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Signs of the Times: #27 The Sun Will Be Darkened and the Moon Will Become as Blood

I recently purchased a copy of David Ridge’s “65 Signs of the Times Leading Up to the Second Coming.” Though most likely not a complete list, Brother Ridges lists 65 signs that the faithful Saints are to be watching for as written by prophets throughout the course of history. The author categorizes each sign with one of three categories: Fulfilled, Being Fulfilled, or Yet to be Fulfilled.

Helaman has already touched on one of these signs.

I was flipping through the pages of my newly acquired book and glancing at the various signs that Brother Ridges covered when I was a bit startled to see that, according to Brother Ridges, number 27 has been fulfilled.

27. The Sun Will Be Darkened and the Moon Will Become as Blood

This is a very popular sign that was first introduced to the world by the prophet Joel:

Here is Brother Ridges’ explanation for why he has categorized this prophecy as having been fulfilled:

In the Saturday morning session of the October 2001 General Conference, “President Gordon B. Hinckley said something that changed my mind on this prophecy (he had previously thought it wise to leave this prophecy undefined). He revealed to us (bold added for emphasis):”

The era in which we live is the fullness of times spoken of in the scriptures, when God has brought together all of the elements of previous dispensations. From the day that He and His Beloved Son manifested themselves to     the boy Joseph, there has been a tremendous cascade of enlightenment poured out upon the world. The hearts of men have turned to their fathers in fulfillment of the words of Malachi. The vision of Joel has been fulfilled wherein he declared:

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call”

(Joel 2:28–32).

However, he does mention that it is feasible that President Hinckley was referring to a part of the mentioned verses as being fulfilled, but not all. If that was the case, then why mention verses 31-32 after he just boldly stated that these words of Joel were fulfilled? I assume that it is possible that the latter explanation could be correct, but it does not seem plausible.

There remains a third explanation as well.

The scriptures, especially the Bible, are full of symbols. Is it possible that this well-known sign of the times could refer to concepts rather than objects? Oftentimes the sun is used to symbolize the celestial glory, while the moon is used to symbolize terrestrial glory (see D&C 76:75). Using this as a possibility, Brother Ridges suggests that the phrase the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood could symbolize “that the vast majority of the inhabitants of the earth will cease to live according to either celestial or terrestrial law.”

But then again, it could very well refer to some sort of physical change to both the sun and the moon.

What are your thoughts?

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6 Responses so far.

  1. I think that It was when 9/11 happened. That through the smoke the sun was darkened and the moon was red. Cause it happened in the October 2001 conference. :)

  2. Barbara Kennedy says:

    Before having seen Sister Wilkinson’s response, I was thinking the same thing, but perhaps for different reasons, though I really like her analogy.
    9/11 was a global event. I don’t think it was an attack merely on the U.S., though we definitely were the targeted enemy of choice. But I think it was with purpose that they choose the World Trade Center. I think it was an attack on the world, and on the world economy.
    Islam is always speaking in terms of the greedy Americans, but who has more money then the Arab nations? I mean, really? Yet, they make a long list of reasons for hating us built on hypocrisy and false reasoning.
    But I find there are very few coincidences, so could it be that it was not a coincidence then that 9/11 took place and just a few short weeks afterwards our dear Prophet made this announcement?
    I don’t know. Just a thought.

  3. Jamen Wood says:

    I believe it was 911 as well as the oil well fires of Kuwait.
    The youtube videos of the 700 oil wells that were set on fire is incredible.
    It can’t be too coincidental that Pres. Hinckley states that Joel’s prophecy has been fulfilled just short of a month from 911.

  4. Liz Ericksen says:

    From what I have read, in another book, the hebrew meaning of the sun being darkened means that secret combinations are again on the earth. I believe it was from the book “We have been warned”.

  5. Marsha says:

    It says: “…I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

    Then it says what those named (sons, daughters, old men) shall see: prophecy, dreams, visions. Terrifying things and wonders. Those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered.

    That is what happened.

  6. Shawn says:

    Wouldn’t it be important to see how the prophets were using the scripture as they addressed the people?

    In President Hinckley’s case, his talk was on Living in the fulness of times, and largely discussed revelation and enlightenment.

    Peter had a period of enlightenment and revelation to the saints during Pentecost. See Acts 2

    In both situations, these two prophets used the same words of Joel, showing how they were fulfilled, but both prophets were addressing personal revelations and visions. Neither of them were discussing recent loss of the sun’s light, or a moon that looked like blood.

    And neither prophet had even touched on getting Salvation on Mt. Zion & Jerusalem. We know from other prophetic statements that this part of Joel’s vision is clearly not yet fulfilled. We have not yet built a temple on Mt. Zion, nor in Jerusalem, and the House of Israel has not yet gathered (including the lost 10 tribes) to do so.

    Both Hinckley and Peter were correct – the prophecy has been fulfilled, in relation to the very topic they were addressing – the heavens are open, God is giving inspiration, enlightenment, and that the Lord will, “pour out [His] spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…”
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