Now What Are the Signs?

yeshua the messiah

yeshua the messiah

This is what my son had asked me the other night. I told him that this was one of my favorite courses of studies when first becoming interested in the Bible. I didn’t ever want to know about any religion and it is a funny thing when I look back at my youth. I grew up in a Lutheran church, with a visit to Jewish summer camp every year. I was fascinated with this culture. My best friend was Nina Cohen, the camp owner’s daughter. I loved everything, Jewish. The music, and the dances. I had no idea why, but I did.

When I heard they were “the chosen people,” I wondered at that as well. Chosen for what? They certainly seemed to be chosen for disaster, when I had read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ I cried.Hearing about the Holocaust and Hitlers reign of terror and everything in the bible. Geesh, what could they be chosen for? But I just had a love for these people. The heartbreak was palpable and yet they  had so much tenacity. No wonder that most of them had migrated to New York! You have to love them! But their lives were so much like my own, perhaps I was Jewish. I had everything that this people had. All the tragedy, the gumption to keep going, everything, … well except the money of course, it’s probably why I loved them so.

Yet, even God had referred to them as “a stiff-necked people!”(Ex 34:9) It would be this enduring quality that would make them take an 11 day journey and stretch it out to wandering for 40 years of their lives. Yet isn’t what God is trying to point out about their stubbornness? That all of us have a choice to do this life’s journey with Him or without Him? It’s our choice. We can see the price that was paid.

Now what are the signs that the Lord spoke of?

First you must read everything that the Lord speaks to the disciples as they are admiring the beauty of the temple stones and surroundings. Don’t forget that the Lord tells them that the temple will be destroyed. He is also referring to Himself as the temple and He tells them that they will be persecuted. He speaks into the future events.He is speaking of into near events as well as far into the future, our lifetime.(Luke 21:5-25)

Now skip to the next verses;

The Lord speaks a parable about a fig tree. “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and   know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

I tell you the truth , this generation will certainly not pass away until these things have happened.. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words, will never pass away. Well, we know from studying Israel, that the Lord referred to this nation as, “the fig tree.”

After thousands of years of being dispersed and following the holocaust,known as the diaspora, they did become a nation in 1948, the fig tree blossomed once again.

Another sign was that the Lord told us all of the Jews would come return to their homeland once again. “From the north, south, east and west. He would bring them home again. Bearing the babes in their arms.” Even though the Jews had this land, not all of them had returned.

Well, this seemed to be an impossibility since so many Jews were still in communist countries until the Berlin Wall came down. I was watching in amazement while watching this. God had supernaturally placed this desire in the hearts of the Jewish people to return to Israel as many made “Aaliyah” and made the journey to Israel. Some with no relatives at all living there.

Then again, in 1990, I turned on the news to see something quite remarkable. It gave me goosebumps and I cried as I was learning from my pastor so much about the Jews and these beautiful fulfillment of events. Here it was, A coup had broken out in Ethiopia and there were thousands of Ethiopian Jews that were being almost quietly rushed out of the country. All of the seats taken out of these 747’s and so many of these people put in the airplanes that some pregnant women were landing on Israeli soil with “their babes in arms!” I cried as I watched the Israeli people welcoming them into their homeland. God was bringing His people back home. These Ethiopian Jews are direct descendants of Solomon himself!Now I’m reading this account, once again and it was called, Operation Moses and Operation Joshua. Interesting, how everything comes full circle. They were trying to keep these Jews from leaving, but an agreement was reached and at the last minute, just as Pharaoh had done, reneged on his promise. All this a coincidence? I think not.

So now I remind my son, that the Lord told His disciples, how is it you can discern the weather but not the signs of the times? Everyone likes to quote the portion of scripture, “No one knows the day or the hour, but they forget that He continues, “But be Aware, of the signs of the times! As a true believer, with the Spirit guiding you, how can you not?

Now there are two parts to His second coming. He returns for the body of believers. Then the time of tribulation begins. It does not end the world. In fact a time of trouble like no other begins. “The time of Jacobs Troubles.”

Now I don’t know about you, but I tend to believe that we are the generation,to see these things happen. And as the Lord stated, we shall not pass away before His return. So don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.

Yes, my posts may be long. But the time is short. It is a time of warning to bring in the final harvest.

Still, to my knowledge, it is  not as long as Paul who preached so long that a man fell asleep in the window and fell out and died. lol So just don’t read this from an open window! and let me know if that happens. He had to go out and raise him from the dead! (Acts20:9)