blood_red-moonAs I re-read the Scripture in Joel that everyone keeps quoting as the doomsday prophecy: “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Joel 2:31), the one thing that stood out to me was “the sun will be turned to darkness AND the moon to blood.” So I asked the LORD what that meant. He said the sun turning to darkness AND the moon to blood means a total eclipse of the sun AND moon. I checked into all the solar and lunar eclipses that will happen over the next ten years ( and none happen on the same day. In fact, I found out it is impossible for that to happen, which means some kind of supernatural phenomenon needs to occur. 

God’s purpose all along has been to redeem the Jewish nation before His return so the enemy does not consume them. Joel was prophesying to Israel. Peter was quoting Joel as he addressed a Jewish crowd in Jerusalem during the Passover (“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd…” Acts 2:14). He was not talking to the Gentiles.

We are to search Scripture for prophecies that have already come to pass, and be watchful AND wise for prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled. The four blood moons of 2014/2015 are “heads up” signs. They should be heeded as warnings, not doomsday predictions. Right now this blood moon scare has Christians looking ridiculous (again)–somewhat like they did during the millennium change in 2000. Our responsibility as believers is to be a light to the world–a light that will lead to Christ, not to panic.