“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 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. —Joel 2:28-32

The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. —Joel 3:15

“Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” —Matthew 24:30-31

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. —Revelation 6:12-14

            Two thousand years ago the first part of Joe’s prophesy took place at Pentecost, ten days after Jesus ascended back to Heaven.  From Pentecost forward the Holy Spirit of God is given to all who call on the Lord Jesus to be saved— “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:14).

            Now our Lord’s coming is so much closer.  Could it be in our lifetime?  Sure, it could!  But whether it does or not, we are still to be faithful in being and doing what He desires.  That is to be the case until He comes back or we die and go to be with Him and all who love Him.  Let us be faithful! 

            But also, let us bring the good news of what Jesus has done for us at the cross and beyond.  This is great news, wonderful news, eternal life giving news and we are to proclaim it to those who are yet to know Jesus.  With this good news we also must bring warning.  The warning is that judgment is coming to this world, but even more serious than that, each person who does not know Jesus will be judged forever in Hell.  So let us bring the good news to people and also warn them of the consequences of rejecting Jesus.

            So, brother and sister, fellow followers of Jesus, let us be faithful to the mission of Jesus to be witnesses of the gospel and making disciples that in turn also make disciples (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:16-20).  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, King Jesus.

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