"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring" (Luke 21:25).
Much has been written about the signs in the Heavens in the past few years; I've done my fair share of blogging about the Blood Moons and the Solar Eclipses. If you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon I encourage you to do the studies, it is a compelling and fascinating study.
|Nasa captured this image of a solar flare in 2014. The strongest recorded incident of coronal mass ejection dates back to 1859. Photograph: Rex/Nasa|
Astronomy, sadly, is one area of study where I am sorely lacking. We live in an area that is so light polluted we can't even see stars. Thus, it is from this point of dependence on the Lord that I'll write to you about the signs in the Heavens. I first became interested in God's story book in the sky after reading Bodie and Brock Thoene's books, JR Church did wonderful study on Biblical Astronomy, and most recently someone shared the 2007 documentary, The Star of Bethlehem which is embedded below. I implore you to take the time and watch the film, it will bless your socks off.
The revelations about the star are fantastic but the signs in the sky the day and the hour of the crucifixion are awe inspiring. You might remember we had a similar convergence on June 30, 2015 where Jupiter and Venus appear almost as a single star in the night sky (read more),
Meteors and fire balls light up the night sky on a weekly basis, many captured by dash cameras and mobile devices like this one from November 2014.
Man is completely baffled by the Sun, it remains an area of study that is subject to all types of agenda driven reports. From magnetic polar shifts, to massive explosions, to solar storms, to "correcting" the record on sun spots as they relate to "climate change" data - it seems our neighborhood friendly star stumps the collective wisdom of mankind. A recent British report stated that the world would have as little as 12 hours to prepare for a damaging solar storm (source).
Significant lunar and solar eclipses, meteor showers, solar activity, alignment in the stars - for those that are looking, the signs are there. I initially scored this as a 10 out of 10 but then it occurred to me that during the Tribulation there will be many more signs like angels crying out from Heaven, the asteroid Wormwood, and the coming of the Son of Man for all the world to see, so for now we will settle with a 9.
Lovers of Self - Day 1 - Rapture Index Score: 10 out of 10
Perplexities of Nations - Day 2 - Rapture Index Score: 8 out of 10
Mass Animal Deaths - Day 3 - Rapture Index Score: 7 out of 10
Revilers - Day 4 - Rapture Index Score: 8 out of 10
Signs in the Heavens - Rapture Index Score: 9 out of 10