Signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars, Part Twelve
By Bob Maffit
The biblical Israel will be blessed, but that nation called Israel today, will not. We saw how the land was going to become a desolate wasteland ,in Jeremiah 25 in Part Eleven. I feel this is our starting point in our search for Truth about the Rapture! I am going to say this, as I have received questions about the Jews in Revelation 2:9, and 3:9. No matter when this happens, the Israel today would have to be the one the book of Revelation is speaking about, when Revelation 2:9 says, “…those who say they are Jews and are not…,” and 3:9 says, “…who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars…,” and that is true. Who else could that be talking about? So, if this happens now, next week, next year, or five years from now, those that claim this the most, live in the nation called Israel. Now, think about this where you live, especially in the U.S.A., millions of dollars are being sent there each year to the nation of Israel. Many thousands come from this county in which I live [and it is a poor county], but in the U.S.A. as a whole, churches are sending millions to support the Synagogue of the Adversary. That is what the Bible has stated for almost 2,000 years! Also, here in the U.S.A. our government gives millions to Israel every year. This is not right, because for the most part, those people are not of the linage of the tribe of Judah! So, why are we Christians doing it?
What other answers can we come up with? This land is still God’s land, but most of the people are not His. They are, for the most part, imposters! If not, I believe God would have blessed the land when they became a nation again. Let us look further at Jeremiah for answers!
Jeremiah 25:5–14 (NIV)
5 They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD [Yahweh] gave to you and your fathers for ever and ever. 6 Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not provoke me to anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.” 7 “But you did not listen to me,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “and you have provoked me with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.” 8 Therefore the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, 9 I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “and I will bring them against this land [Notice it says, “this land,” first] and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “and will make it desolate forever [for how long?]. 13 I will bring upon that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. 14 They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
In verse 5 it states, “…Yahweh gave to you and your fathers for ever and ever,” now that is a long time! So, where I come from, that would include now! Therefore, who should be living there should be people whose lineage can be traced to Israel the man! Verse 9 states, “…I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.” Do I really have to explain that verse? Has this happened, and is it still? Then verse 11 states, “This whole country will become a desolate wasteland,” that is what has happened. There is no record of them ever being, “the land of milk and honey,” after this prophesy of Jeremiah’s, until Christ’s Thousand year Reign on earth, which has yet to have happened. It is mentioned in Ezekiel, but that is about the past, but then nothing else good is said about the land, until the future. During Christ’s reign, which is referred to by many, as the, “Millennial Kingdom,” and that the laws will be just, food plentiful, life will be awesome, compared to now, but most know that, so we will not go down that rabbit trail. Face it, the land of Israel is in trouble, because of the actions, first of the kingdom of Israel, and finally the kingdom of Judah. Jeremiah was the last good prophet of Judah before the captivity in Babylon!
The land of Israel is hard, rocky, hilly, with harsh weather, pretty after the spring rains, but very difficult to travel quickly, and next to impossible at night. All this will help explain why I said what I and others stated that September 23rd 2017 was the date of Christ return. There is a book, “Bible Manners and Customs,” by G. M. Mackie [available online from Spirit & Truth Fellowship, International and updated by John Schoenheit], which will help here. Below are excerpts, and pictures from that book.
This is the wilderness of Israel west of Jericho!
Mark Twain toured Israel [the land] on horseback in 1867, and wrote about his experience close to the Dead Sea. See below:
“I cannot describe the hideous afternoon’s ride from the Dead Sea to [the monastery of] Mars Saba. It oppresses me yet to think about it. The sun so pelt us that the tears ran down our cheeks once or twice. The ghastly, treeless, grassless, breathless canyons smothered us as if we had been in an oven. The sun had positive weight to it, I think. Not a man could sit erect under it. All drooped low in the saddles.” Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad, (New American Library, New York, 1966), p. 446.
“So crooked that a man does not know which side he is on half the time.” Mark Twain said that in 1867 in his book, Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad, (New American Library, New York, 1966), p. 446.
The Jordan River, actually, the right side is the bottom of the photo, but something prevented me from turning it!
This picture shows the dense forest that once existed on both banks of the Jordan and was the haunt of many wild animals, including lions and bears. Today that forest has been completely deforested by the governments of Israel and Jordan so it cannot provide cover for guerrilla warfare.
We will look at one more picture of the wilderness west of the Dead Sea. Then look at these pictures again, and asked yourselves this question, “Would it be easy to travel this land at night, now?” “How about two thousand two thousand years earlier, say the night Christ was born?”
Without God’s blessings on the land, which will not be happening for a while, according to Scriptures we read earlier, and as you can see, this land is inhospitable for travel almost any distance! I could show you other information from Mackie’s book, and the, “Oxford Bible Atlas,” as well as other sources, which all show how in hospitable the Bible lands are. I feel I have made my point that it would be very hard to travel any distance at night there. So, this brings us to my next point, of why we said September 23rd, 2017 was the day of the Rapture.
I love books, although people say they are a thing of the past. I own more than my fair share of books. As anyone can see, I read a bunch, and the Lord shows me stuff as well. I love being able to feel a book in my hands. I have a book shelf in my office to the right of my desk, one on my desk, and two to the left of my desk [three are floor to ceiling almost!]. Plus several more bookshelves in the next room, and we have two book shelves each, on both sides of our wood burner in the living room. Also, there are books in every room. Several men I have worked with can verify that many e-books may contain the words, but with the research I do, they miss punctuation, italics, bolding, even capitalization, can be missing. This will not work with God’s Word! You need to know this about me, which is interesting, because I failed reading in grade school. Really! Yet today, I read for a living! I think God really does work in mysterious ways! I feel I have shocked my mother, because she knows how bad I was. Today I am slow, but it is because I think deeply of each word I am reading!
Every book on the birth of Christ, with which seems to have research behind it, gives the sign in the stars, that took place on September 11th, 3 B.C. as the date of Christ’s birth [one actually has October 5th, 3 B.C.]. I no longer believe that, and you will not either, when we finish this Part of this series. I want you to know that even as cold as it is here in Michigan, I have, as well as my daughter Brandy especially, and every one of the other five people in this house have also been watching the stars. We have others in other states watching as well. We have watched conjunctions, alignments, etc. and how the stars are moving, changing colors, flashing, dancing, and fighting. I have a weather app on my phone so I know when I can see the stars. So, like if it is raining, snowing, foggy, or whatever, I cannot see the stars, but I will know when it is clear. I have, and so has Brandy, watched the stars at all hours of the night. We have seen stars [please do not tell me they are airplanes, helicopters, UFO’s, satellites, or whatever, because we are getting to know our stars and know the difference] doing amazing things. We have seen them move all over, even disappear, and move incredible distances, sometimes really fast. We got others telling us similar accounts, and all amazed. My mother and brother, which live in Franklin, Indiana, have been blown away by what they have seen. My daughter Becky and her husband Jimmy have seen the stars flashing, moving, changing colors, etc. [in Nashville, Indiana, that is over 400 miles from where I live]. Others have seen these strange things going on too. I have three star programs on my computer, and Brandy has one on her smart phone. People, we are watching the stars, and seeing things. We have learned much, and you will be hearing more on this.
‘In his book, “Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed,” Victor Paul Wierwille [available at the Way International Bookstore online] stated on page 70.
This configuration of the sun and the moon in the constellation Virgo was observable in Palestine between sunset and moonset, this twilight period being called “night.” On September 11, 3 B. C., sunset at 6:18 P.M. and moonset at 7:39 P.M. Based on the information given Revelation 12, it was during this eighty-one-minute period that Jesus Christ took his first breath of life and became a living soul, even as Adam did in Genesis 2:7, perhaps even at the beginning of this new day. The description given in Revelation 12:1 exactly chronicles the astronomical occurrence of the evening of September 11, 3 B.C.
This book, and others like it, led me and others to the opinion that the event coincided with the sign in the stars. It does not, it is the announcement of the soon to come event. We will see that the sign VPW teaches did not show that Christ was born that night. After everything, we who have been studying this topic for any length of time, have seen we now know things about this that told me this paragraph above from VPW’s book, is wrong in many ways. Folks, he was not just my Teacher, he was my friend. So, this is very hard to tell you about. Brothers and sisters, he taught us how to research God’s Word, and many truths that we could not have learned from any other source. Therefore, though he was wrong here, and a few other places, but I am thankful for the truths he taught us. First, let us look at Revelation 12:1, which the paragraph above says, “…exactly chronicles the astronomical occurrence of the evening of September 11, 3 B.C.” Take a look, because it does not exactly chronicle the events of what he taught:
Revelation 12:1 (NIV)
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman [Virgo] clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
It appeared which means being able to see it! He never mentions “…a crown of twelve stars on her head.” So, they would have had to have appeared too! We feel that the verse is a complete package, which is what two of our critics of this topic also forget. It will not take long to find what I am about to say is true! The star program, “Stellarium,” is free, and anyone with a computer, pad, or smart phone can download it free. It is excellent, and what you will find if you run it back to any September, or the very first few days of October [because of leap years, and the 365 and a fourth days for the sun to make its journey], and you will find, “…Virgo clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet….” That year there were only nine stars [not twelve], which VPW never mentioned on September 11th, 3 B.C. Let us look at another section of page 70 of VPW’s book:
The woman in Revelation 12 was not only “clothed with the sun,” but also the moon was “under her feet.” With these two specific details, the sun and moon found in Virgo, we can be very precise in our computation of time. In 3 B.C. this configuration of the sun and moon in Virgo occurred on one day only, and that was September 11.
VPW states, “With these two specific details, the sun and moon found in Virgo, we can be very precise in our computation of time.” THERE ARE THREE things in the verse; the sun, moon, and a crown of 12 stars! We feel if this was to fulfill what is written in Revelation 12:1 prophecy, all three would have to be there! Also, the reason it occurred, “one day only,” was because the moon moves faster than anything else in the sky, and would only be under her feet a very short period of time. From the stars on September 11th 3 B.C., you could not get a, “…very precise in our computation of time…,” because all three did not happen. Also, if you could only see it for that day only, then it would not be much of a sign, because of the time of day, which we will now cover. Also, above VPW stated above:
On September 11, 3 B. C., sunset at 6:18 P.M. and moonset at 7:39 P.M. Based on the information given Revelation 12, it was during this eighty-one-minute period that Jesus Christ took his first breath of life and became a living soul….”
This causes another problem, with this eighty-one minute window. Remember, Jesus was only wrapped in swaddling clothes for a short time. Also, I think he would want people to see this event, so I would think He would want people to see the sign, and early enough notice so as to get there. Remember, the terrain is rough in most of Israel. Remember, we are talking about after sunset! Oh, and there is a problem we have not talked about yet, which is the sunset. When the sun sets, it is still light outside, and especially in the west, it is really bright. Forty two minutes after the sun sets you will start seeing stars in the eastern sky, but none in the western sky, which is where these signs were in the stars. It is not dark enough until eighty four minutes after sunset before you can see all the stars. That is only true if you are not near big fires, city lights, and the moon being out and bright. That night it was a new moon [this is by modern standards, the Bible has a different meaning, which we will cover in a future article in this series], so the moon would not be a problem of being bright, and making it so some stars could not be seen. It would cause a different problem, in that you can only see the finger nail of the new moon when it first comes up, after that it cannot be seen with the naked eye! When it came up it was day light, therefore, at sunset you would not be able to see it. So now, the only thing that would appear would be the sun clothing the woman! Well, that cannot be either, because now the sun is set! Dang! Looks to me like there would be no sign, which would be showing the supposed birth of Christ that night. We know that it was there that day, because it can be tracked, but 2,000 years ago they would not be able to see it, so it would not be a sign. Now, if you were going to see a sign, and you only have less than forty two minutes for it to get dark enough to see the stars in the western sky, to see the sign, and then travel in the near dark to see the new baby! Not going to happen! So, the Messiah would be born, and no one would know if that was the sign, but it was not. God gave man free will, and He would not know if anyone would come until it happened. The only way anyone would know was if this were a sign, and the angels appearing to the shepherds was not a sign of anything!
VPW stated, “…it was during this eighty-one-minute period that Jesus Christ took his first breath of life….” That means no one would come to see this, because they would only see the woman for a very few minutes at best, and with no sun, no moon, and only nine stars in her crown! The last stars to appear are the ones which would be in the western sky, which is where they were on that night in the land of Israel. You may not know this, but all the software for stars can be set to any location in the world. You can pick any place, and any of them will show you what the stars were like in the past, and anytime in the future. By the way, there are some great Truths in that book, but September 11th, 3 B.C., is not one of them.
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In Part Two, we handled this, but now, let us tackle it again. “It will come like a thief in the night,” as many, many say, that means you cannot know, but let us look at the verse everyone quotes, and see what the context shows us.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 and 2 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
If I had a nickel for every time those verses were thrown at me in the last couple of years, the ministry would have enough money to send these articles to every person in the U.S.A. Okay, I am exaggerating, but not by much. I have had so many throw that in my face. Several of whom I thought were my closest friends, threw these verses in my face. Have any of you ever been told, “Do not pull a verse out of context?” Yes, I am sure you have! Yet, we have done this with these verses! I said, “WE,” because I too believed that for many years, until I saw the TRUTH. Let us look at the first four verses together, and not just the first two verses in this section of Scripture!
1 Thessalonians 5:1–4 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
Verse four answers the question for us Christians from verse two. “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. So, it will not come like a thief in the night for us Christians! That tells me there must be something which will show us when, so we will not be surprised like when a thief comes! Hey, this has been here for centuries, yet few have ever seen it! This should teach us not to pull verses out of context! I had a teacher who drove home this statement in my mind, “Context is king, when interpreting the Bible.” That has opened up many truths in my life.
Now, there are some more verses we need to look at, but I have to bring up two statements, which of late, are bad words in some circles. Those words are, “End Times,” and whether the Rapture is before, during, or late into, or after the Tribulation! Before I show information about that, I want to explain that, “the wrath to come,” “the wrath,” and “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” are all speaking of the Tribulation. This is a time which is almost seven years long, and a time when much destruction comes to the earth. There are twenty four reasons I could give you here as to why we believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture, but one stands out. Let us look at it.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 (NIV)
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he [God] raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
The last phrase of the verse is both figurative and literal. God is so sure it will happen that He put it in what we would call the past tense [the figure], and should read, “Jesus who delivered us [Jesus is not a “which,” but a “who”].” Jesus has not delivered us yet from the wrath to come [the Tribulation], but will, when we get, “caught up,” “gathered together,” or, “Raptured.”
These words, “caught up,” are from one Greek word, and are transliterated into English as harpazo. Yes, I have seen many a video, and articles, all saying the word, “Rapture,” is from the Roman Catholics, and should not be used. In, “Part One,” I explained the Greek word for the, “Word,” is logos, when transliterated from the Greek to English. From, “logos,” we get logic, and logical. So, let us use some of that logic here. The city of Thessalonica was the largest city in the Roman province of Macedonia, which is the Roman capital there, and the largest sea port in the region. Rome had its largest military presence there. Now, consider Paul, he was a Roman citizen, writing the very first of the epistles to a Roman province, and I am sure he would want people to listen to the words spoken. Therefore, I say that he would have written the book of I Thessalonians in Latin [the language of Rome], to communicate with the majority of the people present. There may be many Spanish speaking people in the U.S.A., but if I want to communicate with the masses, I would write things as I am, in English. So, please let us use a little logic in our understanding.
Okay, back to where we need to be. Since Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come, then we will be gone before it happens. That should be a blessing to many who know how bad that time is going to get. So, “the end times,” prophecies to the Jews in the Gospels should, if they have anything to do with the Tribulation, give us an idea when we will be out of here, and with the Lord! Jesus even said something along this line, about reading the heavens, but not knowing the signs of the times. We will look at it in a very new translation called the REV [Revised English Version® (REV ®), Copyright © 2014, Spirit & Truth International, 180 Robert Curry Drive Martinsville, IN 46151], because it translates this verse better than any other version I have found. I looked at over forty versions in the Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and even the Latin, to find the Truth. Some are close, but this is the best.
Matthew 16:3 (REV)
And in the morning, ‘it will be foul weather today, for the heavens are red and threatening.’ You know how to discern the face of the heavens, but you are not able to discern the signs of the times.
Jesus was speaking to the top dogs of his day, the Pharisees and Sadducees, and he was saying to them that they could read the heavens, but sadly could not discern the signs of the times. It looks to me, like knowing them both is important. I think we should all be able to do both, discern the face of the heavens, and discern the signs of the times [remember Matthew is for our learning/ to teach us, as I showed you in Part Eleven]. In this case, the discerning the face of the heavens is referring to the reading of the weather. The next part of the verse, when Jesus was speaking about the discerning the signs of the times, he is indicating that it is just as easy to discern the signs of the times, as it is the weather. Some have told me, that the stuff the angel gave John in the book of Revelation was to be sealed, and not even written down, and that is true. Let us take a look at what the Bible says.
Revelation 10:1–4 (NIV)
1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I [John] was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
So, to that I would say then we cannot know all that was spoken to John by the angel, but let us look at Daniel. So, a voice from heaven said, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” Well, so let us look at three verses in Daniel. The first one agrees with John in Revelation.
Daniel 9:24 (NIV)
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
Here it says, “…seal up vision and prophecy….” This would indicate from both the book of Revelation, and the book of Daniel, that the knowledge is sealed up. Now, we are not stopping there, because God did not stop there! Let us go to the last chapter of Daniel, chapter twelve, because it contains more information which changes everything!
Daniel 12:4 (NIV)
But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
Here it is again, but now, our heavenly Father adds these incredible words, “…until the time of the end….” I, myself, and many others feel now is, “the time of the end,” from what is being revealed in Scriptures right now. So, our Father Yahweh God tells us there will be a time when we will know, and understand what was not before understood in the book of Revelation, and in Daniel! Okay, I can see the email now! Bob, the original Hebrew has the Tetragrammaton YHWH for Yahweh. That is true, but the reason it was all written in capital letters was that the entire text was in ALL CAPITAL letters. They originally had no vowels in their written language, but have added the vowels centuries ago, so to make it much easier to read. I should add pronounce too! I do not get impressed when people read the Hebrew as it was written, and not how it was spoken. When speaking they SPOKE using the vowels. When Scripture was read out loud, they stood up, and spoke it with the vowels in the words. Study your history. Do not get side tracked, as I am dealing with people who love to tell me I am wrong, but usually they do not study history of the Bible, the customs, the climate, and land. Now back to the topic.
Daniel 12:4, above said, “…until the time of the end…,” and verse nine repeats it. Let us read it.
Daniel 12:9 (NIV)
He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.
This would tell me that we have four places in Scripture where we are told the information on the, “end times,” are closed up and sealed, but two of those places say, “…until the time of the end…!” From this, we have to believe that when that time comes we should be able to understand what God concealed all those years ago. I think we are there, and before this series is over, I hope to prove the, “when,” to you. This verse says volumes in light of what I just shared. I love this verse!
Proverbs 25:2 (NIV)
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
So, God concealed the information from us, then that is to His glory! God said this at a time after he had David, and then David’s son Solomon, as two, for the most part, godly kings. He stated, “…to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” So, to search out hidden, concealed, closed up, or a sealed, “matter,” was the glory of kings. This had a single meaning when given, but I feel God had it in His heart that the day would come when He would reveal, “the Mystery,” “the Sacred Secret,” “the Secret,” or, “the Secret of God,” and this would be part of it. The kings today are us, from the Messiah’s perspective. Also, we will be kings in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, and we will reign, and judge with Christ during that thousand years. Folks, Jesus will be King of kings, with a just and honest government, where he rules at the top. As the King OF kings, who do you think will reign with him, as the other kings? I really do not think it will be a Muslim, a Buddhist, or a Communist, or any one not a part of what he is. Look at this verse below.
Revelation 17:14 (NIV)
They will make war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
With the Lamb will be, “…his called, chosen and faithful followers,” and that is us [there is that word, “chosen,” again, and boy could we have fun with called, and faithful too, but that would be a rabbit trail for this teaching]. Who did we show in Part Eleven were now God’s chosen people? We are! Then, look at what these next two verses say, that we, “will judge the world,” and we will, “reign with him.” This is not the place for me to go off on a rabbit trail about when we can, or cannot, judge people. We can, is all I will say. You may want to throw this verse out, thus creating another denomination, and you would be wrong in doing so!
1 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
Do you not know that the saints [holy ones, Christians] will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
Paul wrote this by revelation from Jesus Christ, and throwing it out is NOT an option! Much is misunderstood by not studying the languages, and context. We will judge, and the Bible says so. It also states, we will reign with him, which puts us as royalty with him. Remember, we are joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17 KJV). We also are called unto a fellowship with Christ, which is transliterated from the Greek, “koinonia,” and means a full sharing, [not a part, but full] (1 Cor. 1:9 KJV). Read what this says.
2 Timothy 2:12 (NIV)
if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
These are real Bible verses, and they apply to us! Also, remember Melchizedek was a king. Another thing I would like to throw in here is that we are, “a royal priesthood.” Royal is usually not used along with priest, but with those who are royalty, like kings, etc., and with Christ as our Head, our priesthood would have to be of the order of Melchizedek, because it is not Levitical! The Levites were the priests in Israel, and we are not Levites. As we, the joint-heirs with Christ, must realize here, folks, that we share fully with him! Before you try to tell me it is about the Jews, Judah, or Israel, please look it up. The words, Jew, Jews, Judah, or Israel never appear in 1 Peter! Do not say they are the, “chosen people,” because I have already shown that it is us Christians today, earlier in this series.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
So, in showing the things God concealed, we have opened a new door on who can get glory for searching out a matter! Us Christians is who, and that is what the Word says. We are kings, and priests, who will reign, and judge with the King of kings. Pretty cool I think! Believe me, all this Bible will fall in place as we move ahead in this topic. I have several more verses, which I feel will be seen as very important. Please read this one.
Isaiah 46:9 and 10 (NIV)
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
I, at one time, thought this was only from God’s written Word, but as I now know, it is the stars as well! The organization of the stars of old will help us see things in the stars of the future. Also, the new patterns of stars will help us see the old ones, and understand them. Thank God for satellites, the Hubble Telescope, all the modern telescopes, but mostly for computers. Why? Well, without the ability of using modern computers, and programs, we would never know what God has known all along. We have tracked stars’ movements back to 4000 B. C. We see patterns in the heavens that we could not see, or know about before. As the verse reads, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” He makes known the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, what is still to come. Seems we had best look at it all! Let us look at a couple more verses.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
I know many have heard that verse before, but think about it from the point of, “the stars of God.” Chapter three has a very similar verse. See it below!
Ecclesiastes 3:15 (NIV)
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
So, with this evidence, we should see what God did in the past, and that He can and will, do it in the future. WOW! What a God we have! This all fits with how our heavenly Father has done things. God continues to reveal His Truth to us as time continues, or as we move through time, and grow in His Word. God set up the seasons, and they work. He has set other patterns like that throughout the Bible, and the stars, which work too. All this we are going through, and talking about has jumped to the front of our attention, only in the last few years, as our knowledge of God and His Word have increased. With us wanting to know the Truth, He has opened new insights, and new interests about much in God’s Word.
I will close this section with Thankfulness to God for opening our eyes to these wonderful Truths. Our Enemy has tried everything to stop me from this, but I will not stop! I am so glad we have now shown why we missed the date, and that the information on Israel and the Jews throw us off! We need to see more about, “THE STARS OF GOD!” See you in, “Part Thirteen!” I also thank God for the technology to track His stars!