2. “Blood Moons”: Digging Deeper

In case you missed my earlier post about the coming blood moon tetrad, here is a recap …

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According to Pastor Mark Biltz (author of “BLOOD MOONS” and founder of El Shaddai Ministries) when a blood moon tetrad — 4 in a row — has fallen on days that are set apart to the Lord, some amazing things have happened in Jewish history! 

  • 1493 and 1494: a blood moon tetrad happened on Passover and Sukkot after the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal. (This was a key event connected with the founding of America after the 2nd Jewish temple in Israel was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans and Jews were scattered across the known world. This “scattering” is known in history as The Diaspora. As the Jews in Spain and Portugal were being cast out, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered that they be plundered for their silver and gold, which was then used to help fund the discovery of the New World.)
  • 1949 and 1950: four blood moons appeared after Israel was once again declared a nation in 1948.
  • 1967 and 1968: the blood moon tetrad appeared during the time of the Six-Day War, when the surrounding Arab nations participated in an unprovoked attack against Israel. In that brief conflict, Israel recaptured Jerusalem, God’s City. Shortly after that, administration of the Temple Mount (and the Islamic Dome of the Rock) was turned over to Jordan.

According to NASA, the appearance of another blood moon tetrad (accompanied by solar eclipses) is approaching:

  • April 15, 2014: the first blood moon will appear on Passover (see Exodus 12) — the same day of the Jewish year when Jesus was crucified!
  • April 29, 2014: a total solar eclipse
  • October 8, 2014: the second blood moon will appear on Sukkot — the Jewish feast of Tabernacles (ordained by God in Leviticus 23:33-43).
  • October 23, 2014: a partial solar eclipse

NOTE: In the Jewish scriptures, the moon is generally used to symbolize Israel, and the sun symbolizes the nations. A blood moon is associated with judgment.

  • March 20, 2015: total solar eclipse (the first day of the Jewish new year, Nisan 1)
  • April 4, 2015: the third blood moon will appear on Passover!
  • September 14, 2015: another total solar eclipse (on Rosh Hashanah, the Lord God’s ordained Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25)
  • September 28, 2015: the fourth blood moon will be a SUPER MOON. It will appear over Jerusalem on Sukkot — the Feast of Tabernacles — and will be seen through the latticework roofs of outdoor booths called sukkahs. (Jerusalem is significant because — through the prophet Zechariah — Almighty God said, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem” — Zechariah 12:2, King James Version.  Jerusalem is where the Lord Jesus will rule during his coming 1000-year reign on earth.  See Revelation 20. )

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DIGGING DEEPER …

In the Bible, God has ordained special years for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (a.k.a. ISRAEL).

  • Jubilee years = every 50th year
  • Shemitah years = every 7th year of each 7-year cycle, when no planting was to be done so that the land in Israel could rest (7 times the 7-year cycle = 49 years; followed by the 50th JUBILEE YEAR)

God has also ordained special days, called “holy days”, which means “set apart to God.”

  • Shabbat — the 7th day of each week, when God rested after creating the heavens, the earth, everything on the earth, and man and woman.
  • The 7 designated Feast Days

God created the sun, moon and stars as a means of declaring his glory (Genesis 1:14) and signaling the “seasons” (God’s “divine appointments” with mankind and, specifically, Israel’s descendants — Leviticus 23).

NOTE: The difference between ASTRONOMY and ASTROLOGY = astronomy is the study of the heavens which God created; astrology is man’s attempt to determine his or her future by studying the heavenly bodies.

THE DIVINE APPOINTMENTS …

The Jewish calendar — God’s “divine day planner” — works off the movement of the sun and the moon. Whereas the Julian and Gregorian (the one we use now) calendars were devised from observing the sun only. The Islamic calendar is determined by the moon only.

The seven Jewish feast days (Leviticus 23) are assemblies for the people. But even more than that they are “dress rehearsals” for the coming of the Messiah.

For example, on Passover, Jews remember the final day of their ancestors’ captivity in Egypt (read the book of Exodus), when God instructed the Israelites to kill a lamb for each household and spread the blood over their doorpost SO THAT THE ANGEL OF DEATH WOULD  PASS OVER their homes when he came to kill every firstborn in Egypt, as God had foretold to Pharaoh.

The Jews remembered this event EVERY YEAR FOR 1500 YEARS. Then — at that divinely appointed time — the Jews were sacrificing their Passover lambs during the time WHEN JESUS WAS BEING CRUCIFIED! 

  • Jesus was bound to the cross the 3rd hour of the day — that was 9:00 am, when the lambs were being bound to the altar for sacrifice!
  • Jesus died at the 9th hour of the day — 3:00 pm, when the lambs were being slaughtered  in accordance with God’s command on the first Passover!

EVEN MORE AMAZING …

  • In Genesis 22, Abraham was told by God to kill his firstborn “son of promise” — Isaac.  Before the two men hiked up the mountain of God (a.k.a. Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount), Isaac asked his father why they had not brought with them a lamb for the sacrifice. Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”  After Abraham had bound Isaac, and just before he was to plunge the knife into his son’s heart, the Lord called to him from heaven and pointed out a ram (an adult lamb) caught in a thicket nearby that could be used for the sacrifice instead! (Jesus was the “adult Lamb” sacrificed on Passover for the forgiveness of sin!)
  • In John 29:1,  the apostle John quotes John the Baptist when he first saw Jesus passing by …“Look, the Lamb of God!”
  • In Revelation, the same apostle John wrote: “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne … For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water’ [Prophecy connection: Isaiah 49:10] ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’ [P.C.: Isaiah 25:8]” (Revelation 5:6 and 7:17, NIV).

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Have you ever noticed the significance of the numbers SEVEN and THREE throughout the Bible?

Coming Next —  Blood Moons: Harbingers (Warnings) From God?

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