Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Week - featuring Snow and the Blood Moons

Sounds like a rock group, doesn't it?

But after a LATE snowfall, on Monday, the day after Palm Sunday, we had another fascinating event.

At 1:00 a.m. CST, we had a lunar eclipse. It took an hour for the Earth's shadow to fully cover the Moon's surface and cause that signature coppery-red color, and I watched every minute of it from my open bedroom window with a small birdwatcher's scope. It was AMAZING.

There has been a lot of controversy about the fact that we are going to have three "Blood Moons" in a year's time, the next being October 8th. What controversy you say?

Well, it seems that a few high profile pastors are talking about how such "Blood Moons" are signs of this or that, using some notable events in history that correlate with their appearance as proof that "something big" is going to happen.

Yep. The sales of their books will go up.

As eager as I am too look for signs and patterns, as quickly as I accept so many things, I've got to shake my head at this. It just is too obscure and profits too many men by writing on something so topical.

But to their point, on April 3, 33 A.D. it looks like we did have a "blood moon" the evening Christ died for our sins. From Acts 2:14-24
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “ ‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Peter quotes an Old Testament prophecy that hinted the moon would be "turned...to blood."

With modern software, we are able to see the sky and know EXACTLY when that might have happened. we know it was Passover and during the reign of Pontius Pilate. So in that timeframe, did the moon "turn to blood?"

Yeah. It did. Read an article from Nature magazine, Dec 22, 1993: http://holtz.org/Library/Social%20Science/History/Metals%20Age/Dating%20Jesus%20Death%20by%20Lunar%20Eclipse.htm .

So kids, what does this mean?

It means that God has all the times and seasons in His hand. It means that even though we thought the death of Christ was horrible it was indeed God's plan.

It was foreordained. In the heavens.

Hard to counterfeit that. Hard to imagine that the target of the Pharisees and Sadducees was RIGHT on time and far more in control than they thought. Even Pilate was a pawn in God's Plan of Redemption.

Let that encourage you, this Easter week. God still sits on His throne. Even when it snows in Spring and the moon turns to blood, you can rest that God is doing something wonderful.

The only thing for certain is that you cannot predict what that great and wonderful thing will be.

You don't need to know, actually. God is good, and you just need to be patient.

Amen.

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