The Cross, the Sun, the Moon

Three years ago I was delighted to discover the English translation of ancient Books of  Enoch, which are mentioned in the New Testament but not canonized as scripture.  Enoch said that the sun, moon, and starlights of the heavens we see from earth were taken from the glorious crown of God in heaven and sprinkled around for all of us to enjoy–the sun by day, the moon and stars and planets by night.  Whether visible to our eyes or not, they are present and will endure until the final days before Jesus returns.  (Yes, the poem is coming!  Hang on!)

But immediately after the tribulation of those days 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. 

Artwork by Scott Flinchbaugh

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory (Matthew 24:29,30).

The lights in the heavens are there for signs–not horoscope signs, although that’s one of many examples of how the devil takes what God made for good and turned it to evil.  The lights in the heavens are there for us, sign posts on the earth that help all of us to recognize when the days are drawing near for Jesus to return to earth.  The cross is a banner lifted high, a light to the Christian but even more a light to the lost.  A flashlight in the darkness, a compass on a dark path of pain.  And so, let’s consider the cross in the last days:

When every day is gray

And every night is black,

Don’t look up for the sun—

It won’t be coming back.

 

The star lights of this world

Were taken from the crown

Of the Rock of the Ages

Who sprinkled them around.

 

They’re HIS to put up and

They’re STILL HIS to take down—

A glimpse of His glory,

Reflections of his crown.

 

When light is valued more

Than shopping in the stores

Daybreak’s coming quickly

To highlight earthly shores.

 

So when the time is come—

It’s dark instead of day

Christ Jesus will return

To lift his church away.

 

And like a flash of white

That breaks the black of night,

The skies will fill up with

The glory and the light

 

Of Jesus in the clouds—

Who needs the sun and moon?

They’re tiny next to God,

Like lightning bugs in June.

 

The Lord will descend

With blasting trumpet sound

And roar just like a lion

Out of Zion coming down!

 

“People in the Valley of

Decision, hear My voice!

The hour is upon you,

When you must make your choice.

 

To stop right where you are

And look up at the cross

Embrace the love of God

And lay down what is false.”

 

The Lord will be a rock

For Christians in that hour,

And they will shine like stars

With wisdom and with power

 

But nations will be judged

Whose wickedness is great,

So look up at the cross

Before it is too late.

 

And any who believe

In Jesus Christ God’s Son

Will have eternal life

When judgment day’s begun.

Yes, I love you. I really see you. And I'm waiting just to talk to you, I want to hear your prayer--at the cross . . . the holy cross . . . come touch my cross . . . up on the hill.

For all who look by faith

At Jesus on that tree

And turn away from sin

Will live eternally.

 

 

You never walk alone

Your Father up above

Is list’ning to your heart

And offers you his love.

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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