Peter quoted these words on the Day of Pentecost after receiving the Holy Spirit. The crowds were mocking them saying they were drunk, so Peter stood up and gave a sermon about the Last Days. He quoted from the prophet Joel and this verse above was included. You can read it in Joel 2:30.
The following verses finished off Peter’s quote:
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.’
Peter is referring to the 2nd coming of Christ.
For new believers or un-believers, it may seem as if Christians are speaking another language when referring to certain things. We use terms like the “Rapture”, “the 2nd coming of Christ”, “the great and glorious day of the Lord”, and the “Tribulation” and the “Great Tribulation”…and it is confusing.
To top all those weird terms off…not every Christian believes the same things about each of the terms so you have debates, discussions, and arguments going on between believers as to the meanings and truths of these terms.
For a new Christian or an un-believer who is witnessing these “discussions”, it might seem like there is no unity among Christians and while that may be true on certain issues…(I’m going out on a limb here) I think most Christians would agree that disagreements on these issues doesn’t “divide” the Body of Christ.
What it does do is create more churches based on differing opinions of these issues. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing to be surrounded by those who hold similar beliefs. As long as it doesn’t become an issue of “us” against “them” where one group puts down the other.
We’re talking opinions here on these issues, not facts. We’re talking differing interpretations of some verses in the Bible to support these opinions. The “facts” will be evidence when the events happen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work by saying also “when they don’t happen” because no one knows God’s timing but God.
So, the “Rapture” is an event that will take place when Jesus calls believers to Him up in the air. This will happen before His 2nd coming when He will actually step on the earth once again. I hold to beliefs in the Pre-Tribulation corner where this event will happen before the Tribulation on earth begins.
The Tribulation is a time of unimaginable trial on earth for those left behind. While it may seem horrible, it is God’s last wake up call to non-believers when He is giving them undisputable proof of His Power. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved…if you are doubting God and are left behind after the Rapture, get on your knees because time’s up. You need to make a choice for or against God before your last dying breath which during the Tribulation could happen at any time.
“The Great Tribulation” is the last half of the Tribulation which some believe will last 7 years. This is when the heat really gets turned up. After the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation…then the 2nd coming of Christ occurs where He will actually step on the earth again.
After dealing with the Anti-Christ and Satan it will usher in the start of the Millennial Kingdom here on earth where Jesus will rule. This is all before Heaven.
Now again, this is all opinion until it happens. And while non-believers like to scoff at how far-fetched it sounds…I just read an article in the news that said aliens may have seeded earth to grow humans. This was put out there by a really smart educated Nobel Prize winner.
Truly, it was on Huffington Post and you can just do a search for Aliens seeded earth to bring up a whole host of websites and people who believe this way. They are publishing this opinion and calling it science without definitive proof.
Science would also have us believe that we evolved from apes but can’t show any proof to support one species evolving into another known species. And yet many, many people who claim to be smart hold to this belief without decent proof.
I’m not disputing adaptation and mutations, there is proof for those and that shows one species mutating or adapting into something “else” but not into another known species. Example, my cat will always be a cat. She has 6 toes on each paw that resemble “hands” but that is a mutation. She will never be a “human”.
All this just to illustrate some pretty “far-fetched” idea’s out there. Just so you don’t think that Christians corner the market on supernatural, unexplainable things!
The smarter a person gets, the more they realize, they really don’t know much!
So while all these terms may be foreign at first, once you dig a little into the Word, see the “big picture” of the Bible from start to finish, it really fits right in and doesn’t seem far-fetched at all. After all, when you believe that our God is the Creator of all…He can do everything!
Where there is smoke, there is fire.
A smart person doesn’t discount information when researching something unless it has been proven to be false.
After 2,000 years the Bible has not been proven to be false.
There are many people who are very vocal and choose to discount the Bible as myth or made up without proof of their claims.
They choose to discount the validity of the Bible because it is easier for them to do so, rather than dig into it and the previous studies performed (archaeological, scientific, carbon dating, literary, cultural etc.)
They would rather form a quick opinion about the Bible than be objective and treat it as they would any other research material. This is a mistake.
Many who actually do take the time to research, become believer’s themselves, even when they started out trying to disprove the Bible.
The main thing I hear is that you can’t use the Bible to validate things in the Bible. My question is this…why not? If I think the Bible was written by 1 person at one time in history then yes I would agree. But what we call “the Bible” is a compilation of 66 different books/letters, written by different people, at different times in history. So why can’t one book’s account, count to validate another? It makes no sense objectively.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire.
Look at our world today. And then read about it in the Bible. What you see happening, has already been revealed. If you want to know more, if you want to know what’s coming next…
Peace~ This is what I wish for you but it’s not what is coming next 🙂