July 27, 2023
“Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken….” — Matthew 24: 29, NLT.
Jesus was speaking to people who wanted to understand what the end of all things would be like. We should understand that those people lived in the first century, therefore they had an earthbound perspective. So, to relate to them, we need to put ourselves into that era and perspective. It is like my concluding view of Noah and the Flood where, in the view of the people of Mesopotamia, the Flood enveloped the whole earth — even though we now know there is no evidence of a worldwide flood. It certainly flooded their whole world. Perspective and view is important. Jesus wanted them to understand. Jesus wants you and I to understand.
Now, I don’t claim to understand everything — which is part of my point here — but I witnessed a strange sight the other day that raised an interesting perspective: The smoke from the Canadian wildfires obscured the sun. The “sun was darkened.” So, I concluded in our modern view, what Jesus described is entirely possible, even though we have no knowledge to understand the possible natural phenomenon that will fulfill the entire prophecy. For example, the “stars falling from heaven” might well be an intense meteor shower like never before seen. We simply cannot know, but we can imagine what it would look like from the ground.
There will be great anguish at the end of days, and we can see all kinds of trouble brewing around the world and in every aspect of life. For that reason alone, it could be the end times we are living through. “In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.” — Matthew 24:22, NLT.
Again, I may not understand everything, but I can see the possibilities of the coming reality that Jesus talked about. I hope you can begin to see it, too.
And I hope you realize that you can be prepared — not by digging a hole to hide in like the Survivalists advise — but by seeking a personal relationship with Jesus who is ready to save you — which will begin when you turn to Him for forgiveness for the harmful things you have done to yourself and to others when you were turned away from God’s loving ways.
It has to start somewhere, and it starts with you and your thoughtful and earnest choices. Don’t shrink back from confronting the truth.
People including you and I are locked in to the destruction of the Environment God gave Mankind to guard and protect. Instead, we have exploited it and ruined it. No matter what we do to counter it, the industrialized civilization — even with the best of intentions — we create more and more garbage, more and more pollution, more and more wars, more and more corruption of the natural order…
“So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?” — Hebrews 2:3, NLT.
We all need eyes to see and ears to hear.