Peter stands up on the day of Pentecost and quotes from the Book of Joel (2:31), “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable [or terrible] day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:20).
I have always considered this verse to reference a literal event, a sign that foretells the coming of Christ. But this morning the Lord directed me to consider other aspects of this prophecy.
While in prayer I was quickened to consider that the moon has no life of its own. It is totally dead. And yet in the hours of darkness it bears witness to the fact that the sun is still shining.
I see a day coming, maybe even now, where there is total darkness. But God is raising up believers who are dead to themselves and they radiate and witness to the Glory of the Son.
I want to be like the moon. No life in me, “crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me” (Gal.2:20).
When I think of the moon turned to blood I remember the words in Revelation, “and they loved not their lives unto death.” Or in Hebrews 12 “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood striving against sin.” I also want to be, not just washed in, but fully immersed in the blood of the Lamb (Rev.7:14).
Don’t wait for a great tribulation to die to self. Ask Jesus to possess you fully now. Begin to “count it all joy when you enter into trials and tribulations” (Ja.1:2), because “every Son the Lord loveth, him he chasteneth” (Heb.12:6).
Be blessed in Jesus name,
Bro. Jerry Turk