Blood on the moon: 2011 Lunar Eclipse takes Oz
"The solar eclipse today may have already meant bad tidings for grounded Australian airport shut-ins. Ash from the Chilean volcano could turn the lunar eclipse blood-red in The Land Down Under, according to Australian scientists. The volcanic ash that has delayed hundreds of flights across Australia will provide midnight moon-watchers with an extraordinary view of the eclipse. Usually, dust and ash in the air turns lunar eclipses a copper color, but because of the excess of ash in the atmosphere over Australia due to Chile's Puyehue volcano, the moon is expected to shine bright red. A popular superstition in both Australia and the United States holds that "blood on the moon" is a bad omen."
Hmmm, not just copper, but blood red. "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come." (Joel 2:31)
Joel's blood red moon is an occurrence that will take place in the Tribulation, so today's blood red moon does not have specific prophetic significance because we are not in the Tribulation yet. However, there are some prophetically interesting things about this lunar eclipse.
--It is one of four this year along with 2 solar eclipses. NASA explains "Four partial solar and two total lunar eclipses take place in 2011. This 4:2 combination of solar and lunar eclipses in a single year is rather rare."
--It will be the longest lunar eclipse in a decade. NatGeo says "Rare" Lunar Eclipse Wednesday" (Longest in 100 years, as this newscast states) Eclipse to last nearly two hours and should be especially dark. "The path that the moon is taking through Earth's shadow is almost directly through [the shadow's] center, making for the longest possible path and so the longest duration," said Ben Burress, staff astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. "The last eclipse that was as long as this one was in 2000, while the next won't be until 2018, so this makes it a somewhat rare event."
--The eruption at Chile's Puyehue volcano on June 4 is interrupting flights at New Zealand and Australia as the ash makes its way across the southern hemisphere. This will cause the moon to appear as blood red.
--Jesus told us that as we approach the Tribulation and then, throughout the Tribulation, the celestial bodies would be shaken. It stands to reason that the 'rare' number of eclipses, and the 'rare' length of the eclipse and the 'rare' blood-red and not copper color would be indicators of prophetic warning. He holds the celestial bodies in His hand,
"Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say,
“ I have no pleasure in them”:
While the sun and the light,
The moon and the stars,
Are not darkened,
And the clouds do not return after the rain;
In the day when the keepers of the house tremble,
And the strong men bow down;
When the grinders cease because they are few,
And those that look through the windows grow dim;
Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed!