Then the moon will darken
John 9:4 -
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
From the start, I have been always specifying there are different levels of Bible study and the Holy Spirit teaches us through these levels to help us grow in knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God. It starts with Bible Commentaries (context of the scriptures), Bible Cross References (connecting scripture with scriptures), Word Study (Studying each word and its properties / rendering) and then comes a world not understandable to common man (the unwise) it includes various ways of study like Image Study (most of the Bible is written like a Metaphor), Bible Numerics (the languages used to record the scriptures has numerical properties / numbers play an very important part in understanding Kingdom of Heaven), Music notes (each and every Psalm of the book of Psalms can be played like a song and gives a feeling of its content) etc...
One of the areas the Lord has been building me strongly is in Image Study. In scriptures we see everything the Lord created was in an image. The Lord did this so that we can understand all that is beyond our ability. When Jesus spoke in parables to teach about the Kingdom of God it seem very simple, but even unto today since 2000 years people are still discovering more and more of those few simple lines. God has created all things in spiritual images so that we living in this natural world can understand things of the spirit world. We cannot understand or imagine even simple things like what spirit is for example the Hebrew word translated as spirit means 'breath'. Spirit does not mean air, nor does it mean the gases we breathe in and out.
Putting the whole of creation in short and simple words, we all have one task as Christians working in the Lord's vineyard and that is to fulfill scriptures. God has written the story and defines parameters to this story, what is kept as a variable is our choice to be on the better part of it (that is to enter Heaven) and how much benefit are we going to take in this story so that we enter Heaven rich. Jesus Christ made the first part possible and the Holy Spirit helps in the second part.
The interesting part comes is that the number (quantity) of the harvest is already defined and the number of workers in getting this harvest is also defined. Also defined is the time period in which this harvest will be taken.
Now the catch is - are we going to choose to be just the harvest or a worker of the harvest? If we are going to be a worker then how much of this harvest are we going to collect?
Understand when a farmer reaps his harvest he cuts almost the whole plant including stem, corn and leaves. Later the stems, leaves and parts of the corn excluding the seeds are all discarded; only the seeds count at the end. When we are harvesting, are we harvesting more seeds or only all that which will be discarded?
Ask yourself even if you have a large congregation of people, how many of them will pass through the test of fire on the Judgment Day? Therefore the Lord always emphasizes more on quality then quantity.
Now coming to today's message, Jesus is telling us of a time when there will be no workers of the vineyard. In scriptures just before the end time comes it talks of the moon being darkened.
The sun symbolized Christ, the moon a Man of God and a star symbolizes Angel. Moon does not have its own light but reflects the light of the sun. Moon and star worshipers are actually man and Angel worshipers. Star of David symbolizes the Seed of David which is Christ. Ironically the Jews literally worship it but deny Whom it symbolizes. Similarly the Muslims literally worship Mohammed without knowing, their whole belief is guided by the moon (the Kabah - the shrine of Islam was and still is a temple of moon gods).
Let us open our spiritual eyes and not be deceived in spirit. Let us enlighten ourselves by the Word of God which is completed in Christ and unfolded unto us by His Spirit. Let each of us understand our purpose and take full account of what we do today so that our tomorrow (eternal life in Heaven) will be better for we receive in Heaven according to our harvest.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray for the workers of the vineyard and for our harvest. You are the Lord of the harvest. It is only by You and through You that we receive our harvest. Lord, we pray that we do loose our harvest due to our carnal minds and lack of understanding of your Instructions...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
Isaiah 28:9-11(words added for readability has been removed)
9 Whom will he teach knowledge? and whom will he make to understand the message? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts?
10 For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.
11 Nay, but by strange lips and with another tongue will he speak to this people;
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
7 And when I shall extinguish thee, I will cover the heavens, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light.
8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord Jehovah.
9 I will also vex the hearts of many peoples, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.
Daniel 12:8-13 (words added for readability has been removed)
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what the end of these?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
11 And from the time that the daily [continually / evermore - referring to the Holy Spirit] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
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