The Times to Come: Blood Moons
Jesus is coming back soon. Biblical prophecies point to this truth—but does that really mean it will happen in our lifetime? How soon is “soon”?
Knowing we are right in the middle of the predicted season within which Jesus will return doesn’t seem to be enough for most Christians to stay stirred about the day in which they live. It’s too easy to do things that everybody else in the world does, going about your business, living mostly in the world. We need a more prominent sense of the Lord’s return—not that it could happen “soon,” but that it could literally happen any day.
Well, I think there is a way to stir ourselves up about the imminence of Christ’s return. Genesis 1:14–16 says:
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (KJV)
For centuries, I believe the Lord has been speaking to humanity through the heavens, and we haven’t been smart enough to see it or understand it.
In Jewish tradition, the moon is a sign to Israel and the sun is a sign to the world. In some passages of scripture, God gives a sign to both. Let’s look in Joel 2:30–31.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. (KJV)
This also has a New Testament counterpart in Acts chapter 2. Peter is speaking and he refers to this prophecy in Joel and makes it a prophetic utterance that is of concern for us under the New Covenant. Acts 2:19–20 says:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come…. (KJV)
I like the word “notable” in the New Testament better than I do the word “terrible” in the Old because he expands our understanding to include things that are major events in the unfolding of His plan in the earth, be they terrible or otherwise, that are notable enough for Him to alter things in the heavens to send a message to humanity. In this case, this is not only for the Jew but for the world at large because it includes both a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.
When he talks about a blood moon, he’s talking about a total lunar eclipse. A lot of times, I think without really considering it, we think a lunar eclipse means the moon just disappears, but it doesn’t. When the moon moves behind earth’s shadow, the phenomena is that it turns blood red, which is “the moon into blood” that the scripture refers to. The sun being darkened is a reference to a solar eclipse. So when we see a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse in reasonably close proximity, God is giving us a sign of something notable that’s going to occur.
Now, if you access NASA’s website, you’ll find logs of lunar and solar eclipses that have happened in the past and their prognostications for eclipses to come. In the next two years—2014 and 2015—four blood moons occur in sequential order with a solar eclipse right in the middle of them. What makes it so remarkable is that each of those blood moons, or lunar eclipses, occurs on a major Jewish “moed” or feast date.
The first lunar eclipse blood moon is to occur on April 15, 2014, and that is Passover. The second blood moon, or lunar eclipse, is to occur on October 8, 2014, which is Succoth or the Feast of the Tabernacles. In April 4, 2015, which is Passover, another blood moon will occur, and on September 28, 2015, when Succoth or the Feast of the Tabernacles occurs, we have our fourth blood moon.
Right in the middle of all this on March 20, 2015, we have a solar eclipse that occurs on Nissan, the celebration of the very day Israel was released from captivity in Egypt.
This isn’t just a coincidence. This sequence of four blood moons on each of the major feast days, Passover and Succoth, two years running with a solar eclipse right in the middle has only occurred three times in the last 500 years. The first time was 1492. The second time was 1948. The third time was 1967.
Think about the importance of each of those years.
- 1492—King Ferdinand of Spain issued the edict of expulsion. Any Jew either had to convert to Christianity or leave; otherwise, he would be killed. Columbus was a Jew, although he wasn’t an advertised Jew, otherwise he would have been expelled as well. After the edict of expulsion in 1492, his Jewish brethren gathered their maps and money and went to him and said, “Find us a new place where we can avoid this kind of persecution.” The result, of course, was the discovery of America and the founding of a nation that represents the apex of liberty as God intends it to be experienced in the natural world.
- 1948—Israel was founded as a nation. For 2,000 years, they had been scattered among the nations of the world. The second diaspora that began with Titus destroying the temple in Jerusalem scattered the Jews across the world for 2,000 years. God said that the second time when He re-gathered them they would never again be scattered. Even though this really had its roots in Great Britain, America was the principle sponsor as the only genuine super power in the world at that point in time. We put the weight of our identity behind the declaration of Israel as a nation in 1948.
- 1967—The Six Day War took place, and it was a war of miracles. All of Israel’s neighbors came against her, and she supernaturally defeated the enemy and united Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years under the flag of Israel.
These are the three times we see the lunar eclipses and the solar eclipse. Now we see NASA prophesying (that’s what they’re doing, even though they don’t know it) there are going to be four more blood moons on Passover and Succoth with a solar eclipse right in the middle on Nissan, the day we celebrate Israel’s actual departure from bondage in Egypt.
Am I saying the Lord is going to return in two years or that the rapture of the Church is going to be at the solar eclipse in 2015? No. What I’m saying is that we are very close to a notable day in God’s unfolding plan.
The most important thing is that you become stirred up about the day in which we live. Think about these things and when you see these signs, such as the four blood moons and a solar eclipse, don’t keep your eyes on the circumstance. Don’t keep your eyes on how bad it is. Don’t keep your eyes on the fact that, that wicked person seems to be prospering. Follow what Jesus said in Luke 21:28:
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (KJV)
Look up! Your redemption draweth nigh.
To read the previous article in this series, click here for The Times to Come: Signs of the Times.