Posts Tagged ‘Blood Moons’
Jan Markell wrote the article below and was published in Rapture Ready. Please read and follow the interview with pastor Mark Biltz and Dr. Mark Hitchcock about their different views on the same event.
The basic question debated in this radio program is are the blood moon tetrad occurring in 2014 and 2015 on Passover and Sukkot a sign from God to Israel, to Christians and to the world? and what is it heralding if anything?
Not to long ago and definitively within my youth the first satellite the Sputnik was launched by Russia. Advances in science and technology have increased in a manner that is unthinkable. So we are at a point in the history of men that a lunar or solar eclipse will barely elicit a yawn and more less losing sleep to see it.
None of my family or friends thought it important to wake up at 2AM to watch the first on April 24, 2014, and that after I had explained the significance of the blood moon tetrad and the relationship to the Jewish festivals.
So my question to you is the following, what does Jesus have to do to awaken His church and warn the world that He is about to judge the world severely. Well Israel should be paying attention because this judgment will revolve around Israel making the nation the vortex of the hurricane of trouble that is coming to the world.
Because of the many other prophetic signs that are happening in the world how could you not see these celestial events as signs closely preceding the Apocalypse and then the coming of Jesus Christ.
If the Apocalypse has started when you read this article then the blood moons would not be necessary as a sign as other signs would be manifested already like the two witnesses and the revealing of the Antichrist.
In my opinion both Marks make excellent points and arguments for the position each is driving forth, but it is my opinion that Biltz position is the correct one regarding the blood moons as appointment times of the Lord.
Please hear the debate and follow the articles I placed in my blog under the tetrad blood moons.
Blood Moons: Harbingers or Hype?
By Jan Markell
“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years . . .’ ” — Genesis 1:14
We can argue about the blood moons past, present and future, but no one can argue that they have captured the attention of the world and church. I presented one program on the topic back in 2013 and I wrote about them in my summer, 2014 print newsletter (sign up here — it’s free for one year and comes out five times a year).
I have been interviewed on the topic a number of times because of the Jewish element that applies to the subject.
In other words, I have covered the topic in an underwhelming way. But the response to my 2013 broadcast was overwhelming with folks wanting to better understand this phenomenon.
Three authors have written on the blood moons and I had two of them on air on our current radio program. The program is in a debate format. Pastor Mark Biltz debates Pastor Mark Hitchcock. They have very opposite opinions and you can listen here or here or here.
Jesus chastised the Pharisees for knowing the signs of the weather but not the signs of the times spiritually speaking. There are “signs in the heavens” that are a part of those “signs of the times.”
Mark Biltz suggests that all signs of the times are on overdrive: wars, famines, globalism, etc. He suggests that we’re heading pell-mell into the final days and the blood moons could be a harbinger of the lateness of the hour. He is not a date-setter and he does not suggest that “things are about to change forever” as John Hagee does.
Pastor Biltz does believe the reference in Genesis 1:14 indicates the signs in the heavens are there to “send signals” to us and that they are a herald of His coming. Since the reference suggests “seasons,” he feels this is a reference to the Jewish Feasts of Israel such as Passover and Sukkot or “God’s appointed times.” In other words, the signs in the heavens could be related to the Jewish Feasts.
Mark Biltz does go as far as to suggest that significant events could take place in 2014 and 2015 during the tetrad of blood moons such as a war or wars in the Middle East. He feels the moons could also be a warning: Don’t divide the land of Israel!
If you haven’t tracked the blood moon phenomenon, here is a very brief history. It is not often the tetrad of four moons falls on a Jewish Feast day such as they do in 2014 and 2015. There they fall on the first day of the Jewish Feast of Passover and Sukkot.
There were no blood moon tetrads on Jewish Feast days in the 1800s, 1700s, or 1600s. There will be no more in this century after October 2015.
There was a tetrad in 1493-1494 right after the Jews were thrown out of Spain. Some historians say Christopher Columbus had a boat load of Jews on his ships that sailed for a new land in 1492.
There was a tetrad in 1949-1950 right after Israel was declared a nation.
It happened again in 1967-1968 when Israel recaptured Jerusalem in the “Six Day War.”
Dr. Mark Hitchcock urges caution because this is another opportunity for Christians to have egg on their face with soft date-setting or astounding claims and conclusions. He asks how can these things be a “sign” when they are happening after the fact? In other words, the expulsion from Spain was 1492 but the tetrad of moons was 1493-1494
The blood moons couldn’t have been a sign of Israel’s impending independence when that tetrad was 1949 -1950.
Hitchcock rightfully cautions John Hagee about making astounding claims that “things are about to change forever” for we certainly don’t know that to be true.
Dr. Hitchcock is troubled that the moons are seen in limited parts of the world. How, then, could they be a sign for Israel since Israel hasn’t witnessed most of them? Obviously the entire world can witness them on television, the Internet, etc. in the 20th and 21st Century. But is this a stretch?
Dr. Hitchcock strongly believes that the “authentic blood moons” the Bible refers to are during the Tribulation and would likely be a sign of Christ’s Second Coming. He believes they will be supernatural similar to the star of Bethlehem. There is often a reference to fire and smoke and thus they are not a naturally occurring event such as a blood moon pre-Tribulation.
Dr. Hitchcock concludes these blood moons in the Bible have nothing to do with the church in this church age. Their significance is future. Frankly, he calls what’s happening today “hype and sensationalism.” He feels what is happening today, in 2014 and 2015, is a naturally occurring phenomenon and not an unusual “sign in the heavens.”
What is referenced in Joel 2, Matthew 24, Acts 2, Revelation 6, etc., will be totally supernatural. It will be cataclysmic. There will be little opportunity to casually observe the events during the Tribulation as the world will be under such judgment no one will care to observe them in back yards with binoculars and lawn chairs. The planet will be coming undone.
But are they a wake-up call? Are they a herald of His soon coming? People have written this ministry stating they have used the blood moon of Passover 2014 (April 15) as a witnessing tool. Is there anything wrong with this? They will do so again in October 2014 and in April and October 2015 again to generate a discussion on the Lord’s return. Everyone is so intrigued, including unbelievers, that the question is raised as to how can we not use them evangelistically?
Who will deny that the world is writhing? The birth pangs are deplorable. The Mideast is literally on fire. America seems to be in a death spiral. The church isn’t functioning too well either. Russia may be Magog on the move. Israel is surrounded. Evil is out of control. Need I say more? I’m addressing the remnant here. The final curtain could be tomorrow.
Most people, believers and unbelievers, are not paying attention today — to anything. They are checked out of serious things and checked into enjoying life. It takes something pretty earth-shattering to get their attention. The blood moons have. At least with some.
The unbelieving world is watching us cautiously because some believers have been date-setters and some have been reckless. Both Mark’s caution against that! Nothing of consequence happened in 1988, 2012 or on Y2K. Yet a few Christians implied that things could change forever on those occasions. So let’s be careful.
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Pastor Mark Biltz is a Messianic pastor that discovered the tetrad of blood moons with the relationship to the feast of Passover and Sukkot. We are in the mist of this tetrad that is taking place between the year 2014 and again in 2015.
The understanding of the seven Jewish Feasts and their relationship to Jesus is essential to understanding prophecy and the redemptive plan of humanity. Biltz guides you as you meander from the start on Egypt at Passover to the time of Jesus in a way that is masterful and to the point. He leaves no detail uncovered and the New Testament Gospels come to live as fulfillment of the Feasts.
The video ends at the Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost as these are the already fulfilled Feasts and will continue with further videos in the coming weeks. I am looking forward to these videos of the three remaining Feasts that will be fulfilled prior to the millennium start.
Thanks to BG Ellis for the link.
The purpose of this post is to post the article that appeared in the June issue of Prophecy in the News written by Mr. Gary Stearman.
The title of the article is Pentecost festival of Mystery.
A few post back I posted an article written by the late Zola Levitt about Pentecost and in the introduction to that article I gave some of my thoughts about it.
As the article states there are many things pointing to these times as the time of the Resurrection and the Rapture. The Antichrist is here although not yet revealed to the world, the same as the False Prophet. the tetrad of blood moons started in April 14, 2014 and will end on September 28 2015 with a super moon visible from Jerusalem. And all the other signs that point to the major conflicts that are listed as coming in the prophetic books of the Bible.
We have four days left for this date (June 8 Sunday) to arrive, how will you use them to reach those who do not know Jesus yet?
In this good video presentation Gary Stearman goes in the defense of Prophecy in the News and the prophetic subjects he has dealt with. I agree with his statement of believes and concur with his views of interpretation and materials presented. This ministry is at the leading edge of Bible Prophecy interpretation and divulging.
The problem with the material they present is that it shakes the foundations of a placid and nonchalant Christianity that is ignorant of the enormously perilous times ahead.
The world of supernatural demonic forces is about to make full entrance into the world and form a reality that is frightening. Wake up world and specially wake up church, horrible times are coming.
The June issue of Zola Levitt letters brings a very good and timely article on page 6 and 7. It deals with the fulfillment of the Spring Feasts of the Lord and their proper date for celebration.
In the article it explains how those who want to deny the Messiah Jesus have altered the day of celebration to obscure the New Testament historical reference to a Sunday resurrection. The link below takes you to the news letter and the article starts on page 6.
below is a link to another article by Neil Lipkin a Messianic Jew on his thoughts on the Rapture occurring this year on the feast of Pentecost.
In his article he gives his thoughts on the events that will bring about the Tribulation and how it will play out. It is a well thought theory.
My opinion of his view differs in that I believe that the concept of peace and safety during the first half of the Tribulation is erroneous interpretation. There is no way that after the first four seals of the book of Revelation are opened and they kill one fourth of humanity (1,792,386,350 million people) that you can call that peace. This happens at the very beginning of the seven year period and the following events get worse and worse.
Because the tetrad of blood moons is a very important sign I agree that it is announcing the Rapture and the Tribulation, but it covers two years 2014 and 2015 so the events could be shifted to next year without problem. After next year it would be hard press to say that the tetrad was a sign for these events.
Neil Lipken (25 May 2014)
“MY BEST THEORY ON HOW THE TIME PERIOD OF THE 2014 AND 2015 LUNAR ECLIPSES ON PASSOVER AND TABERNACLES WILL PLAY OUT.“
Genesis 1:14 “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for SIGNS, and for seasons, and for days and years…..’ “
Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in sun and MOON and stars……” This scripture is about these End Times in which we are living (since Israel returned as a nation in 1948).
In 1492 Columbus sailed for the New World, and in the centuries to come Jews would flee European persecution for freedom in the New World. In 1493 and 1494 lunar eclipses happened on Passover and Tabernacles both years. In 1948 Israel returned as a free, independent nation for the first time in 2669 years since 721 BC. In 1949 and 1950 lunar eclipses happened on Passover and Tabernacles both years. At Passover of 1967 a lunar eclipse occurred, and on June 7, 1967 Israel captured the true “City of David”, East Jerusalem, in the Six Day War. Later that year at Tabernacles a lunar eclipse occurred, and lunar eclipses happened at Passover and Tabernacles of 1968. Please note that each of these events were GOOD events for the Jewish people and Israel———Freedom from persecution, Israel becomes a state, Israel captures its true, eternal capitol, East Jerusalem.
Just once in the 21st century will these Passover / Tabernacles / Passover / Tabernacles lunar eclipses occur—— 2014 and 2015 ——and these eclipses on Jewish feast dates like this will not occur again for 500 years!
The 2014 and 2015 lunar eclipses will again mark a GOOD event for the Jewish people and Israel, but what will that GOOD event be? There are only two GOOD events remaining for the Jewish people and Israel in these End Times——-the building of the Third Temple and the Second Coming of Israel’s long-rejected Messiah, Who is Christ. The 2014 and 2015 lunar eclipses cannot mark the Second Coming as that is a minimum of 7 years from now as the 7 year Tribulation Period has not yet begun. So that leaves just one GOOD event that these eclipses could be associated with, the building of the Third Temple! And when you think about it, is that not the proper order of things? Freedom from persecution, Israel becomes a state, Israel captures East Jerusalem, and NOW in proper order Israel builds the Third Temple! All very GOOD events!
The first lunar eclipse has already occurred back in April of 2014 at Passover. Three eclipses now remain, later this year at Tabernacles, and then at Passover and Tabernacles of 2015. So, how will Third Temple construction begin within this time frame?
I have a theory, but what I believe is a very good theory. I will lay it out here, but remember that it for the moment is just a theory! Time will tell whether it bears out to be true.
But first a little more introductory material. Jesus died on Passover in the first century, rose on the Feast of First Fruits (Easter), and the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost. His blood sacrifice fulfilled Passover, and his body sacrifice fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the seven days after the one day Passover feast). In just 53 days from Jesus going to the cross till Pentecost, four Old Testament Jewish spring time feasts were fulfilled by New Testament events. There are two Old Testament Jewish fall feasts that will be fulfilled by end time New Testament events. Many believe that the Rapture will fulfill the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), and the Second Coming will fulfill the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), with each of these end time events happening at the fall Jewish feasts just like the First Coming events happened at the spring Jewish feasts.
But for the Rapture there are actually two possibilities. The Rapture may fulfill the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), but there is another possibility. In Matthew 24:31 Jesus sends forth his angels with a GREAT TRUMPET, and they gather together his elect from one end of heaven to the other to return with Him at the Second Coming. This may happen at Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) and fulfill this Jewish Feast, and then ten days later the Second Coming fulfills the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). This would be most interesting in that the four spring Jewish feasts were all fulfilled in a 53 day time period, and the two fall Jewish feasts would be fulfilled in a 10 day time period. This would “free up” the Rapture to occur virtually anytime during the year it occurs, and follow the “sudden destruction” event, which throughout scripture in the Old and New Testaments the Rapture must be associated with. Remember that the coming of the Son of Man is JUST LIKE the days of Noah, and in Noah’s day there were no Jewish people yet and and the Jewish feasts were yet to be given by God. So the Rapture could indeed be “free” of the Jewish feasts.
SO, HERE IS MY THEORY, BUT REMEMBER THAT RIGHT NOW IT IS JUST A THEORY, BUT I MUST SAY A MOST INTERESTING THEORY!
Let’s say that the lunar eclipse pattern of 1967 and 1968 holds true this time around. Remember that in April of 1967 the first eclipse happened at Passover, and then on June 7th of 1967 Israel captured East Jerusalem. In April of 2014 at Passover the first lunar eclipse occurred. And this year too in early June a BIG event happens. It just so happens that June 4th of this year (2014) is Pentecost. Remember that the Church Age began at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended (Acts 2). So, let’s say in theory that the Ukrainian situation explodes in early June of this year, or perhaps that Israel finally must move against the Iranian nuclear facilities in early June (or it will be too late to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons). Or perhaps both occur and the “sudden destruction” event is underway. THE RAPTURE HAPPENS around Pentecost, and the Church Age ends around Pentecost just as it began at Pentecost! In the future this “sudden destruction” event associated with the Rapture will likely come to be known as WW III. Immediately after the Rapture the antichrist arrives on the global scene, and he spends the summer of 2014 pulling together the “sudden destruction” mess that is upon the world. When Israel attacks Iran, Iran will likely release its proxies (Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and even the Palestinians) to fight Israel. Saudi Arabia and Jordan will likely come in on Israel’s side to fight Iran. If Ukraine explodes, Russia will be engaged with the European Union and the U.S. Iran and Russia might very well lob some missiles into the U.S. Many Rapture dreams have detailed missiles coming into the U.S. at almost virtually the same time that the Rapture is occurring, with believers in Christ rising in the air to meet the Lord, and looking down to see explosions in numerous American cities. In Revelation 6:2 the antichrist on a white horse goes out “conquering, and to conquer”. The antichrist in the summer of 2014 using satanic power pulls the “sudden destruction” mess together, demands finally “world peace”, and gains the trust of the nations including Israel and the Palestinians.
Then, at Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) in the fall of 2014 the antichrist makes the Daniel 9:27 covenant with Israel, the Palestinians, and many other nations. The Palestinians get their state, and Israel gets the right to build the Third Temple. The 7 year Tribulation Period officially begins, yet the only people who will know this will be those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior AFTER the Rapture, which occurred back in June of 2014. The remainder of the world will be deceived by the antichrist, as he makes promises to finally bring peace to the world, and better times ahead. America will have been devastated by the “sudden destruction” event, as will many other places in the world. At first it will be voluntary to follow the guidance of the antichrist, but in a short time all will have to tow the line to follow the New World Order under his leadership. Those who resist will be placed in FEMA camps around the U.S, and as time goes by many of those will be tortured and killed (many by beheading—-Rev. 20:4).
The power base of the antichrist will be the European Union, and he will take his place at the head of its government. But in the months to come (the late fall of 2014 and the winter of 2014-15), Iran is feeling the sting of its defeat to Israel, and Iran plots with Russia to attack Israel. Then in the spring of 2015 at Passover, Iran with Russia and the other nations outlined in Ezekiel 38 and 39 attack Israel and the “Russian invasion of Israel” is underway. Take a very close look at Jeremiah 16:14 & 15. These two verses tell us that in the future the celebration of Passover will change from “coming out of the land of Egypt” to “coming out of the land of the north”. This is why I have always believed that the Russian invasion of Israel will occur at Passover time, and when God intervenes and Russia and her allies are defeated, Jews will pour out of Russia (the land of the north) and come home to Israel. The Russian invasion of Israel MUST occur when Israel is dwelling securely (see Ezekiel 38:8, 11, & 14), and the only time from 1948 till the Second Coming that Israel is dwelling “securely” is during the false peace granted by the antichrist during the first half of the 7 year Tribulation Period. So, Russia and her allies attack Israel at Passover of 2015 (and there is a lunar eclipse at that time!), and God Himself intervenes and the attacking force is defeated.
With Israel jubilant in her victory, and the antichrist providing a false peace (Israel thinks it is the real peace as she is deceived and looks to the antichrist as her political deliverer), Third Temple construction gets underway in earnest in the late spring and summer of 2015. And so Temple construction is underway, and in the fall of 2015 at the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles the last lunar eclipse occurs!
NOW THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS MY BEST THEORY ON HOW THE TIME INTERVAL OF THE FOUR LUNAR ECLIPSES OF 2014 AND 2015 WILL PLAY OUT! I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THESE FOUR LUNAR ECLIPSES WILL MARK THE ONLY REMAINING GOOD EVENT FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE BEFORE THE SECOND COMING, THAT IS THE BUILDING OF THE THIRD TEMPLE!
A lot of things are dependent on the Sabbath years or Shemittah and its importance has been made more obvious by pastor Jonathan Cahn the author of the Harbinger. His presentations on the Shemittah and how important they are today are extraordinary. In his lectures he identifies the year 2001, 2008 and 2015 as being Sabbath years. This very important fact is corroborated by J.R. Church in his book: Daniel Reveals the Blood Line of the Antichrist. At the end of the book starting on page 267 to page 330 he has a Chart of Six Millennia.
This chart is worth by itself the buying of the book. It lists many important historical facts but it starts with Adam listing the Sabbatical and Jubilee years listing in red those that are questionable and derived from the book of Jubilee. It covers the present and projects to the future year 2241. On page 328 of the book he starts the second column of dates with the year 1994/95J, indicating it as a Jubilee. He shows 1993/94S and lists the following as Sabbatical years 2000/2001S , 2007/2008S , 2014/2015S and 2021/22S. The book lists the next Jubilee year as 2043/44J. If you take your calculator or by hand you will see that the Jubilee cycles are 49 years not 50 years. Each Jubilee year is the first year also of the next Sabbatical year as well as the first year of the next Jubilee year.
This count agrees with the dates given by Jonathan Cahn in his Shemittah series presentations. He also comes to the conclusion that in Rosh Hashanah of 2015 it could be, not 100% sure, the collapse of the world economy. There is also a partial solar eclipse on that date.
The Shemittah year 2014/15 falls in the mist of the tetrad of lunar eclipses discovered by pastor Mark Biltz.
The following graph is from the Torah calendar site and it lists this year also as a Shemittah year and the 120th Jubilee year since creation and the year 6,000. Here they count the cycles as 50 years.
This is my personal opinion to all of the above.
The Millennium is definitively starting on a Jubilee year and if the Tribulation starts after a Sabbatical year then on Rosh Hashanah 2015 the Tribulation should start. The Millenium on 2022/23.
For the Rapture it could be any time from here til 2015 before the Tribulation. June 8, 2014 Pentecost sounds good to me and it is my next watch.
In this conversation about the Bible codes we are introduced to the Torah code and the seven and nine lamps Menorahs. The Torah code in the first five books is what can be said to equal a skeleton of structure that is beyond the possibility of occurring by chance. It serves the purpose that a paper watermark has in the identification of its mill. The text then becomes not different parts put together to tell a story but a testimony of the brilliance of its author.
Gary and Bob do a wonderful job of guiding you about this mysterious phenomenon that create the structure that builds Bible. It can also be thought of as the glue that ties it all together and that will not let any of its parts to be taken out and will not let any placed in.
Sixty six 66 books in the Bible and is there a relationship to the 66 years that Israel will celebrate seven 7 days from now?
Are the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet pointing to the year 2022 for the start of the millenium after the second coming of Jesus Christ?
Is it a coincidence that seven 7 years after the blood moons tetrad ending in 2015 we get to the year 2022?
Our God is great!!!!!!!!!!