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Why we missed the communion service on the moon


Neil Armstrong working on the lunar module during 1969 moon landing. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia/Public Domain

The British newspaper, The Guardian, recently told the story of how astronaut Buzz Aldrin had communion on the moon.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first people to actually stand on the moon, during their visit as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

Of course many will remember Armstrong’s memorable words as the first man to step on the moon when he said: ”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” While most people remember “one small step for man” in an article on Space, Neil said he had actually said “a man” but the “a” wasn’t heard in the broadcast that travelled 238,000 miles (ca. 383,024 km).

And though his words are remembered as the most iconic moment on the Apollo 11 lunar landing, there was a less known, and in fact, if The Guardian article is right, a suppressed religious event.

Buzz Aldrin was also an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas about 30 miles (ca. 48 km) outside Houston. He had received permission from the Presbyterian church to administer communion to himself while on the moon and took a communion set that included a chalice, along with a small container of wine and bread.

Though Armstrong wasn’t a believer he watched as Aldrin administered communion to himself before their infamous walk.

It was originally intended that Aldrin’s communion service would be broadcast on radio, however NASA squashed it because renown atheist Madalyn O’Hair had previously sued NASA after an Apollo 8 (December 1968) astronaut quoted a passage from the book of Genesis while in space.

Though that suit essentially failed, it resulted in NASA pulling the plug on public broadcast of Aldrin’s ceremony in which he said:

“I would like to request a few moments of silence…and to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way.”

As Aldrin later pointed out, the wine and bread were actually the first things ever eaten on the moon and because of the moon’s low gravity the wine was actually riding up the side of the cup.

Though the moon lost its Biblical day in the sun on July 20, 1969, the Bible says that its day is still coming as the moon will play a pivotal role as one of the signs marking the second coming of Christ.

The Bible talks about the appearance of a blood moon, but it’s always in conjunction with other signs, because blood or harvest moons are regular occurrences that take place during a partial or full eclipses of the moon when the earth distorts the sunlight illuminating the moon.

So what are the signs that will be seen in conjunction with a blood moon?

One of them is a darkening of the sun (possible eclipse), that is referred to by the prophet Joel and the apostle John in the book of Revelation.

But Joel’s mention of a blood moon may be caused by a different type of event because he also mentions columns of smoke. These typically occur during volcanic eruptions. Depending on the size of the explosion, volcanic ash could darken the sun and as well cause a blood moon — suggesting a non-astronomical cause:

“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke
The sun will be turned to darkness
And the moon to blood
Before the great and awesome Day of The Lord comes

(Joel 2:30, 31 NASV)

In his vision of the end times, the Apostle John also saw a blood moon and darkening of the sun taking place but added two other signs — a massive earthquake and asteroids or meteors hitting the earth. According to geologists, earthquake and volcanic eruptions often happen together.

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.

(Revelation 6:12, 13 NASV)

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