Tonight Jupiter and Venus will almost overlap in the western sky. My understanding is that the last time this took place was 2 B.C. Some say this new “star” was the very same sign given more than 2,000 years ago preceding Jesus’ birth. John Pratt and others more intelligent than myself offer greater insight and detail.
Is this astrological re-occurrence significant? Is this one of the signs that Jesus is coming again, soon? Will we be found looking for the signs in the heavens like those of times past who awaited Him and who were prepared to receive Him? Or will we dismiss the signs, the dates, and the events that are taking place right before our very eyes? From all that I’m reading, I’m inclined to believe that this is a very important event.
Just this year we will have also witnessed four blood moons all landing on Jewish Holy Days separated by a Solar Eclipse. Any year this has happened in recorded history, something very significant has taken place.
We are also witnessing increased social unrest in the world. Good is called evil and evil called good (2 Nephi 15:20). Iniquity abounds and the love of men waxes cold (JST Matthew 1:30).
This month is also Ramadan. A time in which faithful Muslims fast during the daylight hours for 30 consecutive days. Sadly during this holy time, a growing number of radical Islamists are escalating the cry for the destruction of Israel, Christianity, the West, and basically any person or group who disagrees with them. They have no value for life, not even their own. These terrorists also seem to be fulfilling latter day prophecy:
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver and gold, nor shall they delight in it. Their bows shall also dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. (2 Nephi 23:17-18)
I am humbled by both the signs of heaven as well as by the increasing signs of wickedness. I’m reminded that every one of us is a child of God. Each soul is precious and our time to prepare is short. There is no mortal and there is no institution to which we can look to be saved.
The only sure way to be saved is to come unto Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, to be literally changed by Him (Psalms 51:17, Psalms 34:18, D&C 59:8, 3 Nephi 9:20, 2 Nephi 2:7, Moroni 6:2, etc.). We are all broken. We all need His healing. May we look heavenward and be found ready to receive the God of Heaven and Earth who comes again.