Did anyone stay up to catch this “rare lunar phenomenon” of a blood red moon? I didn’t 🙂 But this article did get my attention. If my memory served me correctly, is this not also mentioned somewhere in Scripture? Well, a quick search (thanks to Bible software these days) provided the answer …
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Joel 2:31 Peter quoted this passage in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:20.
“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.” Rev 6:12
What makes it even more interesting is that the next occurence of such a phenomenon will be in 2015. Not that we should be setting dates but many are in agreement that we are in the final days. 2012 is a pivotal year – no, it’s not the end of the world. And 2015 is yet another pivotal year for humanity.
As Christians, we may not know the exact date of the Lord’s coming but it does not mean that we should be clueless either. Jesus spoke of many signs and these are given that the disciples of the Lord will know how to prepare themselves for His return. I strongly believe that this “rare lunar phenomenon” that will next take place in 2015 is not a co-incidence at all. The sun will be eclipsed and the moon will turn blood red. It is a sign and a warning for the Church to wake up from its slumber. The time is short. The Lord is coming soon. And there is no room for any excuse should we be found wanting.
Update (17 March 2013): Just viewed this video by Pastor Steve Cioccolanti of Discover Ministries which gives a good explanation of the next solar eclipses and lunar tetrad.