My wife loves to look at the stars and planets. On July 31st she asked me to join her in the back yard as we observed the full moon rise for the 2nd time in one month. This rare phenomenon occurs once about every three years. This phenomenon was used to coin the phrase "once in a blue moon." (Click here - When is the Next Blue Moon)
On the same day on the opposite side of the world two very rare phenomenon's occurred. A meteor struck an area near the capitol of the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. (Sources: click here and click here).
At the same time a world record was flirted with in Bandar Iran. It recorded an apparent temperature of 164 degrees on the heat index scale. The whole region of Iran and Iraq were really hot but that city won the prize. (Sources: click here and click here)
I am not a signs and wonder junkie. I don't go looking for them. They do however follow me sometimes as I present God's word (strategy) or others employ the word God gave me. I am not an end-times conspiracy theorist either. I grew up in Christendom hearing teacher after teacher present pre-tribulation, post-tribulation and mid-tribulation views. My wife and I consider ourselves "pan-trib."
What is pan-trib? It's and expression we use to say we need to live today like Jesus would return today and plan like He will not return in our lifetime. We need to be busy about our heavenly Father's business every day. As we walk in a personal relationship with Him and pray and obey daily it will all "pan out." We will be where we are supposed to be doing what we are supposed to do in order to fulfill our God given mandate so that when the judgement day comes we can hear "well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord." (Matt. 25:23)
I do try to practice what Jesus told us to do which is to "watch and pray." Watching requires observing and reporting. Praying is to be done after observing what's going on and then consulting with our heavenly Father to discover what what we ought to pray in light of what we see and hear. Hence, I am reporting what I see because of the responsibility for reporting described in Ezekiel 33. I'll report: you decide! (What news anchor says that? )
So how often does a meteor and a world record highest temperature ever recorded on the planet hit the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world? Apparently, once in a blue moon.
So what does this mean? Is this just some strange coincidence? Or is it a sign? I submit...
It depends. Do you believe what God said in Genesis 1:14. When God created the universe there were some elements he created specifically to communicate about times and seasons. He placed those elements (sun, moon, stars, etc.) in the heavens. If you believe that then things make a whole lot more sense.
On the other hand, if you call yourself a believer, a Christian, but you don't believe what God's word says, then you are like the five unwise virgins who did not prepare for the return of the Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-12). You say you are a believer but you are really not. The truth is, you only believe the parts that are convenient for your apathy and complacency. You have a religion that suits your lifestyle. When the truth is, this is about a relationship with the Creator of the Universe who sent His son to die for us and He my friends..... is coming back (Lk 21:28, Acts 1:11).
This is event was preceded by a number of "coincidences" the previous month. A number of heavenly events intersected with my nation's supreme court ruling regarding God's definition of marriage. Remarkably, they thought they were smarter than God and could change His design. Heaven responded with some coincidental heavenly events, or God-incidents, which created a phenomenon that sounds just like Joel 2:30-31:
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. NKJV
According to a variety of news sources fires in Canada created pillars of smoke that darkened the sun and turned the moon red. This blood moon was visible only over the U.S. What is even more remarkable are the signs that preceded that as God lined the planets up from June 19-21 that pointed to His design for families and to His Son Jesus Christ. (See below or click What did God Say in June for more details) (Sources: click here, click here and click here).
What are the odds of that? As I've heard others say, those are "God odds."
Do you know all of these signs are pointing to? They point to Jesus Christ and His return. They point to the Day of the Lord! Click here for my notes and sermon titled A Meteor & Record Temperatures Strike Iran Once in a Blue Moon.
This message was inspired by the events in Iran and reminded me of 2 Peter 3:10 and it begs the question "what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming day of God"?
2 Peter 3:10-15
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation NKJV