Church age Christians should not look for signs in the heavens
Heavenly signs are meant for Israel near the end of their great tribulation
By Craig C. White
The only signs in the heavens happen near the end of the Tribulation period. These signs are meant for the Jews who are being horribly persecuted in Jerusalem and Judea. These signs are meant to comfort Israel; showing them that Jesus Christ their Messiah is coming to rescue them soon. There are no heavenly signs that Church age Christians should look for except maybe Satan as he falls from heaven to earth like a star.
Luke 21:25-27 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; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
In Joel 2:31 we are told that there will be signs in the sun and the moon before Jesus Christ’s second coming.
Joel 2:30-32 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Notice that these verses directly relate to the nation of Israel. The sun will be darkened and the moon will become blood red. These signs will indicate the approaching judgment of God on Israel’s enemies. These signs will likely be most visible in Jerusalem. Verse 32 above indicates that Jews will be rescued on Mt. Zion. Mt. Zion is the hill just south of the temple mount in Jerusalem. There will be a small group of Jews on Mount Zion who will survive the Tribulation (please read my commentary titled “The Last Jews in Jerusalem”). Below, Revelation 6:12 is quoting Joel 2:31.
Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
It is important to note that according to these verses these signs do not foretell the approach of the Resurrection or Rapture. Nor do they foretell the coming of the Tribulation period. Instead these verses most certainly pertain to the end of the seven year Tribulation period. They foretell the day of Jesus Christ’s vengeance and wrath on Israel’s enemies. Before Jesus returns in power and vengeance against Israel’s enemies the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood. These signs will be visible to the Jews bunkered on Mount Zion. Before Jesus returns to vanquish Israel’s enemies and to save the surviving Jews in Jerusalem there will be signs in the heavens and in the earth.
Below, Jesus confirms that these signs occur near the end of the Tribulation period.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Jesus said this to the religious leaders of his day.
Matthew 16:3b O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Christians should not be looking to the stars for a sign. Instead they should understand the events of the day. Turkey will soon be in position to attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat. This signals the soon destruction of Damascus. ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi just recorded a message to his ISIS troops just like Nahum 2:5 predicted. This tells us that the city of Mosul in northern Iraq is about to be flooded and may indicate the near coming of Jesus Christ. These are the signs of the times. Don’t be left in the dark. It’s High Time to understand end time Bible prophecy. It’s High Time to understand the signs of the times.