Yuck. I can’t leave my most recent post as the most recent post anymore. It seems too distasteful. (Did I say that?) So, on to astronomy news!
Many of you around the world (not here, sadly) got to see a “crucifixion moon” this week! Some of the pictures have been stunning.
I call them crucifixion moons because our understanding of the timing of Christ’s crucifixion (April of 31AD) has such a blood red moon appearing the very night after His death. This, in combination with the unnatural darkness that covered the land at midday (Matt. 27:45, Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44-45) and the powerful earthquake (Matt. 27:54, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45), would have made Peter’s words to the crowds on the following Pentecost cause hairs to stand up on the backs of necks:
But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
Shall be saved.”
For those of you who (like me) did not get to see it, here are a couple of articles with pictures:
- “Lunar eclipse turns moon blood red” (AFP)
- “Lunar Eclipse Pictures: See Wednesday’s Red Moon Rising” (National Geographic)
These signs in 31AD were only the prefiguring of the great signs to come (Rev. 6:12-17). (If you haven’t, get the booklet!)
- Lunar Eclipse In Just 10 Seconds (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)