As Monday passed into Tuesday across America earlier this week, we had the first of a tetrad of ‘blood moons.’ A blood moon is a full eclipse of the moon. It gets its name because the moon turns a deep blood red as the earth blocks the sun’s light. We will have three more in the next 18 months, all falling in tandem with a Jewish Feast Day. It is a rare phenomenon. Many Christians, mostly fundamentalist Protestants, believe it is a sign from God of great strife ahead. It is a sign from God. It is not a warning, but an acknowledgment of what has already begun.
Both the Old Testament Book of Joel and the New Testament Book of Revelations speak of blood on the moon as a sign of great upheaval on earth. In Revelations, the blood on the moon is connected to the opening of the Sixth Seal, a great shaking before an explosion of upheaval. At the Easter Vigil in 2008, the Lord appeared to me while the Church was still in darkness and said, “Now the hour of darkness comes upon the world. But be not afraid. The darkness shall not prevail.” Satan’s hour is upon us and his time is short. He knows it so he is in a desperate frenzy.
You often hear people say that, in America at least, we live under the rule of law, not of men. What does that mean? Our abandonment of God has perverted the original meaning of the phrase. It did not mean that statutory authority was the measure of morality. How could it? Slavery was the law at one time. The gulags in the old Soviet Union were lawful. The concentration camps in Nazi Germany (though not the genocide) were lawful. The orgy of blood at the guillotine was the height of law during the terror of the French Revolution. Most of the greatest atrocities and outrages of history have operated under the color of law where they have been perpetrated.
In America, the phrase, “the rule of law,” meant that the law would be objective, applied equally to all and not perverted for use as a partisan club to bludgeon dissenters or disfavored classes. That did not mean it would always be right. It did mean it would flow from the consent of the people and that there would be no persecution for advocating change to the current law.
This was vitally important to establish confidence in justice. If both the great and the small were subject to the same law, applied in the same way; if the body of the people had the means to refine the law through amendment as injustice was found; if even the most heinous and obvious criminals received open, fair trials; if all was accomplished with dispatch so as not to ruin lives with unending delay; then the great body of the people would rest comfortably knowing that the law was not always right, but sought honestly to serve justice.
Societies without confidence in justice almost always end in revolution or violent strife. It is very simple. If the law does not provide a reliable means for self-defense, people will defend themselves – particularly if the law becomes a means to bludgeon them for partisan purposes. Today, if you are a serial murderer and the facts are crystal clear, you are more likely to die of old age on death row than to actually be executed. But if you have unfashionable political or religious beliefs, you will not be terribly surprised to find the militarized arms of government, the courts and the law ruining your life. And those who have perverted the law into a partisan bludgeon seek, with every success, to use it to enforce ever greater conformity. But victory comes at a price. Every time the law is used as a bludgeon to achieve victory rather than a means for seeking justice, it forfeits a bit of its moral legitimacy. With every loss of moral legitimacy, the closer society is to ruin and revolution.
Today is the anniversary of the day when Jesus was taken in the garden. Though He was entirely innocent, He was beaten, convicted and executed in a brutal, painful death. It is one of history’s great miscarriages of justice – when we solemnly executed our own God. How did it happen? As modern partisans could tell you: It. Was. The. Law.
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