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In Joel 2:31 he prophesy’s “The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” which is part of one of the most famous prophecy about the End Times, the second coming of Jesus. Peter quotes the prophet Joel in Acts 2:17-21 referring to the out poring of the Holy Spirit on the believers.

One can read that and wonder what does he mean “the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon turn to blood”, well here is what could be a possible answer to that.

Sun turned to darkness = moon directly between the Earth and sun in a total solar eclipse.

Moon turned to blood = Earth directly between the sun and moon, Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a total lunar eclipse.

“During the next two years NASA tables shows we will have what astronomers call a Tetrad phenomenon – a string of four partial lunar eclipses where the moon will appear blood red on certain Jewish Holy Days. This has only happened three times in history and – every time – the blood moons signaled huge events that affected “God’s Chosen People. we have coming four blood moons on 4/15/2014, 10/8/2014, 4/4/2015, and 9/28/2015, but the added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/2015 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the New Year according to the Bible, it is the first month in the biblical calendar.

The last three times this phenomenon occurred were right around seminal moments in Jewish history.  For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years.  And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.

All that to say over the last 500 years, these lunar events all falling on holy days were an announcement of a time of tears and tribulation that ended in tremendous national triumph for the Jewish people.”

Some like to blow off Joel’s prophecy as being fulfilled at the destruction of the temple, I have two problems with that theory, one it says

“I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.”

you can make a case that this was fulfilled at Pentecost, in part, which is what Peter was doing in Act 2, but not fully.

Second these things proceed “the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” and if you know scripture you know this refers to the coming day of judgement at the end, or more to the point the second coming of Jesus. It’s used 17 times is scripture, the last time in Revelation 16:14,  and that is why I believe Joel’s prophecy is still waiting to be fulfilled.   But that’s me, based on what I see in God’s word.

Not saying that the coming 4 red moons and eclipse are in fact is what Joel was prophesying about, I’m not foolish enough to run about claiming that, (unless of course God where to tell me to). Nor say it’s a sign Jesus is coming back this month, or next year, because there are many more scriptures that must be fulfilled first. But also, I’m not foolish enough to disregard Jesus’ very words in Matthew 24:36-46. To be on look for the signs of His return, to be ready, be prepared, to not be caught off guard to it ether. I see this as more of a sign on the road to the rapture, to His return, To be alert and be ready for it is coming.

I was reminded today in a sermon as I have been many time in the past few weeks, that we really are in end times, and that we are to both live as if Jesus was coming back today, warned to live ready for His return at any moment as for it not to take us by surprise, as a thief. But also to to live wanting His return, desiring to be with Him, for His Kingdom to come. wanting to be with Jesus more than in this world.

The signs are all around us, so much of the prophesies of His return have been and are and the verge of being fulfilled. All the prophesies of Jesus’ first coming where literal and true, as it is also true about the prophesies of his 2nd coming. And at the time of Noah if you did not head the warnings of Noah it did not matter what you believed about God, if you did not obey and get in the ark, you died, as so it is true of today. Thus the story of the Ten Virgins Jesus told, those who are ready, prepared, anticipating will go in, those not, well, as He said it shall be as the times of Noah.

So I’m asking myself suppose we all got up tomorrow morning and prayed like Jesus was coming back that day, chose to live like Jesus was coming back that day, what would our day be like. That would change my priorities in life, the order of importance of everything in life, like the importance of Mat 28:18-20, preaching the gospel, wanting to living in a state of readiness, keeping my lamp full of oil.

And if I lived each day as if, ready for Jesus to return, I would not care about tomorrow, worry about the things of tomorrow would I really, because there might not be one. But isn’t that how Jesus said to live life anyway. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  – Matthew 6:34