The papers made very sure that we all knew of the lunar eclipse very early on Monday morning the 28th September 2015. Despite the hype, it was really nothing out of the ordinary for lunar eclipses. I have seen many before.
What was unusual, however, was the sequence of eclipses known as the Tetrads - four lunar eclipses within two years and spaced by six months, as expected and as predicted astronomically for many years.
But, sadly, an even bigger hype has occurred in the prophetic market, as it often does. Some people believe that this tetrad has special significance because the eclipses coincide with Jewish festivals. Many suggested that might be connected to a biblical prophecy of the “End Times”. Two Christian preachers with huge followings in the US claim that the date of the last of four 'blood moons' over the past 18 months, including September 28, with the conjunction of a papal visit to the US, signals the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The fact is that eight of the tetrads since the first century have coincided with Jewish holidays without the world going under (obviously), and so there is absolutely no reason to believe that the recent tetrad will end our world this time either.
‘Wolf, Wolf!’ and there was no wolf, as Aesop reminds us.
But one day something will happen, somebody will come, and at a time we do not expect. Until then we need to be about our Father’s business, which is expressing God’s grace to this world.
May God speed that day.
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