There are scriptural references to the moon turning blood red before the notable day of the Lord.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.” (Acts 2:20 ESV)
“When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.” (Revelation 6:12 ESV)
A lot of people had their cameras out Sunday night, taking pictures of the fourth Blood Moon since April 2014. Along with the hundreds of moon photos posted on Facebook and Instagram were thousands of comments indicating how each commenter felt about the Blood Moon Theory.
Some comments were even a bit on the testy side.
In case you are Rip Van Winkle and you just awakened from a twenty year nap, I’ll briefly explain the hype.
Pastor John Hagee recently published a book about The Blood Moon Prophecy, detailing a belief that because four consecutive lunar eclipses occur on Jewish holidays, it could indicate a sign from God that the end of the age is near. Hagee, and his minister friend, Mark Biltz, went into great detail building their case.
I read Hagee’s book. It was an interesting read. I looked up the scriptures, and cross referenced where I could. In my opinion, he didn’t connect the dots.
But I could have missed a few dots, so I won’t say he was wrong. I will say I was disappointed with the book. I didn’t see what the big deal was.
However, that doesn’t mean we should forget what the real message is. The real message isn’t about bloody moons, earthquakes, violent storms, crashing economies, or who is the antichrist this week.
That’s where I get a little annoyed with this whole deal.
American Christians have an uncanny way of readily believing anything someone says, if they happen to have a big enough platform. If they’re popular.
No, I’m not chewing on sour grapes.
I’ve done it, too. Yep, for a while I believed Jesus was coming in 1988.
By the way, by the time 1989 rolled around, I quit believing it.
We can be easy pickings for just about any idea that suggests something supernatural. So instead of digging into God’s word, like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), we save time and trouble and run with the idea because so and so said it.
Blood Moons seem to be another example.
But, like I said, we shouldn’t ignore the end time message the scriptures actually teach. Let’s look at the two previously mentioned scriptures in context.
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Acts 2:17-21 ESV)
“When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’” (Revelation 6:12-17 ESV)
What is the emphasis?
There is a time God refers to as the Last Days. A time when, first of all, He’ll pour out His Spirit upon ALL flesh; meaning everyone. Which indicates, to me, everyone will have a clear opportunity to understand what it means to either accept Jesus or reject Jesus.
“Before the dreaded Day of the Lord…” when the earth begins falling apart at a cataclysmic rate.
The main focus with ANY prophecy is, and should be, Jesus. It’s what the scriptures teach, and it’s something the Holy Spirit is emphasizing in these LAST DAYS.
I don’t know about the Blood Moons teaching. It’s interesting, but that’s as far as I’ll go.
But what’s truly exciting is Jesus IS coming again!
Yes, people have declared that message for years and years. But just because it hasn’t happened yet isn’t an indicator that it won’t.
So let the moon turn bloody red; people will believe whatever they want. But as for me, I’m going to keep looking unto Jesus. He is my Salvation, no matter what color the moon becomes.
“Be ye also ready, for in the moment you think not, the Son of man comes…”