The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, (Rev. 6:12).
In case you haven’t been following the story, tonight is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will occur in the next two years. Due to the timing of the eclipses, and the distance from earth at the time of the eclipses, the moon will appear to be blood red during all four. Although this is a unique phenomenon from a scientific standpoint, referred to as a tetrad, these four eclipses will also fall on important biblical dates. Tonight is also the beginning of Passover.
A blood moon on Passover has historically meant trouble for Israel. Even the Talmud warns that the blood moon is a sign of war coming. The seven times this particular tetrad has occurred since the resurrection of Jesus have included May of 1948, when Israel fought for its independence, and June of 1967, when Israel fought the Six-days War.
For students of prophecy, these kinds of cosmic occurrences create times of more careful scrutiny of how existing world conditions match the prophetic picture of the end-times laid out in the Bible. Today’s text is taken from the part of Revelation where Jesus breaks the seals on the scroll that launches the final years of human history as we know it. When he opens the first four of the seven seals John sees four horses and their riders emerge. These are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Their emergence in heaven leads to dismal events on earth. It signals a time of war, famine, economic collapse, and divine judgment.
At 3 am EST, you will be able to watch as the moon turns red. Keep your eyes on the skies, and your newspaper in your hand. Are the Kings of the North on the move in the form of Russian aggression in the Ukraine? Are the Kings of the South dying to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? Are the Kings of East ready to cross the Euphrates? And is the man of lawlessness, the one the Bible calls the Antichrist, on the rise? I won’t try to answer those questions with any degree of certainty. But I would encourage you to heed the words of Jesus when he spoke about these things: “Keep watch; be prepared; be faithful.”