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Red Moon Rapture: What Do Joel and Sixth Seal Mean in Apocalypse Prophecy?

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Apocalyptic events will include a Red Moon Rapture, the final battle of Armageddon, and the second coming of Christ, according to some Bible prophecy scholars. Signals may occur in different order, depending on interpretations, but they involve opening the sixth seal and the appearance of a blood moon to fulfill the prophecy of Joel.

Signs of end times are mentioned in books throughout the Bible with much of the prophecies contained in the book of Revelation. Predictions in Revelation reveal the opening of seals, the sound of trumpets, and bowls pouring out judgments to unleash significant incidents of the Apocalypse.

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The only biblical references to a blood red moon are from Revelation and Joel, a prophet of ancient Israel. The book of Joel gives the first detailed account of the chaos that will erupt before the day of the Lord along with the Lord’s promise of His spirit.

Joel 2:30-31 says: “And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth — blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.”

The reference to the moon turning red has led those who believe in the Red Moon Rapture to point to the four lunar eclipses that occur throughout 2014 and 2015. The moon takes on a reddish color as the Earth moves between it and the sun. Many Christians believe faithful followers of Christ will be lifted into Heaven during a Rapture that precedes the end times.

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Four blood moons within an 18-month period are rare and have occurred during major changes involving Israel. Four lunar eclipses appeared in 1949-50 when Israel went to war with surrounding Arab states and in 1967-68 during Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War. With turbulence and upheavals taking place in the Middle East, Apocalypse watchers believe world-changing events may occur in 2014-15.

Bible scholars have different interpretations as to what exactly occurs and the meaning of the opening of seals and sounding of trumpets. Peter Goodgame, an author and a researcher on the topics of the Red Moon Rapture and the Apocalypse, believes the opening of the sixth seal includes an earthquake, a darkened sun, Joel’s prediction of the moon turning red, falling stars, and a global or cosmic disturbance before the day of the Lord.

Joel 2:32 provides comfort in the events that follow: “But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.”

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