[Spoilers] – The End Is Revealed!

I don’t like spoilers. Not for books, not for movies or TV. I want to be surprised, caught up in the story and blown away by the reveal.

At least when enjoying fiction. I’m quite happy knowing what’s going to happen in real life and conversely can get quite stressed by uncertainty.

Which is one of the many reasons I like the Bible so much. It contains spoilers. Lots of them. From the moment the first book (Genesis) was written down, hints and reveals and clues towards the end were added. As the books (66 individual books make up the Bible) were written down, more spoilers for events yet to happen were given and while a good many of those have now indeed happened, there are still a number we’re waiting for. Spoilers for the end of history…

Right at the end of the book of Revelation, the final spoiler is given. No matter what happens between now and the end, this world will be transformed and made new, we will all face judgement and some will receive entry into this transformed world while others will be cast out, the God who created us will walk among us, healing and eternal life will be freely given to all who are welcomed.

We are living with the end revealed. Everything we do contributes to how we will be received by God. It places an awesome responsibility on us to keep that end in mind.

The Woman and the Dragon

Stumbled across an interesting article online this week: A great sign said to appear in the heavens as the year of Mercy closes.

Apparently for several months an astronomical event has been taking place that shares a striking similarity to the prophecy in the first part of Revelation 12.

“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 being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.”

Right now, Jupiter (considered to be a symbol for a king) is visible within the constellation Virgo – within the womb of the woman… By the time Jupiter leaves the “womb” of Virgo, the king planet will have been visible there for nine and a half months… On 23 September 2017, Jupiter will be “born” while the moon is visible under her feet and the sun rises behind the constellation Virgo… The constellation Leo is always at the head of Virgo, but only has nine stars. However, on the 23 September 2017, Mercury, Venus and Mars will also be visible in the constellation of Leo taking the number of “stars” to 12…

The article refers to an earlier post on the Catholic site: The Remnant where Patrick Archbold wrote: Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens. (I couldn’t load this article on my phone, but was able to view it on a computer)

Both articles are absolutely fascinating and it is well worth comparing the projected locations of the planets with the constellations of Virgo and Leo.

On the Heavens Above site you can click on Planets, search for Jupiter and then type a date in to see the location in the past or future. Indeed, on September 23, 2017, the planets will align as forecasted and if you check the position of the sun and moon, they will also align.

The articles make reference to a term I hadn’t heard of: Retrograde Motion is an interesting one and the link I’ve included gives a useful explanation for it.

Reading through Revelation 12 it is almost impossible to know exactly what is being foretold. At times it reads like it is describing events that have already happened, like the birth of Jesus and the fleeing of Mary and Joseph to Egypt.

Some of the symbolism may point to the attempts of many to destroy the Jews and also the Church. Some seems to allude to a war between the angels which Jesus also prophesied. As with other prophecies in Revelation, there may be multiple layers of meaning and all of these events may be related.

I can’t say for sure that this alignment of stars and planets directly relates to Revelation 12, but it has my attention. What is your take on it?

We can all prophesy

I’ve always had a hankering to be a prophet. Being able to know the future, have the power to perform miracles… The prophets were the original super-heroes.

Skip ahead a few hundred years and prophecy was redefined: “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”

Prophecy is still a gift from God when it comes to knowing the exact words to say that will strengthen, encourage and comfort someone in need.

Each time we choose to speak strength, encouragement and comfort, could it be that we are taking God’s gift and using it as intended?