Red Moon and Scripture
Total Lunar Eclipse
See the Lunar Eclipse Animation
A total eclipse of the moon occurs when the earth prevents direct sunlight from reaching the moon. When the earth blocks direct sunlight, indirect sunlight filters and refracts through the earth's atmosphere. Gases around the earth remove the blue color from light, often providing a beautiful orange red glow to the moon.
Sequence of Events
The Lunar Eclipse Animation illustrates an eclipse of the moon. As the planets begin to line up and sunlight gradually decreases on the moon, the moon darkens. The lunar eclipse animation displays a blood red moon, when the earth, moon, and sun line up. At that time the earth blocks the light of the sun, and reflected light colors the moon. The moon rotates away from the earth, and becomes darker as the sun's rays are slightly blocked. Eventually the moon receives direct light from the sun again.
Four consecutive total lunar eclipses happened April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
Some who study prophecy suggest
blood moons represent
significant events in history.
Both the Jewish Scriptures and
Christian Bible reference similar events
in Joel chapter 2 of
the Hebrew minor prophets,
and Acts chapter 2
of the New Testament.
However Joel chapter 2 and Acts chapter 2 refer to both a blood colored moon and darkened sun. If the events of Joel and Acts represent a lunar eclipse, then they represent a simultaneous solar eclipse as well.
The moon obstructs the sun's rays before reaching the earth in a total solar eclipse. The moon lines up between the Earth and sun. The Earth lines up between the sun and moon in a total lunar eclipse. A combination total solar and total lunar eclipse logically can't occur at the same time. Most likely, God supernaturally creates the events of Joel and Acts. The lunar eclipses in April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015, didn't include a solar eclipse as well. It's safe to assume those specific eclipses don't refer to Scriptural prophecy. However we can rest assured every Word of the Bible will come to pass in God's timeline.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 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 the terrible day of the LORD come (Joel 2:28-31 KJV).
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 that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:19-21 KJV).
The Day of the Lord
Many miraculous and unique events happen before the Day of the Lord. As referenced in Scriptures above, the great tribulation precedes the Day of the Lord. The moon looks red and the sun turns black. However, the rapture occurs somewhere near the end of Earth's timeline as well.
At the rapture Jesus takes Christians to be with Him. Christians have varying views regarding when the rapture happens. The rapture occurs either before, after or during the tribulation. Either way, Christians have assurance of Peace with Christ. Peace with Christ overrides difficulties in this world. If you need Christ in your life please accept an invitation.