The Blood Moon Tetrads and Prophecy Are You Ready for Jesus Return?


Some Christians who believe in the Old Testament roots of Christianity are now suggesting that a rare string of lunar and solar eclipses, called a blood moon tetrad, which are said to fall on God’s annual holy days, according to the Jewish calendar feast days, which will occur in the next two years could be a forewarning to Christians that the “Second Coming” of Jesus is very, very near.

A blood moon is seen when the moon looks very red, an occasional distortion that happens during a lunar eclipse. They occur when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. The Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which normally reflects off the moon and causes the moon to appear somewhat red. This is in contrast to a solar eclipse where the moon comes between the earth and the sun causing darkness. Blood Moon lunar eclipses have happened throughout history, but a Blood Moon Tetrad is when 4 total lunar eclipses occur in succession and without interruption on the Jewish Holy Feast days. The first three feasts, Pesach, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits fall in March and April. The fourth one, Shavu’ot, marked the summer harvest and occurs in late May or early June. The last three feasts, Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Sukkot happen in September and October.

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Mark Biltz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Wash says, “God wants us to look at the biblical calendar. The reason we need to be watching is because He will signal His appearance. But we have to know what to be watching as well. So we need to be watching the biblical holidays.” Biltz said he’s been studying prophecies that focus on the sun and moon, even going back to the book of Genesis where it states the lights in the sky would be “be for signs, and for seasons.” “It’s like God wants to signal us,” he said. “The Hebrew word implies … not only is it a signal, but it’s a signal for His coming or His appearing.” Biltz adds that the word “seasons” implies appointed times for God’s feasts and holiday celebrations. “When we hear the word feast, we think food. But the Hebrew word has nothing to do with food. It has to do with a divine appointment, as if God has a day timer, and He says, ‘OK, I’m gonna mark the day and the time when I’m going to signal My appearance.’”

So Biltz began focusing on the precise times of both solar and lunar eclipses, sometimes called “blood moons” since the moon often takes on a bloody color. He logged onto NASA’s eclipse website which provides precision tracking of these celestial events. He then noted a rare occurrence of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a blood moon tetrad. He says during this century, tetrads occur at least six times, but what’s interesting is that the only string of four consecutive blood moons that coincide with God’s holy days of Passover in the spring and the autumn’s Feast of Tabernacles (also called Succoth) occurs between 2014 and 2015 on today’s Gregorian calendar. “The fact that it doesn’t happen again in this century I think is very significant,” Biltz explains. “So then I looked at last century, and, believe it or not, the last time that four blood red moons occurred together was in 1967 and 1968 tied to Jerusalem recaptured by Israel.”

Blitz then started to notice a pattern of the tetrads. “What’s significant to me is that even before 1967, the next time that you had four blood red moons again was right after Israel became a nation in ’48, it happened again in 1949 and 1950 … on Passover and Succoth. You didn’t have any astronomical tetrads in the 1800s, the 1700s, the 1600s. In the 1500s, there were six, but none of those fell on Passover and Succoth.” When checking the schedule for solar eclipses, Biltz found two – one on the first day of the Hebrew year and the next on the high holy day of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the seventh Hebrew month. Both of these take place in the 2014-2015 year. Biltz says, “You have the religious year beginning with the total solar eclipse, two weeks later a total lunar eclipse on Passover, and then the civil year beginning with the solar eclipse followed two weeks later by another total blood red moon on the Feast of Succoth all in 2015.”

 

The prospect of eclipses possibly pinpointing the time of Jesus’ return is getting some mixed reactions in Christian circles. “If you think that this is a coincidence, I want you to know that it’s time!” exclaimed Prophecy in the News host J.R. Church. “There are no more of these for the rest of the century.” Church stressed despite the information suggesting 2014/2015 could be a pivotal time in the end time scenario, “We don’t know that that will be the concluding year of the tribulation period … so we’re not setting a date and saying this is a warning. We’re introducing the possibility of a watch.”

After seeing Biltz’s interview, Jim Bramlett, an author and former vice president for the Christian Broadcasting Network, expressed his own excitement. “I have just watched the program two times and do not think I have ever been more encouraged or excited about the soon return of the Lord!” Bramlett said.

But Hal Lindsey, a well-known biblical analyst and author of “The Late Great Planet Earth,” says while he hasn’t heard of Biltz’s theory, he called it “pure speculation.” Though known to be an avid scholar of Biblical prophecy, his reaction was less than enthusiastic. “In my 50-something years of studying prophecy, to me the greatest indication of the time of Christ’s return is based around the general things of prophecies coming together in the same time frame.” Lindsey mentioned not only Israel’s birth as a political state in 1948, but the increase in tensions with Muslims, the rise of Russia, China and the European Union, which he says is even “calling itself the revived Roman Empire.” Though Lindsey downplayed the likely importance of this prophecy, he does “see the whole sweep and panorama spinning together in a precise scenario.”

During another interview, Biltz was presented with Bible quotes that many think suggest Jesus’ return will be a complete surprise, or at least not specifically known. The 25th chapter of Matthew has a parable where Jesus likens His kingdom to ten virgins all waiting for the arrival of their bridegroom. Jesus said in the story, “you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Christ comes.” (Matthew 25:13) Biltz says people need to examine this quote in its proper context. “When He says you don’t know the day or the hour, He’s speaking to the foolish virgins, not the wise virgins,” he explained. Biltz was also asked about the famous statement in Matthew 24:36 when Jesus was discussing the signs of His “coming, and of the end of the world”: “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36) He responded by referring to the annual Feast of Trumpets holiday, saying Israelites never knew the precise moment it began, “because it was based on the sighting of the new moon.” Blitz says, “When He (Jesus) says you won’t know the day or the hour, He’s telling you it’s the Feast of Trumpets because that was known as the feast where no one knew the day or the hour that it would begin. So it’s kind of like if I told you, ‘I’m not going to tell you when I’m coming, but “Gobble, gobble, gobble,’” [pointing to] Turkey Day.”

Understanding the Feasts of the Lord is singularly one of the most critical parts of interpreting bible prophecy. The Bible is always the Christians final source for validation of any prophecy, so what does the Bible have to say about this scenario? There are several specific Biblical references that focus on the moon turning “blood red” leading up to the Day of the Lord and for this reason the prophecy of the Blood Moon Tetrads is causing a storm to brew across the landscape of the Christian community. Some of these references are, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” Joel 2:31, which is also repeated in the New Testament book of Acts 2:20, and “I look when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood” Revelation.6:12.  . Also in the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light … And then shall appear the sign of the Christ in heaven: and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Christ coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29-30) Since Jesus Christ himself said in Luke 21: 11, 25, referring to the days before His second coming: “And there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven”…..“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars . . .” then what do we, as Christians, make of the soon coming blood moons? Prophecy in the News noted, “When we think of the sun being darkened and the moon not giving her light, we usually think of some astronomical catastrophe – perhaps the sun sputtering and the moon being affected by all this. But maybe it’s time to rethink this a little bit and think of it as a natural cycle, the cycle of the eclipses.”

There have only been 7 Blood Moon Tetrads between Jesus Christ’s first coming and 2013, and every time they happened some significant event impacted the Jewish people within a year of the first or last eclipse of the tetrad. Some people believe the NewTemple will be rebuilt around this time. The next time during this century that a Blood Moon Tetrad will take place is in the coming years of 2014-2015. But we must note that Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets) will come Sept 4-6 this year, before the tetrad occurs. The Day that “no one knows the day or hour” is the only time when the Last Trump is blown… Jesus may have actually been telling us when He is coming. Some have also noted that the previous events of Israel becoming a nation again and their regaining of Jerusalem again both occurred a year before the Tetrads occurred, so the rapture or the tribulation and the beginning of the building of the Temple could all occur before these events take place.   So, look for something very significant to occur around September (Rosh Hashana) of this year, or around March/April of 2014 (Blood moon tetrad). Right now Obama is deciding whether or not to bomb Syria and Damascus, which would in fact be a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy if Damascus is destroyed.  Syria promises to bomb Israel in retaliation, if he does this. We need to be in prayerful watch over this situation. In any case, many Christians believe something very significant is going to happen in 2014 and 2015 which will involve Israel and likely the rest of the world as a result. I would also note here that Israel will have been a nation for 70 years in 2018, which is considered a prophetic generation and Jesus said in Matthew 24:34 that “this generation will not pass till all these things be fulfilled.”

Eclipses of 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse of
2014 Apr 15

Annular Solar Eclipse of
2014 Apr 29

Total Lunar Eclipse of
2014 Oct 08

Partial Solar Eclipse of
2014 Oct 23

The Jewish rabbis teach that blood moons, “lunar eclipses” are a sign used by God for the judgment of the nation of Israel. They also teach that solar eclipses are a sign for the judgments of the nations of the world. Historically there is evidence that these occurrences always take place at a time where there are major world changing events. This has set off a storm of debate about this event, which is now so well known, it’s being talked about by several well known talk radio hosts on National Christian Radio broadcasts.  As the blood moons tetrad becomes even more widely known by those in the Christian community, my hope is that more and more Christians will awake to the soon coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Many Christians believe that the tribulation will begin during this time period and some believe the rapture will happen prior to that, but others believe the rapture will occur during or after the tribulation.  My belief is that we will likely be here on earth for at least part of the tribulation if not all of it as Revelation explains that many will be beheaded for the witness of Christ during the tribulation.  Other Christians outside of America are already seeing this type of tribulations, being both beheaded and crucified for their Christian beliefs and I don’t believe we are any better than they are.  Jesus clearly said in this world you will have tribulation.  Not maybe, but will have.  He also told us to watch and pray.  We must be ready for whatever happens. God bless you all!

Because so much Bible prophecy is tied to Jewish feast days, it is smart to take note of these dates. Unlike Gentile holidays, Jewish holidays “float” because they use a 360 day calendar. Below is a list of all major holiday dates for the next three years. Jewish holy days, religious festivals and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day before the given date. Following the calendar is an explanation of each of these holidays. 

Jewish Year

5774

5775

5776

Gregorian Year

2013

2014

2015

Tu B’Shevat

Jan 26

Jan 16

Feb 4

Ta’anit Esther (Fast)

Feb 21

Mar 14

Mar 1

Purim (Feast of Esther)

Feb 24

Feb 14

Mar 5

Pesach

(Passover)

Mar 26 –
Apr 2

Apr 15 – 21

Apr 4 – 10

Sfirat HaOmer

(First Fruits)

Mar 27

Apr 16

Apr 5

Yom haAtzma’ut

Independence Day

Apr 15

May 5

Apr 23

Shavu’ot

(Feast of Weeks)

May 15 – 16

Jun 3 – 4

May 24

Tish’a B’Av (9th of Av)

Destruction of Temples

Jul 16

Aug 5

Jul 26

Rosh Hashanah/Tishri I

(Feast of Trumpets)

Sep 5 – 6

Sep 25 – 26

Sep 14 – 15

Yom Kippur

(Day of Atonement)

Sep 14

Oct 4

Sep 23

Sukkot

(Feast of Booths)

Sep 19 – 25

Oct 9 – 15

Sep 28 –
Oct 4

Channukah

Festival of Lights

Nov 27 –
Dec 5

Dec 16 – 24

Dec 6 – 14

Asarah B’Tevet (Holocaust Memorial Day)

Dec 12

Jan 1, 2015

Dec 22

 

FEAST DAYS

ROSH HASHANAH The Jewish New Year: start of the Ten Days of Penitence. You may notice that the Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and Apr. Why, then, does the Jewish “new year” occur in Tishri, the seventh month? Christians refer to this as the Feast of Trumpets.

Judaism has several different “new years,” a concept which may seem strange at first, but think of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

YOM KIPPUR Day of Atonement: a very solemn day of the year, devoted to fasting, prayer, and repentance. Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur.

SUKKOT The seven day holiday commemorates the dwelling of the Israelites in booths during their travels in the desert. The first two days are observed as a holiday.

CHANNUKAH or HANUKAH Festival of Lights: the chanukkiah is lit for eight nights to commemorate the miracles of the Maccabees’ victory and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Also spelled Hanukkah, Chanukah or Hannukah.

PURIM Celebrates defeat of Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews of Persia, one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

PESACH/PASSOVER: the eight day holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. Feast of Unleavened Bread. The seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus. The last two days are also observed as full holy days.

FIRST FRUITS/SFIRAT HAOMER , The Early First Fruits (Lev 23:9-14), begins the day after Passover in most circles today. A period of seven weeks is observed in which each day is counted off for 49 days ending on the fiftieth day known as Shavuot /Pentecost (Pentacost-means 50). It is the number of days from the barley harvest to the wheat harvest. Since it is often overshadowed by the prominence of Passover, the Feast of First Fruits is often overlooked in the New Testament, yet it is mentioned a number of times in the New Covenant. Paul, in his first letter to the Messianic Believers in Corinth, shows a vital link between First Fruits and the ministry of Yeshua:

I Cor. 15:20-24 – But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a man. For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive. But each in his own order; the Messiah is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of his coming; then the culmination, when he hands over the Kingdom of God to the father after having put an end to every rulership, yes to every authority and power.

Although many read this passage as a commentary on the order of resurrection, Paul is actually making a technical reference to the holy day of Sfirat Haomer (First Fruits). It is not just that Yeshua was the first to rise bodily from the grave, but that by so doing, He is the direct fulfillment of the feast of First Fruits. We miss a very important Biblical truth by not using the term “First Fruits” as the name of this feast, because “first” implies a second, third, fourth, and so on, and that is the real meaning of this feast. We are not only celebrating the resurrection of Yeshua of First Fruits, we are celebrating the resurrection of the entire body of Messianic Believers, His Church! We shall all be resurrected and go to heaven, just as Jesus did, “Every one in their own time” as Paul wrote:

For just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in their own time; Christ is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Christ, at the time of Christ’s coming 1 Corinthians 15:22,23.

SHAVUOT Feast of Weeks: marks the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mt. Sinai

YOM HA’ATZMAUT Israel’s Independence Day

FASTS

There are five minor fasts on the Jewish calendar. With one exception, these fasts were instituted by the Sages to commemorate some national tragedy. The minor fasts (that is, all fasts except Yom Kippur and Tisha b’Av) last from dawn to nightfall, and one is permitted to eat breakfast if one arises before sunrise for the purpose of doing so. There is a great deal of leniency in the minor fasts for people who have medical conditions or other difficulties fasting. The date of the fast is moved to Sunday if the specified date falls on a Sabbath.

Three of these five fasts commemorate events leading to the downfall of the first commonwealth and the destruction of the first Temple, which is commemorated by the major fast of Tisha B’Av.

TISHA B’AV, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which coincidentally have occurred on the ninth of Av. It usually occurs during August. Tisha B’Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. (Before Christian Era); the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.). July 22, 1999.

FAST OF TEVET Tevet 10, marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem in year 586 BCE. It has also been proclaimed a memorial day for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

FAST OF ESTHER Adar 13, marks Queen Esther’s fast before she risked her life to save the Jews by approaching King Ahasuerus on their behalf. The fast is connected with Purim. If Adar 13 falls on a Friday or Saturday, it is moved to the preceding Thursday, because it cannot be moved forward a day (it would fall on Purim).

FAST OF THE FIRSTBORN, Nissan 14, is a fast kept only by firstborn males, commemorating the fact that they were saved from the plague of the firstborn in Egypt. It is observed on the day before Passover.

MINOR HOLIDAYS

*YOM HA’ATZMAUT or YOM HA-ATZMUT Israel Independence day: celebrates the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar. According to some views, the restrictions of the Omer period are lifted for this day. A few anti-Zionist Jews observe this day as a day of mourning for the sin of proclaiming the state of Israel without the Messiah. Wednesday, Apr 21, 1999

*YOM YERUSHALAYIM celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem in Israeli hands in 1967 and observed on the 28th day of lyar. According to some views, the restrictions of the Omer period are lifted for this day. Friday, May 14, 1999.

 

For more information see this You tube video.

 

 

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