August 31, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
We left off last time discussing the words of our Messiah in Luke 21. In Luke’s version of The Olivet Discourse, Jesus stated, And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [Luke 21:11, 26 KJV]
What is Jesus saying here? A brief word study will help us gain additional understanding. First, notice the word great. In these two verses it appears twice, and both times it is translated from the Greek, megas. You could simply translate this word as big. It also implies, exceedingly great, high, large, loud, mighty, and strong. Both the earthquakes and the signs will be these things. Second, notice fearful sights. What is this saying? This is from the Greek phobetron. It can be translated, a frightening thing, or fearful sight. Contained in this word is the root from which we get our word phobia. By implication then we can say that these fearful sights will cause fear that potentially will have long term affects.
The next word from verse 11 that I would like to look at is heaven. This is translated from the Greek ouranos. This could be best translated as sky. You could translate this verse, There will be powerful earthquakes in many different places, severe food shortages, and diseases; and frightening sights causing long-term fear in the sky.
In verse 26 we see several salient words as well. The first word is, men’s. This is the Greek anthropos, the generic word for human being. Second, the phrase hearts failing them. This is from the Greek apopsucho, and literally means to faint or have your heart fail causing one to fall over. The third salient word is fear and again is from the Greek phobos. Not only will people’s hearts fail them for paralyzing fear, but in the fourth place we have the phrase, for looking after. This is the Greek word prosdokia, and speaks of an apprehension of evil, with the implication of anticipating infliction.
Notice also the phrase, those things which are coming on the earth. This is the Greek eperchomai, and can be translated to supervene, arrive, occur, impend, attack, or influence. Powers is the Greek dunamis, power or authority. Heaven is again ouranis or sky. Lastly, shall be shaken is saleuo meaning, agitate, rock, or topple. You could translate this, Many people will be so afraid that their hearts will stop, they will be paralyzed by fear and apprehension of evil as they see the things arriving on the earth. As a result of these things the atmosphere will be rocked and caused to topple. Quite a picture, wouldn’t you agree?
What was Jesus warning of? While we can not say conclusively, we can ascertain a few things here. First, there are going to be some disturbing signs in the sky in the last of the Last Days. Astronomers and star gazers alike will be stumped. These “signs” could occur in the sun, moon, and other planets. They may be seen in the stars. Perhaps they will be seen with comets or meteor showers. There are several possibilities here I suppose. However, I want to put forth a position that many if not most in the Christian Church will not touch. I speak of the burgeoning UFO phenomena.
As Christian author and UFO researcher L.A. Marzulli says, “UFOs are real, they are burgeoning, and they’re not going away!” This is a true statement. In the month of July alone a record 512 sightings were reported! [See: http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/ndxevent.html] These reports come from people from all different walks of life. They are seeing something, and seeing it more often! I believe this all fits into the Last Days scenario. I believe these craft and beings are at least a part of the fearful sites from the sky Jesus said would characterize the Last Days. Where are they from? What do they want? Have they ever been here before? First things first.
If one is going to subscribe to a Christian world view, then I believe we must conclude that these things are not from some distant galaxy or planet. Second, they are not of God nor are they benevolent in nature. I want to share with you some resources for further study to demonstrate why I say this, rather than take the time to lay it all out here. [http://www.jeffersonscott.com/nonfiction/ufos.htm http://www.alienresistance.com/DeceivingtheElect.htm]. Follow these two links for much more information on this topic. In short, I believe these beings are inter-dimensional in nature. That is, they come from a realm outside our space/time continuum, and are entering this dimension from some inter-dimensional door or portal. I admit I don’t know how this all works, but it would seem this is the case.
The second question I posed was, “What do they want?” If you ask some within the UFO community they would tell you these “space brothers” have come to help us in the next phase of our evolution. It is supposed that they are far more advanced than we are, so they have come here to make our lives better. Some even go so far as to say that they have come as our “saviors.” So as not to get ahead of myself here, let me say they are here for one primary purpose, and that is to deceive. The whole so-called “extraterrestrial” presence is about deception. They want to inspire awe and wonder in those who see their crafts and the occupants thereof. They mesmerize the unwary through the vehicle of fear. A Vatican astronomer recently went on the record telling the world that we should embrace the alien as our “brother.” http://www.newsgaze.com/News/15_Vatican_astronomer.html
The third question I posed was, “Have they ever been here before?” That question is going to take a bit longer to develop. We will pick it up next time; also I want to examine how the whole UFO phenomenon plays into the coming great deception described by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2.
The Weekly Word is found in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 – 12. Here the Bible says,
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [2 Thess. 2:9 – 12 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson