April 15, 2014
This morning, I got up before 3 am to see the blood moon just before it went into full eclipse. It was beautiful. Mars was just to the right of it, at its closest point to the Earth in six years. Also, the star, Spica, the fifteenth brightest star was just below the moon. This night was one for the books.
Speaking of books, the Bible mentions signs in the heavens that would occur just before the “catching up” of the saints (the Rapture, 1 Thessalonians 4:17) and just before Jesus returns to Earth (the Second Coming). Both the Old and New Testaments speak to these events.
After coming back inside my home this morning, I went on a British website to continue watching the live lunar eclipse. This sentence caught my attention on this site, “The eclipse was the first of four in the next two years – a rare astrological event called a tetrad which some religious extremists believe heralds the end of the world.”
Well, here’s what the prophet Joel wrote: “And I will shew 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 great and terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:30-31)
This is what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost (also quoting Joel): “‘And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come’” (Acts 2:19-20).
Now, here are the words of Jesus: “‘ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken’” (Matthew 24:29). “‘But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light’” (Mark 13:24). “‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity’” (Luke 21:25).
Well, I guess if believing the Bible and the words of Jesus make me a religious extremist, then I guess I am one. Maranatha!
Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.