BLOOD MOONS & SEPTEMBER 28
„There will always be false and fanatical movements made by persons in the church who claim to be led of God--those who will run before they are sent and will give day and date for the occurrence of unfulfilled prophecy. The enemy is pleased to have them do this, for their successive failures and leading into false lines cause confusion and unbelief“(Last Day Events, page 35).
In case you have not heard about blood moons, here is what's going on. On April 15, 2014, the first of four unusual lunar eclipses began. They occur at approximately six-month intervals. The second blood moon occurred on October 8, 2014, the third on April 4, 2015, and the fourth will occur on September 28, 2015. Astronomers call this a lunar eclipse tetrad--four lunar eclipses in a row. The last tetrad occurred over 2003 and 2004. Eight more such tetrads will occur before the year 2100.
Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) consider the most notable thing about the current tetrad is the fact that all four eclipses will be visible to most Americans, assuming the weather cooperates.
BLOOD MOON PROPHECIES
„Two bestselling, prophecy-leaning authors believe the tetrad is directly related to a prophecy found in Joel 2:31: „The sun shall beturned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes“ (English Standard Version). These two men and their books--Blood Moons by Mark Biltz, and Four Blood Moons by John Hagee--have received widespread media attention because of the fervor and alarm they have created among religious-minded people“ (The Trumpet, July 14, 2014).
Is it possible this astronomical event has something to do with dramatic end-time prophetic events?
Science-oriented Internet sites were inundated with questions about prophecy related to blood moons. „We're not experts on prophecy of any kind,“ wrote EarthSky in April, 2014. „But we'll tell you what we know about the new definition for blood moon that has raised so many questions recently.“ It explained that John Hagee and Mark Biltz apply the term blood moons to the 2014-2015 tetrad, and credited Hagee for popularizing the term in Four Blood Moons.
„This book, published in 2013, is apparently what launched all the questions to our astronomy website about blood moons,“ EarthSky wrote.
„This could be the final curtain call before the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible.“
Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries
Hagee and Biltz most likely use it because a total lunar eclipse makes the moon appear a shade of red, ranging from a dusty brown to an orange or coppery color.
The phenomenon is a natural occurrence caused when the sun, Earth and moon line up in space. Science explains why. „The reason stems from the air we breathe. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth lies directly between the sun and the moon, causing the Earth to cast its shadow on the moon. If Earth didn't have an atmosphere, then, when the moon was entirely within Earth's shadow, the moon would appear black and invisible,“ says EarthSky. „Thanks to Earth's atmosphere, what actually happens is much more subtle and beautiful. ... As sunlight passes through our atmosphere, the green to violet portion of the light spectrum is, essentially, filtered out. ... Meanwhile, the reddish portion of the spectrum is least affected.
„What's more, when this reddish light first entered the atmosphere, it was bent (refracted) toward the Earth's surface. It's bent again when it exits on the other side of Earth. This double bending sends the reddish light onto the moon during a total lunar eclipse.“
„On rare occasions, the light reaching the moon is exactly the color of blood, but there is no way of predicting this in advance,“ Space.com adds. „So there are no grounds to call any particular lunar eclipse a blood moon until it actually shows its color.“
Solar and lunar eclipses, including the tetrad, are produced by the regular movements of the sun, Earth and moon and are completely predictable. Although a tetrad is rare, one happened just a decade ago, and another is expected in 18 years.Why All the Hype Over Moons
Mark Biltz is founder of El Shaddai Ministries located in Bonney Lake, Washington. John Hagee is founder of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Both organizations are non-denominational. The two men have met and agree that the tetrad is a warning from God. They see a prophetic correlation between the tetrad and two of God's Jewish festivals outlined in Leviticus 23--the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
In his book Blood Moons, Mark Biltz writes: „In March of , I saw on the Internet an incredible total lunar eclipse over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I had read all the Bible verses in Isaiah, Joel, the Gospels and Revelation where the text talks about the moon turning to blood and the sun to sackcloth. I began to ponder the possibilities of tying the eclipses mentioned in the Bible to the possible coming of the Messiah.
„Because I love science and astronomy, I decided to look into the future occurrences of eclipses. ... I remembered that NASA has a list of eclipses that covers 5,000 years .... I noticed that there were four total lunar eclipses in a row for 2014 and 2015. ... One morning, as I was praying, a thought popped into my head: Why don't I compare the dates of the eclipses on the NASA website to the dates on the biblical calendar? When I did, I was shocked to find that all four eclipses--over both years--fell on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. I just about jumped out of my skin.“ While researching the connection between tetrads and significant events in Jewish history, he discovered that there had been a tetrad right after Israel became a nation in 1948, and again when „Israel retook Jerusalem in 1967.“
„To me, all these signs, coming together at one time, are potentially the culminating signals that God is closing this chapter of human history,“ Biltz writes in the concluding chapter of his book. „This could be the final curtain call before the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible.“ Hagee agrees, „The book of Revelation says that during the Great Tribulation, 'the moon will become like blood.'
The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. In any year, it's inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri). Nissan and Tishri are the first and seventh months of the Jewish calendar, respectively.
It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible - even in part - from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.
„The night of Sept. 27-28 will bring a 'blood moon,'“ writes CNN's Todd Leopold. „To skywatchers, it simply refers to the copper color the moon takes on during an eclipse, but to some Christian ministers, the fourth and final eclipse in a tetrad--four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months--fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse.“
CNN cites the rise in popularity of Hagee's book Four Blood Moons, and the subsequent documentary as the sudden fascination with the tetrad of lunar eclipses.
Leopold and Hagee aren't the only ones examining the sky and Scriptures.
„There are many that dismiss the blood moon phenomenon, but we have seen similar patterns before,“ writes Michael Snyder, the publisher of the Economic Collapse Blog. „For example, a similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in A.D. 70.“
According to earthsky.org, though, the phenomenon isn't necessarily associated with destruction. The site lists eight tetrad lunar eclipses that also fell within the Jewish festival time frame:
1. 162-163 C.E.
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.
Headlines like the following are frightening people everywhere.
Pope to Address Congress During Blood Moon Tetrad and Day of Atonement! Plus Talk of an Asteroid That Same Week? What it All Means...
Even NASA got in on the end-time game, sending out a press release about potential asteroids hitting the earth based on Internet rumors of destruction.
„If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now,“ Paul Chodas says, Chados is the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office. „There is no scientific basis--not one shred of evidence--that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.“
While the sky comparisons might end there, CNN's Leopold also noted how men and women across the globe are aligning the stock market crash late last month with other end-time prophecies. Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Rabbi and author of the Mystery of the Shemitah, passionately warns that the BIG financial collapse will occur on September 13, 2015. Hardly possible, since Elul 29, the last day of the Shemitah, is on a Sunday when the stock market is closed. Many economists believe the collapse has already started and the worst is yet to come. Watch my video below for more on this „prophecy“ of September 13, 2015 and the message from Harry Dent and the coming financial collapse. Let it be noted that Jonathan Cahn and many Christian „prophets“ are proclaiming this date, but make sure they leave an escape clause just in case it doesn't happen. As the date nears, more of the „prophets“ are saying as Jonathan Cahn that God can change His mind and change the Shemitah cycle. In the meantime, how much money has Jonathan Cahn made speculating like a stock market investor and using sensationalism as a hook?
Yes, the internet is filled with speculations and sensational theories about blood moons. Youtube has hundreds of videos on the subject with every alarming speculation possible. I do believe the Pope's coming to America and his climate control agenda is a major event in light of Bible prophecy and Revelation 13. Visit The Elijah Prophecy archives for more on His visit to Congress and The World Meeting of Families.
TWO IMPORTANT POINTS
Notice, the signs in the sun and the moon will be supernatural signs, meaning they will be outside the natural order of things. The current tetrad is a natural event occurring because of the natural, organized movement of the Earth, moon and sun.
Notice also: The tetrad will be seen mainly in the United States. Revelation 6 shows that ALL MEN ON EARTH will be able to see the dramatic heavenly signs that God will display (verses 15-17). So don't be buffaloed by all this talk about blood moons.
THE DANGERS OF TIME SETTING
„Again and again have I been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ“ (1SM 188.1).
„I was searching through my writings, before coming to this meeting, to see what I should take with me to Australia, and I found an envelope on which was written, „Testimony given in regard to time setting, June 21, 1851. Preserve carefully.“ I opened it, and this is what I found. It reads:
„A copy of a vision the Lord gave Sister White, June 21, 1851, at Camden, N.Y. The Lord showed me that the message must go, and that it must not be hung on time; for time will never be a test again. I saw that some were getting a false excitement, arising from preaching time, that the third angel's message can stand on its own foundation, and that it needs not time to strengthen it, and that it will go with mighty power, and do its work, and will be cut short in righteousness.
„I saw some were making everything bend to this next fall; that is, making their calculations, and disposing of their property in reference to that time. I saw that this was wrong for this reason: instead of going to God daily, and earnestly desiring to know their present duty, they looked ahead, and made their calculations as though they knew that the work would end this fall, without inquiring their duty of God daily. E. G. White.“ (1SM 188).