Monday, September 28, 2015

When the Moon Turns RED

I grew up in a home where it was believed that the moon would turn red in the last days. My mother was convinced that if man ever landed on the moon that was it.  End of world and all.

My dad was Lutheran and Mom went along, but she was pretty fundamentalist in her belief system. Didn't believe in infant baptism.  Believed in evil spirits.  Lots of things. Some superstitious.

So when all kinds of eschatological things came along 30 years ago in the end time scare movies we were treated to in the Assembly of God church it terrified us.  Beheading little children and the balloon goes up as he loses his head to the Guillotine. Nightmare stuff.

When later in life I was introduced a decade ago to a more victorious eschatology it was a hard sell.  I fought it hard. Everything I believed, was convinced of, had been taught was brought into not only question but rattled everything I thought I knew.  It was emotional.  It was hard. In a way believing what I did was a comfort zone. It was comfortable to blame all the world's woe on anti christ, new world order, illuminate, the beast, the mark, end of the world, signs of the times, "PROPHECY" that seemed so clear in Revelation for 2000 years of certitude was being tested.

Yet.. as I submitted myself to explore as if I were a man from mars the whole end times theology I had been taught versus a fulfilled eschatology, it was not just compelling, it was jarring.  Eventually I had to come to grips with the truth of the matter.

I am not here to try to convince you.  That is the job of others.  I'm still pretty new to this and every new revelation that comes along is like a breath of fresh air. I feel free and joyful not looking FORWARD to something that will never happen or has already happened.  It is a gift.  Like being set free from jail.  A jail made up of an imaginary eschatology that put me in chains.

Last night I, like so many, stood outside and watched the moon rise, wane to a full eclipse and then wax again. It was beautiful.  I stood outside in the dark for an hour.  It was red.  It was not a harbinger of anything but a demonstration of the beauty of all of God's creation.

I was reminded of the wonder of the Heavens and the meaning of it all:

Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
His offspring shall endure forever,
    his throne as long as the sun before me.
Like the moon it shall be established forever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.”   Psalm 89:35-37

And Psalms 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

And God said, "Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,  Genesis 1

Then found myself humming the old Chorus from Psalm 8:

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

And that is how the RED moon was to me..  

Truth does indeed set people free..  I am an example


Kathy said...

Absolutely, Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

For a lot of modern end-time theory - it isn't found in the Bible, not even once. It's conjecture taught as dogma. If true, you'd expect to find it more than once, because God uses witnesses.

(See Amos 3:7. "Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets."; note also how Jesus said "truly, truly I tell you..." as he witnessed himself)