THE STARS!

Good morning, blog readers, from sunny and cool (31 degrees) Wisconsin where, on my morning walk under clear skies, I saw the heavens declaring the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and got a “beep” from a trucker! Thank You, Jesus!

This morning, I would like to talk with you about the stars, not some athlete or movie hero, but the literal stars in the heavens. I don’t know about you, but I like to look at the Word of God to see what God says about them. In Genesis 1:16, I read, “God made the two great lights, the greater light (the sun) to govern the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to govern the night; He made the stars also.” In other words, the stars were created by Him, not by a “Big Bang!”

Secondly, I read, in Genesis 15:5, “And He (God) took him (Abram/ Abraham) outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He (God) said to him (Abram) ‘So shall your descendants (the Jews) be.'”

Thirdly, I read, in Joel 3:14, 15 which is a reference to the end time “Battle of Armageddon,” where the prophet wrote, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness.”

Fourthly and similarly to the previous verse, the Lord Jesus, in Matthew 24:29, in speaking to His disciples about His return to the earth to set up His kingdom, told them that, before His return, there would be the “tribulation,” a seven-year period of time when God will pour out His judgments upon the earth. If you are a Christian, you can read about it in greater detail in Revelation 6-19. Jesus described it, in Matthew 24:21, 22, as “the worst time in human history.” Then, He said: “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” Then, the Lord Jesus will return to “judge the nations (Matthew 26:31-46) and set up His kingdom on earth. I can’t wait! But, wait I must while watching, waiting, working, witnessing for, walking with and worshiping Jesus until He comes.

Dearly beloved, the bottom line is that God created the stars. He also used them to describe the fact that, despite the numerous times man has tried and will continue to try to “wipe Israel out as a nation,” (Psalm 83:4), it will never succeed. And, we also know from the Scriptures (by my count, 89 times) there will be a faithful remnant of Jews who will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and Savior and enter His kingdom on earth when He returns. Glory to God!

And, if you are still not a believer in Jesus, time is running out and you don’t want to go through the Tribulation and spend an eternity in hell. So, please, agree with God you are a sinner who needs a Savior Who is Jesus (Romans 3:23, 24) and believe He died on a cross for your sins, was buried and raised from the dead (I Corinthians 15:1-4) to forgive all your sins and give you eternal life (John 3:16)

Let me conclude with this benediction from Isaiah 60:1, 2: “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the face of the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.” Blessings, Doug (11/25/22)

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