I have been asked several times if I was concerned about the whole blood moon craze that has been going on lately. My answer has been consistently this: “No”. When asked “Why?” I have told them that people have historically misunderstood and misinterpreted the Scriptures about such matters and I am assuming they are doing so again.
I read a very helpful article that boiled it down very well. The blood moon refers to the reddish color the moon gives off during a lunar eclipse. When you have four “blood moons” in a short period of time it is thought to be significant in some way for the nation of Israel. It has happened more than 50 times since the birth of Christ. But sometimes those four blood moons have happened during major Jewish feast days. This has only happened 10 times in the last 2,000 years.
I would suggest being careful about jumping on the bandwagon whenever you hear about these things. When the Bible has spoken about the moon turning to blood those passages (Joel 2, Acts 2, Revelation 6) are talking about something bigger than a lunar eclipse. Those same passages talk about the sun being darkened (which hasn’t happened during these blood moons), and other cosmic things (stars falling from the sky etc.). Also, in Revelation 6:12 when it mentions the blood moon, it is after the so-called Tribulation begins not before it!
Also, Peter said in Acts 2 that Joel’s prediction of the moon turning red with blood was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. So two of the three Biblical occurrences of the blood moon were speaking figuratively about what took place on the day of Pentecost. Joel was giving the prophecy and Peter was pointing to the fulfillment. It was a symbolic way of saying that something of cosmic significance was going to happen. And Peter said, “THIS (the birth of the Church) is what Joel was talking about!” And as the Church’s arrival was of cosmic significance, so will be the return of Christ.
Furthermore, when the Bible does speak about end-times events, it does not tell us to predict the date. Instead the focus is on being careful to live holy lives and holding onto our hope knowing that our Lord is going to return and destroy the whole world-system and usher in the judgment. Take a look at 2 Peter 3:10-15.
Scripture stresses that Jesus will return on God’s timetable, not ours. Remember this: all of those who’ve attempted to predict Christ’s return have one thing in common…they’ve all been wrong! Shouldn’t that tell us there is something wrong with their approach to interpreting Scripture? Let’s live with the anticipation in mind of Christ’s coming being possible on every day and impossible on no day so we can gladly say, “Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.”