The Heavens Declare Him

A s a child, my dad took me to some of the meetings of the Astronomical Society at Hull University. There I was able to attend sessions by a variety of speakers, often elaborated by slide shows of the heavens.

I also had the opportunity to stare through some home-made telescopes at stars and planets and even witness a star passing behind mountains on the moon. I've been hooked on staring up at the night sky ever since.

As a Christian, I often find myself looking up to heaven, even during the day, knowing that one day I'll be there. Yay!

The Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids Meteor Shower

This month was the annual peak period of the Perseids meteor shower. Apparently it peaked on the 11th of August when around 100 meteors per hour could potentially be witnessed (clouds and light pollution permitting) streaking across the night sky.

Unfortunately I missed the peak day due to cloud thanks to an electrical storm but luckily I'm always happy to watch some amazing thunder and lightning and even managed to film some of it.

I did eventually manage to see some of the meteor shower on the 14th of August which was pleasing as I'd not seen a meteor for a while and the last two years, when I tried to watch the Perseids, each time had been cloudy.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise

Last month I was able see comet Neowise on several occasions in the early hours of the morning. My first thought on seeing it with the naked eye was how bright it was and that it looked like the "Star of Bethlehem" (the star that announced the birth of Jesus more than two thousand years ago).

It also struck me that this was a "bright and morning star" which happens to be how Jesus describes Himself in Revelation 22:16.

If a star announced His first coming, why not have a star announce His second coming too? Especially a bright and morning star?

The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psalm 19:1

Anyone that reads the bible regularly will recognise that the "glory of God" is Jesus. To say that "the heavens declare the glory of God" fits with His birth being announced by a star over Bethlehem and such a sign might perhaps announce His second coming too.

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:19-21

The bible says that wonders will be seen in heaven above as signs of the return of Jesus. There are plenty of other signs going on in the earth right now, flooding probably being the most common. (See blog article Signs Of The Times.)

Thankfully, it's not too late to call upon the promise "that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" but in my opinion, that time is running out fast!

Tim Simpson
16th August, 2020

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