Signs in the Heavens

Updated for clarity- 5/25/2020

I’ve been pondering and doing some research regarding the recent US solar eclipse, the date of September 23, the 12th chapter of Revelation, and the many claims, theories, and warnings of supposed biblical signs from the Lord regarding future disasters. 

We need to be careful and clarify what exactly constitutes biblical signs and what does not. I don’t come to the same biblical conclusions surrounding these theories even though they have become quite popular and taught by people I once respected. 

The Solar Eclipse 

Many people believe the solar eclipse last month on August 21, 2017, was a warning from the Lord regarding an impending period of judgment while claim it was a warning for repentance given before the onset of His divine judgment. I have searched the scriptures and have yet to find even one passage that clearly states the Lord will send a solar eclipse as a warning for either. 

On that day, in some geographical areas, the US experienced a total eclipse of the sun, while other areas only a partial eclipse, and still others were not affected by the eclipse at all. I must ask if the eclipse was a sign from God, then why wasn’t a total eclipse seen in all parts of the world? Or if it had been a warning for the US only, then why wasn’t the eclipse seen throughout the entire country? But even then, why is the US being singled out, when societies all over the world live in sin and rebellion to the Lord? We should all ask these questions! In any of these scenarios, wouldn’t it be God’s will that all people see His sign and repent and be warned of impending His judgment? Didn’t Christ die for all? Yes, as a matter of fact, He did. See 2 Corinthians 5:15.

God’s Judgment

Revelation 6:12-14 clearly explains the signs which will immediately precede God’s judgment on humanity.

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand.

 The eclipse that day, even in totality, did not fit the description of these verses. Yes, as I previously pointed out, the sun went dark in some areas and lost only some of its light in others. The moon did not turn red or as blood. The events detailed in these verses of scripture will be much more dramatic than the solar eclipse.

True, biblical signs which prove as the onset of God’s judgment and are to occur just before the actual rapture (the removal of believers from the earth) described in Matthew 24:29-31.

29 “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. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

I have emphasized the first four words of this scripture because they are most important to our understanding of the proper biblical context. They point us to a time that has not yet taken place, after the tribulation, a time which has not yet begun! Please see also Joel 2:30-31.

These events will be witnessed by everyone worldwide and will not be limited to specific areas. When this day finally comes there will be no mistaking the severity. It will be serious, and sudden, and not one person on earth will be throwing parties or taking “selfies” as they did the day of the recent eclipse. The people of the earth will be horrified and will attempt to hide away in the effort to escape the wrath that is to come. 

September 23 -The Great Sign, and Revelation 12

A group of men and women who call themselves “theologians” believe specific signs in the sky will occur on September 23 of this year (2017), based on Revelation 12. They have named this event The Great Sign, which connects two different constellations, Virgo (The Virgin) and Leo (The Lion), symbols also associated with the Zodiac. Admitting the Zodiac as an occult practice, the theologians deny their connection to it and an astrology practice. They believe the Great Sign theory is based on God’s creation of the stars (astronomy), used for the telling of future biblical events. I’m afraid I have to disagree that a difference exists, as both methods utilize the formation of stars to predict the future. 

Also during this event all of the planets will align. (I can’t help but say this reminds me of a song in the 1960’s – when Jupiter aligns with Mars – The Age of Aquarius. Popular yes, a valid biblical sign – nope!) Will the planets align? Probably so, but this should not be considered biblical, either. 

Please see Deuteronomy 18:9-14, which includes warnings against divination and omens’ interpretation. The Lord does not speak to us through the stars or planets. He speaks to us through His word.

It seems each year we receive similar warnings for the fall months, and each prove a tiresome failure! I don’t believe these theologians take much importance to the Lord’s warnings since their conclusions support their practice of that which is forbidden! Either they do not understand the scripture, don’t bother to read and rightly divide the word of God, or believe that somehow the warnings do not apply to them. Regardless, they are without excuse and are deceivers with a number of followers! 

Revelation chapter 12 is a fascinating symbolic and  historical account of the nation of Israel, the birth of Christ, and events in preparation for the upcoming destruction of Satan. It is a glorious picture, and I have found the entire book of Revelation a fascinating, one that I spend much time in study.

Many things are happening on the earth as we speak and they will continue. We may be witnessing the wondrous beginnings of the end-time events. With that in mind, we know our blessedness because with it comes the day of His appearing. But let’s also be wise and pray for understanding and discernment. The word of God supplies with all the answers we need, and as we pray, study, and allow ourselves to be led by truth, we will learn and gain understanding through the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit – and each other!

Let us also consider that we carry the precious name of Christ and that the future of many lost souls depends on our knowledge and our words. The last thing we want to create is a “the sky is falling” effect and lose the ears of the lost. 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

The Right Way to Hear from God

I believe this teaching by Bob DeWaay will be helpful to anyone coming out of the clutches of the false prophetic and “how to hear from God”, the popular “emergent” practices of Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer.

I would suggest a very slow and careful study of the scriptures a bit at a time for those who are struggling with understanding. Oftentimes, the word of God should be lingered on and savored over as you would a fine piece of chocolate. Remember learning is not a race.

I will add, there is nothing good to be learned from Beth Moore and I am not afraid to state another warning to stay far from her.
Blessings all!

Boil, Toil and More Trouble from the NAR

Here are some of the things being said (prophesied and taught) by some NAR members. I continue to be amazed the way they are using tragic earthquakes and tsunamis for their own gain. Remember, to be a Christian is to become like Christ through following His teachings and being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and also through dedication and discipline of prayer and bible study. Salvation and transformation is not found through piety, or “doing”. It is all about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God incarnate in what He did for us. It is never about man.  But notice Chuck’s so called prayer focus. Every day it is about do, do, do.  My friends, this is simply not biblical teaching!

From Elijah List

Chuck Pierce: The South Pacific Boils! PLUS Day 1-7 Prayer Focus to Release You to See Your Future – Prayer and intercession is keeping the portal between Heaven and Earth opened over us. During one portion of our Sunday morning service, Isaac Pierce began to play a drum with great intensity. The sound that was released and accompanied in song by LeAnn Squier was interpreted by Barbara Wentroble and Keith Pierce.

Prayer and intercession (to pray on the behalf of another) is to go before God the Father to make your requests known to Him. Christian prayer has nothing to do with the opening of a portal. We are given a mention in Revelation 5:8 of golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints. That’s the visual, nothing about a portal. Would you be surprised to find that portals are used in the occult?  How often we hear them from those who claim to be modern day apostles, prophets and teachers – here, Pierce, and also Bill Johnson, Todd Bentley, Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, Patricia King, John Paul Jackson and many who follow after them who are like minded. If these people speak for God where are they getting this idea?

Notice the connection Chuck Pierce makes between the release of sound – drum and song interpreted as prophetic word. You will need to judge the word just like we are told in scripture. For brevity, I will only post the sections that “wowed” me. If you wold like to read the word in it’s entirety, use the link above. Certainly there is much more that could be revealed.

Keith Pierce then said, “The moment that Isaac began to hit the drum, I saw ignition occur. As it ignited I saw fire begin to shoot out from our fingertips.

Fire out of fingertips. There is no way this is of God!

(Keith again) I keep seeing the waters of the South Pacific warming and beginning to bubble.

Barbara added this word of the Lord, I am going to give you power over the winds and over the waves. Even as My Son spoke to the winds and spoke to the waves and commanded them to be still, this is the hour that you will speak to the destructive winds and to the destructive waves and you shall cause them to be stilled.

This is about the only time you will hear about Jesus Christ. It is in the opportunistic wording of satan, to be like God, or when they pray or decree “in Jesus’ name”. They want to be God -and these words prove it. We do not have the power over wind and waves. Only Jesus, only God.

Mark 4:39 Then He arose ad rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Jesus calmed the sea and the wind. He did not teach his disciples who were with them to do it. If that were His intention, what a great teaching moment!  But, it was not and still to this day is not.

Keith continued, “Listen to the sound of war because it is building. When it builds My people will arise. When they arise, they will come to their new mantle. They will receive their new authority. They will extend their hands in a new way. Extend your hands and face the contrary wind. Speak to the ill winds and say, ‘Cease. You will not bring the locust across my land. Cease. You will not enter my cargo ship. Cease and desist.’ Today is the day that I am Jehovah-Shalom. I am your peace. I am your prosperity in the midst of the storm.”

Listen to the buzz words – sound of war, arise, new mantle, new authority? Oh, that’s the good one – new authority! By whom? Who will bring to the body of Christ this new authority? Christ said all authority is given to Me in heaven and on earth – Matthew 28:18.

And that last line almost makes us want to think it was God speaking – I am Jehovah-Shalom. But no! It cannot be our God because He never told us or taught us the things the NARites do. They do not come in the name of God because they do not speak His word. They have no power or authority over the church – none.  And that is my declaration to them!

The Hebrew letter symbol for the year 5770, Ayin, not only means to see, but the word means to BUD FORTH!

I say Chuck Pierce’s statement is divination! And is strictly forbidden in scripture. Leviticus 19:26, 31

From day one of the prayer focus by C Pierce –

One cycle that I feel we must break is linked to the spirit of poverty. In a materialistic society, this spirit tends to blind us from seeing the will of God. We must declare victory over the spirit of poverty! This spirit has violated God’s perfect order and produced instability in many individuals. I feel that the Lord is saying that we need to take a violent and passionate stand on behalf of the Body of Christ concerning this spirit—that we must press through difficulties and storms to force an atmospheric change.I declare that any atmosphere of poverty encircling around you or your sphere of authority will be invaded with the atmosphere of blessing and glory from Heaven.

I don’t necessarily believe in a spirit of poverty. There are many reasons for lack in our lives. But Chuck says this spirit will bind us from seeing the will of God. If that is the case, maybe repentance is in order, maybe it is a matter of getting our focus off our circumstances and back on to God. That is not done by a declaration that will change the atmospheric conditions around us. We are not affected spiritually the atmosphere, but by what we think on. Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 23:7, learn to be full or suffer lack – Philippians 4:12 and that it is Christ who gives us strength, v 13.

From day three-

The generation that came out of Egypt was filled with poverty resulting from slavery. Therefore, they resisted the war that would be necessary for them to be established in the abundance of God’s promises. Their fear caused their perspective of God’s purposes to be clouded and confused. They lost the ability to advance and enter into success. They could only see their enemy and not their victory! The enemy was in fear of them because they knew God was backing them. Riches were waiting for the covenant people of God and had to be postponed to another generation that would develop a mentality of dominion.

Number 14:11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject me? And how long will they not believe Me with all the signs which I have performed among them?”  Clearly, not a matter of war as Chuckie would have us believe and do, but a matter of rejecting God. They did not lose the ability to enter into success, they were prevented from entering the promised land by the Almighty.  Still, not a matter of dominion, but one of obedience and adoration. Dominion is a key component of NAR/Word of Faith false doctrine. The people of God did not have to take dominion of the land, it was given to them by the Creator.

From day six-

I was recently in Las Vegas, and I asked the Lord, “What is the real problem here?” I heard Him say, “Sabbath is not part of this culture!”

Sabbath! I was recently in Las Vegas too. It is a vile place to be. Sabbath rest is not the problem. Sin is the problem.  I would say there’s a lot of resting going on there, at the expense of others. I cannot fathom our Righteous Father commenting in such a way!  Salvation, not rest, Jesus Christ is the need and He is not a matter of culture!

From day seven –

Let’s ask the Lord to remove the debt that has blinded us. Thank Him that He redeemed you from debt so He can show you how to be delivered today from any debt that surrounds you. Even if you have lost what you borrowed, you can recover! You can SEE your way past your debt.

Jesus Christ paid our debt of sin and through Him we are redeemed from death and eternal hell.  Following this false prophet’s direction will not lead you to Christ or His ways. He is a dangerous man intent on removing you from your relationship with the Lord by taking your focus off the true ways of God and the message of the gospel and convincing you that you need to do these these “prayer focuses” he puts out.  My friends, that work is deceitful, the work of Satan.

For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many. Matthew 24:5