You may have missed that last night was the official night of the Blue Moon.
You may say, What, pray tell, is that? Is the moon now turning blue instead of red?
Actually, blue is not the color of the moon during this solar event, but it is simply a reference term to the fact that there is an extra full moon this season of summer. Generally, the term “blue moon” has two definitions.
The Merriam Webster definition of Blue Moon is this: 1) a very long period of time —usually used in the phrase once in a blue moon–such people happen along only once in a blue moon — Saturday Review, and 2) a second full moon in a calendar month.
Yet, last night from our house the moon was covered in blue clouds.
But, no, the photo above is not from my house; it is just very similar to what I witnessed. I do know that there are forest fires in California right now, but is it large enough to cover our moon in blue clouds? Or, was it just coincidence that the moon showed blue clouds over our house?
Historically, there have been three documented “blue moons” spanning the late 1800s and 1900s. One, after the explosion of the Indonesian volcano of Krakatoa in 1883, the second, during a drought in India in 1927 from the dust clouds, and the third, from forest fires in Canada in 1951. Reference Of course, there have also been views like what I saw Friday night, and the one above.
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves. Luke 21:25
This Blue Moon marks 5 days after Tisha B’Av.
If you are not Jewish, or you just don’t know, you might ask, What is Tisha B’Av? Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning which memoralizes the destruction of the Jewish Temples. Both the First and the Second Temples were destroyed on the same day, the ninth day of the Jewish month, Av but on different years. Many people celebrating this day begin the purification process three weeks prior, remembering the first breach of the walls of Jerusalem, with Tisha B’Av as the final day of mourning and the ultimate destruction.
And so, the Blue Moon shows up in the midst of a year of incredible signs in the sky and increased tragedies in our nation and the world as a reminder of hope.
God does care and He does provide for His people.
On the day of the Blue Moon family members of Osama bin Ladin were killed in a plane crash and ISIS is dissolving. The Planned Parenthood videos have remained in circulation (Can we say, truth is good?). We the Christian people need to keep praying in the Spirit and do what the Lord tells us to do. And justice will be served.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Staying in tune with the Spirit will keep us afloat.
The Spirit is within us now, and our bodies are His temple.
This is an incredible time to have great faith and carry out many works God has called us to. It can bring us great success or failure, depending on our intentions to keep really tuned into the Holy Spirit and what He wants us to hear and do.
We must encourage each other. Remember how Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold up his arm so that the Israelites could carry out the victory of the Lord against the victory of the Amalekites? (Exodus 17) Likewise, we need to hold each other up, during dark seasons in our lives, and carrying out acts of service as we are called to. Keeping ourselves pure before the Lord will open the doors we need to serve each other.
We have hope in the Spirit.
Further, this year we find meaning in the Jewish feasts of Passover and Sukkot, in a very real way. Traditionally, Passover is commemoration of the Israelites getting out of slavery in Egypt, while Sukkot is well-believed to be the date of the return of the Maschiach (Messiah). The four blood moons this year are on those two feasts for the year of 2014 and 2015, with the final one coming up in September.
This year, the prophetic Word from Luke 21:25 stated above displays itself in our night skies, together with the craziness of current events within our world culture. Plus, as many have stated, world events around Israel have been life-changing with the coordination of the blood moons, the solar eclipse, and now the blue moon.
It is a dress rehearsal for the return of Jesus, and to see the Word of God played out right before us, is a huge shift in the Church. And the final blood moon is coming in mid September for Sukkot. Believe it or not, but we are in the middle of the alignment of both Biblical prophecy and world history. While we could fear, given past events on years like this, spanning back hundreds of years, we need to grab hold of God’s hand.
The future is in God’s hands.
Truly. If we were to look at it from the world’s point of view, it would be quite grim. Not only does the world seem to be going through intense persecution of Christians and a severe decline in morality, but history and blood moons doesn’t appear to work in favor for everyone.
Yet, when we see that the Lord has elevated the Church, on His mountaintop, in spite of all the dark events of this year, we can shine our light bringing hope to the world. Even if it seems like life has not really turned around for you and your family yet, trust and wait on Him. He will bring victory for you as He has promised. We all get a turn.
And when it does happen, those around you will see the reason for the hope that we have. It is coming.
The Lord’s blessings to you and your family~Kim