Q. I’m a little confused as Acts 2:20 reads “the sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.”
But Revelation 6:12 reads, ” I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red.”
Does this mean the day of the Lord only starts after the sixth seal is opened? That doesn’t fit with anything I believe but I can’t seem to get over it. Thanks in advance for your answer. You make the end times understandable but this little thing has thrown me!
A. The phrase “Day of the Lord” can be applied to several spans of time, but the most frequent one is the 3 1/2 years we call the Great Tribulation. This time is described beginning in Revelation 13 with the introduction of the anti-Christ, reaches its peak in the Bowl judgments of chapter 16 and culminates with the destruction of Babylon in chapters 17-18.
In Acts 2:20 Peter says the moon will turn to blood before the Day of the Lord, and in Rev. 6 it happens. Peter’s prophecy is accurate. This is the one and only time the moon will turn blood red. It was first mentioned in Joel 2:31, repeated in Acts 2:20, and will be fulfilled in Rev. 6:12.