Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for appointed times and for days and years.
This week, the world witnessed a lunar eclipse, also called a blood moon. It excited many because it was also a super moon and the longest total lunar eclipse in 33 years. As we are going to see, this blood moon was a sign that sent a very strong message from God, the creator of the universe. However, we first need to establish some back ground information in order to decipher this important sign.
Sunday was the Jewish feast called Pesach Sheni or the second Passover. This is how this feast was instituted; When the Israelites were still in the desert, some individuals failed to participate in the offering of the Passover sacrifice because they had come into contact with a dead body and were therefore ritually unclean, yet they wanted to take part in this important feast. When Moses consulted God on the matter, God instructed that any one who had missed participating in offering the Passover sacrifice at the appointed time of 14th of Nisan, could do so exactly one month later on the 14th of Iyar. This exception applied to those who were ritually unclean or had been away on a journey. Any one who did not celebrate the first Passover and did not participate in the second chance God gave for whatever reason would be cut off from Israel and would bear the consequences of their sin. (See Numbers 9:6-13).
Today, Israel no longer has to sacrifice the Passover lamb to obtain the forgiveness of sin as Jesus fulfilled this requirement once and for all when he died for the world on the cross.
Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:7
The super blood moon that occurred this week happened a few hours after the conclusion of this one day feast of the second Passover on Sunday, May the 15th.
During this lunar eclipse, the positions of the moon and the sun were also significant. The moon was in in the constellation of Libra, the scales. The sun was in the constellation of Taurus, the bull.
The twelve signs of the Zodiac were originally created by God to tell the story of redemption through Jesus Christ and this was well documented in E.W. Bullinger’s book, The Witness of the Stars.
Libra, the scales portrays the insufficiency of man to pay the ransom required for sin. He was weighed in the balances and found wanting.
Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
However, the constellation also shows that not all hope was lost because Jesus was the man who could pay the price that was required to redeem man from the penalty of sin.
Taurus, the bull portrays Jesus coming in strength to judge the nations for sin. This constellation has a cluster of stars called the Pleiades or 7 sisters. This is what Bullinger says about Taurus,
The picture is that of a Bull rushing forward with mighty energy and fierce wrath, his horns set so as to push his enemies, and pierce them through and destroy them. It is a prophecy of Christ, the coming Judge, and Ruler, and “Lord of all the earth.”
So in summary, the constellation of Libra represents redemption through Jesus Christ, as man was unable to save himself. The constellation of Taurus represents Gods judgement of the disobedient during the 7 year tribulation after which Jesus will come and kill the antichrist and disobedient. He will then establish his Millennial Kingdom, where he will rule the nations “with a rod of iron”. (Revelations 19: 11-15).
The Sun and the Moon
According to the Talmud, the Rabbis taught the following,
When the sun is eclipsed, it is a bad omen for the other nations. When the moon is eclipsed, it is a bad omen for the enemies of the Jewish people. This is due to the fact that the Jewish people calculate their calendar primarily based on the moon, and the other nations calculate based on the sun.
Remember that also the blood moon occurred just after the second Passover. This was the second and final opportunity to offer the Passover sacrifice that God gave to Israel every year.
So the message God was sending through the sign was that he was giving the final opportunity to Israel and the world to repent and accept salvation through Jesus Christ or be judged in the tribulation. To put it more succinctly, God is saying to Israel and the world, “Repent or die!”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.