The Coming 4 Blood Moons – The Tetrad: Part 5
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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;
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Luke 17: 20,21
Jerusalem and Israel are the center of the earth. Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jews are the heart of everything. Whether people want to believe that or not.
Not because I say so or believe this to be true – but because it is.
No matter how much someone might ignore these facts or be ignorant of these truths. God our Creator, our Father has beset Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jews as His holy city, His holy land, and His chosen people. You may not agree with that or like it. You may say it isn’t so, or it isn’t fair. Tell you what. You create everything – the heavens, the stars, the moon, the sun, and the earth. You create all life and the oceans, and the mountains, and the birds of the air which fly and sing. You create the fishes of the seas. You create the animals that roam and walk, and the creeping things, and all the plants and trees and life. You create man and woman. And then you can choose who you want as your chosen people and your chosen land and your chosen city. Simple as that. Otherwise it would behoove you to heed He who did create all and is the Lord our God of all things.
You may not believe. You may adhere solely to the words and teaching of man. Okay. Then adhere to the facts of NASA and of history as recorded by men. Then place those facts next to the Word of God and discover greater depth of truth.
The smartest unbelieving person on earth – smart in the ways of men, smart in worldly knowledge - is an ignorant fool if placed side by side with a simple man or woman with faith in God and His Holy Word and placing their trust in the Holy Spirit to instruct them and show them.
Because the smartest person on earth is nothing more than a speck of dust compared to the knowledge and wisdom and power of God and what He can bestow upon those who seek His understanding and knowledge, and have the faith and trust He will provide those things as He promises He will.
The time, the age – earth as it has been known to men and women for thousands of years – is short. It is coming to an end. I realize this is difficult to digest, difficult to believe, and people with children rebel vehemently to the thought. Young people refuse to believe it. Educated people refuse to believe it. Yet the people are filled with fear. They do not need to speak it. It is within them. Yet unbelievers in arrogance and self will serving the old dragon the devil scoff, and mock, and snicker, and say anyone proposing such a thing follows fairy tales and needs psychiatric help.
Even many professed believers refuse to see and understand as they are also caught in the snare of denial and delusion living lives isolated from the truth, walking about with a veil over their eyes as well.
The fig tree has spread it leaves. As of 1948. (See Matthew 24:32,33; Mark 13:28,29; Luke 21:29-31). While some scholars and Christians, and sects hold to the belief those Biblical references place the 70 weeks of Daniel in the time frame of the past and ended in 70 A.D. with the Romans destroying the second temple). Many refute the prophecy in Scriptures regarding Israel becoming established in 1948, but I hold to that belief as to Christ’s speaking in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
This generation shall not pass before all things in the Bible are come to pass. A Biblical generation is either 40 years or 100 years, or to describe an entire race for the duration of it existing on earth until the Lord returns. So no one can, no one should even attempt to foretell when the Great Tribulation begins, who will be the Antichrist, when the Lord returns, and when this world will end.
We need to turn to and follow the Bible. And no man. No theory. Place our hearts, our minds, our diligent study in and on God’s Word which is God’s will revealed to all of us seeking to know and deepen our understanding.
I never do, never have, and would never make a proclamation of a time when the Lord returns. We are instructed and chastised to not do such a thing as it is heresy as only God the Father knows the day and time. Not even those in heaven know. That said though, we are also instructed to discern wisely. To keep a watch. To prepare. To look up and out. To know. To rely upon the Holy Spirit and to spend time on spiritual matters, matters of heaven above those of this world. And we’re instructed to turn to God’s Word for our nourishment, the food of our spiritual growth and health.
As stated earlier in this series I have no idea what event or events will transpire as a result of the coming Tetrad – 4 blood moons of 2014 and 2015. But something moving within my soul, in my heart, within me leads me as well as does Scripture, and history to believe something major concerning Israel and the Jews is about to take place soon. And it will impact every man, woman, and child on this earth. Even though they might not believe or see that when it happens.
As the world increases its hatred of Israel and the Jews, as anti-Semitism rises up and snaps and snarls revived and renewed worldwide, as the United States openly shuns Israel and the Jews while it make bowing and servitude gestures towards radical Islam and the enemies of Israel even though most people are clueless and completely unaware that doe not mean the events taking place do not impact every person on this earth.
Make no mistake. Heed the times while you have time. Jerusalem is the center of the world. It is the heart and capital of Israel, God’s Holy land, God’s Holy city. And He will protect and preserve His chosen people even though they are massively disobedient to Him and the vast majority are serving this world and have abandoned their faith, and they still have a veil over their eyes regarding the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ as their Ultimate King.
Many Israeli’s are going to perish in the events in the coming years. A remnant will have their eyes opened, their hearts softened, and they will come to know the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray daily for the nation of Israel. For its leaders. For its people. And I pray for the Jews of the world they see the Light when the veil is lifted and the door is open to them as it now is to the Gentiles. Do not misunderstand – Jews can at this time come to the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. The power of God and the power of the Holy Spirit can work in them. And I pray it does in many each day. What I was referencing was the remnant from the 12 tribes which out of Israel are sealed by God. The 144,000 written of in Revelation 7.
I do hope you are reading this series and as you do praying and turning to the Word of God. Trusting in the Holy Spirit to instruct and guide you. Follow no man – follow Christ and the Word of God. Hopefully the King James Version as well as solid foundation study helps.
May each person reading this know and have the kingdom of God within them as the words of Yeshua declared, and not spend our time in fear and worry about what the morrow brings, but spend today in thankfulness and in the pursuit of what god has blessed us with this day. For we do not know when the time comes when time ends as it has been known – for any of us – for this world.
Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. I come to Thee asking that the false teachers snare fewer and mislead fewer of Thy church, and that more find the way to Truth and Light and achieve a greater depth of understanding of Thy Word. That our discernment increases. That our wisdom and knowledge of Thee and Thy will increases and we make no excuse and make the time to pursue Thee greater and greater through Thy Word which illuminates us always.
Open the eyes and soften the hearts of Thy people to Thy Truth, to Thy Son Jesus Christ. May they come to the knowledge Thy Son, Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, and may they make Him Lord of their lives. Protect Israel. Protect Thy Holy city Jerusalem. I pray the enemies of Israel will have their hearts stilled in the ways of evil and they will pray to Thee and come to the true knowledge of Thee and Thy ways. Be with the leaders of Israel and this world that they seek Thee and know Thee and Thy will.
I have complete belief and faith in Thy Word. So as the times near may there be no fear or worry in Thy people, in Thy true believers. May we not need to place so much emphasis on the day coming and place our effort and hearts on the day Thou blesses us with and gives us, one at a time, Lord willing.
Increase our faith and strength to withstand the times coming. Show us what we need to know in Thy Word, in Thy ways to help us prepare.
May the elect not be misled. May more of Thy people find each other and bring comfort, joy, assurance, and love as given by Thee to our brothers and sisters in the faith. May we find each other and bring greater strength to Thy elect. Searching Thy Word and placing our time on spiritual matters above those of this world.
May we be given all we need to know and understand of, for, and by Thee.
In the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ,
We will now continue where we left off in part 4:
SIGNS OF THE BLOOD MOONS PART 5: THE COMING FOUR BLOOD
The Bible foretold of signs in the celestial bodies that would be of prophetic significance. One of these signs was the moon turning into blood. NASA has claimed that there will be four blood moons to come, with a solar eclipse occurring in the middle, between 2014 and 2015. Could an occurrence like this be tied to a great prophetic fulfilment. Many have taken these predictions by NASA and crossed them with the prophecies of the Bible and believe that the coming four blood moons are a sign of judgment to the world and Israel foreshadowing a devastating war prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel. Can this be true?
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS – GOD’S TIMEPIECE
Imagine your world without a clock? Our lives are practically dependent upon timepieces. Whether a digital alarm clock, a kitchen timer, a time clock at our place of work or a watch upon our arm; we rely on the governance and regulation that clocks provide. The measurement of time is important in planning our day; it provides reference points that are essential to our management of life.
But there is a clock that is infinitely more accurate and complicated than the most precise and extravagant timepiece in this modern era. This is the clock of the heavens, the celestial timepiece of the orbiting sky. The movements in the starry heavens represent a giant clock marking day by day the grand orchestration of the universe. God reveals he is the creator of the stars and their heavenly patterns:
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? (Job 38: 31-33)
The bible indicates that the sun, moon and stars were given to us for the purpose of signs and seasons:
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years”. (Genesis 1:14)
The Hebrew word for “signs” is “Owth”. This literally means “A signal or beacon, a flag”. The word for “seasons” is the Hebrew “moadim” and means literally, “appointed times”. In other words the moon, sun and stars were created also for the purpose of being a marker or signpost for God’s divine appointments with His people, which we have already seen in the previous chapter are marked by the Feasts of the Lord. Thus when you combine both the Feasts of the Lord with signs in the sky happening on the same day – you should take note of their importance.
An important disclaimer regarding the study of signs in the heavens. In observing patterns and signs in the heavens we are talking about these in a Biblical context. We are not suggesting that one follow the practice of astrology which is strictly forbidden in the scriptures. Only the creator should be worshipped, not His creation, and that is what many forms of astrology do. They turn objects in the heavens into items to be worshipped and followed so that if one is born under a certain alignment of stars you can expect certain universal influences upon your personality, your career, and your fortune.
BLOOD MOON TETRADS – A SIGN FOR ISRAEL
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:25- 26).
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sack-cloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (Revelation 6:12)
Several passages of scripture indicate the darkening of the sun and the moon turning to blood in relationship to end time prophetic events. Are these supernatural occurrences or is God working within a divine pattern He already established in the heavens? It is true that God as the creator can change anything in creation at anytime – such as when he held the sun still (and the moon stopped) for Joshua so that he could defeat his enemies. (Joshua 10:13). There can also be natural occurrences upon the earth that might cause such conditions. If you have ever seen a very large fire fill the skies with smoke, it too can block out the sun so that it appears dark. However, God has already revealed in Genesis that marking signs in the moon and sun were part of his divine plan. In these verses it reveals that those markings are turning the moon to blood and blocking out the sun. Such events happen during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly in front of the Earth to block out the sun.
With lunar eclipses there are three different types: partial, penumbral and total. A total lunar eclipse is the most rare to occur as the sun, moon and Earth must be perfectly lined up at a time when the moon is also full. There are on average 1.5 total lunar eclipse occurrences per year. (1) Sometimes with a total lunar eclipse the moon is not completely dark, but is faintly illuminated with red light refracted by the earth’s atmosphere. This is where we get the term “blood moon” from. The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition / Interpretation) says; “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.” According to this tradition: Lunar Eclipse = bad omen for the Jewish people and Israel; Blood Moon = sword coming; Solar Eclipse = bad omen for the world.
Thanks to modern technology and NASA we find that they have a complete listing of the eclipses that have happened in the past and know the exact dates of those that are yet future. These are all listed through the NASA Eclipse website. (2) It was Pastor Mark Biltz, a Hebrew roots teacher from El Shaddai Ministries who first took this information from the NASA website and applied it to the Feasts of the Lord. Knowing his Hebrew roots Mark compared the NASA dates to the Biblical calendar, and not our Gregorian calendar which is primarily based on pagan worship and dates. In doing so, he made a pretty extraordinary discovery: In 2014, there will be two total lunar eclipses which fall on the Feasts of the Lord. The first one will occur on the day of the Jewish Passover and the second on the day of the Feasts of Tabernacles. The same phenomenon will reoccur in the year 2015: two total lunar eclipses, the first one on the day of the Passover and the second one on the day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
When four consecutive lunar eclipses occur like this on two consecutive years, it is called a “tetrad“. (3) Tetrads which fall on the Feasts of the Lord are extremely rare: one or two per century maximum, several centuries can go by without any tetrad which is often the case. Since the year 1 AD, there have only been seven such tetrads, including two in the 20th century. After 2014-2015, there will be no more such tetrads in the 21st century. This can all be verified at NASA’s Eclipse website. In taking a closer look at the two tetrad patterns that did happen in the 20th century on Jewish feasts Pastor Biltz discovered that each one was in relationship to an important event concerning the nation of Israel or the Jewish people:
The first tetrad occurred in 1949-1950, just after the independence of the state of Israel, and the second in 1967-1968, when the Jews took back possession of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years. There were no tetrads in the 17th, 18th and 19th century. There were several during the 16th century, but none corresponded with the Jewish feasts. There was only one tetrad which fell on the Feasts of the Lord in the 15th century, in 1493-1494, one year after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and the discovery of America, in 1492.
Pastor Biltz also noticed that there will be two solar eclipses in 2015: the first, a total eclipse, will happen during the first day of the month of Nisan (the first day of the Jewish religious year), and the second, a partial eclipse, the first day of the month of Tishrei (the first day of the civil Jewish new year). All of that in the year 2015! Is it possible that this is pure coincidence? Let’s take a closer look at the last 3 Blood Moon Tetrads to have occurred:
The Spanish Inquisition – Four Blood Moons
Four total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets Holidays in 1493 – 1494. This was only months after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the country.
“In the same month in which their Majesties (Ferdinand and Isabella)] issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies.” (4) So begins Christopher Columbus’s diary.
The expulsion that Columbus refers to was so cataclysmic an event that ever since; the date 1492 has been almost as important in Jewish history as in American history. On July 30 of that year, the entire Jewish community, some 200,000 people, were expelled from Spain. Tens of thousands of refugees died while trying to reach safety. In some instances, Spanish ship captains charged Jewish passengers exorbitant sums, then dumped them overboard in the middle of the ocean. In the last days before the expulsion, rumors spread throughout Spain that the fleeing refugees had swallowed gold and diamonds, and many Jews were knifed to death by brigands hoping to find treasures in their stomachs.
1492 was the same year that the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher Columbus ‘amazingly’… discovered America which is home today for more than 5 million Jews outside Israel. Like Mordecai said to Esther – “help will come in another way” One might wonder if the discovery of America was part of God’s plan to protect Israel and offer a safe haven for the Jewish people. As a result of this safe haven, America has truly been blessed. As America now applies pressure for Israel to divide the land God has promised it, one must wonder if that blessing is in the process of being removed.
Four total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1949 – 1950 during the first Arab – Israeli War for Independence just after Israel had become a nation again for the first time in 2,000 years. It should be noted here: that even though Israel declared themselves a nation in 1948, the first permanent government took office on January 25th, 1949. Israel had a transitional government in 1948. In this way the “(Tetrad) four blood moons” can tie to the year 1949 for the first elected office of that year and the birth year could still be 1948. The point being, however, is not that these tetrads occur on the exact day of these events but that they are markers or signs to the season in which they happen.
On 14th May, 1948, Israel proclaimed its independence. Less than 24 hours later, the regular armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded the country, forcing Israel to defend the sovereignty it had regained in its ancestral homeland. In what became known as Israel’s War of Independence, the newly formed, poorly equipped Israel Defence Forces (IDF) repulsed the invaders in fierce intermittent fighting, which lasted some 15 months and claimed over 6,000 Israeli lives (nearly one percent of the country’s Jewish population at the time).
The war over, Israel focused on building the state which the people had struggled so long and so hard to regain. The first 120-seat Knesset (parliament) went into session following national elections (25 January 1949) in which nearly 85 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots. Two of the people who had led Israel to statehood became the country’s leaders: David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency, was chosen as the first Prime Minister; and Chaim Weizmann, head of the World Zionist Organization, was elected by the Knesset as the first president. On 11 May 1949, Israel took its seat as the 59th member of the United Nations.
“The gates of the country were thrown open, affirming the right of every Jew to become a citizen.” David Ben-Gurion
This amazing event fulfilled many prophecies regarding the return of the Jews to their homeland:
“Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10)
“I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land.” (Ezekiel 37:21)
And in the process began the clock ticking on another prophecy made by Jesus Himself:
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near– at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place”. (Matthew 24:32-34)
God clearly compares Israel with a fig tree throughout scripture. Thus this prophecy is implying that now that Israel has once again budded, we are in the final generation. There are a number of different positions to exactly how long a generation is in scripture, but the expectation is that it would not be more than the total life span from the generation living at that time. This would roughly be no later than 2048 although many present good evidence for it being much less.
Capture of Jerusalem – Four Blood Moons
The Six-Day War took place in June 1967. The Six-Day War was fought between June 5th and June 10th. The Israelis defended the war as a preventative military effort to counter what the Israelis saw as an impending attack by Arab nations that surrounded Israel. The Six-Day War was initiated by General Moshe Dayan, the Israeli’s Defence Minister. The war was against Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Israel believed that it was only a matter of time before the three Arab states coordinated a massive attack on Israel. After the 1956 Suez Crisis, the United Nations had established a presence in the Middle East, especially at sensitive border areas.
The United Nations was only there with the agreement of the nations that acted as a host to it. By May 1967, the Egyptians had made it clear that the United Nations was no longer wanted in the Suez region. Gamal Nasser, leader of Egypt, ordered a concentration of Egyptian military forces in the sensitive Suez zone. This was a highly provocative act and the Israelis only viewed it one way: that Egypt was preparing to attack. The Egyptians had also enforced a naval blockade which closed off the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping.
Rather than wait to be attacked, the Israelis launched a hugely successful military campaign against its perceived enemies. The air forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq were all but destroyed on June 5th. By June 7th, many Egyptian tanks had been destroyed in the Sinai Desert and Israeli forces reached the Suez Canal. On the same day, the whole of the west bank of the Jordan River had been cleared of Jordanian forces. The Golan Heights were captured from Syria and Israeli forces moved 30 miles into Syria itself. The war was a disaster for the Arab world and temporarily weakened the man who was seen as the leader of the Arabs, Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt. The war was a military disaster for the Arabs but it was also a massive blow to the Arabs morale. Here were four of the strongest Arab nations systematically defeated by just one nation. The success of the campaign must have surprised the Israelis. However, it also gave them a major problem that was has proven to this very day to be difficult to solve.
By capturing the Sinai, the Golan Heights and the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Israelis had captured for themselves areas of great strategic value. However, the West Bank also contained over 600,000 Arabs who now came under Israeli administration. Most of the world has pressured Israel to give this strategic territory back in the form of a Palestinian State. The latest of these pressures comes from the European Union:
“A dramatic new directive published by the European Union bars its 28 members from all cooperation with Israeli entities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The directive, sent out on June 30 and set to take effect on Friday, extends to “all funding, cooperation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to Israeli entities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Haaretz reported on Tuesday. It also requires that any contracts between EU member countries and Israel henceforth include a clause stating that East Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel”. (5)
It is very possible that Israel will have no choice but to eventually give in to world pressure in some form and allow a Palestinian state. Such an agreement may lead to the covenant of Daniel 9:27 that will be addressed in the final section of this report. Some believe such an agreement or events relating to its fulfillment is a top contender for finding its fulfillment in the period of the 2014/15 blood moon tetrad.
2014 / 2015 – Four Blood Moons
This 2014-2015 tetrad is the only one in the near future that aligns itself with the Jewish holidays. There was a also a tetrad in 2003-2004, and there will be others in 2032-2033, 2043-2044, and several more afterwards this century. The difference between these tetrads and the 2014-2015 tetrad is that this tetrad aligns with the Jewish holidays and the others do not.
The expectation is the 2014-2105 blood moon pattern will follow in the same manner of previous tetrads that fell on God’s feast days.
The “1493 tetrad” is tied to the Spanish Government expelling the Jews. The “1949 tetrad” is the nation Israel being reborn” and the “1967 tetrad” is the recapture of Jerusalem. The coming “2014 tetrad” will be tied to some major event dealing with Israel. Thus the next year will be pivotal in bringing about the necessary circumstances for Israel’s fulfillment during this time frame. This is a good time to find credible Christian news sources that can keep you informed of world events from a biblical perspective.
In the final section of our report we will look at some yet unfulfilled prophecies regarding Israel that are possible candidates for this event.