Late in the night on April 15, 2014 an eerie object appeared in the night sky, the “Blood Moon.” The cause of this event is a lunar eclipse whereby the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow which gives it a reddish hue. This event is rare, but not unique. It has happened before and it will happen again, God willing. Some people have taken this astronomical event and connected it with prophecy, much like the three wise men did with the birth of Jesus and the star. The full moon becoming like blood is mentioned three times in scripture: Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, and Revelation 6:12. Each time the blood moon is associated to the end times.
With all that said, I take no position as to what God is doing in the heavens and what everything means, specifically the moon looking rustic. I fully believe God is Sovereign and He ordains what He ordains, all for His glory. Having said that, I am not above, or below, missing a great opportunity to shed light on a very important reality, the return of Christ.
So set aside your thoughts on what a literal astronomical red moon means, and instead consider the main purpose of the passages. Each passage is talking about the end times, or the “great and awesome day of the Lord”.
So what do we see at the end of time? We see an earthquake, we see darkness, we see blood, we see wrath, and we see Jesus. This is not the first time we have seen the convergence of these things.
When Jesus was last on the earth he was hung on a cross and died. Therefore, it was not the moon that was blood red, it was the Son. During that event there was an earthquake, the sky was darkened, and the wrath of God was poured out onto Jesus Christ. I don’t think this is a coincidence that these things exist in both events; having said this there is a significant and very important difference.
The difference between Good Friday 2000 years ago and the end times in the future is that instead of God’s wrath being poured out on Christ, it will be poured out onto all those who are NOT in Christ. The difference between Good Friday and the last Friday is not what, but who. Who receives the wrath of God? Jesus or you?
This is why Easter is a time of great celebration for Christians. We are celebrating Jesus’ wrath absorbing death on the cross. At some point in a Christian’s life they came to terms with their sins and settled their account with God with the only payment that would cover their infinite debt, the blood of the Son. The blood of the Son of God is the only thing that will balance the scale of God’s justice, and the way this awesome gift is received is by faith (trust, belief) alone.
So when will this bad moon rise? According to Jesus, no one knows the hour; therefore it is futile to predict. However, Jesus says that when it does rise, it will come like a thief in the night. So are you ready? If not, do not run to the caves amongst the rocks as they do in Revelation 6, but instead run to the one who is the Rock and rose from the cave.