Christian conservatives look to the sky and await the upcoming Black Moon as a sign of the end times. Will this be the long-awaited night when the sounds of trumpets are heard in the sky heralding the second coming and the Rapture of the faithful?
On Friday, September 30th, there will be a ‘black moon,’ the latest trending moon phase on social media for all to behold. The amazing black moon will rise in the Western hemisphere on Friday at exactly 8:11 p.m. Eastern time.
It will look like this:
Or you might see some of the moon, a tiny bit – maybe. But really it won’t be much to look at, by most accounts, including NASA’s website.
‘The “Black Moon” is coming. You won’t see it—there’s really nothing to see—and there’s nothing supernatural about it.’
For the first time since March 2014, there will be two new moons in one month in the Eastern hemisphere. New moons are typically completely black, except in the event of a solar eclipse, in which case they have an illuminated ring around them, as happened recently if you happen to live in Africa.
The black anti-climactic moon is unusual in the Americas but happens every 32 months in other parts of the world. What’s more exciting, or not, is that there will be another new moon around Halloween. It is kind of nice that we can observe the night sky without the glare of moonlight, so the stars may seem a little brighter.
By most accounts, the black moon will be as riveting to watch as a polar bear in a snowstorm or House Speaker Paul Ryan’s selfie with Capitol Hill interns, or watching a Donald Trump rally.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) July 17, 2016
Nevertheless, the black moon has the usual group of extremist religious people claiming the end times are near again. There have been suggestions that the Bible scriptures about a red and black moon could take place.
A Bible scripture that has great apocalyptic potential for this Friday:
Book of Matthew, chapter 24:29, reads:
‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.’
Or Luke 21:25-26:
‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth.’
Or maybe this:
‘The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.’
You get the idea from this video below:
Rapture Watchers, a page with over 15,000 followers on Facebook, commented, ‘A RARE BLACK MOON USHERING IN THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS!?!?’ with an extensive list of links for readers to consider.
Catholic Online made a post asking if the black moon was an omen of end times, and stated, ‘There’s probably no need to cancel your weekend plans, but a visit to the parish church never hurts!’
It’s curious that regardless of how many times religious extremists claim the end times are nigh, the whole process continues to repeat to infinity, or at least until their claims actually amount to something actually happening. It bears mentioning that a man who almost became a candidate for President recently, Ted Cruz, has been implicated in advocating for the end times himself, or ‘1000 years of darkness’ ruled by Satan. So we probably should not brush off the cries about ‘end times’ every few days as benign or inconsequential.
If the only trigger needed for the end times narrative to begin again is a dark night sky, then it clearly illustrates that the mindset of too many people is wrapped up in foreboding doom, rather than working toward a progressive future where people can actually learn to live in harmony with nature and themselves.
Can any person truly be progressive if they, at their core, believe that science and technology are going to be rendered utterly futile at any moment? If we elect leaders who pander to religious extremists, as Donald Trump certainly does, then what hope have we got really, for a better tomorrow, where ‘end times’ are seen as the ultimate and desirable outcome for mankind? That hope might have a snowball’s chance in hell, but at least you could get a very brief look at it before it melts.
Featured Image: Composite by Matthew Silvan: Picture used of Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)