Burning Questions answered
by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q12. What does the Bible mean when it says 'The moon shall be turned into blood' in the last days?
The statement in our question regarding the Moon being turned into blood is something that has fascinated Bible students for years.
The generation to which these words were spoken must have been greatly puzzled by this prophecy, as indeed many other generations down through the centuries.
I believe, however, that this present generation is better poised than any before it to understand and interpret the prophecy.
Having so said I must warn that like many other prophecies there is no simple explanation. As with all scripture, a study of the immediate and wider contexts is important. There are actually two statements in scripture regarding the Moon and blood; one is in Revelation 6 and the other in Acts 2 - the latter being a direct quotation from the prophecy of Joel.
To understand this prophecy we must remember that the Moon being turned into blood is lust one of an array of cosmic happenings which are predicted for the last days. Regardless of what is meant by the phrase 'turned into blood' it must not be looked at in isolation.
Let us therefore consider the three main passages;
'And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things that are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21 vv 25-26.)
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.' (Acts 2 vv 19-20)
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal and, Io, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon as blood, and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of its places.' (Rev. 6 vv 12-14.).
Taken together, these prophecies seem to point to a time (almost certainly during the Great Tribulation) when catastrophic events, initiated by happenings in space, will have profound affects on every body in our solar system - particularly, the Sun, Moon and not least Earth itself.
The language of the prophecies points towards earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves and other natural disasters of unprecedented proportions. This is not science fiction - this is biblical fact.
Recently, THE NEGOTIATOR, a secular magazine for estate agents, carried a very interesting article entitled, 'Millennium Blastoff,' in which it was stated that a planetary conjunction about to take place in the year 2000 AD could initiate a spate of worldwide disasters. It went on to state:
'Underwriters at Lloyd's, Britain's leading insurance market, believe the phenomenon could lead to an increase in premiums as the insurer braces itself for its biggest ever payout. The conjunction, in which Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up with the Sun and Moon is predicted to generate a collective gravitational pull that could initiate earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions.'
The threat has been taken so seriously that a 'Millennium group' at Lloyd's has been set up to assess the situation.
the article goes on, 'Planetary conjunctions occur when celestial bodies become aligned so that they are moving on the same plane. The last one to involve ;ix bodies was six thousand years ago.'
THE NEGOTIATOR is not the only secular magazine to make these kind of predictions. TIME magazine, back in 1994, carried an article on the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet on the planet Jupiter. The event on July 18th, 1994 created an explosion on Jupiter (400 million miles away from us) which was equivalent to millions of megatons of nuclear power, throwing up fireballs brighter than the planet itself.
The fear is that something similar to SL9 could one day hit the Earth. TIME said, 'If such a comet train hit one of Earth's oceans, tidal waves would deluge and destroy the closest coastlines. If it hit and, it could incinerate whole countries and kick up a cloud that would blot out he Sun and bring on a nuclear winter.'
Since that article was written, in December last, astronomers discovered asteroid XF II, about 1½ miles wide which they believe could swing in close to Earth on October 26th, 2028 AD The result of such an impact would be an explosion of 25 x 20,000 megatons of nuclear power. Hollywood has been quick to capitalise on the possible drama with recent films like, 'Deep Impact and 'Armageddon'. In actual fact, XF II is not now expected to impact Earth but there are something like 300,000 potentially dangerous asteroids which could intersect Earth's orbit.
It must be said that the picture in Rev. 6 of stars falling to Earth like figs from a tree shaken in the wind sounds very much like a shower of asteroids. All of this during a time of cataclysmic happenings.
We have now painted the context of our prophecy. What then is meant by the Moon being turned into blood? First, let me point out that the quotation from Acts says, 'Turned INTO blood' whereas in Rev. it says, 'The Moon will be AS blood'.
Taken together this appears to be a prediction about its appearance and colour.
Some in the past have suggested that the Moon will be colonised by different races and that eventually there will be bloodshed on the Moon. I am somewhat sceptical about this interpretation. Despite recent findings suggesting that there is frozen water on the dark side, I cannot see the Moon being colonised for a very long time. My belief in the Lord's imminent return is infinitely stronger than in the Moon's colonisation.
It is more likely that during the cataclysmic events described above something will happen to the atmosphere which will affect the colour of the Moon. It may be, of course, that the Moon itself will be hit by one such asteroid causing an affect that scientists have not yet considered.
One thing is certain, the predictions made by scientists and astronomers through the increase of knowledge is showing Bible prophecy to be relevant and up-to-date.
In this context, Jesus' words stand out remarkably clear, 'When you begin to see these things come to pass, LOOK UP, lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.'
Colin Le Noury