It is precisely 14 days until the first blood red moon is due. There has been quite a few books and videos published on this subject of late, and those of us who are last-days prophecy students are starting to get a little more than excited, even anxious, about what might be coming down the pipeline.
The Bible does say in Luke 21:25 concerning the time before Yeshua's return:
"And there will be signs in sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth
distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring..."
Genesis 1:14-19 describes the fourth day of creation when Yahweh placed the sun, moon, stars, and planets in the 'firmament of the heavens' to be 'lights' to divide the day from the night, and for signs and seasons, and for days and years. The scheduled sun and tetrad moon eclipses, or four blood red moons, as we will see in the research presented in this article, are very significant signals for the beginning of the prophesied events of Daniel 9:27 and Revelation 13.
Sun and Moon Eclipses, Jewish Feast Days and Major Events in History
The heavenly body movements are cyclical and precise, therefore they are highly predictable, evidenced by past, present and future astronomical data from sources such as NASA. In 2008 a major discovery was made by Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, concerning total moon eclipses (also known as Blood-Red Moons [BRM]) while studying the NASA sun and moon eclipse data. He found that there were seven sets of four, total moon eclipses (tetrads) that occurred two years in a row (four moon eclipses, two in each year) between the crucifixion and prior to 2000, and they all occurred on major Jewish feast days.
The First Four Tetrad Moon Eclipses
The first four of these BRM occurred in the years: 162/163, 795/796, 842/843 and 860/861, and were associated with the following Jewish feasts and major world events:
- 162/163: Passover & the Feast of Tabernacles - After the beginning of the barbaric, Roman Empire-reign of Marcus Aurelius (in 161 AD), the colosseum martyrdoms of true Christians flourished, which coincided with famines and plagues until 180 AD.
- 795/796: Passover & Yom Kippur - Marked the end of the Is....ic invasions into Northern Europe with Emperor Charlemagne of France.
- 842/843: Passover & Yom Kippur - Three years prior to the Muslim sacking of Rome in 846 and their looting of the treasures from the Vatican.
- 860/861: Passover & Yom Kippur - The first moon eclipse occurred one year after millions of Christians were killed by Arab crusaders in North Africa and Spain. The fourth moon eclipse in this tetrad occurred two years before the Greek-Byzantium victory over the Arabs at the Battle of Lalakaon which prevented the Is....ic conquest of Eastern Europe.
Assessment of the First Four Tetrad BRM
For all four time periods, there was a total sun eclipse for each year, but none of them fell on significant Jewish feasts, or Hebrew calendar dates. From observation of the moon eclipses, the first of the four tetrads involved the tremendous persecution of the predominantly Christian-Jewish descendants of those that fled into the Diaspora after 70 AD into European lands; the last three were associated with Islamic invasions. Hence the difference between the two groups is the particular Jewish feast days they fall on, and the religious group involved: ‘Passover/Tabernacles’ was associated with descendants of Jewish/Gentile believers from the first century, and ‘Passover/Yom Kippur’ was associated with Is.... We will see further evidence of this with the last three tetrad BRM under the next heading.
The Tetrad BRM, Sun Eclipses and Major Events to do with the
Jews and Israel
The final three from the seven tetrad BRM are even more fascinating. The last two in particular are associated with two, extremely significant, last-days prophetic events that occurred on the Jewish feast days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. These three tetrad BRM were in the years: 1493/1494, 1949/1950 and 1967/1968, and were associated with the following Jewish feast days as well as major world and prophetic events to do with the Jewish people.
- 1493/1494: Passover & the Feast of Trumpets
The first of the moon eclipses happened eight months after the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition. In this period of history the Catholic Monarchs: Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile issued a decree to maintain Catholic orthodoxy throughout Spain. To ensure the orthodoxy of people who converted from Judaism and Islam to Catholicism, they were ordered to convert to Catholicism or leave the country. This spurned a period of heavy persecutions, executions, and expulsions from the region from 1492 to 1530. The Hebrew date the Jews were ordered to leave was 9 Av (1 August, 1492); this date was also the anniversary of the destruction of the first and second Temples, and so ‘9 Av’ has become a day of mourning (a fast day) and expectancy of disaster for the Jewish people throughout history. In this period there were two, total sun eclipses, but they did not fall on any of the Jewish feast days.
- 1949/1950: Passover & the Feast of Tabernacles
The first eclipse in this period was 17 months (502 days) after the start of the Arab-Israeli civil war (which began 11/30/1947, was 17 Kislev on the Hebrew calendar/16 Muharram on the Is....ic calendar); about 15 months after the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls that proved the historical accuracy of the Tanakh or Old Testament; 11 months (334 days) after the birth of the State of Israel (5/14/1948; 5 Iyar on the Hebrew calendar/5 Rajab on the Is....ic calendar) and the War of Independence (5/15/1948 - 7/20/1949) which began the day following the birth of Israel.
Consider the following prophetic passages detailing the regathering of the Jewish people and the birth of Israel in the last days:
“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and
bring you into your own land…(v.28) Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave
to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:24, 28
“…Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at
once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.”
An interesting and very significant observation made regarding the Is....ic months for the beginning of the Arab-Israeli War and the War of Independence, is that both began in the months where warfare is strictly prohibited in Is...., as Muharram and Rajab are sacred months (as are the months Dhu al-Qi’dah, Dhu al-Hijah, and Ramadan). This confirms what was revealed in Part One, Chapter Nine, that lying and breaking treaties or rules in Is.... is allowable, if it serves the purpose to further its cause.
In this period there was one, total, sun eclipse between the third and fourth tetrad and it fell on the Feast of Trumpets - 1 Tishri. The following are the dates for each eclipse in chronological order:
Total Moon Eclipse 1: 13 April, 1949 - Passover eve, 14 Nisan
Total Moon Eclipse 2: 7 October, 1949 - Feast of Tabernacles eve, 14 Tishri
Total Moon Eclipse 3: 2 April, 1950 - Passover, 15 Nisan
Total Sun Eclipse: 12 September, 1950 - Feast of Trumpets, 1 Tishri
Total Moon Eclipse 4: 26 September, 1950 - Feast of Tabernacles, 15 Tishri
- 1967/1968: Passover & the Feast of Tabernacles
The first eclipse in this tetrad occurred six weeks before the Six-Day War (which was 6/5/1967 - 6/10/1967, 26 Iyar - 2 Sivan on the Hebrew calendar/26 Safar - 2 Rabi’ al-Awwal on the Is....ic calendar). At the close of the war, the old city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were back in the hands of the Jewish people for the first time since 70 AD; however only two days later, the Temple Mount (but not Jerusalem) was placed under the control of the M.... Waqf (and still is at this writing) which prevented the Jewish people from expressing any religious observances on the mount. [As we will shortly see, this prohibition could be about to change as indicated by the final set of sun and moon eclipses and further evidences presented later.]
In this period, as with the former, there was one, total, sun eclipse between the third and fourth tetrad again falling on the Feast of Trumpets - 1 Tishri. The following are the chronological dates for all of the eclipses:
Total Moon Eclipse 1: 24 April, 1967 - Passover eve, 14 Nisan
Total Moon Eclipse 2: 18 October, 1967 - Feast of Tabernacles eve, 14 Tishri
Total Moon Eclipse 3: 13 April, 1968 - Passover, 15 Nisan
Total Sun Eclipse: 22 September, 1968 - Feast of Trumpets eve, 29 Ellul
Total Moon Eclipse 4: 6 October, 1968 - Feast of Tabernacles eve, 14 Tishri
Jerusalem, we learned in Part One, is the center of the last-days prophecies, and is the key, geographical location for the entire period of the ‘times of the Gentiles’ as Yeshua stated in Luke 21:24, and this period ends with His return. The fact that the Jewish people of newly-born Israel regained Jerusalem after nearly 1900 years of exile, is testimony to the fact that the ‘times of the Gentiles’ is indeed nearing its’ end.
Assessment of the Last Three Tetrad BRM
From observation of the final three BRM, it can be seen that there are two distinct groups. The first in 1493/1494, although significant in history with the expulsion of the Jewish people from Spain, was not associated with last-days prophecies just as the first four tetrads were not. The second group in 1949/1950 and 1967/1968 were associated with the return of the Jews to Israel prophesied in the Tanakh, and the regaining of Jerusalem.
Another notable difference between the two groups is that the total, sun eclipses within the second groups’ tetrads occurred on, or on the eve of, the Feast of Trumpets. According to Dr. Fruchtenbaum, this feast is the prophetic feast-period where Yahweh calls His Jewish people back to their land. As we know from Part One, this period began in 1882 and is continuing today, as evidenced by the many immigration numbers of Jewish descendants to Israel between 2010 and 2011 from the CBS. Both prophetic periods’ tetrad BRM occurred on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, which are the prophetic feasts associated with Yeshua’s incarnation and return as we have learned.
In Chapter Two of Part One, an analogy of a dartboard as a world map was presented where Israel and Jerusalem encompassed the two smallest circles, and the Temple Mount featured as the bulls’ eye - the center of the world according to Yahweh. This analogy perfectly mirrors the prophetic fulfilments witnessed in the last two, tetrad sets. Could it be possible that the prophesied event of Daniel 9:27 (the future confirmation of a seven-year covenant that involves the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount) will be represented by another set of sun and tetrad BRM on the same Jewish feast days as the previous two, completing the bull’s eye of the map-dartboard? Upon further scientific and biblical investigation, you will be fascinated to learn that this could indeed be the case, and is one of the eight startling evidences for the timing of this event that is just around the corner.
The Sun and Moon Eclipses in the Twenty-First Century
There is only one more set of total sun and tetrad BRM following those of 1967/1968, and it occurs over the three years - 2014/2015/2016. Again for the moon eclipses, two fall on Passover and two on the Feast of Tabernacles. However, this time there are two sun eclipses, and the first is highly significant as it occurs on the eve of 1 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar - which is the first day of the biblically ordained new year, and also the day and month that the commencement of the reign of the kings of Israel were recorded in the Old Testament (see Chapter Six). The following are the dates for these eclipses:
- 2014/2015/2016: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles
Total Moon Eclipse 1: April 15, 2014 - Passover, 15 Nisan
Total Moon Eclipse 2: October 8, 2014 - Feast of Tabernacles eve, 14 Tishri
Total Sun Eclipse 1: March 20, 2015 - Biblical and king’s New Year eve, 29 Adar
Total Moon Eclipse 3: April 4, 2015 - Passover, 15 Nisan
Total Moon Eclipse 4: September 28, 2015 - Feast of Tabernacles, 15 Tishri
Total Sun Eclipse 2: March 9, 2016 - 29 Adar I (leap year)
THE SUN & BRM OF 2014/2015/2016 & THE BEGINNING OF
DANIEL'S 70th WEEK
Assessment of the Final Set of Eclipses in Relation to 1949/1950 and 1967/1968
Since the BRM for 2014/2015 occur, once again, on, or on the eve of the significant Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, and the noteworthy sun eclipse is the day before 1 Nisan, one could safely assume that this final, tetrad, eclipse period will also be highly important with regard to prophetic events surrounding Israel and Jerusalem, as were the previous two. This author strongly believes that the above mentioned bull’s eye - the Temple on the Temple Mount - will be the focus of this last set (especially considering the fact that there are no other tetrad BRM this century) coupled with the coming, messianic, king/son of David whom the Orthodox Jewish people are expecting very soon (see Part One, Chapter Nine) - his reign will probably be recorded as beginning on 1 Nisan 2014/2015.
As we know, the 1949/1950 eclipses were a direct fulfilment of prophecy and the first eclipse of this tetrad occurred eleven to seventeen months after the events of this amazing time period. The events surrounding the 1967/1968 eclipses were not direct fulfilments per se, but opened the way for the Revelation 13 scenario in the coming Temple on the Temple Mount - for the Jewish people once again have possession of Jerusalem. Both eclipses, however, involved major wars against the Jewish people that Yahweh used to fulfill His plan in prophecy.
The eclipses due in the period 2014-2016 could follow the events leading to the direct fulfilment of Daniel 9:27 (as additional evidences will show later), and could also be choreographed in a similar fashion to the events that occurred prior to the 1949/1950 eclipses. Please allow me to explain further:
- 502 days prior to the first eclipse of 1949 was 30 November, 1947 which was the start of the Arab-Israeli War (17 Kislev/16 Muharram), followed by the birth of Israel on 14 May, 1948 (334 days before the same eclipse - 5 Iyar/5 Rajab).
- 502 days prior to the first eclipse of 2014 will be 30 November, 2012 (16 Kislev/16 Muharram). 334 days prior to the same eclipse was be 16 May, 2013 - two days after the western world celebrates Israel’s 65th birthday and it will be the second day of the Feast of Shavuot (7 Sivan/6 Rajab).
The 502nd day in the first set was associated with a major war between Islamic nations and Israel, hence in the latter set (11/30/2012) there could mark another major war between Is.... and Israel - possibly the prophesied Magog war of Ezekiel 38 (the invasion from the north of Israel headed by ‘Gog’ from Turkey and Iran), or a similar one culminating in the arrival of the expected Al-Mahdi and Is.....ic Jesus, possibly also known as the Jewish messiah. This war is expected soon by M....s, Christians and Jews, and Turkey is the anticipated seat for the coming resurrected Is....ic Caliphate to ‘unite’ all M.... nations as was discussed in Part One.
- The 334th day in the first set was the ‘birth’ of Israel, but in the latter (5/16/2013) will be in the significant Feast of Shavuot.
Prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, the Feast of Shavuot involved the offering of two loaves of leavened bread - the only feast that allowed leaven in the temple offering, and leaven was a symbol for sin. Shavuot is also the prophetic feast associated with the results of the death and resurrection of Yeshua which began fifty days after His crucifixion on Passover in Acts 2:1-4, is called ‘Pentacost’ (meaning ‘fifty’) and also the ‘Feast of Weeks.’ At this momentous prophetic fulfilment in the New Testament, both Jew and Gentile - the two types of sinners (represented by the two leavened loaves of bread in the offering at Shavuot) - were united as one Body in Him, and the event became known as the ‘birth of the Church’ or the ‘birth of the Body of Christ.’
The 334 day-point prior to the 2014 eclipses could be associated with the coming uniting of the Jewish people with the ‘Palestinians’ in Israel, or the 'birth' of the so-called ‘Palestinian State’ (the twin state issue - the joining of the twin brothers Jacob and Esau - Jew and Gentile), and Israel may offer the two leavened loaves as a peace offering, or peace gesture, making it a part of the feast celebrations. Hence this may in fact be the eagerly awaited ‘peace treaty’ - the beginning of ‘Daniel’s 70th week’ in Daniel 9:27, which will involve the resurrected sacrificial system and the rebuilt Temple.
There have been many news articles posted on Facebook of late that talk about the pressure mounting by Obama and Kerry for a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, in fact, the deal is being forced to occur by the end of April - NEXT MONTH! One can only conclude that the coming tetrad blood red moons, also due on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, together with the two sun eclipses, MUST be highly significant with respect to ISRAEL and prophecy for these last days, and signify what we have all been anticipating and dreading for years.
With the increased media exposure, particularly by Rescue Christians and WorldNetDaily, about what horrors are happening to our fellow Christians in various places like Syria, we can begin to see what is going to transpire in Israel, and other places, during the 'time of Jacob's trouble' - the Great Tribulation, and it will indeed be a time of great distress never witnessed before. We need to be praying diligently more than ever for the salvation of the Jewish and Arab people, and that Yahweh's will 'WILL BE DONE' on earth as it is in heaven, as S.... is using Is.... to thwart the purposes of Yahweh and render Him a liar and breaker of His covenants with His people - just as he does. We also need to seriously consider the dire needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters and try to support the wonderful work of Rescue Christians as it goes about saving the lives of many who are suffering immensely under the threat of death.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem by praying Yahweh's will will be done through His Son Yeshua - the Prince of Peace!