Is there a bad moon a-rising?

There might be, but it won’t be happening this weekend.

There’s been some very unusual “end of the world” Christian fads lately that revolve around the blood moon events, and supposedly beginning today (up to the harvest moon event on culminating on September 28th) a sequence of events will bring about the end of the world.

That’s a bonafide guarantee that these days will be as normal a day as any other day, and the doomsayers (such as the ones who churned out this bizarre video) will be wrong once again.

So why are they constantly getting the dates wrong, giving more fuel to non-believers to mock the Christian faith? It’s because they refuse to accept the clear teachings of the Bible. Jesus Himself said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7) Dissenters however attempt to distort this (and other verses that give similar admonitions) by giving strained interpretations contrary to what the text says. It is true that we as Christians can discern the times, but that doesn’t mean we will be privy to specific dates. David Wilkerson, a pastor of Times Square Church had long predicted a real estate crash for years before it happened in 2008, but he never had an actual specific date for it. He just knew, as did other experts, that the bottom would eventually fall out. I believe this is what is meant by discerning the times. We may not be privy to specific dates, but whenever we witness certain events that signify the end times, we are to look up and remember who our God is, and that our redemption draws near. Even if we’re not alive to see the culmination of the prophecies in Revelations, we are certainly closer to it than the previous generation was.

Our default mentality should be to always be ready, “…for ye know not when the time is.” (Mark 13:33) Those who claim otherwise are either ignorant or lying, and their folly will eventually be revealed for what it is.

I hope those who tend to fixate on dates and times and blood moon events will repent and leave these things up to the LORD, focusing instead on being effective witnesses to the lost, to stop sinning and getting tossed to and fro from every wind of doctrine. Let us become Christians who are wise in discernment and the true things of God, and not be counted among those who are “destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

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5 Responses to Is there a bad moon a-rising?

  1. ava September 29, 2015 at 6:08 AM #

    what about matthew 10:23?

    When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

    seems to me like even Jesus was wrong about his second coming, or wasn’t he? how is this different from what those ‘doomsayers’ do? just asking :)

    • Frank Swift September 29, 2015 at 10:38 PM #

      I think you’d need to refer to Luke, chapter 21 where the language is clearer and referring to the same dialogue.

      BTW, do you always make a point of being a contrarian, or are you really always completely at odds with everything I write? :-P

    • ava September 30, 2015 at 7:23 AM #

      ok in luke 21 he’s describing it all in detail and then Jesus says:

      “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”

      yeeeeeet… they didn’t happen in that generation nor in the next almost 2k years, so my question stands. if these words of Jesus were not fulfilled then how should we trust in other things Jesus said?

      tbh my questions are more like coming from a place of curiosity than being a contrarian. it’s like to me these logical inconsistencies are very apparent and so instead of making assuptions I usually just ask. having said that, yes, I am at odds with a lot of the things that you write, maybe not all of them but a whole bunch. I keep reading your blog not because I agree with you, but because you’re honest (and also because you’re honestly a good writer :) )

  2. Frank Swift September 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM #

    There are some who believe that all these events already did happen and that we’re in some weird aftermath where the world just continues as it were. That’s why you have Christian sects who think we’re supposed to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth rather than await the rapture, which is a very dangerous mentality.

    Regarding “this generation” Jesus didn’t say it was this “present” generation or the generation He was currently living in, so the text allows for interpreting the generation to mean the one living in the last days when these cataclysmic events occur.

    Thanks for the compliments on my writing, even though I’m sad that we can’t be of one mind on matters of faith.

    • ava October 1, 2015 at 5:04 AM #

      but Jesus said ‘this generation’, not ‘that generation’ or ‘some generation’. and the verse from matthew also leaves very little room for interpretation.

      actually on matters of faith I used to be on the exact same page you are on today. that’s kind of how I found your blog and what you were writing about was my thoughts exactly, it was almost as if you hacked into my brain and made my thoughts public, my mind was undressed and on display on the internet ;). but the thing is that some of the answers (like those from the section above) that are good enough for you are just not good enough for me.

      I can give you a better explanation for the verse from luke. the word that is translated as a ‘generation’ in greek is the same word that there is for ‘people’ as a nation. so if anything it might as well be interpreted as ‘the jews will not pass away, until all these things have happened’. but you see the word might be understood as both, so how do you determine which meaning Jesus had in mind? most christians will just decide on the version that fits their mindset- they’re adjusting the interpretation to what they believe, not to what the Bible really says. if they were honest, they should do exactly what you told me to do- check what other gospels say about the same situation, what words they use. and in my opinion based on the verse from matthew, when Jesus was talking in luke he meant that word as a generation, not as people.

      “you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes”

      – that certainly did not happen, so what’s your interpretation of this verse?

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