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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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Much has been written and preached upon about the “end times.” From working with senior citizens most of my life, I can tell you that our elders are very interested in this prospect.

Why? The answer is simple. They have seen the bad get badder. How can this be when they saw Hitler?

Evil from the top has always been with us. Were Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong worse than Nero or any of the past or contemporary, infamous thugs?

What I believe senior citizens have picked up on is the startling difference that evil is bubbling from the ground up. I once read that some of the top complaints by teachers in the 1940’s had to do with disrespectful behavior and chewing bubble gum. I hate to pop anyone’s bubble who thinks things have not regressed.

I take “end times” very seriously. I don’t know whether they are “now” or fifty years hence. But I do recognize that there is a very serious breakdown in the mores of our culture. Although I’ve been on many mission trips, I cannot with authority suggest that every culture’s senior citizens would agree with ours. But I do know our culture and I agree with the seniors that things are deteriorating.

To understand what has happened to America, we must look at what has happened in America. These same seniors would tell you that there is a lack of respect for elders, for the very basics of the Judeo-Christian values (Ten Commandments) and especially for life itself. Some would snicker. I do not. These are extremely serious offenses.

Author John Eldredge says that a very clear evidence of the end times is that millions of girls (and boys) are being trafficked. I was thinking more along the lines of nuclear threats, terrorism and dictators. But when I thought about it, how much worse can it get?

Every generation is responsible for their share of sin and no individual can claim innocence.

I have had to repent about the prospect of Jesus coming back. I was like a kid at bedtime who wanted to stay up just a little longer.

Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” Psalm 73:25

As I confronted any worldly desire within me that might compete with the beauty of God, I came to the speedy conclusion that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ or my death puts talk of the end times in the appropriate perspective.

The signs of God’s goodness are easier to recognize than the clues of the end times. One of the clearest indicators of God’s love is nature. Viewing the pre-dawn sky and the ensuing sunrise, I was enticed into asking Him, “Is it soon, Lord? Is it soon?”

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I Just Want To Be With You 

When I look out into the skies

My heart yearns and my soul cries

For Your return, to see with my own eyes

When I look into Your word

I can’t believe what I have heard

To read that You can love that much

CHORUS:

I just want to be with You

to see more and more of You

Go where You want me to

I just want to walk with You

Like in the garden we used to

I just want to be with You today

And always and always

 

When I look into the faces

You wrote the book on all grace

I see redemption taking place

When I view struggling and pain

Only You could ascertain

That the sun will follow the rain

BRIDGE:

I am eager like a bride

Desirous of her lover’s eyes

worth the wait, but the longing’s so great

“I Just Want To Be With You”: © 2014, No Reputation Communications, LLC. Words and Music by Robert J. LaCosta

 

 

 

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