What Does The Bible Say About The Blood Moon
The word ‘eclipse’ does not occur in the Bible, and the ancient Hebrews had no word for it.
The word ‘eclipse’ does not occur in the Bible, and the ancient Hebrews had no word for it. The Greeks used the Greek word ‘ekleipsis’ (meaning abandonment) to describe an eclipse of the sun or moon.
The Hebrews used several words when a description of an eclipse was needed:
- Chamad = to be devoid of light (Genesis 1:2)
- Raqia = firmament; heaven (Genesis 1:7)
- Kesil = to cover over (Joshua 10:12, Job 37:18)
Genesis 1:14 says:’ 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.’
The first reference to the sun and moon in the Bible is found in Genesis 1:14. This verse says that on the fourth day of creation, God created lights in the heavens to serve as signs, seasons, days and years.
The word “seasons” here refers to seasons of time (such as spring, summer, fall and winter) rather than literal weather patterns. The Hebrew word used here is moed which means “appointed times.” It also refers to appointed times set apart by God for special purposes such as feasts and holy days.
Joel 2:31 says:’ The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.’
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Joel 2:31.
This passage is particularly interesting because it specifically calls out a combination of phenomena that occurs only during a lunar eclipse. During an eclipse, our view of the sun is obscured by Earth’s shadow; this happens when our planet passes between its satellite and the light source behind it (our Sun). The moon temporarily appears reddish-orange or dark red while in Earth’s shadow (as opposed to being lit up by direct sunlight). In addition to this effect, some say that they can see stars during an eclipse due to light refraction through our atmosphere—a phenomenon known as atmospheric refraction!
Mark 13:24-25 says:’ But in those days, after that tribulation,the sun will be darkened,and the moon will not give its light;the stars of heaven will fall,and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.’
This is a reference to the end times, when Jesus returns. The moon will turn into blood and the sun will be darkened. Stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken—all of this occurring after the tribulation period.
In addition to these verses that mention a blood moon, other parts of Scripture talk about cosmic signs that will precede Christ’s return:
- Matthew 24:29-30 says: ‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days’ (this means after Christ comes back) ‘the sun will be darkened,and the moon will not give its light;the stars will fall from heaven.’ These are all references to what is called “a great sign” or “the sign of Messiah’s coming.”
Acts 2:20 says:’ The sun shall be turned into darkness,a nd the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the Lord comes.’
The first use of the phrase blood moon occurs in Acts 2:20, which quotes Joel 2:31. The passage reads, “The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the Lord comes.”
In this case, moon turning to blood is a metaphor for darkness. In other words, when you are reading this passage from Acts, don’t think about literal moons turning into red balls of fire. Rather, as Joel said earlier in his book (2:2), it refers to God’s judgment on sinfulness and wickedness on earth.
While all lunar eclipses share some basic features—like how they darken the sky—the term “blood moon” is reserved for those that occur during lunar eclipses themselves or immediately before one; otherwise known as an eclipse totality phase or total penumbral eclipse event (in comparison with partial or partial umbral). This happens when Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching part or all of our natural satellite while passing between it and our Sun.
The red colouring is caused by light passing through Earth’s atmosphere onto its surface; typically only visible during total eclipses because only then does totality last long enough for light escaping at different angles through our planet’s atmosphere make their way around it back onto our celestial neighbor while still making time before daylight arrives again at sunrise/sunset times outside those locations where they occur worldwide throughout each year!
Revelation 6:12 says:’ I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,and the moon became like blood.’
Revelation 6:12 says, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.” Revelation is a book in the Bible that describes a series of events that lead up to the end of the world. These events include wars, plagues, famines and natural disasters. The blood moon event is one of these signs indicating that Jesus Christ will soon return to Earth as King and Judge over all humanity.
The Bible talks about eclipses several times.
The Bible talks about eclipses several times. In fact, the Bible contains two references to eclipses in the Old Testament and one reference in the New Testament. An eclipse is when a celestial body (such as the sun or moon) passes directly behind another celestial body of its own orbit causing it to be obscured by shadow.*