return. He will send sign after sign, warning after warning, even to the extent of deploying angels visible to human eyes. All of these measures are taken to communicate one crucial message: Jesus is coming. God will not let humanity remain oblivious; He will keep sending alerts, reminding us of what is soon to come. This celestial spectacle is God's call to humanity, urging us to all prepare for the impending return of His Son. We must heed these signs, take them to heart, and live our lives in the knowledge that Jesus is coming again

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