Posts Tagged ‘signs and seasons’

Total solar eclipse: Prelude to the Great Sign

August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Today, August 21, 2017, the nation, indeed, the whole world is directing its attention toward the solar eclipse of the sun, described as “the sight of a lifetime.” This rare astronomical event occurs when the New Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, blocking out the sun and casting a shadow on parts of Earth for a limited amount of time. This path of the eclipse will cover 14 states, stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. Because of modern technology, this event will be the widely viewed total eclipse ever.

Many observers are trying to decipher the meaning of this astronomical phenomenon.  Dr. Dale Sides points out what he describes as the Christological significance of the event said to be a prelude to “The Great Sign” spoken of in Revelation 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.

On September 23, thirty-three days after today’s total eclipse, Rosh Shoshana, the Jewish New Year, will occur,  announcing the 120th Jubilee Year in the Hebrew calendar. According to Sides, this astronomical phenomenon is designed to display Jesus Christ and the glory of his second coming.

Christians, in particular, view the increasing frequency of current cosmic phenomena as “signs of the times and the end of the age,” referring to “signs and wonders” said to occur before the return of Jesus Christ spoken of in Luke 21:25-28:

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.

With such signs and wonders appearing in the sun, moon, and stars, observers of  times and seasons are more certain than ever that Christ’s return is at hand; indeed, for countless Christians, their redemption appears to be drawing closer and closer, closer than it has ever been, as this poem reveals:

Signs and Wonders Still

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech,

And night unto night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2

 

Signs and wonders still abound in the daytime skies;

Principalities and powers assault and strive.

This solar eclipse witnessed with protected eyes:

A bold prelude before the Daystar shall arrive.

By looking above, we determine where we are.

The heavens declare the wonders of God’s glory;

Maker of sun and moon, calling by name each star,

Unfolds this tapestry for those with eyes to see.

The mystery of His will is now clearly revealed,

For we have an even more sure prophetic word.

On display by night and day, no longer concealed,

Such signs and wonders confirm the Word of the Lord.

Behold! The beloved bridegroom stands at the door:

Our redemption is nearer than ever before.

 

The song “Redemption Draweth Nigh” further reinforces this message:

The heavens are telling: Signs and seasons

June 12, 2016

Psalm 19-1

The Verse of the Day for June 12, 2016 comes from Psalm 19:1-2 in the Amplified Bible:

 [The Works and the Word of God.] [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands. Day after day pours forth speech, And night after night reveals knowledge.

The first chapter of Genesis opens with the bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verses 14-16 go on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:

Genesis 1:14-16(AMP):

Then God said, “Let there be light-bearers (sun, moon, stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be useful for signs (tokens) [of God’s provident care], and for marking seasons, days, and years;

15 and let them be useful as lights in the expanse of the heavens to provide light on the earth”; and it was so, [just as He commanded].

16 God made the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night; He made the [galaxies of] stars also [that is, all the amazing wonders in the heavens].

Not only did God fashion the sun and the moon, but almost as if an aside, “He made the stars also . . . in their seemingly endless hosts of galaxies, but the Psalmist also reminds us “He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.” (Psalm 147:4)

By means of the technological advancements, such as the Hubble Telescope, we are now able to observe the heaven as never before, making the Word of God more alive than ever before. We are now able to see the glorious handiwork of God on glorious display to fulfill His purpose.  The opening verses of Psalm 19 along with the parallel verses in Genesis 1 also bring to mind the awesome creative power of God poetically expressed in this way:

Signs and Seasons: A Sestina

Then God said, “Let there be lights

in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day

from the night; and let them be for signs,

and for seasons, and for days, and years;

And let them be for lights in the firmament

of the heavens to give light upon the earth”;

and it was so.

Genesis 1:14-15

 

 

The heavens declare the glory of God,

Creator of the sun, moon and each star,

Emblazoned and christened and called by name,

Celestial bodies made for signs and seasons

When all the morning stars sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy.

 

A dirge descends to hush the shouts of joy:

Awesome lament in the presence of God.

All the angelic hosts strive together:

One third align with the first morning star;

Expelled to endure all earthly seasons,

Lucifer and those who defame God’s name.

 

All things work to give glory to His name.

After days of mourning come days of joy,

Feast days to celebrate for all seasons

That the earth might know the goodness of God.

Observe the thin crescent and morning star:

Venus and the moon kiss and rise together.

 

Righteousness and truth have come together

In Jesus Christ, name above every name,

Grand debut of the bright and morning star:

Source of every blessing and endless joy.

The heavenlies reveal the mind of God

Displayed in stars to guide for all seasons.

 

Seedtime and harvest, sequence of seasons,

Reaping and sowing both come together

To unfold before us the plan of God,

To give glory and honor to His name

When midnight shall give birth to dawning joy

To ascend with the bright and morning star.

 

The shofar’s call shall precede the day star.

Look up, observe the signs and the seasons:

Prelude to our measureless days of joy

When we all shall be gathered together;

Each knee shall bow; each tongue confess His name

Before the throne of the Almighty God.

 

Glory to God, who knows by heart each star.

We praise His name, now and for all seasons;

Together all creation shouts for joy.

Karen Clark Sheard offers a variation on the theme from Psalm 19:1-2 with her rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”