The Blood Moon, or Lunar Eclipse, which will happen on the night of April 14-15 is drawing much attention after Pastor John Hagee’s book Four Blood Moons showcased Lunar Eclipses as a sign of Christ’s Return in the Sun, Moon, and Stars.
During a Lunar Eclipse the Moon turns red as the sunlight is reflected through the Earth’s atmosphere. It is as if the Moon, called the “Faithful Witness in the Sky” (Ps 89:37) and representing the believers, was covered in the Blood of Christ. We are also reminded that we overcome Satan by our witness and the Blood of the Lamb (Rev 12:11). (See Today’s Blog of our Sister organization, the Star Bible Society, “The Overcomers Moon”). Thus, the Lunar Eclipse is not a sign of Judgment but is instead a picture of God’s grace and mercy extended to believers.
To illustrate this grace aspect, there are two outstanding Lunar Eclipses which we can point to in Biblical times. The first occurred on the night of the First Passover in Egypt in 1446 BC, when the Blood covering kept out the Angel of Death. The second occurred on Passover night of 5 BC, when the Star of Bethlehem appeared and our research indicates that Christ was born. These Blood Moons happened as God was pouring out His grace and mercy on His people.
In the modern era, Pastor John Hagee’s book “Four Blood Moons” has identified groupings of Four Blood Moons on Jewish Feast days of Passover and Tabernacles in 1493-94, 1949-50, and 1967-68. History tells us that the Evangelization of the New World began when Christopher Columbus set sail back to the Americas during a Blood Moon on the Feast of Tabernacles in 1493. It was during a Blood Moon on the Feast of Tabernacles in 1949 that Billy Graham became a household name, launching a revival in conjunction with the healing revival of those years. The Blood Moon year 1967 saw the start of the great Charismatic Revival, which has produced 600 million believers, and also the beginning of the Messianic Jewish movement which many believe is preparing the way for Christ’s Return.
Looking forward to the Blood Moons of 2014-15, we can join Pastor Hagee in his expectation that God will do something historic. In fact, we have already seen a historic reconciliation event in Pope Francis’s video of blessing sent to his Protestant brothers (See our Blog of 3/5/14 “Pope’s Unity Message Goes Viral”). Since Church unity is cause for the world to believe our message (See John 17:23), we can hope that the Lord will pour out His Spirit in revival during this time.
Some are planning prayer vigils to accompany the Eclipse, which will be visible in the U.S. from 3:00 A.M. to 4:30 (EDT) or 2:00 to 3:30 (CDT).
Pray for revival and get ready for something special to happen.