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The blood moon scare has passed without events of prophesied proportion. So now I can write about it. Really? Was I waiting to see what would happen? No, I didn’t expect anything significant to happen, because the current rage was faulty from the start. Actually I was stimulated to write because of a question from a friend.
Mark Biltz, John Hagee, and others have popularized the supposed significance of the blood moons which ended Sunday, September 27, 2015. (We did enjoy observing the event from the patio via telescope as well as the naked eye.) We do not have to rehearse here what these leaders have published. In answer to them, I highly recommend Mark Hitchcock’s book Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons. His book is easy to read and understand.
But I was curious about the prophecies themselves and discovered something very simple. As is usually the case, we should read what is actually there. If we would, we would avoid much ill-placed hoopla. And you do not need to be an expert in Hebrew or Greek in order to draw the right conclusion. The verses are these, and, as becomes quickly obvious, the Joel passage is the original.
Joel 2:31 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”
Acts 2:20 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”
Rev. 6:12 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
I decided to use the King James Version, because then I wouldn’t have to give credit. But you see, I gave credit anyway. Oh, well.
So here are the verses that present the phenomenon of the blood moon. But when we read the entire verses, we see that there are two phenomena mentioned, not just one. So this blood moon happens in conjunction with the sun being darkened. As far as I can tell, that has been ignored in the popular literature. The perpetrators have focused on the blood moons in connection with events affecting Israel and on those being positioned closely to Israeli festivals. But the darkened sun has been left out.
It should be noted here that a blood moon by itself could not prove anything because blood moons have been occurring ever since the beginning of time. There is a science involved here which is not the focus of my attention. Furthermore, the Bible nowhere says that when you see the fourth blood moon, look up, because your redemption is drawing near.
Now if the blood moon does refer to a lunar eclipse, then the darkened sun refers to a solar eclipse. That makes obvious sense, but it is naturally impossible to have a lunar and solar eclipse at the same time. If such should happen at the same time, it would not be in the normal manner, and it would be something never before observed. Probably never after either, because this astounding event in the heavens would be highly purposeful. It would be something that deserves the attention of mankind. It would be something unique and specially arranged by God.
Revelation 6:13 adds yet another phenomenon, that of stars falling to the earth. Altogether this is an event that no doubt will focus the attention upwards from earth’s surface. It is perhaps a sign of judgment, but it is preparation for light to come.
Though I cannot tell from the texts whether it is the next day, next week, next month, etc., yet there is sequence and proximity to the return of Christ. I suspect it is very close. Luke 21:25-28 is especially helpful.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Verse 25 refers to the same events as the blood moon passages. People’s attention will be fearfully and properly directed to the heavens. And then Jesus will return to earth “with power and great glory.” ‘Spectacular’ is not strong enough to describe His return which will be observed by everyone. Maybe ‘awesome‘ in its true sense will do better. It will be obvious after the universally experienced darkened sun and bloodied moon. For those who are eagerly awaiting Christ’s return, it will be a day of excitement like no other!
Every few years someone bursts onto the scene who catches the attention of many people. Even our local newspaper editor was aware of the blood moon idea, and, though I know him as a gentleman and a man able to manage a daily newspaper, I have no measure of his interest in Bible prophecy. From the prayer of Jabez for success to the fulfillment of Isaiah 9:10 in the 9/11 attack to the end of the world dated by Harold Camping to the blood moon promotion, someone is proposing something exciting that catches people’s attention. But in the end it makes money for that person proposing, it drains the money and time of interested readers, and it discredits and distracts from God’s plan. Some say that it reminds people that God has a plan and will judge. But this method also says to the world, you cannot trust God’s revealed plan--but I have just discovered a secret!
And all of it could be avoided if each of us would just take time to carefully read. You don’t have to be misled by false prophets. When both parts of the prophesy in Joel and all three parts in Revelation take place, and if you are here at that time, then you had better be very excited with your eyes focused on the heavens. Until then, relax and read the Bible for what is really there. Be a Berean: search the Scriptures daily to see whether the things proposed are so. If not, don’t trouble yourself over them, but content yourself with doing the will of God.