Edition 86. July 25th 2011
Signs in the sky
News events and comment.
●Hezbollah completes takeover of Lebanon's security and intelligence ministries. Their first job was to take delivery of advanced ballistic missiles from Syria. Hezbollah renews warning to Israel over the offshore gas fields. These are in Israeli waters, but being claimed by Hezbollah since they took over Lebanon. This is a potentially explosive issue and will end in conflict.
●United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopts a decision calling on Israel to immediately cease all archaeological works in the Old City of Jerusalem and specifically under or near the Western Wall and Temple Mount." Israel says "go jump" I wonder what UNESCO is afraid of!
●Syria: The uprising in Syria is getting a lot more serious. At this point it is local and for a change Israel is out of the picture. But be careful, Israel will soon be brought into the conflict. Have a look at this amazing prophecy on the future of Syria
Isaiah 17:1 "The burden against Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap." Verses 12-14 "Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas and to the rushing of nations like the rushing of mighty waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee away...Then behold at eventide, trouble and before the morning he (Damascus ) is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us (Israel)
Before we get into this edition, here are some interesting statistics on the Prophetic Scroll based on responses.
●The most popular edition: The shocking roots and effects of replacement theology (edition 68)
●The most hated and controversial edition: Jezebel in the church (edition 67)
●The most generally helpful edition: Counselling believers in perilous times (edition 83)
●The most informative edition: The power of the media (edition 23)
Signs in the sky.
Note: I'm writing this note on the 16th September - quite a while after this edition was posted. I considered removing this edition completely, but decided to just add this warning. There is more an more conflicting information about this comet. Some astronomers say it has now exploded and disappeared. Some say it is still on the way. I hate conflicting information. Until this comet actually arrives, please place no emphasis or importance on this edition at all!. What follows is the original edition.
There is a danger when looking at extra-Biblical issues of jumping to conclusions. Anything outside of the Bible itself is only valid when it either points to the Bible or can be backed up in the scriptures. Even then we need the confirmation of that still small voice in our hearts.
On a personal note, I've seen so much utter rubbish being claimed to be "of God" or "this message is a warning from God" and the like, that I take much of it with a pinch of salt. To me it's just the same as preachers who claim that "The Lord told me this" Most of the people who say such things are themselves suspect and of course there claims come to nothing.
When dealing with end-time events we have a whole lot of "suspect" people making all sorts of claims that are just as suspect as they are themselves.
Here's an easy way to spot the counterfeit: Does he use manipulation in his message? Does he make arrogant claims like "The Lord told me"? Does he come across as a proud person? Has he been wrong repeatedly? Is there an excessive amount of money involved and manipulative methods? Is the man's doctrine solid and purely Biblical? Does the preacher / teacher live and drive in excessive worldly luxury?
On the other hand, generally speaking, the true man of God with a message from God, will be broken, contrite and in real humility. His main purpose will be to direct himself and you into the heart of our Lord and saviour.
With this in mind, I would like to bring to your attention some amazing things which may amount to nothing at all, or may be a message from God Himself. We will only know for sure, further down the line.
God has repeatedly used signs of various descriptions to inform or warn of coming events. Signs in the sky or celestial bodies have been used numerous times and there are many more prophesied for the coming times.
The danger of date setting and rejecting signs of the times.
The danger of setting an exact date is that it can lead people to become overbalanced looking for external signs, while neglecting faith. When the date fails it causes those who are weak in faith to become discouraged.
But we are commanded to look, watch, pray, know the times and season and be ready.
You see, its all about how its done. If you make bold arrogant claims with the manipulative purpose of getting people to believe and follow you, you're a spiritual idiot who should not be trusted. If however your purpose is to obey the scriptures in the command to watch and to share these things with others so that they can be helped in heart and soul, then you're on the right track.
There are far too many direct commands in the scriptures to watch and to know the times and seasons simply to ignore it all because some predications have failed.
There is a danger in date setting. There is no danger in times and season setting. There's a bigger danger in becoming an end-time scoffer!
2 Peter 3:3-4 "Knowing this that in the last days scoffers will arise, saying where is the promise of His coming, all things will continue as they were..."
Acts 13:41 "Behold you despisers (scoffers) marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you."
The comet Elenin:
You may have never heard of the fast approaching comet Elenin. For some strange reason, the media has been almost silent on it.
This is a large comet named after Leonid Elenin who discovered it very recently in 2010
The comet is the subject of much controversy, conspiracy theories and pure lies. Some believe and have published stories claiming that the comet will hit the earth. It will not.
At its closest the comet will be about 21 million miles away, before heading away again. The sun is over 90 million miles away, so in astronomical terms it will be close, but not close enough to do the sort of damage being predicted by some.
The comet will not hit the earth, but the earth will pass directly through the trail.
You can be sure that as the comet gets nearer it will be the source of much bull for many false prophets.
Firstly, we must bear in mind that comet trajectories sometimes change. Mathematical calculations are also unreliable when the object is so far out. The statistics on Elenin have changed a few times already. The most recent big error was the prediction that it would be 40 million miles away at its closest. That's now been revised to 21 million miles!
The coming of our Lord will be preceded by numerous signs. The Bible outlines them all. Most of the very big seismic, and astronomical signs will be in the tribulation period, intensifying towards the end of the seven year period.
We can't take a sign that is due for fulfilment in the tribulation and make it apply to the time period before the tribulation begins. But we can assume that there will be numerous forerunners to the big events of the tribulation.
Here are some of the astronomical events that will occur in the tribulation and are not associated with comet Elenin: Revelation 6:12, Revelation 8:10-12, Revelation 9:1, Revelation 12:1, Ezekiel 38:18-22, Luke 21:11.Isaiah 24:1-17, Haggai 2:6
Here's a classic case of people getting it all wrong. Some have used the above verses to claim that Elenin will hit the earth. They've even made videos and published material of their claims. These verses above are all tribulation verses. They have nothing to do with Elenin.
It's absolutely not my style to place too much emphasis on these sort of things. But I also don't want to get into the trap of rejecting things that could well be of God.
There are a number of big issues with comet Elenin that we should take note of and simply bear in mind.
It is fast approaching us right now. It will become visible to the eye in early August. It will be at its closest point to the sun on September 11 (9/11) this year. It will align with the sun and earth on the 28th, which is the start of Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), the next of the Feasts of the Lord to be fulfilled. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the "Days of Awe" also identified as the time of judgement.
Josephus wrote of a comet that hung in the sky over Israel in 70AD just before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. (Wars Book 6 paragraph 2&3)
A comet has two tails. One is the gaseous tail which always points away from the sun and the other is a debris trail following it. The earth will pass through the tail between the 30th September and early November. Rosh Hashanah ends on the 30th September.
Many believe that this Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) will mark the start of the tribulation period. I've written much on this in numerous editions and believe that its quite likely and probable.
As the earth passes through the tail it could experience severe upheavals, which could cause some serious seismic and weather activity, which in turn could cause serious droughts famines and the like.
These things could come about very fast.
Let's bear in mind that comet or no comet, big upheavals are coming anyway, simply because the Bible says they will.
The image above shows the constellation Virgo on the 29th September (Rosh Hashanah) Note the position of the sun and moon on that day. It's only on this day that these are so aligned.
Revelation 12:2 "Now a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child she cried out in labour and in pain to give birth."
This is a tribulation verse but could it have a double reference to it? Could it be that the woman (Virgo) clothed with the sun is a sign for us? Again, I wouldn't put undue emphasis on it, but it's interesting isn't it?
This verse in the Revelation and the next few in the chapter relate to Israel, judgement and the salvation of the Jews.
Elenin in Hebrew means "the hammer" (of God)
Jeremiah 23:29 "Is not My word like a fire? says the Lord and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.?"
Rosh Hashanah signals the start of the fall feasts know as the "Days of Awe" This is commonly known as the time of judgement. These feasts have not yet had their prophetic fulfilment as the first three have.
Comet Elenin may come and go, just like others, but it's very likely that the comet has significance because of the time of its visitation.
In the past every time a comet comes along, the lunatic fringe comes up with all sorts of rubbish predictions. But let's not throw the baby out with the lunatics.
The main issue relating to Elenin lies in the fact that it dovetails with so many other things at the time of the Feast of Trumpets.
We need to be open to discard all Elenin news and information as a non-event. But we also need to be open to it being a message from our Lord. I have a funny feeling that it's not just coincidence.
The message is simply...time is short!
Perhaps we will get to know more as it gets closer, but please sift out the rubbish coming from the lunatic fringe!
Please see the previous edition titled "Time is short" for more on other issues centred around the end of September and Rosh Hashanah.
There is newly discovered huge asteroid called YU55 heading our way as well. It is due to by-pass the earth with a very close miss on November 8th. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program says "This is the largest space rock we have ever identified that will come this close."
Another two asteroids are due to go close by in September.
There will be numerous meteor showers between August and year end. Those interested, have a look at the good scientific / astronomy website:
There will also be a planetary alignment on the 30th September.
Note: You can do your own research into this by going to NASA.gov. There are numerous other websites dealing with Elenin. Some are rubbish, some are astrology related and also rubbish, but some of the astronomy and scientific sites are good.
On its own Elenin may not be of prophetic consequence. Combined with the many other factors all dovetailing together, the significance is astounding.
Even if September does not see the start of the tribulation period, we are close and need to adopt an attitude of humility before our Lord as we watch and pray. Take these things and pray about them. If our wonderful Messiah confirms these things in your heart...good. If not reject it all, but not the fact that our Lord is coming soon.
Finally, the subject of this edition is not my style. I would not place any emphasis on any of this if it were not for timing and the dovetailing of many other things. We must look at the signs, but as always, first look at the signs in your own heart. Are you right with our great and soon coming King?
If our Lord has conquered you and rules supreme in your heart, there will be many signs deep within you, evident to the spirit world and to many people.
Luke 21:25-28 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth for the power of the heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud in great power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Joel 2:30-32 "And I will show wonder wonders in the heavens and in the earth blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord and it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls."
Heaven or hell:
Young girl you don't have the time you may think you have. Time is running out for you and in fact everyone. You don't want to be caught on the wrong side of eternity without our Lord in your heart by the new birth. Even though time is short, our Lord has a purpose and plan for your life. Have you found it?
Old lady you also don't have much time left. No not because you are old, because time is running out for this evil world system. Do you know that you will live forever and that you'll be renewed in the afterlife. But have you made right God and has He made right with you?
Here is one of my own art works. It's a mixed media painting incorporating deep textures using multi-layering techniques. The Menorah is in gold leaf and represents the light of God.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!