"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).
Jesus said this in answer to the questions about the end of the age and His second coming:
"And GREAT earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and FEARFUL SIGHTS and GREAT SIGNS shall there be from HEAVEN" (Luke 21:11).
"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 (tsunamis); 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 21:25-28).
It appears that 2013 is shaping up to be a very significant year of cosmic signs. We have already had large meteors exploding over Russia, Cuba and San Francisco and then the closest pass by of an asteroid ever recorded - all on the SAME DAY. Russia was the hardest hit by a large meteor just as the G-20 (a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies) began it's meetings in MOSCOW. The likelihood of just two of those cosmic events happening on the same day was 100 million to 1 according one scientist. But of course the end time scoffers say, "It happens every day. You Christians are crazy."
Now there is news that the comet *ISON is approaching the Earth. It is being called "the comet of the century" and will arrive around September 2013. But before ISON there is another extremely bright comet named Panstarrs that will make its appearance in March 2013. This just happens to be the same month that President Obama will visit Israel for the first time during his administration to discuss Syria, Iran, and the Palestinians. And it is looking like Iran will cross Prime Minister Netanyahu's "red line" on their nuclear bomb program possibly provoking a major war in the Middle East sometime between March and September.
And then, starting in April of 2014 through September 2015, NASA confirms that we will have 4 lunar eclipses in that 12 month period. This is highly unusual. What makes this even more amazing is that all four eclipses fall on Jewish Feast Days. This has only happened three other times in known history. The first was in 1492-1493 when the Jews were expelled from Spain and Columbus made his historic voyage. The second time was in 1949-1950 right after the birth of the Jewish nation and their war against their Arab invaders. And the third time was in 1967-1968 which just happened to be the year of Israel's Six Day War against a coordinated Arab attack from all sides. This was VERY significant because that was when Israel took back Jerusalem and Judea which had to occur in order to fulfill end-time Bible prophecy.
"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew WONDERS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The SUN shall be turned into DARKNESS, and the MOON INTO BLOOD, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:" (Acts 2:16-20).
So, with all of this in mind, we have to wonder what in the world is going to happen in the world between 2013 and 2015? The Bible does tell us that a war is coming out of the Euphrates River area that will kill one third of mankind (Rev. 9). We are also told about a major peace treaty that will divide the land of Israel (Daniel 9 & Joel 3). We are told of the rise of a world government (Rev. 13 & 17), a world dictator, a false prophet who will work demonic miracles, a mandatory implant that will control who can buy and sell world wide, a great persecution of true Christians and Jews, and other dramatic cosmic signs and plagues that will precede the return of Jesus Christ. Could we see some of these events begin to happen within the next three years? Well, looking at other Bible prophecies and what is going on in the world, I believe we will. If so, the real questions should be: What if this preacher is right? What if the Bible is right? What should I do to be ready for Satan's deceptions, God's judgments, and the return of Jesus Christ?
The only answer and the only hope is to turn to the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Jesus I am talking about is NOT the "Jesus" of Oprah or Deepak Chopra. The Jesus Christ of the Bible is the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the flesh (John 1). He is the Son who is also called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6). This Jesus died on the cross as the ONLY sinless sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead three days later. This true Jesus Christ taught that He was the ONLY way to eternal life in heaven (John 14:6). He never taught reincarnation, but rather the true Jesus taught that a person either goes to an eternal torment in hell or they go to heaven to be with Him forever. There is no such thing as coming back to earth in different forms over and over until you work out your bad "karma."
For that matter, the second coming of the Jesus Christ of the Bible will NOT be the manifestation of the Cosmic Christ, the Fifth Buddha, the Maitreya, the Kalki Avatar, or the 12th Imam Mahdi of Islam. That individual will be the Antichrist. Furthermore, the true Jesus Christ is NOT a New Age Ascended Master, or the Isa of Islam who lies and tells people to follow the Mahdi/Antichrist. He is NOT just a religious leader who had "the Christ spirit" on Him like other as New Agers claim. He was NOT just a man that realized his own divinity. No...He was and still is God the Creator manifested in the flesh. And this Jesus Christ of the Bible is NOT coming back just in spirit form upon some world leader. No!! The same Jesus Christ who died on the cross and bodily rose from the dead will physically return to this earth. He will come bearing the wounds of His crucifixion and every eye will see His glory as lightning flashing across the universe. He will then destroy the false Christ/Mahdi which the UN and the Lucis Trust call the World Spiritual Teacher and cast this false messiah (the Antichrist) and his false prophet (the final Pope) into the lake of fire for all eternity.
For those of you who dont know about the Lucis Trust (formerly called The Lucifer Trust), it is an organization founded by occultist Alice Bailey in 1922 and sits on several committees at the United Nations. They even have offices in the UN and oversee the Meditation Room at the UN Headquarters in New York. If you think I am making this stuff up about them expecting the World Teacher (the false Christ), here is a quote taken from the Lucis Trust website:
"This is a time of preparation not only for a new civilisation and culture in a new world order, but also for the coming of a new spiritual dispensation.
Humanity is not following an uncharted course. There is a divine Plan in the Cosmos of which we are a part. At the end of an age human resources and established institutions seem inadequate to meet world needs and problems. At such a time the advent of a Teacher, a spiritual leader or Avatar, is anticipated and invoked by the masses of humanity in all parts of the world.
Today the reappearance of the World Teacher, the Christ, is expected by millions, not only by those of Christian faith but by those of every faith who expect the Avatar under other names -- the Lord Maitreya, Krishna, Messiah, Imam Mahdi and the Bodhisattva.
Glamour and distortion surround this central fact of divine response to human need. This is inevitable but unimportant. The fact of transition into a NEW AGE is important. Preparation by men and women of goodwill is needed to introduce new values for living, new standards of behaviour, new attitudes of non-separateness and cooperation, leading to right human relations and a world at peace. The coming WORLD TEACHER will be mainly concerned, not with the result of past error and inadequacy, but with the requirements of a NEW WORLD ORDER and with the reorganisation of the social structure."
(Taken from http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/world_goodwill/purposes_objectives)
It is interesting to note that the prophet Daniel warned that the Antichrist would "...by peace destroy many." In other words, the Antichrist will first come talking peace and looking like a wonderful man, but later once he gets control, he will destroy many. It is also telling that the "spiritual" people at the UN believe the "Great World Teacher" will also be looked at as the Imam Mahdi. For hundreds of millions of Muslims to accept a man as the Mahdi, he has to be a descendant of Muhammad. So, that means the UN and almost two billion Muslims are looking for an Arab "man of peace" who is also a descendant of Muhammad to become this new world leader. This narrows down the playing field and it is also matches what the Bible told us about the coming Antichrist.
"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand" (Daniel 8:23-25)
This is why Jesus warned, "For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; BELIEVE IT NOT. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:21-27).
You will not find the true Jesus Christ through, chanting, meditation or self-induced visualization. And you won't find Him by praying to Mary, dead saints, or the moon god Allah. You may find a demon spirit impersonating Jesus or Mary, but it won't be the real Jesus. You won't find Him by doing good works and hoping your good outweighs the bad. No...you have to be willing to accept the Jesus Christ of the Bible as the ONLY true God and Savior. Then, you have to turn from all sin, lusts, evil, and all other false gods and idols, asking Jesus Christ to forgive you and cleanse you of your sins by His powerful blood. You must believe that He rose from the dead and be willing to give up your own life plan and follow Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, knowing that He loves you and will forgive all your sins against Him and others. And when you do this for real His Holy Spirit will come inside of you and cause you to be born again. And if you are a Christian who has fallen away from the truth of Scripture or into habitual sin and worldliness, then the time has come to repent and return to the Lord Jesus Christ before it is too late. You are NOT once saved, always saved no matter how you live (see Hebrews 10:25-32 & 2 Peter 2:1-23).
May God help us all truly be ready for the great tribulation, the Satanic deceptions of the false Christ and the second coming of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.