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Over the night there will be a blood red moon. According to CTV News:

“Early Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth’s shadow for the first time this year, visible across the Western Hemisphere from approximately 3 a.m. ET to 4:24 a.m. Experts predict that the moon will glow an eerie red-orange shade, a phenomenon astronomers call a “blood moon” or “hunter’s moon.” The color is caused by the light from sunsets and sunrises glinting off the surface of the Earth. As sun light bends around outer edges of the planet, the light beams into the Earth’s shadow, transforming the Moon into a rust-coloured orb. The effect is similar to that of the sun turning the clouds red or pink during a sunrise or sunset.”

No doubt many of you are scared of blood red moons because of these verses in The Bible: “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.” Joel 2:31 Also, “There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair. The whole Moon turned blood red.” Revelation 6:12

“The terrible day of the Lord…” Yeah, that’s pretty scary. Nobody ever feels perfectly prepared. Some know they are not living the lives they should. Others don’t have any idea whether God is terrible (The Judge) or great (Merciful). Still others have seen too many sic-fi movies.

Whatever does happen, God is one serious Dude. He has the power to bring it all to an end. Judging by our individual and collective behavior, it’s obvious that He’d be justified in being “terrible.”

The real point has nothing to do with the “when” of the great day. We need to hone in on the “Who.” If you’ve been a misbehaving kid and Dad is coming back from work, you might be more afraid if you hadn’t had some other experiences with him. But if you know him to be fair, just, forgiving and loving, you’ll be more at peace. If your room is clean and you helped Mom with the dishes, perhaps you’re looking forward to Dad shooting hoops and helping you with your homework.

My spiritual dad drilled into my head that we must always look at the “full” counsel of scripture. So, if you’ve seen too many sic-fi movies and read too little of The Bible, perhaps this next verse will give you a little more “full” counsel:

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” Ephesians 1:3-10

Bingo! Those who receive Christ are the center of God’s attention, love and planning (which includes the “deepest heavens” which would include blood moons). There’s nothing wrong with a little fear. But when you really understand that Dad can’t wait to get home to see youBlood-Moon and that you’re the focus of his life, fear takes on a different light and a red moon reminds us of the color of His blood.

 

 

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