“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” Gen. 1:14
I used to think “seasons” meant “fall, winter, spring, and summer.” But I recently learned that it’s actually referring to YHWH’s appointed times. The Hebrew word literally means “appointment” — a fixed time or season, or, specifically, a festival. In my day 19 post, I talked about the Sabbath and YHWH’s feasts, how they are prophetically significant, and how understanding them is crucial to understanding prophecy.
The lights in the sky have been around since the beginning. Since Genesis 1. And we are told their purpose: they are to be for signs and for seasons.
A lot of people are talking about the signs in the sky. The solar eclipse that happened on August 21 and the astronomical alignment taking place on September 23 are two of the biggest hot topics among Christians today. Some say the eclipse was an omen given to call us to repent before judgement takes place. It happened 40 days prior to the Day of Atonement, so it makes sense. And the barrage of natural disasters—hurricanes, earthquakes, solar flares, mudslides, tsunamis, floods, and fires—happening all over the world at increased intensity would seem to back up this argument.
The upcoming alignment is known by many as the sign given in Revelation 12:
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” Rev. 12: 1-5
Some say this signifies the rapture or the Lord’s return. Others believe it is the start of tribulation and/or a second exodus of God’s people.
My take on all this? I honestly have no idea. I feel an incredible sense of overwhelm the more I see and hear all of the different views being thrust into the limelight.
I must admit that on one hand, I’m excited about the prospect of this being “it”. At the same time, I’m not even really sure what I think “it” is. Is it, indeed, the return of our Messiah? Is it the start of tribulation? Is it the beginning of a greater exodus where God’s people will be led into the wilderness to be nourished “for a time, times, and half a time”?
I don’t know. But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t allowed myself to get caught up in the obsession a time or two…
Today I was thinking about why so many of us might be so consumed with “the end of the world.” I think, for me, the biggest reason why I’ve longed for that day to come is because I’m so tired of the status quo. I’m tired of the way things are, because I know there’s something bigger out there. I’m tired of struggling with the prince of this world. And more than anything, I’m tired of watching people debate and argue over things like which calendar to follow. I’m ready for the Messiah to come back and set us all straight, to get us all in one accord and walking in His ways and His truth, on His path.
We all have our own ideas of what’s right and wrong, good and bad, true and false. We have our own ideas about what the eclipse really means or whether the sign on September 23 is of any significance. Some claim it is. Others scoff and say it’s nothing—that these signs, and the natural disasters that followed—happen all the time.
(Could they be fulfilling the prophecy of 2 Peter 3:3?)
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 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 the creation.”
Only YHWH knows. And when Yahshua returns, perhaps we’ll know as well…
Until then, I believe he’s calling us to turn our desires away from “the end” and toward the one who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We get so busy longing for the return of our Messiah that we neglect what he said about the coming of his Kingdom:
“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21
We have the opportunity, here and now, to know Him and experience His presence. Are we so busy looking for signs that we’re missing it?
This is day 21 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 20.