We experienced a once in a lifetime lunar eclipse this morning (if you live in North America). We’ve not seen an eclipse like this one since 1866. Here’s a brief run down:
- A “blue moon” is the second full moon in a month. They occur every 2.7 years.
- A “blood moon” is when red light filters through the earth’s atmosphere, casting a reddish hue on the moon during a total eclipse.
- A “super moon” is when the moon reaches perigee (when it’s orbit is nearest the earth), making it appear much closer and brighter than usual.
- Tu BiShvat is the Jewish holiday known as the “New Year of the Trees.” It marks when the fruit-bearing trees in Israel begin their new season of growth.
The Lord appointed “lights in the firmament . . . [to] be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14). “Signs of what” you ask? Let’s look at what the prophet Joel said:
The sun shall be turned into darkness [August 21, 2017], and the moon into blood [January 31, 2018], before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. (Joel 2:31.)
I’m not saying that we have seen the complete fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. I’m not predicting the end. Other signs will certainly come our way. They must come, as the scriptures mandate. But I am watching the signposts along the road and preparing myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. That’s our job.
Our job is not to perspire on our way to the Second Coming, but to inspire. I’m not getting hung up on dates or the fabulous and varied calculations so prevalent today. I am hanging onto my faith, however, clinging to anything of eternal value. Everything else will likely be left behind. These are the last days, you know.