Updated information: I added a couple of sentences to this post and placed today’s date in italics before them at the best place for them to fit. I also added a link or two as events have popped up to add to the mix.
I am not given to wild and rampant speculation, except on some occasions and then usually for fun and what if’s sake. That may be the reason that I titled this post with lyrics from an old song sung by Crystal Lewis. I got a real start though this evening. I was reading an article that caught my eye from Yahoo news about the new supercollider they are building and planning to open later this year.
“Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on,” said project leader Lyn Evans. . .
. . .Critics like Wagner have said the collisions caused by accelerators could be more hazardous than those of cosmic rays.
Both may produce micro black holes, subatomic versions of cosmic black holes — collapsed stars whose gravity fields are so powerful that they can suck in planets and other stars.
But micro black holes produced by cosmic ray collisions would likely be traveling so fast they would pass harmlessly through the earth.
Micro black holes produced by a collider, the skeptics theorize, would move more slowly and might be trapped inside the earth’s — and eventually threaten the planet.
What does this have to do with the title of this post? I will try to explain. This article set off an interesting train of thought in my head. Earlier this year, I caught a news story about Pastor Mark Biltz in Washington who had made an interesting discovery about lunar eclipses that occured on the same days as God’s Feasts. In 2014-2015 there are four lunar eclipses that fall on Passover and Tabernacles. This is an oddity that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the other times it has happened in history are typically tied to some important event in the history of the Jewish people. You can see more information and find links to the programs with more details about this at their website. In addition there are two solar eclipses that take place during that time frame. I don’t want to overstate the importance of this, but you can check out his comments at their website for what he says about it. Suffice it to say that this astronomical (not astrological) is God’s way of telling those who are paying attention (watching like we are told to do) that something big is happening and soon. If that is a signal of Christ’s final return, and it could be, then we have some interesting things to ponder. It is possible, based on this that the 7 year period of tribulation would start this year! Some of you reading this have already written me off with that last statement. I assure you I am not attempting to set a date of any kind, but I am trying to obey Christ’s command to be watchful and know the seasons. With all that being said, I want to jump in a little further. If you are intrigued by now, hit read more and keep reading.
This year, on the 29th of Tammuz/ first of Av on the Jewish calendar there is a solar eclipse predicted. This is the first of August on the Gregorian calendar that we are familiar with. Now remember that story at the beginning of this post about the supercollider? It is scheduled to come online in August of this year. They didn’t give an exact date in the story, so I can’t say much more about it. But my brain took off at this point with a little fun thinking. There are people who are concerned about this thing dragging other bodies to earth because of micro black holes. I looked at Revelation chapter 6 and found some interesting things. But let me back up and look at Matthew 24:4-14
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Before I even start commenting on these verses the human inclination in most readers has kicked in to say, “we have heard this stuff before”, “here we go again”, and so on. Let me just hit a few highlights. Last month I had a commenter to a post here that I didn’t publish who claimed that Christ had already come back. He had all kinds of stuff at his blog about the christ and some guy who claimed to be him. I let him know that he couldn’t possibly be right because the Bible clearly shows that all people will see Him and know Him when He does return. He isn’t coming incognito this time. The wars and rumors of wars is nothing new really, but it hasn’t stopped either. I don’t know how many times I have heard about potential war in the Middle East this summer, but it is starting to pick up steam. Nation against nation is much of the same, but then look. Famines and earthquakes in various places. You have heard plenty about earthquakes recently, but have you noticed the talk of famine lately? There was the stories about Sam’s Club limiting the purchasing of rice in their stores and runs on rice and other staples in several countries around the world. There are news stories about how ethanol has turned one of our biggest food staples into something we have burned in our gas tank and may cause problems with corn shortages. There are floods in the breadbasket of America that are damaging crops and threatening food supplies as well. But Christ says that this is the beginning of the birth pains. The tribulation isn’t on us at this point.
Christians being handed over and persecuted and put to death is more prominent than ever. Sure, we don’t see much of it here in America, but it is happening all over the world. I have posted before about the persecuted church so I won’t go into it again here, but it is reality today. As for many turning away from the faith. There are lots of false teachers around, teaching a partial gospel or no gospel at all. There are people, especially young folks who are turning away from the faith of their youth and upbringing as well. And when you read the stories in the news everyday seemingly about mothers who have killed their children whether through abortion or murdering them after birth. And the stories about teachers and other leaders who molest and abuse children in their care. I would be willing to say that love has grown cold in many corners of our society around the world.
And I don’t know if you realize it or not, but the Gospel is being carried to the ends of the earth at an astonishing rate. Through missionaries and satellite TV and other means of outreach, Christ is being proclaimed. After all of this, Christ says the end will come.
Now take all of that and line it up with Revelation 6. I won’t quote it verbatim here but let me give you a sequence. First is the rider of the white horse, who represents conquest. Second is the rider of the red horse, who takes away peace and makes people kill one another. Third is the rider of the black horse, who brings what appears to be famine (Revelation 6:6). Fourth is the rider on the pale horse, who brings death to the earth by war, famine and plagues. These things all line up with those things that Christ mentioned as the birth pains before the end.
Now look again at Matthew 24:29-31
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
” ‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
30 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
The original eclipse calculations that Pastor Mark Biltz made came about after he saw a lunar eclipse earlier this year and realized that the mentions in the Bible of the sun turning dark and the moon turning to blood could be references to eclipses. Remember that there is a solar eclipse this year just before the first of Av and Jewish tradition considers a solar eclipse a sign of judgment for the nations. Av is called the dark time in Hebrew tradition. It was on the ninth of Av that the temple was destroyed, BOTH TIMES! The Jews mourn during this time from the first of Av until the ninth of Av. For us, this year it falls on the second of August. This means that the 10th of August is the Jewish ninth of Av. Want to know something interesting? There is another lunar eclipse this year. It falls on the 16th of August or the 15th of Av. Added material ( 7/3/08 ) I have been giving this some more thought and it occurred to me that we call meteorites falling stars all the time. It also turns out that there is an anticipated meteor shower (Perseids ) this August between the times of these two eclipses. That means that all three things described in verse 29 happen in a two-week period this year.
Now for one last thing, at least for now. This caught my eye. Jesus mentions the gathering of His people from the four winds with the sound of a trumpet. This is paralleled in Revelation 7 as God’s people are gathered at the loud shout of an angel. After this the trumpet judgments start in Revelation 8. Later this fall, after all of these eclipses this year, God’s people will be celebrating the Feast of Trumpets at the end of September. Will it be the most exciting Feast of Trumpets ever? It could be. Because it’s on the first day of the month, is celebrated for 2 days as one long day, and is based on the sighting of the New Moon by two witnesses it’s known as the Feast where no one knows the day or the hour it would begin! I encourage you to learn more about the Feast of Trumpets in particular. Pastor Mark Biltz has some excellent teaching on it that you can listen to for free. It is important that we be aware and watchful. Will Christ return this year, this fall??? I can’t say that for sure, but I can say that we are commanded to watch for Him.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Which servant would you rather be?