Joseph Herrin (07-06-2010)
Some of the greatest signs of the age are being observed in the heavens at this hour. We live in truly momentous times when many Scriptures are being fulfilled. I had thought to be spending these days in catching up on editing audio files from recent messages that I might post them to the Internet, but my mind has been so arrested by signs occurring in the heavens at this hour that I felt it necessary to first relate these things to the people of God.
Thousands of years ago Yahweh prophesied of the hour in which you and I are now walking. In the Old Testament the prophet Joel spoke in the following way:
And I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of Yahweh comes. And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of Yahweh will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as Yahweh has said, even among the survivors whom Yahweh calls.
It is evident that the signs are signaling that most prophesied hour that is to fall upon the earth and all its inhabitants. This hour is “the great and awesome day of Yahweh.” It will be a time of such great tribulation that, unless the Father had shortened those days, no flesh would survive. But for the sake of the elect He has shortened those days.
I have shared this truth recorded in Mark 13:20. It is plainly revealed in these words of Christ that the elect will be present during this time of great tribulation. Joel echoes the same sentiment as he declares that “on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape.” These expressions are symbolic. They refer to two groups of Yahweh’s people. The overcomers, the firstborn, and anointed firstfruits are those who are pictured as being on Mount Zion. The latter born sons of God are those pictured as being in Jerusalem. There will be those from both groups who will escape and survive those days.
Would you not think it to be a critically important matter to know whether the days spoken of are upon you, even at the door? Our Father thinks it to be a very important matter, and for this reason He has appointed signs, major signs, to declare to His watchful sons that hour they are entering. That there would be such signs was also declared by Yahshua to His disciples.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars and upon the earth, dismay among nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
Do not be misled by preachers of popular escapist theories who are proclaiming that the church will be raptured out of this hour. No! The people of God must pass through the birth pangs and tribulations of these last days. An abundance of false teachings have conditioned the people of God to expect a fulfillment of things that will not occur, or will occur completely different than they imagine.
This was the situation 2,000 years ago when Christ first appeared. The people of God to whom the prophets and the forefathers had spoken were anticipating Christ to appear as a political champion to loose them from the yoke of Rome. Because they had adopted false understandings of the Scriptures they did not recognize the hour of their visitation and they crucified the Lord of glory.
Do not think that a similar lapse could not occur in this hour. Indeed, the church is fully primed to repeat the errors of the Jewish people. When reading the Scripture cited from Luke’s gospel, has not the church been taught to anticipate Yahshua appearing upon the literal clouds of the sky for all the world to behold Him? Because they have been instructed in error, repeated ad infinitum, they will not recognize the fulfillment of these words when Yahshua appears IN A REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE. The overcomers are the clouds in which He will appear with glory and power.
II Thessalonians 1:9-10
And these will pay the penalty of age-during destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed…
I invite you to examine and test this truth yourself if you have not already done so. I have a writing posted titled The Next Appearance of Christ. It sets forth this understanding of the manner in which Christ must soon appear.
Could it be possible that at this very hour Yahweh is showing forth the very signs in the heavens of which the prophets and the Messiah spoke? Could it be that the vast majority of the saints in the church today are so earthly minded that they are not observing these things, nor making themselves ready? Indeed it is.
That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun.
It seems prescient that Solomon in speaking of man’s experiences as being repetitious would link this thought to a mention of the sun. Before Christ came the first time there were signs in the heavens attesting to His appearing, yet we read only of foreigners far removed from the land of Israel who observed and understood the signs. In this hour there are GREAT SIGNS being given. Among the tens of thousands of churches at which Christians gather week after week, where are the pastors and teachers who are telling them to look up and understand that which is at hand?
Some of you may be aware that beginning in 2008, and concluding in 2015, there began a string of unprecedented signs in the sun and the moon. The heavenly signs are far from random. They are precise, statistically improbable, and hold great portent for the people of God. In each of the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 there are total solar eclipses that fall on the same day on the Hebrew calendar. This date is the 1st of Av. Following is a table of this occurrence.
Note that although the eclipses fall on three different dates on the Gregorian Calendar, they all fall on the same date of the Hebrew Calendar. Yahweh has ordered that this be so to bring forth an important testimony.
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
An oracle is an individual or thing that speaks forth the words of another. Yahweh has appointed the Jews to be the instrument through which He speaks in the earth. The Scriptures were delivered through Jewish men. Even the New Testament was authored by Jewish believers. (Some would argue that Luke may not have been a Jew, but there are good arguments pointing to his being Jewish.)
It should not surprise the Christian today if the Father continues to speak through that people, with their calendar and appointed times (moedim) that He long ago appointed to be His oracle in the earth. I want you to consider the rarity of three total solar eclipses occurring in three consecutive years on the same day on the Hebrew calendar.
After much searching I can find no evidence that since Adam was created 6,000 years ago there have ever been three total solar eclipses in three consecutive years all occurring on the same calendar date. NASA has a table listing all solar eclipses between the years 1999 B.C. to 3000 A.D.. It would be a very tedious matter to go through all the years to verify this information for yourself, but if any are interested, the table can be found at the following link:
The Sorrows Cycle
Astronomers group solar eclipses into cycles. These cycles that repeat every 18 years (18 being 6+6+6) are called Saros Cycles. This is pronounced in the same way you would pronounce Sorrows Cycles. You can read about the scientific aspects of the Saros Cycles at the following link:
To learn about the spiritual aspect of the Sorrows Cycle we must look to another source, the Bible.
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying,”Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Yahshua answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Yahshua told His disciples that there would be a time of Sorrows before His return. Our Father is at this time revealing that this time of Sorrows (Saros) is at hand. Solar eclipses have long been viewed by the Jews as an indicator of tribulation and calamity and judgment coming to the Gentile nations, while Lunar eclipses have been viewed similarly as pertaining to Israel.
As I have been traveling across this nation speaking to Yahweh’s scattered remnant, I have shared frequently of that form of symbolic speech utilized by Yahshua to describe this present hour. He spoke of the last days before His return as a woman in labor to give birth. The sons of God must come forth in this hour, yet their unveiling will be attended by birth pangs and much sorrow.
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
In October of 2003 a great sign occurred in the Sun as a solar flare aimed directly at the earth sent forth enough radiation to saturate the instruments on the satellite NASA had stationed to record the radiation from Coronal Mass Ejections. This solar flare originated from Sunspot 486. The Father directed me to an understanding of this sign by leading me to a Scripture that corresponded with this number.
Panic seized them there, anguish, as of a woman in childbirth.
This is the hour we now live in. It is a time for spiritual sons to be revealed. These must be matured through much tribulation. The earth must experience birth pangs, and a multitude of signs are pointing to these things.
Before continuing to declare the message of the sign of the solar eclipses, I will share a discovery the Father led me to yesterday. Those who read my blog and who have attended recent meetings, or listened to the audios from them, are aware of the significance of the number 153. In February of 2008 the Father spoke to me, directing me to leave the rescue mission that I had been at for the previous three years. He said it was time for me to embark on a new phase of the ministry He has appointed to me.
After departing from the mission, I spent some time camping and seeking the mind of the Father to know specifically what He was calling me to do. As I tarried before Him, He spoke to me through the Scripture in which we read of the disciples pulling up 153 large fish in their nets on the right side of the boat. This occurred after the resurrection of Christ.
Yahshua was on the shore, having a fire kindled and fish laid on the coals. He told the disciples to bring some of their fish, which were also laid on the coals. What the Spirit revealed to me is that Christ is to appear this last time in a manner in which many will not recognize Him. He will be leading His people to fiery experiences for their purification.
The story relates that the disciples dared not ask Yahshua who He was, indicating that there was some question in their minds. This is recorded for our benefit, having great design. Many Christians will not recognize the presence of Christ in the fiery trials ahead. Those who have been conditioned to believe that Christians will be raptured out of this earth before tribulation, or believe that it is never God’s will for His children to suffer, will deny that this is Christ. Yet those who know their Lord will recognize Him.
If you have not read the article I refer to, you can find it here:
The 153 large fish represent those appointed to salvation. The nets of the disciples did not break as they had three years earlier when Christ first called them. Now, the nets held and no fish were lost. In the same way, Christ will bring an appointed number of His sons through the fire in this last hour. They will be made ready by these means to rule and reign with Him.
Yesterday, the Father revealed to me that the very same month that He called me out to begin this ministry to those people of God typified by the 153 large fish, there was a profound sign in the heavens that bore witness to this work. Following is an excerpt I took from an Internet website.
Lunar Eclipse in Virgo: February 21, 2008
A Full Moon total lunar eclipse in the constellation of Virgo is occurring on February 20/21, 2008.
February 21, 2008 1º53’ Virgo 4:27 am CET
At exactly 4:27 am CET the Sun will be moving opposite the Moon through the constellation of Pisces 1º53’. The Earth will align exactly between the Moon in Virgo and Sun in Pisces, blocking the light of the Sun to the Moon.
Do you see how the Father has set this testimony in the heavens. Pisces is the Latin plural word for fish. The constellation Pisces is depicted as great fish in the heavens.
On February 21, 2008 the earth aligned exactly between the Sun and the Moon. On that date the moon was full, leading to a spectacular lunar eclipse. The Moon was in the constellation Virgo while the Sun was in the constellation Pisces. What is symbolized by this?
The Father was declaring through this sign in the heavens the very same thing He was speaking to me through the voice of His Spirit as He opened to me the understanding of the event when the disciples drew the 153 large fish to shore and placed them in the fire.
The Sun is a source of fire, and the fire had entered the constellation Pisces. The Moon typifies the people of God. In the same way that the Moon has no glory of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun, so too does the church have no glory of its own, but it reflects the glory of Christ. Even as the moon waxes and wanes in glory, so too has the church over the last 2,000 years.
An hour is at hand for the church to pass through an hour of darkness. They will go through great tribulation in the same way that Christ placed the fish over the fire. Satan will be granted authority to wage war with the saints, and even to overcome them. But by their patience they will preserve their souls.
And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them… If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
This sign in the heavens occurred precisely at 1 degree 53 minutes in the constellation Virgo. There are those signified by the 153 fish who come out of the virgin church who will pass through the fire, yet none of them will be lost. Christ has testified:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”
Did some of the disciples of Christ suffer imprisonment, persecution, and even loss of life? Yes! Yet Christ brought them through these things victoriously. They held fast their confession and did not shrink back when faced with suffering. They have entered into better things, and will stand with Christ in glory on that day.
So too must the people of God in this hour pass through many tribulations. Christ is able to take the weakest members of His household and cause them to stand. He will provide all grace to those whose hearts are wholly His. He will strongly support them. He will bring them forth to glory, overcoming Satan by the word of their testimony, the blood of the Lamb, and loving not their lives even to the death.
I have many more things to write to you concerning these signs in the heavens, and the phenomenal messages being declared through them. I will continue this teaching in the next post. Please consider that it is only a week from now that this third total eclipse will be observed. It too will fall on the 1st of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Our Father is speaking. Great things are at hand. Look up, and behold, your redemption is drawing nigh!
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