Prophecy Sign 12: Cosmic Signs and Celestial Disturbances
Cosmic Signs and Celestial Disturbance
Donnie's Teaching Notes
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
29 "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.
30 "And then (AFTER THE COSMIC SIGNS) 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.
31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
25 "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 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.
27 "Then (AFTER THE COSMIC SIGNS) they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.
28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
24 "But in those days, following that distress, "'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
26 "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
19 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.
20 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.
21 'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence (parousia) of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
These passages demonstrate that Jesus' visible return (parousia) will begin AFTER these cosmic and earthly disturbances.
The sixth seal is the cosmic sign marking the end of the Great Tribulation and announcing Jesus' Second Coming. This prophetic sign will be visible to the entire world and will proclaim that the DAY OF THE LORD (God's Wrath) is imminent. This sign of the end of the age is specifically a sign of hope for Jesus' disciples, to let them know that the Rapture is at hand. The sixth seal consists of at least six unparalleled cosmic disturbances, indicating that the final period of Daniel's 70th week - the Day of the Lord (God's Wrath) - is about to begin. These cosmic disturbances are as follows: (1) Great Earthquake; (2) Solar Eclipse; (3) Red Moon; (4) Stars Fall from the Sky; (5) Sky Splits Apart; and (6) Mountains and Islands are destroyed.
Alarming cosmic disturbances will appear in the sun, moon and stars announcing the return of Jesus Christ. These wonders in the heavens will polarize the inhabitants of the earth, either causing fear to grip one’s heart and “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
These scriptures are very clear time markers for the wrath of God. These are very similar to the Old Testament miraculous signs and judgments God brought against Egypt and Pharaoh. This is not simply a collection of eclipses or natural phenomenon, this is unmistakably a total God thing. The Day of the Lord will be both "great and terrible."
A great day for God's people, a terrible day for those who reject Jesus and enter the day of His wrath.
6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore all hands will fall limp, And every man's heart will melt.
8 They will be terrified, Pains and anguish will take hold of them; They will writhe like a woman in labor, They will look at one another in astonishment, Their faces aflame.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.
11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
12 I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger.
All of these passages picture the same event. The Day of the Lord will be both awesome and terrifying. Interestingly, we have an additional time marker as mentioned by Jesus. The Great Tribulation AFTER the Abomination of Desolation and BEFORE the Rapture.
21 "For then (AFTER THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION) there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
22 "Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Cosmic Signs and Celestial Disturbances
The sixth seal is the prophetic sign that will be visible to the entire world and will proclaim that the end of the world is imminent. This sign of the end of the age is specifically a sign of hope for Jesus’ disciples, to let them know that God’s judgment, phase one, is at hand. The sixth seal consists of at least six unparalleled cosmic disturbances, indicating that the final period of Daniel’s 70th week - the Day of the Lord (God’s Wrath) - is about to begin. These cosmic disturbances are as follows: (1) Great Earthquake; (2) Solar Eclipse; (3) Red Moon; (4) Stars Fall from the Sky; (5) Sky Splits Apart; and (6) Mountains and Islands are destroyed.
Matthew 24:27-29  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man (everyone will see it).  Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. (One vulture circling overhead does not mean much, but a gathering of vultures means that a dead body is nearby. Likewise, one sign of the end may not be significant, but when many of these signs occur, the death of the age and the second coming is near.)  Immediately after the distress of those days “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
Revelation 6:12-15  I watched as he (Jesus) opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake (The first sign of the imminent wrath of God – a violent and devastating earthquake. The worst earthquakes in the history of the world will plague the earth throughout Daniel’s 70th week. See Rev 8:5, 11:13,19 16:18.) The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair (The second sign – some type of solar eclipse, causing the sun to go dark for a period of time, or natural effects from ash) the whole moon turned blood red, (The third sign – moon goes dark blood in color and does not give its light)  and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. (The fourth sign – the stars no longer shine and it will appear as if the stars are falling from the sky. Joel 3:15 says the stars will lose their brightness. Before Jesus returns, the natural light sources will be turned off, plunging the earth into total darkness – perhaps even all electricity will give out at this time.)  The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, (The fifth sign – the sky itself will roll up like a scroll, perhaps ‘opening a window’ into the spiritual dimension, causing severe panic) and every mountain and island was removed from its place. (The sixth sign – Due to the earthquake, all the mountains and islands will be moved from their places. This cosmic disturbance is so severe that the entire planet may be knocked off its axis and out of its orbit. Isaiah wrote that “The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls--never to rise again.” See Isaiah 24:20)  Then (immediately following the cosmic disturbances) the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. (The response of all unbelievers, no matter their position, will be to panic run to the mountains and hide. Isaiah wrote that “they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, for the fear of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when he arises to shake the earth.” See Isaiah 2:19-21.)  They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne (God the Father) and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (Once the sixth seal is opened and the cosmic disturbances begin, everyone will recognize that the Wrath of the Lamb is about to commence.)
Note that there is complete consistency in the Bible as to WHEN these signs will occur; the cosmic disturbances will occur immediately “after” the Great Tribulation, but “before “the great and terrible Day of the Lord begins.
Matthew 24:29: Immediately after the distress of those days (the Great Tribulation) 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' (Cosmic Disturbances)
Joel 2:31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood (Cosmic Disturbances) before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (The Day of the Lord)
This cosmic disturbance is the last prophetic sign that immediately precedes the Rapture of the Church. Believers who are alive on Earth at this time and have survived the ongoing, relentless onslaught of Antichrist, will be longing for this key cosmic sign. Why? Because when this sign appears, the persecution of God’s elect by Antichrist will be “cut short” or terminated by the Rapture. Believers will have great joy and expectancy knowing that when these cosmic disturbances occur, our “redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28