And God said,
Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons,
and for days, and years:
~ Genesis 1:14
God gave us the heavens to help us understand His redemptive plan for creation.
At the fullness of the Gentiles, the heavens will signal five end-time events in this chronological order (in the near term):
- Jesus’ coming in the clouds (The Day of Christ)
- The resurrection of the dead
- The deliverance of the remaining living saints
- Purifying redemption of Israel
- The Day of the Lord
What it Will be Like in Those Times
The scriptures paint a pretty awful picture of the future.It will be a time of reward for His saints, purification for His chosen people, and judgment of the wicked. This framework is similar to what is described in the reward, purification, and judgment in 1 Corinthians 3:11-17 posted here.
The earth shall quake before them;
the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark,
and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
and the Lord shall utter his voice before his army:
for his camp is very great:
for he is strong that executeth his word:
for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
and who can abide it?
~ Joel 2:10-11
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe:
come, get you down; for the press is full,
the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:
for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened,
and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
~ Joel 3:13-15
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:
But in those days, after that tribulation,
the sun shall be darkened,
and the moon shall not give her light
and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
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;
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.
And then shall they see the Son of man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh.
~ Luke 21:24-29
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
~ Joel 2:31
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;
~ Revelation 6:12
When reading the book of Revelation we learn that after the 6th seal is opened, the signs in the heavens occur.
We have learned that this is when we are to look up because our redemption draws nigh.
Jesus is about to come back.
We also learned if we read on that all the peoples of the Earth living in darkness realize that God’s wrath is about to be poured out.
Fall on us, and hide us
from the face of him that sitteth on the throne,
and from the wrath of the Lamb:
for the great day of his wrath is come;
and who shall be able to stand?
~ Revelation 6:16-17
Thus, the signs in the heavens: stars falling from the sky, the sun not giving her light, and the moon; a visage of blood, usher in the Coming of Lord with his mighty angels to meet his redeemed church, purify Israel, and judge the wicked.
Click here to see why this applies to today’s church.
There are two phases of Jesus’ return that occur after the signs in the heavens and the gathering of the saints.
The first is The Day of The Christ.
The second is the Day of the Lord.
Those will be addressed in the next two posts . . .