But is it a sign from God that the end times events are about to occur?
Some preachers have written about the blood moons, and profited handsomely. Yet, when one digs a little into the history of lunar and solar eclipses what just occurred was not that exceptional. Unusual? Yes. Exceptional to the point of being a sign from God? Probably not. So why the fascination of prophecy?
I pondered this as I was picking beans this morning. I thought about how many times I've talked with other believers and the point is made that due to our worsening culture, the end must be near. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 tells us that at the end people will be lovers of themselves, disobedient, selfish, arrogant, lovers of evil, haters of God, and much more.
So if this is the end, then what can I do about it? If it is happening as it is supposed to happen, can anyone change it? If not, no need to talk to people about God. No need to witness, or pray for others' salvation. No need to reach out in Jesus' name and upset my comfortable weekly routine. No need, because it is supposed to be this way. What can I do about it? Nothing. This is what God said it would be like.
In other words, an overly intense focus on prophecy might become one's excuse for not obeying the commands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! "Go, and make disciples of all nations." (Matt. 28) To be His witness in our neighborhood, community, state and world (Acts 1). To be His ambassador through whom He makes the appeal "Be reconciled to God" (2 Cor 5). To be the one who knows serving others is serving Christ (Matt. 25). To be the one who is not ashamed of Him as our Lord (Luke 9)
Prophecy is important. It reminds us Who has the future in His hands. It is meant to warn us and encourage us. It must not be abused and used as an excuse to not follow the commands of Christ.