I can certainly see why the ancients would become spooked as the moon slowly turns red before your eyes. Nowadays of course we realize that the red color is the result of the bending of light. This same effect causes harvest moons and red sunsets.
The question on everyone’s mind this year is, “do these four blood moons all falling on Jewish feast days mean anything prophectic?” If you read the books by Biltz and Hagee, they certainly believe they do. I am unsure. They might and they might not. Let’s first look at why they might not have any significance.
Mark Biltz originated the theory that the blood moon tetrad had a special prophetic meaning. He based this theory on a scripture that those who’ve read this website are familiar with:
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 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: 30 -31 NASB)
This is the scripture that Peter quoted in Acts 2 which led to 3000 souls being baptised. If you remember from PROPHECY SAVES SOULS this technique is known as “apocalyptic evangelism.” Those listening to Peter’s sermon had just witnessed these events. Realizing that they were experiencing fulfilled scripture cut the listeners to the heart and resulted in their repentance and salvation. Now the prophecy in Joel was only partially fulfilled in Peter’s day. It awaits a final fulfillment prior to the return of Christ.
Mark Biltz believes this fulfillment is occurring right now with this Blood Moon Tetrad. Could this be true? Let’s look at Joel 2 closely. Notice it says God will show “wonders” in the heavens and on the earth. The Hebrew word translated “wonders” is the same word used in Exodus for the plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. Does a collection of lunar and solar eclipses qualify as “wonders?” Not in my opinion.
There are actually five separate scripture references to the event mentioned in Joel 2. Prophetic teachers refer to this event as the “Celestial/Earthly Disturbance.” I discuss this event in detail in my new book Are We Ready for Christ’s Return? which will be released in early 2015. The following table from my book details these scriptures and the aspects of the disturbance each passage mentions:
|Joel 2: 30-31||Isa. 13: 6-13||Matthew24: 29||Luke 21: 25-26||Rev. 6: 12-14|
|Sun||Darkness||Dark when it rises||Darkened||Signs in the sun||Black as sackcloth|
|Moon||Color of blood||Not shed its light||Not give its light||Signs in the moon||Color of blood|
|Stars||Not flash forth light||Fall from the sky||Signs in the stars||Fall from the sky|
|Heavens||Heavens tremble||Powers of the heavens will be shaken, sign of the son of man will appear||Powers of the heavens will be shaken||Sky split and rolled up like a scroll|
|Seas||Roaring of the waves (Tsunami?)|
|Earth||Blood, fire and columns of smoke (Volcanos?)||Earth shaken||Earthquake, every mountain and island moved,|
|Righteous||Lift your head your redemption is near|
|Wicked||Hands go limp, hearts melt||Perplexity among the nations, men fainting||Hid in caves and asked rocks to fall on them|
|What Precedes||Pouring out of God’s Spirit||The Great Tribulation||Jerusalem trampled at the midpoint of the tribulation||5th Seal broken at midpoint of tribulation|
|What Follows||Day of the Lord, the wrath of God||Day of the Lord, the wrath of God||Son of Man comes on the clouds with great glory and his angels gather the elect||Son of Man comes on the clouds with great glory||Wrath of the one who sits on the throne and the Lamb have come,Seventh Seal|
We can clearly see that this terrible and awesome event is not simply a series of eclipses. Not only are the sun and moon darkened but a meteor storm accompanies this event as do earthquakes, tsunamis and most likely volcanoes. The wicked will hide in caves and cry out for the rocks to fall on them. I didn’t observe any of these things on my walk at 6:30 this morning.
Even more revealing than the earth shaking events described, we can see from the passages in Matthew, Luke and Revelation that this event follows the great tribulation! By this we can be absolutely certain the Blood Moon Tetrad is not the event in Joel 2.
End Times Ground Zero
A second reason that this tetrad might not be a sign from God is the nature of the eclipses. The eclipses involve less than half the earth at any one time. Although they occur on Jewish feast days, the first two have not been visible from Jerusalem. The only reason we are aware of this tetrad is through the NASA website that predicts eclipses. Christians throughout the world who are watching for the signs of Jesus’ return but don’t have internet access have no clue the tetrad is occurring.
It is my opinion that a sign of earth shaking importance would be visible world wide or at least in Jerusalem which is end-times ground zero. God’s heart is tender to the poor. It makes no sense to me to give a sign only to the affluent internet users in developed countries.
Thirdly, a lunar eclipse occurs on Passover and Tabernacles (Jewish Feast days) all the time. The Jewish calendar is lunar based and these two holidays always fall on a full moon. Lunar eclipses only can occur on full moons as well. For this reason, an eclipse falling on these dates is not as unusual as one might think.
Great Signs from Heaven
Despite all the solid arguments against it, might the Blood Moon Tetrad still be a sign from heaven? It might. Luke details signs of the “Beginning of the Birth Pangs” period. One of them includes “great signs from heaven.”
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven (Luke 21: 11 NASB)
The Beginning of the Birth Pang period begins prior to the Tribulation period as we know from DECEPTION, WAR and FAMINE. Blood moon tetrads have only occurred eight times since the death of Christ. This makes them quite rare. The current set of eclipses also include two solar eclipses on Jewish feast days as well. It is the only series of six eclipses on Jewish feast days occurring within a two year period for thousands of years. Could this be a “great sign from heaven?” We don’t know.
What we do know is that after the first Blood Moon of this tetrad in April, 2014, two major events occurred. ISIS invaded Iraq and formed a caliphate, and Hamas and Israel fought a 50 day “engagement” in the Gaza Strip. We know from THE BEAST that someday a 10 nation caliphate will become the empire of the Beast. Might ISIS be a precursor of sorts of this eventual ten nation empire? It might. Might the engagement of Hamas and Israel be a precursor of a larger regional war? It might. We don’t know.
Our Lord commanded us numerous times to “watch.” That is what I plan to do. I will watch the events that follow each of the Blood Moons closely. In another year we may know whether these events were truly signs from heaven or simply an astronomical coincidence.