August 21, 2017:  Date of eclipse

August 17-September 2, 2017:  developing Hurricane Harvey and Flooding

Wildfires in Northern U.S.A.

September 10, 2017: Hurricane Irma, +/- several days, depending on location

Luke 21:25-26 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

I think that when one reads this passage in Luke, it somewhat seems to fit some of the scene of what has been presented in the past few weeks of our lives.  We have definitely had strange signs in the sun and moon.  Turmoil?  Yes!  Terrified?  Yes!  I even found myself in a tornado shelter with some of my people due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey….and I live 400-500 miles away from initial landfall!

Let’s continue on with the passage……

 Luke 21:31-32 New Living Translation (NLT)

 31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place.

When one reads the entire chapter of Luke 21, Jesus alludes to the destruction of Jerusalem, which was thought to have occurred in A.D. 70.  He says that “this generation will not pass away,” and he was talking to his disciples at the time, somewhere near A.D. 33.  If one takes this passage literally, it at least partially appears that he is talking about the events surrounding the Roman attack on Jerusalem and its destruction, in A.D. 70.

Luke 24:49 New Living Translation (NLT)

49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

Later, as recorded in Luke 24, Jesus did in fact return to appear to his disciples in his resurrection body.  He then asked them to remain in the city until the Holy Spirit came to fill them with power from above.

It is important to continue reading in Acts 2, when on the day of Pentecost,  Peter told of the signs and prophecy uniting Old Testament writings to New Testament times fulfillment.  Peter made the appeal that the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy was occurring at that time, and had been fulfilled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, whose blood spilled in the crucifixion, contained redemptive power for all peoples!

Note:  The progression of scripture outlined here is one of the lines of thinking regarding these end times mentioned.

Now, let’s complicate matters a bit more….

If one reads on in I and II Thessalonians (thought to have been written about A.D. 50-51), Paul discussed Jesus’ return and seemed to mix some of the language of Jesus in Luke which appears to be about the destruction of Jerusalem with the return and resurrection of his followers into the sky with him.  Paul continues with the admonition that no one knows of the exact time of the return and urges people to live productive lives and not live idle lives, sitting around doing nothing, because they think the end is near.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 New Living Translation (NLT)

For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

Acknowledged:  This interpretation of scripture did not reference the Old Testament Book of Daniel or the New Testament book of Revelation, both of which have much wonderful imagery.  Please read Acts Chapter 2 and the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians for more clarity (and possibly confusion) in this matter!  There are many delineations of this topic which seem to make sense, especially when artfully put together by the current author (as my delineation will seem to those who have a different viewpoint).  Acknowledged.  No argumentation requested.

So, ultimately, the suggestion is that, regardless of what is happening around us, let us be active in the Kingdom now! Let us encourage one another, and love each other as Christ loved us.  Love is a verb, it is not just a feeling.  It is fine to watch the “signs,” but we are to be Ambassadors of Christ and dwell as Sons and Daughters of the Most High King today!

Here is a book that I read a while back that helped me with understanding the like, especially the New Testament book of Revelation:

Worthy Is the Lamb Paperback – March 15, 1999

 Please read your Bible!  I really like this one a lot!
 I think the entire world would be a better place if we could each learn personal reflection and accountability, regardless of whether one “needs” a twelve-step program!

In case you are wondering about the strange shadow picture associated with this blog post, it was a shadow created in San Diego, CA, on August 21, 2017, during the eclipse time! One of my sisters snapped the photo of the crescent-shaped shadow/reflections during the natural phenomenon.  Thanks, Sis!

Worthy Acknowledgement:  A dear brother in Christ who lives in the St. Louis, MO, area sent me the first scripture and the correlation to the recent events.  Interesting to ponder!  Food for thought.  It is true, we do not understand everything…our ways are not his Ways and our thoughts are not his Thoughts.  Even Angels long to look into these things……..

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