Solar Instabilities Ahead
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
-Matthew 24:29, emphasis added
An asteroid passing closer to the Earth than any ever tracked on one day; and 1,200 people injured by a 55-foot wide, brighter-than-the-Sun, exploding meteor the next?
Can events get any scarier? Last week’s amazing events are just a small reminder of things to come. That meteor was powerful enough to have killed 33x more people than Hiroshima’s 80,000! The asteroid would have killed hundreds of millions. But what’s coming is so much more deadly.
Before continuing on with the next segment of Revelation 8, let us again consider this question: Are we actually close enough to think that we are the final generation?
Jesus said that the generation that sees His plan unfold for the end of days will witness His Second Coming. That promise has kept the church throughout the centuries in the Word, on their knees, and ready to go home to heaven at any moment: "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away" (Matthew 24:32-35, emphasis added).
Based on that passage, are we witnessing the unfolding of His plan for the end of days? Do the following happenings have a bearing upon the answer to that question?
- The global travel Daniel said had to happen is here, as well as the explosion of knowledge.
- The apostle John said that there had to be global commerce that was based on buying and selling with a personal number, and that is also here.
- Jesus said that Israel had to be back in their land, and they are there.
In Matthew 24, Jesus foretold that a series of specific signs would occur to signal the onslaught of birth pangs. Have those pains that signal the end of days started? I am not absolutely sure, but this much is clear: not since the birth of Israel in 1948--and not since the birth of the United Nations (also in 1948), United Europe, the World Council of Churches, and the computer--have we seen so many signs happening contemporaneously.
To sort it out, in Matthew 24:29-32 we find that there are three parts to Christ's warning: (1) the sun will be darkened; (2) the stars will fall; and (3) the powers of the heavens will be shaken. We will look at the first two parts today, and then cover the third one tomorrow.
Part 1 of Christ's Warning-"the sun will be darkened": In the Tribulation, the earth will become scorched, and yet the sun will get darker. This could be massive sunspots that lessen visible light and maximize solar radiation. During the past few years, astronomers have witnessed the greatest solar activities ever recorded. The largest and most powerful solar eruptions have dazzled their instruments and made scientists wonder what is in store for the earth in days ahead.
God says that a day is coming when the sun will scorch the inhabitants of the earth: Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory (Revelation 16:8-9).
Part 2 of Christ's Warning-"the stars will fall": When Christ returns, there will be global fears of an asteroid or comet strike, and an ensuing devastation. It is interesting that, until more recently, "the ultimate disaster" movie style wasn't common. In previous generations, they were not as aware of the objects hurtling through space faster than bullets and headed our way. Hal Lindsey reports:
After years of studying the book of Revelation, I am still not sure as to whether the following prophecy is referring to a first-century man's observation of a thermonuclear attack, or if it's about an asteroid hitting the earth. The Apostle John observed:
Then the third angel sounded [his trumpet]: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
Whatever this is, it poisons a third of the Earth's fresh water supply, which is the reason it sounds more like the effect of nuclear radiation fallout.
In spite of the terrifying events to come, God does not want His children to fear-like those who have no hope: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Trust Him, for He is your safe refuge!
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