Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Start at the Beginning

There is no shortage of material on the subject of The End. But there is a shortage of simple, easy to understand, material with a strong Biblical backing on the subject.
I hope this helps.

I would love to start with current events and how they tie in, but I really should start at the beginning.

Maybe not Genesis 1:1, but how about Genesis 1:14? "Let there be lights in the firmament of  heaven to divide the day from the night and let them be for signs and for seasons..."  The word seasons means "an appointment; a fixed time or season; a signal".  The church of today more often than not, would tell you not to pay any attention to the sun, moon, and stars, for fear that you'd get sucked into astrology.
Many of our logically founded ideas have been some of Satan's most effective tools of deception. Without getting into that, I'll just go straight into proving that we should pay attention to the sun, moon, and stars.
God's calendar is a lunar calendar, a perfect 360 day circle. He set up the months to fall perfectly into alignment with the cycle of the moon. But Julius Caesar, and Pope Gregory XIII and his cohorts fell nicely into Satan's plan to confuse the "times and seasons". In our western world the best way to keep up with God's timing is to get yourself a Hebrew calendar that has our Gregorian calendar dates as well.
It is very important to know the "times and seasons". 

Other proof that God wants us to watch the sky are verses like Matthew 24:19, Luke 21:11and 25, Isaiah 13:10, and the verses in Revelation about eclipses: 6:12 and 8:12.
God doesn't tell us that there will be signs in heaven and then say, "but never-mind those."
A very cool thing about living in today's world is that all of the eclipses are tracked for us on sites like the NASA eclipse web site. (

This is just to show we can know when at least some of the predicted "signs in heaven" will be.
The people God was talking to in the Bible were from the area of Israel, so when you look at the table of eclipses, look for the ones that will be viewable from that region of the world.
The other important thing to know, is when to look.
God gives us very precise instructions on when His "appointed times" will be. These appointed times are better known as the "Seven Feasts". They are: Passover (Pesach), the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzot), First Fruits (Bikkurim), Pentecost (Shavuot), Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and The Feast of Tabernacles (Succot).
Throughout history these "dress rehearsals" have been celebrated by the Hebrew peoples, and some by Christians as well.
I'll explain the significance of the Feasts later.  If you want an assignment, go look up all the eclipses that fall on feast days, over Israel. (You can look into the past and the future. What you'll find should be very intriguing.