Many people interested in Bible prophecy have focused on lunar eclipses in recent years. A major reason for a lot of the focus on lunar eclipses is that the Bible warns that the moon’s appearance will become as blood prior to the coming of Christ. Revelation 6:12 states:

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;” (Revelation 6:12)

A lunar eclipse is one way for the moon’s appearance to resemble blood. However, it is not the only way. In this article, I will describe another way that the moon’s appearance can become as blood.

Before I begin with the main part of this article, I want to make it clear that I am not claiming to know exactly how the moon will appear “as blood” in Revelation 6:12. I am just trying to give you something to consider. Now to the main part of the article…

Revelation 6:12 mentions that a great earthquake will occur before the sun turns black as sackcloth and the moon becomes as blood.

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;” (Revelation 6:12)

Keep this detail in mind….

Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2:19-20 tell us that a lot of smoke-“pillars of smoke”-will be present as the start of the Day of the Lord approaches:

“(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.” (Joel 2:30-31)

“(19) And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: (20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:” (Acts 2:19-20)

Given that a lot of smoke will be present in the atmosphere, it is possible that the smoke could play a role in influencing the appearance of the moon to those on Earth at that time.

  • Universe Today, a major astronomy website, has an article focused on answering why the moon sometimes turns red. The article mentions that the moon can turn red during a lunar eclipse. The article also mentions that the moon can turn red after a volcanic eruption emits a lot of particulate matter (ash, smoke, etc) into the atmosphere. The particulate matter in the air scatters blue and green colors away and enables the color red to pass through easier.
  • The great earthquake following the opening of the sixth seal is indicative of tremendous geological instability. Therefore, it is possible for massive volcanic eruptions to occur which will send massive amounts of smoke into the atmosphere (recall, Joel 2:30 and Acts 2:19 mentioned the presence of a lot of smoke, pillars of smoke, at that time).

The following video demonstrates how smoke can transform the color of the moon.

The second video provides another look at what the moon can look like with a lot of smoke prevalent in the air.

These videos are examples of how atmospheric conditions can alter the moon’s appearance in a particular area. Imagine how prevalent the “blood moon” phenomenon could be worldwide if the entire planet is covered in smoke…

This article presented just one of several different ways the moon can become “as blood” after the opening of the sixth seal besides a lunar eclipse. More importantly, this article serves as a reminder to not underestimate the possibility for atmospheric conditions to play a significant role in altering the moon’s appearance.

If you are interested in my thoughts on the four blood moons (tetrad) theory, click this link for my article on the topic.