By Nathan Jones
What did Jesus say in Luke 21 concerning signs from outer space in the last days?
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" TWave Radio episode, Pastor Vic Batista and I will look at the seventh and eighth end times signs of great signs from the sky and the sign of Christian persecution prophesied by Jesus in Luke 21:11-19.
Great Signs from Outer Space
Nathan Jones: Then we read that during the Tribulation time period how the moon will turn red like blood, and the stars will fall from to the earth. That's the Sixth Seal Judgment of Revelation 6 I'm referring to. Then we read about the First Trumpet Judgment of Revelation 8 and how there will be hail and fire that comes from the sky that also looks like blood, and it will burn up a third of the world. Can you imagine a third of the trees and a third of the grass burning up?
Vic Batista: That is just unbelievable to imagine.
Nathan Jones: Other Trumpet Judgments bring more of God's wrath upon the earth. Revelation 8-9 talk about asteroids that hit the earth until a third of the sea life dies. A mountain called Wormwood hits the freshwaters and poisons a third of the freshwater. Revelation talks about the sun and the moon darkening for a third of the day so that daylight isn't as long. Another judgment during the Tribulation will be where smoke rises up from this hole in the earth called the Abyss and covers the sky.
We read about how the atmosphere isn't protecting people from the sun like it used to so radiation scorches the people. They curse the name of God because the punishment is so intense.
And then, just before Jesus comes at the very end of the Tribulation, there will be flashes of lightening, rumbling thunder and hailstones. These hailstones are a whopping 100 pounds! They fall upon the earth crushing both people and buildings.
Vic Batista: Nathan, I know we are not going to live through the Tribulation due to the Rapture of the Church, but those judgments just scare me, especially that last one there.
Nathan Jones: Yes, well, it should. We are talking about how the whole weather pattern of the world just goes nuts — absolutely nuts. People will be dying from all these natural disasters. They cannot drink the water. The marine population of the seas are dead. The ozone layer in the sky isn't protecting the globe so people are burning.
What this means is that by the end of the Tribulation, literally the whole ecology of the world will be teetering on the precipice of death. We are talking about the extinction of the world! If Jesus didn't come at the end of that seven year Tribulation, and if human history was allowed to keep going as it was so terribly, the Bible says that there would be nobody left alive. Every person on this planet would be dead.
Vic Batista: I was talking to my son who is 15. You know teenagers get all excited about destroying stuff. They're at the stage where everything is destruction, so we talked about this passage in Revelation regarding the meteorites and asteroids. That really caught his attention. He was like, "Really Dad?! Can you imagine if a 50 pound or 100 pound bolder hit a car?" He asked, "What would that do?" It was really exciting to see his new interest in Bible prophecy, because when we talk about Bible prophecy we also need to remember the young people and let it be an outreach to them as well.
Nathan Jones: Exactly! We're living in a terrifying yet exciting time. I remember loving Bible prophecy since I was a little kid. How strange it is that Bible prophecy is not a very popular topic right now, especially in the churches. We are just surrounded by signs of the times.
Churches understandably are very focused on all the problems that people face in daily life, but I think our churches miss out so much when we ignore the 31% of the Bible that is prophecy, because God is telling us something. He's telling us that He is coming back soon. Are our hearts ready for that? Have we given our lives to Jesus Christ? How are we living? Are we living a good life and sharing the Gospel with other people, thereby leading people to the Lord? Youth see what's going on, and they get excited about that because they know they live in one of the most exciting time periods in human history.
Pastor Vic, I'm glad your church, Calvary Chapel Aventura, is an excellent example of sharing God's prophetic message with people.
Vic Batista: Definitely, Nathan, because it's very exciting for this reason: I love it when our young people have an understanding of what is coming. It ignites them as well to live holy and pure lives. It teaches them to make the best of every opportunity to share Christ.
I'm also training up my children so that they will understand the signs of the time.
In the fourth and last segment of our discussion on the end times signs in the sky and Christian persecution, Vic and I will look at the sign of Christian persecution.