The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. —Joel 2:31-32

Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. —Joel 3:14-15

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. —Matthew 24:29-30

And when I saw the Lamb open the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black like sackcloth of goat hair, and the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs dropping from a tree shaken by a great wind. The sky receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.  Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the commanders, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and free man, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  And they said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide usfrom the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.  For the great day of Theirwrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” —Revelation 6:12-17


            We bring the gospel to people, but unfortunately many have this same attitude as when the Lord moved Peter to write:

      Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (II Peter 3:3:7).

            Yes, there are those, and collectively most of the human race, who scoff at the coming of our Lord Jesus.  Some of the reasons they do this are clearly given in this passage.  For one thing, they want to follow “their own evil desires.”  I once had a young man that I was sharing the gospel with say to me “I know if I follow Jesus my life will have to change and I don’t want to do that right now.”  He wanted to follow his own evil ways.

            Another reason is given— They say “everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  They will argue that people have been talking about the coming judgment and Jesus’ return for centuries and nothing has happened.  So because of that they think it will never happen.

            They also “deliberately forget” historical biblical events borne witness by God’s Son, God’s Spirit, God’s Word and God’s people.  Specifically they deny the creation and world-wide flood accounts.  By deliberately forgetting and denying these historical events they soothe their minds by denying the coming judgment as well.  This is an eternal error!  But let us persevere in living for Jesus and sharing His Word.  The Truth is the Truth regardless of acknowledging it or not just as gravity is gravity regardless if someone wants to believe in it or not.  Be faithful fellow followers of Jesus to stand for the Truth and to share the Truth!  May it be so!

Dear Father in heaven, it greatly saddens me when people will not put their faith in Jesus our Lord.  Thank You for those who do and for those who will.  May they honor Your Name by the way they live and speak.  May we all be faithful to You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.  So be it! 

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