What About the Blood Moons?

This morning while I was walking my dog I was able to observe a blood moon.  This was the second of four blood moons to occur in 2014 – 2015.  These have become known as the Blood Moon Tetrad on popular prophecy sites and in books by Mark Blitz and John Hagee.

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.

13 thoughts on “What About the Blood Moons?”

  1. Perhaps I am biased to take these potential celestial omens seriously because my own research concludes that the most important prophetic warnings are often linked to astronomical signs, and that the reestablishment of some form of Third Temple in Jerusalem is crucial by June 2016 if an Antichrist is going to be revealed to the world from it.

    The focus of historical events linked to tetrads of blood moons on Jewish holidays also fits this idea. Although Mark Biltz hints that the end of the present world may occur when Hanukkah and the first day of winter line up together on a Saturday (as they do in December 2019) – he does not make a claim the Third Temple will be rebuilt several years earlier for the Antichrist to enter it halfway through the final seven years near this tetrad of eclipses, as some others do. In John Hagee’s book: Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change, he asks: “What historical event will take place during their occurrences that is significant to Israel and the Jewish people?” (p. 221)

    As I wrote in my newest book – Antichrist 2016-2019 – “Let’s consider the narrowing geographic focus of events associated with the only tetrads of total lunar eclipses falling exclusively on Passover and Sukkot since the 15th century:

    The World – In 1492 the Jews were expelled from Spain, the Spanish officially discovered the Americas, and the Jews spread out to live in many new countries, including the United States, where eventually there were more Jews than in Israel. Within one year of these historical events there was a holiday tetrad of blood moons in 1493 and 1494.

    The Nation of Israel – Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948, and within a year of this independence there was a blood moon tetrad on the Passovers and Sukkots of 1949 and 1950.

    The City of Jerusalem – Israelis reunited all of Jerusalem under Jewish rule after recapturing East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967. Within a year, there was a similar tetrad of blood moons in 1967 and 1968.

    The Temple – my research points to the reestablishment of a new Jewish Temple – the Third Temple – being built in Jerusalem no later than June 6, 2016 – when I expect the Antichrist to reveal his identity to the world from within the Temple. This would be within a year of the tetrads of holiday blood moons in 2014 and 2015 and seems to fit the pattern well. It will be especially interesting if the lost Ark of the Covenant is discovered, prompting the establishment of a Temple to properly house it by early 2016.”

    If interested in more detail, check out Antichrist 2016-2019 at
    http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-2016-2019-Mystery-Babylon-Caliphate/dp/1501025392

    1. David, thanks for all this information and congratulations on your book. I take a conservative position on signs and “date setting” the return of Jesus. The question I always ask myself is: What effect will my prediction have on the Church if I’m wrong? Although I have guesses (and they are only guesses) when the return of Christ might come, I keep them to myself for this very reason.

      What I choose to do is look for the signs which the Bible does give us and “watch” for them.

      Blessings,
      Nelson

  2. Nelson- I totally agree. You are right on the money here. And it is right to question the end times relevance of the “blood moon” theory.

  3. I do agree with you that I am not totally convinced by the argument that these blood moons constitute the phenomenon referred to in Joel. However, there is much more to Mark’s message about these eclipses, which occur consecutively on Passover and Sukkot, Passover and Sukkot. To start, Mark Biltz does not only refer to the passage in Joel, but several others. One of the first passages he points out is Genesis 1:14: “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…” Mark points out that here, God states that He has created the sun and moon for several purposes, one of which is for “signs and seasons.” Thus, when God wants to send signs during certain seasons, He will do so. As these “blood moons” are occurring on the Feasts of the Lord, Mark believes that God is merely putting the signals in the heavens that He says in Genesis are part of the intended purpose of these celestial bodies. Mark and Jonathan Cahn have recently teamed up, and both of them point out that it can’t be nothing that these blood moons are occurring in the year of the Shemitah on the holy Feasts of the Lord. There are more possibilities to the blood moon phenomenon than meets the western prophecy student’s eye. As Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts to the day of His first coming, Mark loves to point out that He will fulfill the fall feasts to the day of His second coming. After all, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As we know that the time of Jacob’s trouble is a seven-year cycle, we can easily see that this quite simply fits the calendar of the Lord, wherein all time is factored in seven year cycles. The week has seven days, one of which is a Sabbath day, the yearly cycle goes in sevens, where the final year is a Sabbath (Shemitah) year, and, if you accept a conservative, young earth view of time, the earth is about six thousand years old, and there will be a Sabbath kingdom, of 1,000 years. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).” God’s timetable is arguably extremely precise, and His signs and signals, as set on His calendar, are perhaps simply something He set down from the beginning of time, and we forgot how to read them, as we follow the Julian calendar, which has no Biblical ties.

    1. Taryn,

      Thanks for reading! You correctly quote 2 Peter and IMHO correctly discern the age of the earth. There is an interesting article in the appendix of this website you might enjoy, “Declaring the End from the Beginning” which explains how the six days of creation as detailed in Genesis are a prophecy of all the “ages” (thousand years) of man’s rebellion. The article right before it discusses Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and Christ’s return. You might like that one as well.

      As far as saying “there has to be something” to a blood moon tetrad occurring during a Shimtah year, no there doesn’t necessarily have to be anything to it, but there might be. The rise of ISIS after the first blood moon makes me suspicious. The possible invasion of the Middle East by Iran in fulfillment of Daniel 8 would make me even more suspicious. (see “Are We About to see Iran Fulfill Daniel 8?”) Luke 21:11 as mentioned in the article would be fulfilled if the Blood Moons truly are something.

      There are many theories out there. I try to keep an open mind about those that aren’t 100% certain. Daniel 8 is an example of a 100% certain prophecy. Blood Moons fall into the uncertain category in my mind. So many Christians are treating the Blood Moons as a certainty, I wanted to publish an article that gives both sides of the story.

  4. Nelson:

    Great blog.

    I would like to hear more whether the scriptures show birth pangs occurring before the 7 year tribulation and also if there is any relationship between Mark Davidson’s signposts and birth pangs occurring , before the return of Christ.

    1. Wow Afo, I wish we knew. The bible does not give us times or dates when these things will happen. We are only instructed to “watch.” If we knew we wouldn’t need faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God.

      Although tradition teaches the birth pangs only happen during the seven year tribulation, this is not supported by scripture. It is only a guess of those holding that theory. We know for a fact that the signposts occur prior to the tribulation because the Antichrist arises in what Davidson calls the fourth Signpost. This must occur prior to the seven years I would assume. And if the fourth happens prior to the tribulation so do the previous three. This is discussed in the post DECEPTION, WAR and FAMINE on this site.

      Nelson

  5. Coincidence?? Since God, Creator and Sustainor of the universe is in complete and total control I doubt these are “coincidence”.

    We will watch, get ready and be prepared.

    What awesome times we live in.

    1. Ali,

      the Blood Moons may be a sign from God and they may not. Because Tabernacles and Passover occur on full moons, lunar eclipses happen on these holidays all the time. Additionally, these eclipses are not occurring worldwide but rather are visible only in approximately half the world at a time. If we didn’t have the NASA website we would have no knoweldge this sign was even happening. The 50% of the world without internet has no idea this is occurring, even if they are “watching” for signs of Jesus’ coming.

      We then add to this, the fact that there is very limited biblical support for this Blood Moon tetrad being a sign. I explain the reasons fully in this blog. Be careful not to be led astray in these perilous times by believing what seems to make sense and yet has limited biblical support. Mark Blitz may be correct about them and may be wrong. I am watching just like you. The only fact that makes me believe that they may be a sign is the rise of ISIS which happened right after the first Blood Moon.

      And yes, what awesome times. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

      1. Hi Nelson i have been posting on some of your articles lately since i found you here.. I want to say something that might be something and might not about these BLOOD MOONS.. Go back to the Tetrad before this one. If you take the years between the first and second was 48 years and the second to the third one was 19 years so you have 48 and 19 or 4819.. These last series of Tetrads are 19 years from the first to the second and 48 from the second to the third. A complete Mirror image of the one before this one. This one gives you 19 and 48 or 1948.. This is interesting because Israel became a Nation in 1948 again plus if you add 1948 to the year 70AD when the temple was destroyed gives you 2018 and also 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel becoming a nation. Coincidence?.. Also we have these blood moons in 2014 and 2015.. In 1994 the world watched as fragments from comet shoemaker Levy collided with Jupiter. Nasa says a estimated 21 fragments hit Jupiter. The collisions lasted 7 days so again this happened on the 7th month of the 7th year of the shamitah year for 7 days. So you have 7 shamitah, 7 month, 7 days.. 777 or 21 fragments 7×3.. 1994+21 gives us also the year we are in 2015.. i look and can not help but marvel.. Is God trying to tell us something? I can Send you a Tetrad Chart.. This in no way is setting dates but is God trying to tell the world something, those who are watching?

        1. The Biblical calendar means something to me, numerology such as you mention means almost nothing to me.

          However, in terms of the 2014-15 meaning “something” we have the Iran Nuclear Deal, the rise of ISIS, Same Sex Marriage, and the possible rise of a police state in the USA. These are not “nothing.” Are they more related to the POTUS or Blood Moons is the question of course.

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