MERIDIAN — By N. Brad Carter
Some Christians seem to view the concept of signs in the heavens as being godless astrology or pagan superstition. As many believers and clergy preached against the horoscope prediction and the fortune cookie election for life options, the evil forces in the world decided to minimize a truth in the Bible by which God spoke to his children in the stars, in the planets and in God’s heaven.
Satan continues to work half-truths of life to effectively make his point as he works against the purpose of God with the intent of deceiving the creation of God.
When the God of the universe spoke into existence the beginning of life he created the heavens and the light that split the darkness. Genesis 1:14 (NIV) states, “And God said, Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.” God’s creative ability causes the lights in the vault of the sky to separate the days and years. Equally important Genesis states, “let them serve as signs to mark sacred times.”
God, Himself, often employs celestial signs, to prepare and warn His people of imminent earth-shaking events. The wise men followed “the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.”
As we look back through the corridor of time the soon coming Blood Red Moons and the “tetrad” occurrence of the past and future are charted on the NASA event calendar so that the world can see when they “serve as signs to mark sacred events.”
We have such precise timing in the universe that we separate the days and the years to a precise time. If that is the case why would the “tetrad” be different and why does the “tetrad” history fall on sacred times for God’s explanation. As students of prophecy we believe that God controls events and history is recorded. He causes the event to pass according to His timetable and not ours.
Something is about to happen and Haggai 2:6 reveals that God will once more "shake heaven and earth." So why will God send the heavenly signs? God is love to his creation and He continually tries to prepare the world for the return of Christ and to His Kingdom.
Do we expect the end of the world tomorrow or will it be in the near future? God has recorded some events that must take place and are rapidly aligning with world events.
The 83rd Psalm prays to God about a prophetical truth. O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. Verse 4 reads "Come," they say, "let us wipe out Israel as a nation.” In verse 12 they say, "Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!" Who is talking? It appears to be an Arab-Israel war that does not include Syria and Iran/Persia. It is not here yet. But, the war is brewing.
Clearly listed in Ezekiel 38 is an invasion by Gog/Russia. It will not surprise me if war happens sooner than later should Israel determine that they no longer have an ally in the U.S. and decide to destroy the nuclear facilities of Iran. Russia has been a technical source for nuclear energy in Iran. To undermine Western sanctions Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month that will let Iran increase oil exports substantially.
One more interesting predicted building project is recorded in Daniel 9:27 that is not conditional and is in the making. First, a peace treaty will be confirmed or guaranteed by the One World Leader we call the Antichrist between Israel and her neighbors that will involve the rebuilding of the Jewish temple.
John Kerry is pursuing a peace initiate that may help. However, for this scripture to play out there must be a third Temple.
N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.