Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Word of the Day... April 16, 2014....

The Return of the Son of Man"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.…  Luke 21:25-26 

Last night we had the first in a series of blood moons. This is from O’ahu and shows it from beginning to end.  The sky was clear and it was beautiful outside!!  It was spectacular to see and it gave me cause to praise Jesus for what He has created.  However, I do not believe that this blood moon what the Bible was talking about here.  It implies that the whole world would see it and Israel could not even see the blood moon last night.  It is going to happen during the Tribulation shortly before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 

The events that this Scripture speaks of is the wrath of God that is going to happen at the end of the Tribulation and not before the Rapture of the church.  Are these moons coming rare?  Yes they are falling on four Jewish holidays.  Even though the people of Israel could not see these blood moons.  I think that if God had something in mind for Israel and the church they would at least be able to see it.

It seems that people are getting so excited over these teachings. What has interested prophecy teachers is not just the number of lunar eclipses in the next two years but the timing of the eclipses. In both 2014 and 2015, a full lunar eclipse will occur on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). In addition to the two lunar eclipses of 2015, two solar eclipses will also occur. Similar lunar eclipses in back-to-back years have happened seven times since the time of Christ. Some of those have occurred in years of significance for the Jewish people, such as 1948 (when Israel was granted statehood) and 1967 (when the Six-Day War was fought).

References to a moon like “blood” are found in two passages of the Bible. Joel 2:30–31 says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” In Revelation 6:12, John describes one of the seal judgments of the Tribulation: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” Other passages refer to the moon being “darkened” (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:10).

A tetrad of lunar eclipses—and the timing of those eclipses in the Jewish calendar—is fairly unusual, but not unprecedented. So the fact of the eclipses, while interesting, is no proof that Jesus will return by 2015. Furthermore, John’s and Joel’s descriptions of the signs of the Day of the Lord could refer to solar and lunar eclipses, but there are other possible explanations for those phenomena, such as changes in the atmosphere (mentioned in Revelation 6:12).

The blood-red moon theory is just that—a theory. Even as a theory, it comes close to doing what the Bible warns against: setting dates for the coming of the Lord. “About that day or hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32).  So let’s all use the time we have left here to share the good news of Jesus Christ to all we meet.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!  God bless you!!!


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