Sunday, October 4, 2015

Last Days Scoffers

Last Sunday night I saw the latest blood moon in the sky. I couldn’t get a decent picture of it with my phone or camcorder but saw photos taken by Facebook friends. I also noticed friends posted mocking comments because the Apocalypse didn’t happen.

The recent blood moon tetrad plus a total solar eclipse on March 20th of this year were simply signs that we are living in the last days. As Acts 2:20 says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” The lunar and solar eclipses were never meant to signify the exact day of the Lord’s return. 

Ministers like John Hagee brought attention to the blood moons because three previous tetrads also coinciding on Jewish holidays occurred around the time significant events happened involving the Jews...
  • In 1493 and 1494, total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets both years. This was after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the country in 1492. That same year Christopher Columbus discovered America, which today is home to more than 5 million Jews outside Israel.
  • In 1949 and 1950, another four total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles. During that time, war was happening between Jews and neighboring Arabs after Israel declared itself a nation in 1948.
  • In 1967 and 1968, four more total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles. In the midst of that, Israel recaptured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
This past week after the last blood moon occurred, two significant events happened. The Palestinian flag flew at the United Nations for the first time. In addition, Russia sent troops into Syria. It’s possible the fulfillment of the Russian-led war against Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38 may happen soon. 

Either way, I remind everyone reading this not to become a scoffer like what 2 Peter 3 talks about...

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 
4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

The Greek word for scoffer is empaíktēs (emp-aheek-tace'), which Strong’s Concordance also defines as “mocker.” That same Greek word is also used in Jude 18, how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.”

We are definitely not living in a time of “business as usual.” Regardless of when the Second Coming happens, we should use whatever time we have left on this planet to get the gospel out.

Jesus is coming back soon. Will you be ready?

“Now therefore, do not be mockers, Lest your bonds be made strong; For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts, A destruction determined even upon the whole earth.” - Isaiah 28:22

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