The astronomical phenomenon referred to as a blood or red moon, occurs when the sun, earth and moon align in such a way that the earth partially blocks the sun’s rays from reaching the moon. In a sense, the moon is moving into the earth’s shadow.
However, the earth is not large enough to completely block the sun. As its rays move through the edges of the earth’s atmosphere, the blue is basically scattered, and the red is deflected towards the moon giving it an orange or red hue.
Curiously, CBN is reporting that there will be a blood moon on November 8, 2022, the night of the midterm elections in the United States.
Some have wondered if there is some special significance to this coinciding with what many believe is a major political event in the US, which could see a shift in the political climate in both the America’s Senate and House of Representatives.
When God created the universe, the lights in the night sky were intended to serve as signs:
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[a] and for days and years. (Genesis 1:14 ESV)
The Hebrew word for signs, ‘ôth’ describes markers that farmers would set up in their fields, that they would set their sights on, as they were plowing with an ox to keep the furrow straight.
In that sense, these signs could potentially indicate where you were at.
Now we regularly get blood moons. Over the past year and a half, there have already been two, but the next one will not appear until March 14, 2025.
But the Bible also speaks of blood moons, and in both instances they are connected to the end times.
The book of Joel, talks about one connected with the Day of the Lord, writing, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come” (Joel 2:31).
And in the Apostle John’s vision of the end times, he also saw a blood moon, writing “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (Revelation 6:12).
But in both these instances, the blood moons were associated with other events.
Joel’s blood moon is tied to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28) and a time of volcanic activity that he described as plumes (plural) pouring into the sky that would be associated with blood (death) and fire (Joel 2:30).
In the book of Revelation, the blood moon coincided with a massive earthquake and an unprecedented series of asteroid hits. Now, this could also be a reference to a nuclear war as we see people hiding underground (Revelation 6:15-16).
In both instances, the blood moons were also associated with a darkening of the sun, perhaps a solar eclipse or in Joel’s case volcanic ash so dense it darkened the sun.
The verse in Revelation could also be referring to a nuclear winter, that will result in a darkening of the sun caused by the ash and sulphur caused by multiple nuclear explosions.
What these passage do tell us is that blood moons will gain increased significance as we draw closer to the end times.
But it is also important to understand that blood moons are not significant on their own and need to be tied to other events.
So this leads us back to the blood moon that is coincidentally falling on election day in the US. Some have wondered if it is a sign revealing the importance of this election.