The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Booths and Sukkot, is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe and one of the three feasts that Jews were to observe each year.
But this year the Feast is different. We are in the midst of a tetrad of Blood Moons – a series of four lunar eclipses from Passover to Tabernacles where the moon appears blood red. This morning there was a full lunar eclipse which reached its max at 5:55am.
This natural phenomenon has affected God’s people in significant ways! Every tetrad has come with something huge for God’s people throughout history:
- The Crucifixion
- The establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948
- The miraculous Israeli victory in the 1967 Six-Day War!
The idea of a "blood moon" serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel 2:31, where it is written "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. This phrase is again mentioned by Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2:20.
Today, believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ live our lives in the light of the knowledge that He can come at any time. We are to be ready when the call comes. Every day we should expect Him to come, and every day we should long for Him to come. Maranatha is an Aramaic phrase which means “Come Lord Jesus”, and has long been used as a greeting to remind us to keep our eyes open for the return of Jesus.
Jesus himself tells us in Matthew 24:36that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return but scripture tells us we can know the season and we are to be prepared for it. Are you prepared?
Come Lord Jesus, Maranatha!
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