I will be discussing about the scientific phenomenon which was already prophesied thousand years ago in the Bible. What does it bring us today? How will it affect us?
The blood moon or lunar eclipse as commonly known today was actually prophesied years before even the phenomenon was explained by science. It became scientific activity because we were not taught really what is behind the appearance of the blood moon. Now, let us consider another paradigm.
28“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32 NKJV)
Take note that there was no moon turning into blood recorded in the days of Prophet Joel. Notice that there was actually a certain and a definite time for the blood moon to appear. It will appear after God’s Spirit is poured out on all flesh or to every one. Remember that in those days, the Spirit of God is only given to Kings, Prophets, and Priests of Israel for a specific task which is to lead the people in His divine guidance. But when the Pentecost happened, the Holy Spirit was poured out to all men waiting in the upper room.
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a]in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
That day marked and fulfilled what Prophet Joel prophesied; the outpouring of God’s Spirit on all men. This means that Joel 2:28-29 was fulfilled. God will now proceed on verse 30 along with the succeeding verse. That is when the wonders in heaven started to unfold.
The Purpose of the Blood Moon
When discussing about God’s plan and purpose, every thing must be discussed from the beginning. God has a purpose when He created the sun and the moon.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then 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. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:14-18 NKJV)
In Genesis, God mention His 4 purposes for having sun and moon. The first 2 purposes are for God’s calendar (Jewish calendar as establish in His covenant) and the last 2 purposes are for Man’s calendar (Gregorian calendar).
Purpose 1: For signs. The transliteration of sign here in Hebrew is oth (אוֹת) which literally means signs, prophetic significance or prophecies promised or declared by prophets as pledges of certain predicted events. This is why a certain appearance of blood moon was prophesied by Prophet Joel.
Purpose 2:For seasons. The transliteration of season here in Hebrew is moed (מוֹעֵד) which literally means appointed time for a meeting on a specific place. The next discussion will touch the connection of Jewish feasts to the appearance of blood moon.
Purpose 3:For days and years: The transliteration of days here in Hebrew is yom (יוֹם) which literally means a particular division in time intended for working. This means that for a span of time, a person can work then he is to rest for another span. Even Jesus Himself in His ministry honors the time for rest much for the physical vessel, our body, to regain strength for even more work ahead. The transliteration of years here in Hebrew is shanah (שָׁנִים) which literally means a year, years or a span of life. This explicitly denotes the lifespan of man in years.
Purpose 4: For lights to give light on earth. The transliteration of lights here in Hebrew is maor (מָאוֹר) which literally means a bright light and give light is or (אוֹר) which literally means to be or become light or to shine.
We now learn that there is a specific purpose for a moon to turn blood being a sign or to denotes a season in God’s calendar.
If blood moon is important in God’s calendar, it must be important to us being His believing sons and daughters.
Stay tuned for the next part. We will learn and track the appearance of blood moon and what it brought to Israel as a sign or to distinguish seasons.