25 “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” ~ Luke 21:25-28
These verses are for this season. In a few more days, on the 15th, the asteroid 2012 DA14 is expected to pass by the Earth in the closest recorded approach of such a large object. That is a biblical sign that is akin to the firing of a shot across the bow, a navel warning given that, if ignored, means engagement will follow. Will those who must repent of sin find conviction and bow their knees to the Lord Y'shua this week? Some might, but most won't. The Lord has a plan, and it will not be abbreviated but will unfold in perfection in the appointed ways and at the appointed times.
Celestial events are appointed for signs, signaling important messages at key times on the Lord's schedule of appointments with man.
14 Then 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; 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. ~ Genesis 1:14-15
The Hebrew word translated “seasons” in verse 14 is “moed,” which is the basis for the explanation I offered about celestial events.
I have an unusual perspective on celestial signs like the Asteroid 2012 DA14, sunspots and comets like ISON and Pan-STARRS, along with significant Earth changes underway. Folks who don't know when the Lord is coming look for signs in the heavens and earth as clues to analyze to learn to identify the Lord's calendar. For an example, the year 2015 is suggested as the possible interpretation of a collection of rare eclipses linked to the Lord's calendar by Messianic Pastor Mark Biltz. See (WND) Blood moon eclipses: 2nd Coming in 2015? - Minister uses NASA forecasting to study signals of Jesus' return. I believe I already know when the Lord is coming (with reference to some of the key events in that season), by a combination of biblical prophecies, patterns of history and celestial events, so I look to these other signs as validation. Some will know, as Noah knew in the pattern given to us in Matthew 24. There's a big difference in perspective there, right? I confidently anticipate that some events that will be considered as the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will indeed be fulfilled in 2015, but without the Lord Himself unlocking the sequence of events and their relationships there's not much point in even discussing them. I've written plenty about times and epochs over the years, which is a topic of a crucial nature. While some take this a material and academic approach, this is a supernatural matter and one that deals with character to a very large degree, as the Lord Himself reveals. One of the projects occupying my time is an updating of what's been collected into a set of studies called Beyond the Veil. None of the conclusions drawn there have changed.
The following list is a fairly comprehensive collection of studies I've written on the subject of celestial signs over the years, including the one that was my entry point into the celestial signs of the Lord's coming, an excursion that opened the way to an amazing journey.
- Blood Red Moons and the One Who Left with a Bag of Money (June 17, 2011)
- The Truth About Astrology
- Celestial Signs and the Basis for Biblical Astronomy
- Heavenly Sign Watching: Part I
- Heavenly Sign Watching: Part II
- When Jesus was Born - The Celestial Signs
- When Jesus was Baptized - The Celestial Signs
- The Year of His Coming: 1991 - Part I
- What Was it That is Called the Star of Bethlehem
- The Celestial Sign of Comet 17P/Holmes
- Celestial Signs of August 2003
- Asteroid to Traverse Earth’s Satellite Zone, NASA Says
- 2013 Comets: Astronomers Prepare For Comet ISON, Pan-STARRS In 'Year Of Comets'
- Heavenly Harbinger (Joseph Herrin)
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. ~ Psalms 119:67
7 The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8 Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. 9 At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. ~ Isaiah 26:7-9
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. ~ Titus 2:11-14