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1/15/11 at 11:15 AM 0 Comments

Earth Wobble, the Changing Times and Interpreting the Signs.

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Earth wobble is the term describing the Earth's different alignment, that has reportedly skewed “ so called” horoscope signs and even given (we are told) perhaps new zodiac signs.

Astronomy professor, Parke Kunkle, caused a sensation when he told the Associate Press about the "wobble", which is when the earth shifts on its axis by one-degree, every 70 years or so. What this means is the earth's alignment today no longer matches up with the alignment it had several thousand years ago, when the star signs were first drafted. As the earth and the stars guiding astrologers wobble predictably or unpredictably and watchers panic that astrology signs may have changed ... leaving billions in greater uncertainty... and without a compass.  Will small realignments develop into further shakings? Some may well ask.

The word of God speaks at the vagaries of life and its many storms... often admonishing to maintain our gaze on the unchanging Rock of Ages – Jesus.

Hebrews 13 [8]  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Psalm 46 [6]  The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. [7]  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!  (Amp)...

Historically, the curious art of interpreting signs and lots has often been employed to decipher mysteries and navigate through storms. Though God does not endorse these practices, the Bible depicts an interesting case of employing extra normal signs to gain insights in times of trouble in the narrative on Jonah.

Jonah 1 [4]  But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. [5]  Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. [6]  So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. [7]  And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

The greatness of God must imply His purposes cannot be stalled and His merciful intent to expose Jonah must be achieved even if lots will be cast and not prayers...but this was a journey of disobedience and much was already lost...God was merciful to speak through the “dumb” lots that were cast.  There was no message of assurance only an identification of the culprit...albeit an accurate one.  This is not a year to be left to chance and lots. Nor is it a year to wait for losses. Just as our disobedience to God costs more than our lives but also that of others...so will our repentance bring comfort to many.

But there is another storm in the book of Acts 27 [14]  But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. [15]  And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. [16]  And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: [17]  Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, struck sail, and so were driven. [18]  And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; [19]  And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. [20]  And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us , all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

[21]  But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. [22]  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. [23]  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, [24]  Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

In this storm, Paul is not disobedient nor sleeping but confident that all is well.  He has made contact with God ...and God had told Paul he was safe including all that were with Him.

To inform your interpretations, in 2011 there may be storms in two major categories...

1.  Storms calmed by repentance and changing the direction of our erring ways and thoughts.  As our obedience to God is fully restored – so will our peace as well as the peace of others connected to us.

2.  The other storm fuelled by tempestuous winds like Euroclydon (in the time of Paul) is the storm that arrests our attention and draws us into deeper conversations with God to prosper God’s agenda and purposes and leads us to be instruments of His revivals and comfort.

As for the wobbling earth, changing signs and perhaps even new astrology signage and newer lots ... you can be assured there is a lot to keep diviners busy in 2011. Our focus should not be on these but on Jesus Christ who remains the same in all storms and movements. Let His sure word be your compass.

Is it not to be preferred to look up and learn of Him who has not wobbled a degree since the foundations of the earth?  To be assured by Him who is forever unchangeable, immoveable, firm, faithful and true?  Is it not best to be calm and useful to safeguard the lives of others such as family and friends? Indeed it could be if we have a relationship with the Rock - His name is Jesus Christ, Lord and Saviour.

We pray that Jesus – the sovereign Lord - will speak His peace to the earth and all the elements...indeed they obey Him. Let Him have your life as well.  God bless you.

Bode Ososami released his 3rd book in December titled – The Majesty of God.  This book delves into the glory of God and takes a glimpse into the majestic throne room to reveal a greatness that is often misrepresented due to limitation of words to describe the indescribable or completely obscured by deliberate attempts to introduce God as the old comical wise man high up somewhere – weary, exhausted and increasingly outwitted by the modern mind.

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