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The Sun and the Moon


“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13)


We read in Joshua 10:13 that “the sun stood still and the moon stayed.” That is not intended to teach, as some foolishly imagine, that the sun is not stationary. It obviously is, just as Christ the Sun of Righteousness is stationary upon his throne. Rather, God the Holy Ghost tells us that the light of the sun and the reflected light of the moon were miraculously stopped in their course until Joshua’s victory was accomplished.



When our sin-atoning Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, died in our stead at Calvary, which was the hour of his victory over death, hell, and the grave, a reverse miracle was accomplished. When the Christ of God was made sin for us and accomplished redemption as our sin-atoning Substitute, God forsook his own dear Son in unspeakable wrath and the light of the sun was turned into darkness for three hours (Luke 23:44-45).



And there is an appointed day coming when all the victories of our all-glorious Joshua shall be finished. Before that day, the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood (Acts 2:20). There will be a total eclipse of the sun. That is to say, with the opening of the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12), the spiritual light men possess will be utter darkness; and the judgment of God will be obvious to all who have eyes to see.

            Has this day come upon us? It certainly appears to be so. Because men and women refuse to receive the love of the truth, God has sent them the strong delusion of Arminian, freewill, works religion, that they might receive Satan’s lie and be damned by it, men worshipping man as though he were God, attributing to man power over God (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). This day of antichrist will-worship is a day of divine judgment. In the Book of God it is described as reprobation, God giving men over to their own will.



In the great and terrible Day of Judgment, there will be a total dissolution of the physical universe (Revelation 6:12-15). It will be a climatic, not a gradual thing (2 Peter 3:10-12). The entire world of reprobate rebels will be seized with sudden terror (Revelation 6:15-17). “In that great and terrible day, there will be a strange prayer meeting. Men will pray, but the men praying will not be saved men, but unsaved men. They will pray not to God, but to the mountains and rocks. They will pray not for life, but for death. And they will pray not that they may see Christ, but that they may be hidden from him!” (Ronnie Lewis). When that day comes, the door of grace will be shut forever! Christ will conquer all his enemies, either by the power of his grace or by the power of his wrath; but conquer, he surely will (Isaiah 45:20-25).







Don Fortner








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