Slightly Obsessed #069 "Blood Moon" (Wednesday Devo) by Pamela Thorson on 2014-04-16 08:20:48
The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. –Joel 2:31
I really didn’t want to awaken from a deep sleep to gaze at the moon. Not at the moment. But I had asked my husband a few hours earlier to get me up to see the lunar eclipse with him. So I stumbled downstairs to witness the rising of the “blood moon.”
The fitful night sky cooperated with us, parting the occasional sea of clouds long enough for us to get a good look at the lunar eclipse. It would have been an interesting sight at any time, but this one had been propelled into the news by a book connecting the tetrad phenomenon (a string of four partially or completely eclipsed moons) with the Jewish Passover and end-times events.
Scriptures from the book of Joel, Acts, Matthew 24:29-30, and Revelation 6:12 do warn of terrible signs and wonders in the sky, including references to the moon, as heralding the coming “day of the Lord,” the return of Christ. There is a problem, however, with connecting these Scriptures with a lunar eclipse.
The Bible makes it plain that during the traumatic last days before Christ’s return, the blood moon will only be a part of a cataclysmic judgment being executed upon a rebel world. The earth will be in complete turmoil, reeling from war, pestilence, famine, and disasters on an epic scale.
Stars (probably meteors) will fall to the earth. Much of the world’s water supply will be polluted. Many animals and people will die. There will be a great earthquake so powerful that it will move islands and mountains out of their places.
It will be a time marked by fear for those who rejected the gift of redemption offered by God through His son, Jesus Christ. They will not be standing on their porches admiring the moon.
According to Revelation 6:15, they will be running into caves and praying to the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb.
If anything, last night’s display is a solemn reminder that the grace of God won’t last forever. Today He is mocked and ignored by an arrogant generation. He waits in silence, holding out His hand and beckoning us to come to safety. But one day, without warning, the door will close.
And God will judge with a heavy heart.
The blood moon tetrad phenomenon is a beautiful display of God’s creative power. But if we’re looking for signs and wonders, we haven’t seen anything yet.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
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