Luke 21:25-33 (NKJV)
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
I want this article to provoke thought, study, conversation and prayer. There are some dreadful things that must occur before our Savior returns.
Because of the time of year, many people are equating the ‘Christmas Star’ of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn to the star that guided the Magi to Yeshua the Messiah.
However, we all know that Jesus wasn’t really born during the Winter Solstice. But, when our Savior was born isn’t what this piece is about.
Remember that God doesn’t allow anything to happen without giving us a warning. He has always given signs for us to observe, while searching the scriptures and history.
We also know that Satan loves to imitate and pervert everything holy, even our Triune God…
God the Father, God the Son (Yeshua the Messiah) and His Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh)
Satan, The AntiChrist, the False Prophet (who persuaded the world to worship the Beast)…
Revelation 13:11-18 (NKJV)
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives [a]those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has [b]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
As much as we would love to see this phenomenon as a sign of hope…what if it’s a warning?
What if it’s a warning of the coming of, and possibly even the birth of the Man of Lawlessness?
2 Thessalonians 2
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of [a]Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [b]sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits [c]as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the [d]mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only [e]He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
What if the ‘star’ is a warning of increasingly challenging times.
What if the ‘star’ is signifying an escalation in the great ‘falling away’.
Have we become so distracted from theatrical politics and a worldwide pandemic that we aren’t noticing something that God is trying to show us?
Would that be a surprising way to end a year like 2020?
Think about it. Study about it. Talk about it. Pray about it.