A new day is dawning
On August 21st, 2017 there was a complete solar eclipse that crossed 10 states in the United States. It started at 10:15am Pacific Time at Government Point, Oregon and ended at Key Bay South Carolina at 4:06pm that afternoon.
33 days later, on September 23rd, 2017 there was another powerful heavenly phenomena that took place over Israel in direct fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2.
For many in the church, these heavenly signs hold no significance as the vast majority of the modern day church has failed to grasp the importance of these heavenly “voices” and relegates them to the fringe mindset within the Body of Christ.
Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their kvoice2 goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” (ESV)
While I agree that we can over-emphasize anything in our Christian walk, I also know that the Lord Himself speaks through these heavenly signs to give us encouragement as well as warning. In Genesis 1:14 it is made perfectly clear why the Lord created these heavenly luminaries:
Genesis 1:14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be forsignsand seasons, and for days and years”
The ‘sign’ of Revelation 12:1-2 is a clarion call to this generation that we have transitioned into a profound season – a final season, before the return of our Master. It falls upon one of the most important feast seasons in Israel; Rosh Ha Shanna, the Feast of Trumpets. To not acknowledge the significance and importance of this hour in which we live is gross negligence at best and willful ignorance at worst.
Rev 12:1-2 “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”
Without going into great detail let me also share another ‘sign’ that holds tremendous significance for us in this hour. In Genesis 6:3 the Lord spoke to Noah and said, “And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
In our Western understanding of this scripture we extrapolate the idea of believing the Lord for 120 years of life lived on this earth. While there is nothing wrong with believing the Lord for a long life, this is not fully what was intended by this scripture according to the Hebraic interpretation of this verse.
According to them, this scripture was talking about Jubilee cycles. Or in other words, 120 years of Jubilee cycles which is 50 years each for a total of 6000 years! According to the rabbis the first Adam was given a 6000 year stewardship on this earth!This particular Rosh Ha Shanna, 23 September 2017, is the culmination of the 120th Jubilee!
If this were not enough to encourage you to study the Scriptures a little more ardently, let me share a testimony we just received from some friends of ours. Their son, a 9 year old whom I will leave nameless for the sake of privacy, had an amazing encounter on this very night! September 23rd, 2017.
At 4:00am he was awakened by a loud trumpet blast that so startled him he got up. He noticed the light was on in his mothers’ study. He went there and broke in upon her prayer time and said to her, “Do you hear that!”
She replied, “No, hear what?”
He said, “The Loud trumpet blasting!”
She again said she did not hear anything. However, knowing her son is given to visions and visitations of the Lord asked him, “Who is blowing the horn?”
He said, “Gabriel is! And he keeps saying, ‘Time is short, Jesus is returning very soon!’”
Coupling these celestial events with biblical prophecies and historical occurrences involving the nation of Israel, the odds are high that the Great Tribulation, or Jacob’s Trouble, may begin this fall. Other celestial phenomenon may be visible in the heavens during this time too. It is a great time to be alive if we are armed with the Truth. We are children of the day and are not to be asleep.
It’s time we became like the Sons’ of Issachar – understanding times and seasons so we will be found busy about the Master’s work when He comes!