On the night of July 27th, 2018, a rare celestial spectacle—the blood moon, will reappear. What does it mean that the blood moon frequently appears? As Christians, how should we view this phenomenon?
Blood Moon to Reappear
The rare celestial event—total lunar eclipse, will reappear at 20:22:54 UTC on the night of July 27th, 2018.
According to Wikipedia, in this lunar eclipse, the lunar’s right ascension is 20°28’12’’ and declination is 19°; the penumbral magnitude is 2.679 and the umbral magnitude is 1.609. The entire celestial event will last for nearly four hours. The partial lunar eclipse will last for 235 mins; the total lunar eclipse will last for 103 mins, making it the longest eclipse in this century. In the meantime, the moon will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color, which is the origin of its being called “blood moon.”
It said that the eclipse won’t be visible to observers in North America. But lunar scientist Noah Petro, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, believed that observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather. Observers don’t need any kind of special equipment; they can see the spectacular blood moon with naked eyes or ordinary telescopes.
Frequent Appearance of the Blood Moon Draws the World’s Attention
This total lunar eclipse will last for a long time, which attracts the attention of astronomers. Also, it causes Christians to think: The blood moon reappears, and how soon will the great and terrible day of Jehovah come?
Paul Begley, a Christian missionary in Indiana, believed that July 27 is not the end of the world, but it can be seen that the blood moon was prophetically prophesied of the last days in the scriptures from Acts 2 and Revelation 6.
The blood moon also once occurred several times. Especially the appearance of the four blood moons during 2014 to 2015 coincided with the great holidays of Judaism. Respectively, they happened on April 15, 2014, April 4, 2015 (the Jewish Passovers), on October 8, 2014, and September 28, 2015 (the Feast of Tabernacles). Such an extraordinary phenomenon causes us to pay more attention to the prophecy in the Bible concerning the blood moon.
It’s recorded in Revelation 6:12, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” And Joel 2:29-31 record, “And also on the servants and on the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show 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 Jehovah comes.” From these verses we can easily know that the blood moon will appear before the arrival of Jehovah’s great and terrible day, that is, the appearance of the blood moon is a sign that the great disaster is near.
Nowadays, disasters are frequently occurring around the world, such as wars, earthquakes, droughts, floods, viruses, and so on. The prophecies in the Book of Revelation have already been fulfilled; Jehovah’s great and terrible day will soon arrive and the great disaster is drawing near. In my view, what I should do is pray and seek out where exactly the Lord is and what He is doing now.
The Lord Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). We believe that the Lord Jesus won’t abandon every sheep who truly seeks and searches for Him. Brothers and sisters, let’s pray and call on the Lord together, asking Him to enlighten and move us, so that we can find the Lord’s footsteps soon and welcome His appearance. All this we ask in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!
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