The Blood Moon Tetrad

“And I will show 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 coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord” Joel 2:30-31. The other night I saw a large full moon that appeared to have the color of blood. It appeared larger because the orbital path of the moon isn’t circular. The distance to the moon can vary as much as 60,000 miles, and it presently is as close to earth as it ever gets, and therefore appears larger.

There is also another phenomena known as the Blood Moon Tetrad, which has all the end-times prognosticators in a flutter (see Couple that with a recent book entitled The Harbinger, which predicted judgment upon the United States, and prophecy again becomes all the buzz. We certainly could be living in the end times, and a lot of signs would seem to indicate that. For the right perspective I’m drawn to the third chapter in Peter’s second epistle. We “should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior,” (vs. 2), and realize that there will be scoffers (vs. 3f). “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (vs. 8). We are time-oriented people who like to fix times and dates, but God is eternal. So the real issue is, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness” (vs. 11).

Francis of Assisi was working in his garden when someone asked him what he would do if he thought that Jesus was coming back the very next day. He said he would finish hoeing his garden. If I thought that Jesus was coming back tomorrow I would keep doing what I have always tried to do, i.e. becoming a responsible child of God, husband, father, and grandfather. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10. As you look forward to blessed hope of His coming, keep doing the good work He has called you to do.

Dr. Neil

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