Discerning the Signs of the Times

 

“The Pharisees also with the Saducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Mt.16:1-3).

 

   The Jewish religious leaders could discern the physical signs of the heaven and predict fairly well what the weather would be, but they had no spiritual discernment about Christ’s first coming. They could not look at the events taking place around them and understand the signs of the times in which they lived. They knew only about physical things but they were spiritually blind and ignorant. They had eyes to see, but they saw not the things of God. And the whole world, except for the saints, are just as blind and ignorant of spiritual things today. They could not discern the signs of Christ’s first coming, and they cannot discern the signs of Christ’s second coming in these end days either.

 

   During the last 36 years since I was born again on March 17, 1972, God has sent U.S. many weather signs to show clearly, to those who have Holy Spirit discernment, that we are fast approaching the second coming of Christ. I have watched the weather judgments of God fall upon U.S., becoming more and more frequent and more and more intense and painful, like a woman in travail. Each calamity now falls hard upon the heels of another. Coastal cities and states are devastated and ravaged by storms, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes, fires, and man-made disasters, and are portents of the time of the end just before Christ’s second coming. Most of our nation cannot discern these signs of the times because you must be born again of God’s Holy Spirit to have God’s spiritual discernment about bad weather signs and check the Bible.

 

   It is written – “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” – (I Cor.2:10,14). The natural (unregenerate) man rejects the things of the Holy Spirit – first, because they are unintelligible to him, he cannot understand them or reason them out through his own ability; and in the second place, the things of God are distasteful and unattractive to the natural man because his carnal nature craves the things of the world. Therefore, the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God. They have not the knowledge of God.

 

   It is utterly impossible for any man to understand anything about the spiritual things of God until he is born of the Spirit. You must possess God’s nature and be energized by the Holy Spirit. You cannot know God’s truth and rightly discern the signs of the times unless you have divinely imparted spiritual faculties that only comes from being born again. The natural man’s perception does not and cannot extend beyond the region of the intelligent, and he can never come to know God and the things of God through the intellect. We know God through the heart and not the mind. Only the Holy Spirit man can examine and sift things through God’s Word in the right light in order to know the truth. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth – “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” – (Jn.14:17).

 

   There were those during Christ’s first coming who could discern the signs of the times because the Holy Ghost revealed the truth to them. One of them was Simeon- “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus… Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” – (Lk.2:25-32). Simeon discerned that the baby Jesus was the promised Messiah and Savior, of not only Israel, but the Gentiles also. He discerned the signs of the times perfectly because the Holy Spirit revealed the truth to him – and so it is today also. The things of God are spiritually discerned, yea, the deep things of God.

 

   When our nation was more Godly, bad weather was called ‘an act of God’ but it’s not heard much anymore. Soon will come the seven years of great tribulation as God’s wrath is poured out upon sinful man. God sends 21 plagues upon earth and many of them are ‘weather’ plagues as God would see ‘whether’ man would repent of their sins or not – (They don’t). This whole world will be ‘under the weather’ then as they try to ‘weather the storm’ of God’s wrath. In fact, when these Tribulation plagues are poured out upon the earth, God’s throne in heaven is pictured as a great storm – “And there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake – (Rev.4:5 – 8:5 – 11:19).

 

   Some of God’s tribulation weather plagues are: great earthquakes and the sun being darkened and the moon becoming like blood: stars fall from heaven and the islands and mountains move out of their places; hail and fire mingled with blood and one third of the grass and trees burn up: there is no rain upon the whole earth for 1260 days and the waters turn to blood and famine and thirst is everywhere; demon locusts sting people like a scorpion for five months; God touches the sun and men are scorched with great heat. Most will not repent and try to convince themselves that the plagues were from ‘mother nature’ instead of from ‘Father God.’ They cannot discern the signs of the times because they will not repent and believe on Christ and be saved.

 

   But even in the midst of God’s judgment, God remembers mercy. A remnant does repent of their sins and get saved and they add up to a great multitude worldwide – (Rev.7:9-14). O the marvelous grace of God in His beloved Son. Millions of people washed in the blood of the Lamb during the harvest of God’s human fruit.

 

   In fact, there already is a ‘sign of the times’ concerning demon locusts, and I quote the news of 9-20-08. “Demon clock eats time. Tonight, a monster will begin measuring time using new and decidedly sinister technology outside of Britain’s Corpus Christi College. It does not use hands or digital numerals to tell time. Instead it uses a mechanical beast, a demonic locust. The beast has long needle teeth and a barbed tail like a scorpion and lashes its tongue and flicks its eyes at you. The locust’s jaw opens and snaps shut at 59 seconds. There is no bell or cuckoo to toll the hour, the clock relies on the clanking of a chain that falls into a coffin which then loudly slams shut. The inventor says “I wanted to show man’s mortality. I wanted it to be a beast because time itself is a beast… it’s horrendous and beautiful. It reminds me of the locusts from the book of Revelation” – unquote.

 

   God’s demonic locust attack upon wicked Christ-rejecting man in (Rev.9:1-10) will be on time – soon. The ‘time’ of the Beast is soon to come – “A time, times, and half a time.” It’s the great tribulation and the ‘time’ of Jacob’s trouble. Corpus Christi means (body of Christ). How close the rapture must be for the saints, the true church, the body of Christ. We are in the end times and soon the ‘times of the Gentiles’ will be fulfilled. Can you discern the signs of the times?

 

   There was another sign of the times recently. Jewish priests sacrificed a lamb for the Passover in Jerusalem in April, 2008. It was done by the Temple Institute, in their belief that their temple will be built soon – and it will – (Rev.11:1,2). This temple is a slap in the face of the Father who gave His beloved Son as the cornerstone of a temple not made with hands and wood and stone, but of saved, sanctified people of flesh and bone – (Eph.2:20-22). This Jewish temple will repudiate everything that the Lord Jesus has accomplished on Calvary when He was sacrificed as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. And He was sacrificed on the Day of Passover. The temple, soon to be built in Jerusalem, will be the Tribulation temple and Antichrist will show himself there as God. It’s called the abomination of desolation. Can you discern the signs of the times?

 

   Are you saved and born again through Christ? Have you been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ? “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (I Cor.12:13). All the water in all the baptistries in all the world, cannot wash your sins away inwardly. No human can baptize you into the true church, only the Lord Jesus Christ can do that. God’s church is a Spiritual church. Repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ. You will be born into the family of God and your Father will be the greatest Daddy in the universe. You will have the Holy Spirit of truth and discernment whereby you will be able to discern the signs of the times. The things of God are spiritually discerned.

 

“…Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” – (Rev.22:20).

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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