Quick blog note: ‘We see through a lens dimly.’ Prophecy is challenging in a general sense, to discern what is happening in the world directly against God’s word. Sometimes prophecy is very precise, descriptive and has little room for error or wiggle. Other times, prophecy is meant to be general in a sense like ‘signs’. In any case, this applies to both ‘God’s People’ the Jews/Israelis and secular peoples/nations the Gentiles. It is generally believed that God uses lunar events surrounding Israel. Comparatively, He use solar events around secular or Gentile nations. Recently, Israel experienced four (4) lunar blood moon eclipses that all occurred on very specific and important Jewish holidays. Conversely, the United States experience a total solar eclipse last year in August. Exactly, in seven (7) years, another total solar eclipse will transpire across the U.S., forming a gigantic ‘X’ across the cross as a result of bookend eclipses. So? Time will tell.
All Eschatologists and students of Bible prophecy agree that the United States is virtually absent in the end times scenario. Little to almost nothing is said about the U.S. except perhaps a small reference in Ezekiel 38 regarding its rebuttal to Gog of Magog invading Israel. Except for that reference, there does not appear to be any further reference to the U.S. As such, people have speculated what the opposite seven year solar eclipses mean for the U.S. Perhaps a great natural disaster or calamity? Perhaps a splitting of the country along a fault line running down through the middle of the country? We don’t know and the Bible is silent (prophetically) about this. Regarding Israel and ‘blood moons’ there is historical evidence that suggests certain events and conditions could be coming up on Israel. Perhaps these ‘blood moon’ signs are coincidental regarding Israeli wars that destroy Damascus thus making it a ‘ruinous heap’? Followed by military invasion of Israel from the Gog/Magog alliance? Time will tell. End of note.
Revelation 12 King James Version (KJV)
12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. …
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Confused about the ‘super blood wolf moon eclipse’ that’s coming soon? Here’s your guide
Doyle Rice. USA TODAY. January 3, 2019
Sure, you may know the “super blood wolf moon eclipse” is coming to a sky near you later this month. But what exactly does it mean?
Unquestionably, the main event is the total lunar eclipse, also known as an eclipse of the moon, which will start late on Sunday, Jan. 20 and finish early on Monday, Jan. 21.
This type of eclipse happens when the moon passes fully into the shadow of Earth.
Beyond that, despite all the hullabaloo over the various names, there’s still only one moon. There’s no separate super, blood, wolf or anything else moon.
Here’s some more info about this month’s sky spectacle:
Total lunar eclipse: You’ll have to stay up late for this event, so drink some coffee and grab some blankets.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth, according to NASA. When this happens, Earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. Instead of that sunlight hitting the moon’s surface, Earth’s shadow falls on it.
Starting at 9:36 p.m. EST Jan. 20, skywatchers will notice a “little notch is taken out of the moon,” according to Brian Murphy, director of Indiana’s Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium and Butler University professor.
“The moon starts to enter into the earth’s shadow in a portion called the umbra when the sun is totally blocked out,” he said. “Earth is moving from right to left through the shadow.”
At 10:34 p.m., it moves into a partial eclipse, and starting at 11:41 p.m., the full eclipse begins; a maximum eclipse occurs at 12:12 a.m. Jan. 21. The total eclipse ends at 12:44 a.m.
Supermoon. A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth, which is also called the perigee.
That makes the moon look extra-close and extra bright – up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth, known as the apogee, NASA said.
This is the first of three supermoons in 2019. The others will be on Feb. 19 and March 21. Of these, the Feb. 19 full moon will be the closest and largest full supermoon of 2019.
“Blood” moon. That is just the reddish color the moon will appear during the total lunar eclipse. Indeed, the moon won’t turn black or vanish from the sky; instead it will appear to be a “reddish copper color,” Murphy said, hence the name blood moon.
Although the moon is in Earth’s shadow, some sunlight still reaches the moon. The sunlight passes through Earth’s atmosphere, which causes our atmosphere to filter out most of the blue light.
Some sunlight reaches the Earth’s atmosphere, which envelops the moon and gives it the rich color.
“Wolf” moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans called the February full moon the “wolf” moon because it appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.
This is an age-old practice, the almanac said. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (vs. today’s solar calendar).
For millenniums, people across the world, including Native Americans, named the months after nature’s cues.
Full moon: Nothing special here: A full moon occurs every 28 days, so there have been a few billion full moons in Earth’s history. This is just the moment when the bright side of the moon entirely faces the Earth.
While the moon will be full precisely on Monday, Jan. 21, at 12:16 a.m. EST, according to space.com, it’ll still be plenty big through the rest of the night and for the next night or two. Just as it has for billions of years, the full moon will be visible to everyone around the world, barring pesky clouds.
And speaking of clouds, here’s the big question: Will they ruin the view? Unfortunately, since the big event is more than two weeks away, accurate weather forecasts are not possible yet.
If you miss this month’s total lunar eclipse, you have to wait until May 26, 2021, for the next one here in the U.S. The next partial lunar eclipse will be this summer, on July 16, but will only be visible in Africa and portions of Asia.
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