When the lights go out

Joel

Again my head is filled with prophetic language…language that just so happens to be reflected in the words that Jesus spoke when he talked about the signs to look for at the end times.  In Joel, we read:

15 The sun and moon will grow dark,
and the stars will no longer shine.

Then in Matthew 24, Jesus repeats the same message:

29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days,

the sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

One of the things I think we Christians often miss about Jesus is that Jesus was a scholar.  He studied under a rabbi and went to school.  He thwarted the arrows of the devil in the desert by quoting the Words of God.  When he was just twelve years old, he astounded the leaders of the day with his wisdom and understanding.  By the time he began his ministry, he shocked many people not just with his superior knowledge of the scriptures, but also with the authoritative way he discussed them.

That authority obviously came as a part of being One with the Lord.  But I also think it may have had something to do with how well he KNEW the scriptures.  Over and over again as I wade through the Old Testament, I come across scriptures that are repeated in the New Testament in the form of lessons or parables told by Jesus.

We speak with authority only on those things that we know very well.  If I tried to give a speech tomorrow about the Federal Reserve, I would fail miserably.  No one would want to hear me because I don’t know what I’m talking about in that topic.  People were attracted to Jesus partly because he knew what he was talking about…and he backed his words up with actions.

Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, and Jesus all told of a time when the light of the moon and the sun will be extinguished, and the stars will fall from the sky.  God revealed His plan in advance to each of them.  I’ve always thought that anything the Lord repeats is worth remembering, especially if it is repeated over and over again by three separate prophets and by Jesus himself!  I wonder if this will happen in my lifetime?

For sure the Lord knows how to draw attention to His glory!  Snuff out that sun, and all of a sudden people will be afraid.  I imagine that when the heavenly lights go out, Jesus, the Light of the World, will shine ever brighter against the backdrop of velvet darkness.

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