In case you missed it, the world was supposed to end last Sunday night. That’s right, the fabled fourth blood moon super eclipse happened.
According to Pastor John Hagee, this event would herald the second coming of Jesus Christ. In his defense, he quickly recanted this prophecy, but not before it captured popular attention. After this first prophecy many began to study historical precedents of lunar tetrads, or a series of four lunar eclipses. The prophecies began to pile on thick and fast, many having to do with the destruction of Israel. However, we’re all still here, Israel is still here, and I certainly didn’t see Jesus that night.
Many of these prophecies turned out to be duds. Hang on though. Let’s look at a couple of interesting events that did happen during the period leading up to the last eclipse, just for fun. Think of it as a news review for September, but with an “end-timesey” vibe.
To start things off, on September 10th the US Senate Democrats shot down a Republican attempt to repeal the Iran Nuclear deal. Regardless of where your politics lie, this was a watershed moment that essentially ended opposition to the treaty, at least while a Democrat is in the Oval Office. Some view this deal to be a death sentence to Israel due to Iran’s belligerent stance towards it, with fears that Iran may try to develop nuclear weapons for use against Israel. Whether or not something like that happens remains to be seen.
A couple of interesting things happened at the United Nations as well during September. On the 27th (the day before the blood moon), the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted something called Agenda 2030, which is a plan to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.” While many see this as simply legislation aimed to help better mankind, others fear that it is the foundation for a new world order. Additionally, on September 30th both the Palestinian flag and the flag of the Vatican City were raised for the first time at the UN, which those who are pro-Israel and anti-Pope view as a signal of the shift of the world against Israel and evangelicalism.
Also at the United Nations, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted high-level talks about Russia’s recent military deployment to Syria. This deployment is in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime; a regime that the United States is committed to overthrowing. Although the two leaders seemed to come to a conclusion on September 29th, on the 30th and 1st of October Russia launched airstrikes against US-backed Syrian rebels, leading to strained relations between the two countries.
Whether or not these events have any tie in with the blood moon prophecies is up to interpretation. While it’s certainly true that Jesus didn’t come back, and Iran didn’t nuke Israel, it isn’t totally inconceivable that the events that took place during the last few weeks could have a significant impact on our futures. At the very least, perhaps we can allow the blood moon to remind us to keep track of what is happening in our world.