Current Events – The Red Moon – A Harbinger of Doom?

The moon passed through Earth’s shadow on Sunday, September 27, in a dazzling total lunar eclipse during a perigee full moon, better known as a “supermoon.”

Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite’s closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. The September 27 event is quite special; the last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won’t take place until 2033. The total lunar eclipse wowed sky-gazers around the world with a dazzling show as the full perigee moon crossed into Earth’s shadow and took on a blood-red hue.

According to ancient Jewish tradition, a lunar eclipse is a harbinger of bad things for Israel. If that eclipse is blood red, that is a sign that war is coming. And blood red moons that happen during Biblical festivals seem to be particularly significant. There was a “tetrad” of blood red moons that fell during Passover 1967, the Feast of Tabernacles 1967, Passover 1968 and the Feast of Tabernacles 1968. And of course the 1967 war during which Israel took full control of Jerusalem took place during that time period. There was also a “tetrad” of blood red moons that fell during Passover 1949, the Feast of Tabernacles 1949, Passover 1950 and the Feast of Tabernacles 1950. If you know your history, you already are aware that the Israeli War of Independence ended on July 20th, 1949. So does the blood red moon tetrad of 2014 and 2015 signal that another season of war is now upon us?

The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition/interpretation) says, “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.”

Whether or not this is a coincidence, Jesus did warn that there would be signs in the heavens before He would return.

“The savior gives signs of His coming, and more than this He fixes the time when the first of these signs shall appear: ‘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: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven.’ ” The Faith I Live By, 344. [Emphasis added.]

While we do indeed need to be mindful of Bible prophecy, our main efforts should be striving to be among the 144,000, which involves overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Note this counsel: “Our only sure defense against besetting sins is prayer, daily and hourly prayer. Not one day zealous and the next careless, but through watchfulness and earnestness becoming vitalized by intercourse with God.” Our Father Cares, 244.

If we are familiar with God’s word though daily study, we will not only recognize end-time events as they occur, but we will also be prepared in heart and home to meet each day’s challenges as they occur.