As I drove to work in my car this morning, I got to witness an amazing event of God’s creation. It was the second of a tetrad of blood red total lunar eclipses taking place over an 18 month period. The first one back in April I was not able to observe because of the heavy cloud cover in my area.
After witnessing this remarkable display of nature, my curiosity was awakened, so I decided to glean the somewhat trusty Web to see what I could find.
Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so.
There are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA, but what’s unusual this time around is that there will be four blood moons within 18 months. Astronomers call that a tetrad and all of them occur during Jewish holidays.
A string of books have been published surrounding the event, with authors referring to a Bible passage that refers to the moon turning into blood. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31 says.
In the New Testament, Acts 2:20 echoes the same doom: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”
Many believe something will happen to the nation of Israel due to the tetrad. The four eclipses occur on April 15 and Oct. 8, 2014, and April 4 and Sept. 28, 2015. The ones in April occur during Passover, and the ones in October occur during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.
Jewish holy days revolve around a lunar calendar with Passover beginning on the first full moon after the beginning of spring, and the Feast of Tabernacles occurring on the first full moon after the beginning of fall. Certain Christian writers believe that every time a tetrad occurs on Jewish feast days, something traumatic and “world-changing” happens to Israel.
In 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher Columbus discovered America, giving the Jews a place to go. In 1948, the modern state of Israel was born, and in 1967, Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem.
During the 300-year interval from 1600 to 1900, there were no tetrads at all, according to NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak.
Not only are blood moons significant to the end times, it appears that it was also very significant in Jesus’ Crucifixion. Peter says something in Acts 2:22 that I find amazing, “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.” Notice what Peter said, “As you well know.”
I find these words amazing because Peter and his audience had witnessed some amazing signs at the previous Jewish gathering for the festival of Passover, two of which were the sun being darkened by extremely ominous cloud cover (Luke 23:44-49) and the moon rising at sundown already in a blood red lunar eclipse on crucifixion day. No wonder why Peter had just quoted Joel by saying, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood” in Acts 2:20.
So then I found the following facts that blew me away so I placed it into the following PDF:
Many Christians believe that the heavens are God’s billboard and that He has been sending signals to planet earth but we just have not been picking them up.
So, what do I do with what I learned? I turn back to scripture:
Luke 21:28 says, “When you see these signs, lift up your head and rejoice, your redemption draweth nigh.”
Matthew 24:32-36 goes on to say, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
I Thessalonians 5:20-21 says, “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
From all this I learn that I may not know the exact day and hour of Jesus return, but I most certainly will know the season. According to scripture and world events, we most certainly are in that season.
The Lord used astronomy to not only announce the day of His Son’s birth (Matthew 2:2), but also the day of His death. He is also using it to announce the end times along with the Second Coming.
In my last post entitled ‘Vexed Overload’, I mentioned how the tide has quickly changed in the USA and much of the world. It used to be that debauchery and sensual sins were off by themselves on the bad side of towns and remote media. Now it has gone mainstream and is in your face. No matter which way you turn you can’t get away from it, even as a Christian. Look at Noah, Lot and the Tower of Babel. God had to intervene in each of those situations.
Mark 13:20 says, “And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.”
Revelation 22:20 says, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
I used to think that “Surely I am coming quickly” meant soon, but as I study it in depth, I realize it means that once things begin to happen they will happen very quickly. No one knows exactly when it will occur, but are you ready?