Today on the eve of a North America total solar eclipse, I cannot help but think about Bible prophesy. One particular passage that stands out is the words of Jesus found in Luke.
Luke 21:25-32 NLT
25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” 29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. 30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. 31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place.”
Two years ago, I posted a blog “What Will September Hold?” At that time, many voices were predicting possibilities about end time events. I said then that I didn’t know what September holds, but I know who holds September! As I look at the signs all around me today, I find myself feeling the same way. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I do know who holds tomorrow! The passage above so describes the current events we are experiencing. Never in my life have I witnessed the unrest we are experiencing today.
I realize that we cannot predict the exact time of our Lord’s soon return for His church. I have been taught all of my life that He could come back to take His children home to heaven any day. I fear that many have become cynical about the rapture of the church and have become immune to the warnings of the times. The Bible tells us that we must not do this!
1 Thessalonians 5:2-7 NLT
2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. 4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
There are many other signs that could be considered beyond the solar eclipse. I read a very compelling set of examples from Mark Biltz from El Shaddai Ministries that I am pasting in at this link for those who are interested in reading. BiltzScriptures_b
This is not a time to be sleeping, we need to do as the above passage instructs and be on guard. We should live each day looking for the Lord to return. The question I like to ask is this, “If you knew for fact that the Lord was returning tomorrow, what would you do today?” Let your response to that question drive you the remaining days of your life on this earth.