Joel 2:31 prophecy in perspective …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
 
The “Blood” Moons and the moon turning as blood
 
by Bill Wilson
 
My wife and I watched the eclipse of the moon Sundaynight. It was kind of cloudy and there was no reddish cast to the moon as it went in and out of its eclipse. Other photos that I saw showed a reddish cast to the moon. There is significance to these reddish moons, but it may not be what was hyped. Remember, some people called them “Blood” moons and teachers pointed everyone toward Joel 2:31, Revelation 6:12 and Acts 2:20, which refers to Joel 2:31. The moons named “blood” moons by men, and the moon turning to blood as prophesied in the Bible are two different things. One is referring to “the great and terrible day of the Lord.” The other is a sign in the heavens that draws attention to the prophecies.
 
Joel 2:31 says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.”Revelation 6:12 is speaking of the Day of the Lord, and says, “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.” Isaiah 13:10, also speaking of that Day of the Lord’s coming, says “For the stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine.” Many prophets, including Ezekiel, Joel, and Amos, as well as Job and John speak of the same event when the Lord returns.
 
While extremely interesting, the reddish moons we have seen in recent time are not the way the moon is prophesied in the day of the Lord. First, there wasn’t a great earthquake. The sun did not turn as black as sackcloth, and the moon really didn’t turn as blood. Jesus said in Matthew 24:29-30 ,”Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory.”
 
Most importantly, the Lord did not return after the final tetrad moon. He will…eventually. I dare say, however, that there will be no doubt in the heavens when the Lord returns. It will be an awesome moment. But before he returns, there are certain events that scripture says will happen. Paul writes in Thessalonians 2, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” This is very clear: 1) don’t be deceived, 2) falling away, 3) antichrist (beast) revealed, 4) sits in the temple as God. Keep watching. Keep praying. Keep reading your Bible. Keep discerning. And do not be deceived.
 
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
 
Bill Wilson
 
Interesting times in which we are living! As Bill Wilson advised: Keep watching. Keep praying. Keep reading your Bible. And most importantly KNOW what Jesus said about things that are controversial.

‘Super blood moon’ odds are ‘off the charts’

‘Super blood moon’ odds ‘off the charts’

September 19, 2015
-NO AUTHOR-
Posted from WND via ProphecyNewsWatch.com

The grand finale of the rare blood-moon tetrad will be a spectacular “supermoon” eclipse, the first in more than three decades.

And the scholar who discovered the correlation between a sequence of four blood moons and events in the history of the Jewish people thinks the extremely rare conclusion of the tetrad with a supermoon is a message from God to the nations of the world: Do not divide the land of Israel.

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries told WND the final blood moon of a series of four occurring on Jewish holy days in 2014 and 2015 is “a loud call to Israel and to the nations.”

The coming super blood moon will be seen in Jerusalem.

“The land of Israel belongs to the God of Israel and is on lease to them. They have no authority to sell or give away the land of Israel to another people, as it is their heritage,” he said.

The fourth blood moon comes as the 70th United Nations General Assembly moves to recognize a Palestinian state, which Israel sees as a threat to its existence.

By a vote of 119 to 8, with 45 abstentions, the general assembly recently voted to allow the Palestinian Authority to raise the Palestinian flag in front of the United Nations. The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations has invited hundreds of leaders to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

Biltz, whose book “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” examines the phenomenon and offers an interpretation, sees the move toward a Palestinian state in the Holy Land as an ominous development.

The prophet Joel warned Israel and the nations to not divide the land. This warning was even delivered within the context of ‘blood moons’ in chapters 2 and 3. Here we have the United Nations assuming they have the authority to divide the land of Israel. They will soon see that if they try, the Creator of the universe will step into human history in a most dramatic way.”

Joel 2:31 states, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”

But is the appearance of a super “blood moon” at this time simply a natural occurrence?

Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, recently said, “It’s just planetary dynamics.”

The moon will appear larger than normal on the evening of Sept. 27-28, but as Petro explained: “There’s no physical difference in the moon. It just appears slightly bigger in the sky. It’s not dramatic, but it does look larger.”

Biltz sees no contradiction with the science.

“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob uses the natural phenomena that He created to communicate to us,” Biltz said.

Biltz contends those who dismiss the final blood moon as merely a celestial curiosity are missing the point.

“While we know lunar eclipses are natural phenomena, it becomes supernatural when the statistics go off the charts by adding in other scientific data and human events. According to NASA, over 5,000 years we average only one total lunar eclipse every one and a half years. Here we have four total lunar eclipses within that same time period. The odds have just increased against it being a coincidence.

“Now you add the odds of having all four total lunar eclipses being in a row without any other eclipses in between and the odds increase even more. Now let’s imagine the odds when you have four total lunar eclipses in a row, within a year and a half, and they fall on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles! The odds are starting to go off the charts as this has only happened nine times in 2,000 years!”

Biltz also says it is impossible to ignore how these events seem to correlate with historic turning points for the Jewish people.

“You can increase the odds even more by looking at the history of the last 500 years during the last three times this happened. The last three times this occurred were in 1967 when Israel when recaptured Jerusalem, when Israel became a nation and established itself in 1948 and 1949, and during the Spanish Inquisition in 1493 and 1494 when all the Jews were kicked out of Spain and Portugal,” Biltz said.

“This final blood moon is also occurring near the end of the seven-year Shemitah cycle. Many religious teachers, including New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn, have predicted a “great shaking” will accompany this period, with possible fluctuations in the stock market and the American economy.

Biltz suggests the final blood moon shares a relationship with the Shemitah cycle and believes the timing shows it isn’t all just a coincidence.

If you still believe the blood moons tetrad has no special significance, you still have to explain the astronomical odds of having all this occur in the last year of the seven-year Shemitah cycle,” said Biltz. “Keep in mind, at this time all of Israel was supposed to be in Jerusalem to hear the King of Israel read from the Torah. With that context, think of the significance of a super moon, at this time, being seen in Jerusalem.

Biltz maintains any fair minded person must admit the odds of all of these circumstances lining up is improbable. Furthermore, he insists, it is unprecedented in history.

A super blood moon seen in Jerusalem, at the end of a Shemitah cycle, serving as the culmination of four total lunar eclipses in a row has never happened in history before,” Biltz said.

“Furthermore, this is all in line with what we read in Scripture. The Creator of the universe expressed His desire to communicate with us this way by having humans write down His thoughts. In Genesis 1:14, He declared the sun and the moon were created to send signals to us. And these signals are occurring on the feast days on His calendar.”

The circumstances and events, he said, are “supernatural.”

LINK: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/September22/221.html

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“The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

‘Even now,’ declares the Lord,
‘return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.’

Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing …”

(Joel 2:11-13, NIV)

Keep watching …

Sign of judgment?

Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

By Michael Snyder, on February 26th, 2015

Blood Red Moons

 

 

 

 

 

The total solar eclipse on March 20th falls on Nisan 1, which is the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar.  According to Jewish tradition, a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 is a sign of judgment.  And this has certainly been true in the past.  For example, there was a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 in 70 AD.  Later that year, the Romans attacked Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Temple.  What makes all of this even more interesting is the fact that the solar eclipse on March 20th falls right in the middle of the blood moon tetrad, and it also happens to fall during the Shemitah year.  If you are not a believer, you may be tempted to dismiss all of this as some sort of extremely bizarre coincidence.  If you are a believer, you also might be skeptical.  But by the end of this article, at least you will understand what so many people are talking about right now.

In the Scriptures, we are told that God created the sun and the moon, and that he intended for them to act as “signs”.  The following comes from Genesis chapter one

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

So specifically how can the sun and moon be “signs” as God originally intended?

Well, one minister has discovered that eclipses on important Biblical dates have been associated with key world events throughout history.  His name is Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, and he has pointed out that total eclipses do not take place on any other planet in our solar system

Total eclipses don’t take place on any other known planet, point out intelligent-design scientists. They only take place on Earth, the finely tuned planet where life exists that can actually view them. Biltz points out that the Bible says in Genesis that the sun, moon and stars were created specifically as signs for mankind, so His creation would know about the feasts (or appointed times) to have relationship with their Creator.

A number of years ago, Pastor Biltz discovered that a series of four blood moon eclipses would occur on important Biblical dates during 2014 and 2015.  This kind of “blood moon tetrad” is very rare.  It fact, it has only happened seven times before since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  This current blood moon tetrad is the eighth occurrence.

And according to Jewish tradition, blood red moons are an omen of war for Israel.  The following comes from my previous article on the blood red moons

Is Israel going to be involved in a war during the blood red moons of 2014 and 2015?  According to ancient Jewish tradition, a lunar eclipse is a harbinger of bad things for Israel.  If that eclipse is blood red, that is a sign that war is coming.  And blood red moons that happen during Biblical festivals seem to be particularly significant.  There was a “tetrad” of blood red moons that fell during Passover 1967, the Feast of Tabernacles 1967, Passover 1968 and the Feast of Tabernacles 1968.  And of course the 1967 war during which Israel took full control of Jerusalem took place during that time period.  There was also a “tetrad” of blood red moons that fell during Passover 1949, the Feast of Tabernacles 1949, Passover 1950 and the Feast of Tabernacles 1950.  If you know your history, you already are aware that the Israeli War of Independence ended on July 20th, 1949.  So does the blood red moon tetrad of 2014 and 2015 signal that another season of war is now upon us?

We already witnessed a war between Israel and Hamas in 2014, but personally I am convinced that more war could soon come to the Middle East.  For much, much more on this, please see this article.

But what I want to talk about now is the total solar eclipse that is coming up on March 20th.  The chart below comes from propheciesoftheendtimes.com, and it shows that it falls right in the middle of this series of blood red moons…

Blood Red Moons

 

As I mentioned above, when a solar eclipse falls on Nisan 1 it is traditionally considered to be a sign that judgment is coming to the world

“Our Rabbis taught, when the sun is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for the whole world. This may be illustrated by a parable. To what can this be compared? To a human being who made a banquet for his servants and put up for them a lamp. When he became wroth with them he said to his servant, ‘Take away the lamp from them, and let them sit in the dark’. It was taught: R. Meir said, whenever the luminaries [moon] are in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel since they are inured to blows. This may be compared to a school teacher who comes to school with a strap in his hand. Who becomes apprehensive? He who is accustomed to be daily punished. Our Rabbis taught, When the sun is in eclipse it is a bad omen for idolaters; when the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel, since Israel reckons by the moon and idolaters by the sun…”

—Succah 29a

Of course Jewish tradition is not Scripture, but it is very interesting to note.

And what we do know is that we have seen this kind of pattern before.

On Nisan 1 in 70 AD, there was a total solar eclipse.  But that was not the only eclipse during that time period.  In fact, there were a whole series of eclipses that took place on key Biblical dates before and after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The following information comes from a book authored by Pastor Mark Biltz entitled “Blood Moons“…

October 18, 69 AD (Sukkot): partial solar eclipse

March 30, 70 AD (Nisan 1): total solar eclipse

April 14, 70 AD (Passover): penumbral lunar eclipse

Temple destroyed 9th of Av, 70 AD

September 21, 70 AD (Rosh Hashanah): annual solar eclipse

October 8, 70 AD (Sukkot): penumbral lunar eclipse

March 4, 71 AD (Purim): partial lunar eclipse

March 20, 71 AD (Nisan 1): hybrid solar eclipse

September 12, 71 AD (Rosh Hashanah): hybrid solar eclipse

Now we find ourselves in the middle of a similar series of eclipses.

So could it be possible that this total eclipse on March 20th is a sign of judgment?

Or is all of this just a giant coincidence?

Either way, at least now you understand what so many people are talking about.

 

Still watching …

 

A Blood Moon Rebuttal …

A PERSONAL NOTE: I just want to say thank you to my daughter for bringing this to my attention. My blood moon posts are a summary of a DVD produced by Mark Blitz. I believe the information he gave is valuable, but I also want to make clear that I do not believe the current blood moon tetrad is signaling the imminent return of Christ. I base my conclusion on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24:1-31, particularly verses 29-31 where He says:

 “But immediately following the trouble of those times,

the sun will grow dark,
the moon will stop shining,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in heaven will be shaken. 

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mournand they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. He will send out his angels with a great shofar [trumpet, NIV]and they will gather together his chosen people [elect, NIV] from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (The Complete Jewish Bible)

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In my opinion, based on what I have read from multiple authors on the subject of the timing of the rapture and what the Lord has revealed to me, these verses explain what will happen at the coming of the Lord. AND this will not happen UNTIL “you see standing in the holy place  ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel” [See Daniel 9:27].

That quote is from Matthew 24:15, and it is followed by these words from Jesus: For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again!Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited…. There! I have told you in advance!” (Matthew 24:21-25, CJB)

So, stay alert and balanced in receiving information from various sources. Despite what the pre-tribulation rapture theory teachers declare about the imminent coming of Christ, I think we are not as close as they would have their followers believe. JESUS SAID: “I have told you in advance!”

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Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?

by Dr. Danny Faulkner on July 12, 2013

 In 2014 and 2015, a series of lunar and solar eclipses around the times of Passover and Sukkot are regarded by some as a fulfillment of prophecy regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Mark Biltz is the founder of El Shaddai Ministries, a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry located near Tacoma, Washington. Recently Biltz has attracted attention in presentations and YouTube videos about end-time prophecy and the Lord’s return. He discusses the significance of four total lunar eclipses that will fall on the dates of Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015. The Crucifixion of Jesus was at the time of Passover, and Biltz believes that the Second Coming of Christ must happen at Sukkot, so he argues that this relatively unusual event of four lunar eclipses on these four dates has great significance. He also mentions two solar eclipses in 2015 having prophetic implications. Because total lunar eclipses often appear red, people sometimes call a totally eclipsed moon a “blood moon.” Therefore, Biltz suggests that these eclipses are a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel 2:31 of the sun being darkened and the moon turning to blood and suggests that they may presage the Lord’s return. Others, such as John Hagee, have begun speaking about this as well. Let us examine some of these claims.

Why do total lunar eclipses often appear red?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow (the umbra) falls on the moon. If the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, it is a total eclipse. But a partial lunar eclipse happens if the earth’s umbra only partially covers the moon. Because the earth has an atmosphere that bends light around its edge, the earth’s umbra is not completely dark. So, the totally eclipsed moon will reflect the color of the light contained in the earth’s shadow. The earth’s atmosphere scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet) leaving mostly longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the earth’s umbra. This is why sunsets and sunrises generally are red, and why most lunar eclipses are red.

However, a wide range of color and brightness can be found in lunar eclipses. This is based on atmospheric conditions at the time including dust and humidity levels. While the color of some total lunar eclipses could be compared to blood, others are more orange, similar to a pumpkin. Still other eclipses look yellow, and some are very dark—virtually black. One of the most unusual total lunar eclipses was the very long one on July 6, 1982. Half of the earth’s umbra was as dark as coal, but the other half was rather bright and had a peach-like color. No one alive could remember such an unusual-looking lunar eclipse, nor were there any similar reports of past eclipses. In short, most lunar eclipses don’t appear blood-like, so it is a bit presumptuous to assume that any particular future eclipse—or, in this case, four eclipses—must of necessity be “blood moons.”

How unusual are total lunar eclipses?

Total lunar eclipses aren’t that unusual; there will be 85 total lunar eclipses in the twenty-first century. The greatest length of time between two consecutive total lunar eclipses is only three years. In between these “droughts” will be occurrences of three or even four total lunar eclipses, each separated by about six months. A little more than half the earth’s surface can witness at least a portion of a particular eclipse. So, from any given location, total lunar eclipses aren’t quite as common as these statistics might suggest.

But what about the coincidence of the four eclipses of 2014–2015 with Passover and Sukkot?

This, too, is not quite as remarkable as has been claimed. Since a lunar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the earth is cast upon the moon, a lunar eclipse can happen only when the earth is between the sun and the moon. This happens once each month when the moon’s phase is full (fully illuminated as viewed from the earth). But there is not a lunar eclipse at full moon each month, so there must be more to it.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is tilted a little more than five degrees with respect to the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun (known as the ecliptic). So normally a full moon is above or below the earth’s umbra, and no eclipse occurs. Each month the moon’s orbit crosses the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun in two places, points that we call the lunar nodes. If a full moon occurs when the moon is near a node, then there is a lunar eclipse. (Conversely, a new moon at this time results in a solar eclipse.)

There are two times per year when the nodes are roughly aligned with a full moon. These eclipse seasons are little more than a month long, and they are separated by a little less than six months. The moon’s orbit precesses in an 18.6-year period, so the eclipse seasons shift about 20 days earlier each year. The result is that the possibility of lunar eclipses happening around the times of Passover and Sukkot (which are six months apart) repeats roughly half of this 18.6-year period. For instance, in 1995–1996, there were four lunar eclipses (not all were total)—two that fell on Passover and the other two within a day of Sukkot.1  I set up a telescope for public viewing during the total lunar eclipse in September 1996 and mentioned to the people who showed up Joel’s prophecy and the timing of the eclipse with Sukkot.

But isn’t it unusual to have a lunar eclipse on the same day as Passover or Sukkot?

No, it’s really not that unusual. Remember, a lunar eclipse happens only at full moon. We don’t follow a strictly lunar calendar today, but most ancient people, including the Hebrews, did. Their months began with the first appearance of the crescent of the new moon, which is a day or so after our modern definition of a new moon (when the moon and sun are in longitudinal conjunction). Reckoning from this point, fourteen days later, or the fifteenth of the month, always coincides with full moon.2

The civil year began near the autumnal equinox on the first day of the first month, and Jews today still celebrate Rosh Hashanah (New Year) then. However, at Sinai God established that the ceremonial year would begin in the spring, six months earlier. The festivals that the Hebrews were to observe on this ceremonial calendar are recorded in Leviticus 23. Passover is the  fifteenth day of the first month and Sukkot begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, six months after Passover. Thus, Passover and Sukkot are always at full moon and always six months apart.

THE COINCIDENCE OF THESE FESTIVALS WITH LUNAR ECLIPSES IS NOT AS RARE AS BILTZ IMPLIES.

There are roughly 29.5 days in a lunar month and thus 354 days in 12 lunar months. This contrasts with about 365 days in a solar year, so some adjustments must be made to keep solar and lunar calendars synchronized. The easiest adjustments are to alternate between 29 and 30 days per month and to add an additional, intercalary month about every three years. Eventually the Hebrews adopted the Metonic cycle, a method of adding intercalary months appropriately in a 19-year cycle, but it is doubtful that they adopted this immediately.3 The first of each month initially may have been observationally determined, but eventually, as today, a formula determined when the first of each month occurred, and that algorithm nearly always matches what one would normally observe as the beginning of the month.

A lunar eclipse must happen exactly at full moon. On a lunar calendar the fifteenth of the month falls on or within a day of exact full moon, so any lunar eclipse must be on or within a day of the fifteenth of the month. Hence, any lunar eclipse that happens near the equinoxes must fall on or within a day of Passover (spring) or Sukkot (autumn). Therefore the coincidence of these festivals with lunar eclipses is not as rare as Biltz implies.

Illustrating the Recent Coincidences of Lunar Eclipses with Passover and Sukkot

To illustrate the frequency of the coincidence of lunar eclipses with Passover and Sukkot, consider the 230 lunar eclipses of all types (total, partial, and penumbral) during the twentieth century (1901–2000). Table I lists the 39 lunar eclipses in the twentieth century that coincided with Passover or Sukkot (Passover always is in March or April, and Sukkot always is in September or October). Many of the dates of lunar eclipses exactly match the dates of the Passover or Sukkot. Others are off by one day, and a few are off by two days.

There are at least five reasons why these eclipses don’t exactly match the dates of the holidays. First, the algorithm for determining the beginning of the Hebrew months results in the first of each month falling one or two days after astronomical new moon. This difference of a day or two causes the fifteenth day of each month to vary by a day or so from astronomical full moon, which is when a lunar eclipse must occur. Second, the moon doesn’t move in its orbit at a uniform rate, so the time between new and full phases varies slightly. Third, the date of each eclipse is listed for the Universal Time (UT, which for our purposes can be treated as the same as Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]) of mid-eclipse. This means that many of the eclipses span two days in UT.

Fourth, since lunar eclipses are seen at night and we change our calendar day at midnight, lunar eclipses must span two days as reckoned locally anyway. Fifth, there is a little ambiguity as to the date of Passover and Sukkot. In our modern convention we begin our days at midnight, but in Hebrew reckoning the day begins at sunset. On most calendars the dates of Passover and Sukkot are listed as the conventional date on which the sunset would commence the respective observances. For instance, in 2013 we said the Passover began on the evening of March 25, but in Israel it began on March 26, for there it already was March 26 at sunset. The dates in Table I were listed according to the modern convention, not the dates in the Hebrew reckoning.

With these caveats, we can say that all 39 of these lunar eclipses coincided with Passover or Sukkot. This is about one-sixth (39/230) of the twentieth-century lunar eclipses, which is what we would expect because Passover and Sukkot happen in two of the 12 months. The relatively high frequency is a result of definition of the fifteenth day of the month on a lunar calendar. Therefore, again, the coincidence of lunar eclipses with these two observances is more common than Biltz realizes.

From what vantage point must one view these eclipses?

There also is a question of from what portion of the earth one ought to view these eclipses for them to constitute a sign. One might think that Jerusalem would be a key site, but the first three total lunar eclipses in 2014–2015 won’t be visible from there, and only the beginning of the final eclipse will be. One must ask whether a sign that few people notice is much of a sign.

What about the two solar eclipses in 2015?

Biltz claims that the two solar eclipses in 2015 may be a fulfillment of the prophecy of the darkening of the sun. In one of the videos Biltz states that the first eclipse (March 20, 2015) is on the first day of the ceremonial year, attaching great significance to this fact. While this is technically incorrect since the eclipse is on the last day of the previous month and year, this discrepancy can be explained similarly as discussed above for lunar eclipses.

As with the coincidence of lunar eclipses with Passover and Sukkot, the coincidence of solar eclipses with the beginning of the Hebrew ceremonial year is more common than Biltz realizes since both must happen at new moon. The ceremonial year begins close to the vernal equinox, so when a solar eclipse occurs near the vernal equinox, the solar eclipse must fall on or within a day of the first day of the ceremonial year. Table II lists the 19 of the 228 solar eclipses in the twentieth century that match the beginning of the Hebrew ceremonial year. Some of the caveats on the dates previously discussed apply here as well. The ratio of 19 to 228 is exactly one-twelfth, which is what we would expect since by definition any solar eclipse near the vernal equinox must coincide with the Hebrew ceremonial New Year.

Who will witness the two solar eclipses in 2015?

The first eclipse (March 20, 2015) is total. Having personally experienced one total solar eclipse, I can testify that a total solar eclipse is stunning and awe-inspiring. Therefore a total solar eclipse could be interpreted as a great sign to those who witness it. But how many people will witness this particular eclipse? The eclipse path is in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The only landfalls that the eclipse path will make are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. The population of the former is 50,000 and the latter less than 3,000. The eclipse is of short duration, and the weather can be overcast much of the time at that latitude. There is a good chance that few people, if any, will actually see this eclipse.

The second solar eclipse (September 13, 2015) is partial and falls on Rosh Hashanah. Though many people have experienced a partial solar eclipse, most of them had no idea that anything was going on. This is because unless a partial eclipse is very close to being total, the sun is not appreciably dimmed. Not actually witnessing these events but instead just knowing that somewhere some sort of solar eclipses are happening seems to fall far short of being specific and spectacular signs of end times.

Summary

Mark Biltz has an engaging style, and judging by the response of those in attendance in the videos, he makes a very persuasive case for his audiences. However, most of those in attendance probably know little, if anything, about the circumstances and appearance of lunar and solar eclipses, so they are easily impressed. Biltz makes two key observations. First, he notes the coincidence of these eclipses with major Jewish festivals. Second, he points out that these four eclipses are in a row (a tetrad). Admittedly, bringing together such factors is rare, though not unique, but there is no suggestion that these eclipses will be otherwise exceptional. The biblical passages that refer to the dimming of the sun (Matthew 24:29Joel 2:31) and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31) speak in very apocalyptic terms, emphasizing frightening things that men experience. The timing of the eclipses that Biltz draws attention to, while interesting, falls far short of the sort of signs that will cause the heavens to shake (Matthew 24:29).

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1. “Blood Moons”: What’s the fuss about?

Not long ago, I watched a DVD called, “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” written and presented by author Mark Biltz.

I was astounded by what I saw and heard! I knew about the “blood moon prophecy” in Joel, Chapter 2: “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion [the Temple Mount] and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 2:31-32, NIV)   But I was not aware of the blood moon tetrads that have appeared, specifically on Jewish holy days and in conjunction with significant historic events.

Mark Biltz demonstrates in his documentary that we can know if an event is generated by the Lord God by checking his divine Day Runner  – the Hebrew calendar. Without going into a lot of detail, I will simply say that the feast days given through Moses (Leviticus 23) are the most important days of each year to the One who ordained them. And 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! 

For example, in 1493 and 1494, a blood moon tetrad happened after the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal. It also coincided with the month of Av when, in Jewish history, there was a significant event following the 40-year wilderness journey of the Israelites after they left Egypt. (Read about it in  Numbers 14.) According to Mark Biltz’s research, the Jews were expelled on the 9th day of Av, the same date on which the spies sent out by Moses gave their bad report and defied God’s will concerning entering the Promised Land.  Before the expulsion, the Spanish government plundered the Jews who had migrated into the country following the Diaspora of 70A.D. (when the temple was destroyed and the Jews were scattered into the nations). King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella used the riches they acquired to help fund the finding of the New World!

In 1949 and 1950, four blood moons appeared after Israel was once again declared a nation in 1948, indicating that the gathering of God’s chosen people back to the land he gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was not a man mandated event. It was orchestrated by their faithful God!

In 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 to try and reclaim the land given to to the Jews by the United Nations. The battle began on Sunday and ended on Friday — the day before the Jewish Sabbath day of rest, Shabbat! 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.

Now here we are, living in the 21st Century, and the appearance of another blood moon tetrad is approaching. According to NASA, the first will appear on April 15, 2014 — the Jewish remembrance of Passover (Exodus 12). It will be followed exactly two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on April 29th. The second blood moon is due on October 8, 2014 – Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43). It will be followed by a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd.

Now here we are, living in the 21st Century, and the appearance of another blood moon tetrad is approaching. According to NASA, the first will appear on April 15, 2014 — the Jewish remembrance of Passover (Exodus 12). It will be followed exactly two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on April 29th. The second blood moon is due on October 8, 2014 – Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43). It will be followed by a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd.

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.

In 2015, there will be a total solar eclipse on March 20th – the first day of the Jewish religious new year, Nisan 1. It will be followed by the third blood moon of the tetrad on April 4th – Passover!  Then on September 14th — Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25) — there will be another total solar eclipse, two weeks before the fourth blood moon, again on the feast day of Sukkot, September 28th. On that night, a SUPER BLOOD MOON will be seen by Israelis in Jerusalem through the latticework roofs of their outdoor booths called sukkahs.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that many authors and speakers have been taking advantage of this phenomena by writing and selling their research in the form of books, reports, and DVD’s, and by making personal appearances in various locations. That’s how they make their living. And that’s great for those of us who are interested in what they have to share. BUT we must be like the Berean Jews encountered by Paul. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” (Acts 17:11-12, NIV)

So let’s dig deeper into this blood moon tetrad event and see what God may be trying to show us through the study of HIS calendar.

Coming next: “Blood Moons”: Digging deeper …

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?