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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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There are many reasons why we should be expecting the return of Jesus Christ to occur at any moment now. The video with Christine Darg puts into an order the prophecies and reasons why. Thanks to Jim Bramlet.
Jim Bramlett (4 May 2014)
“40 SIGNS JESUS IS COMING“
Dear friends:Middle East missionary friend, Christine Darg, has a new video titled “40 SIGNS JESUS IS COMING” available at http://jerusalemchannel.tv/latest-video. She provides some interesting insights, some of which you may not be aware.
I have known Christine and her husband Peter for many years. Both have been on the mission field for decades, mostly in Israel, where they have resided for years.
I urge you to connect with their ministry and be a blessing to Israel, and I believe God will bless you for doing so.
May 1, 2014 Prophecy conference interview with Bill Salus, Gary Stearman, host Jack Hibbs Part 1-Part 2
Very interesting interview with four knowledgeable Bible prophecy scholars. The questions and answers are important for the proper interpretation of prophecy and the times we live in.
There are so many prophetically predicted events happening in our world that the people who care for the prophetic Word are left amazed of the things we see and how God is choreographing the whole flow of History to fulfill His prophetic Word 100 %.
Three very important things were discussed in both parts that I think are interrelated one to the other. The book of Revelation, the Blood Moons and the prophecy of Daniel 9 of the seventy weeks.
Daniel 9 is a prophecy that spans the time of the first coming and the second coming as well as the complete restoration of the Nation of Israel as the head of the Nations of the world and God’s people. The first 69 weeks of years were fulfilled to the day with the crucifixion of Jesus. At that point a gap is introduced that leaves one week of years for the future. This week is the Apocalypse to be as yet fulfilled.
The tetrad of blood moons can be linked to the Book of Daniel 9 by the fact that the blood moons fall in Passover- Sukkot 2014 and Passover- Sukkot 2015. These two festivals of Passover and Sukkot each have the potential of being the start of the Tribulation. One has passed three are coming. See article linked below.
A few hours ago I read the article posted by pastor Bob about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church and I was happy to see that my beliefs are in line with him. A few minutes ago I saw this video about the Rapture of the church and again I find myself in complete agreement with the points brought up by them.
Gary asked Doug how close he thought the Rapture was and the answer is one that is politically correct. My answer would have been I do not know how it has not happened yet. My “guess” would be tomorrow is the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the Rapture of those who are alive could be tomorrow also but it could go all the way to Pentecost June 8. For the Apocalypse to start I would guess 2 dates, the blood moon of October 8 2014 or the one after in April 4 2015. I see in both dates valid scriptural basis.
Today I saw for the second time the video of Jonathan Cahn of the Prophecy Conference in Orlando on March of 2014 and it was great. He explained in no unsertain terms that the year of the Shemitah starts in Tishri 2014 and runs to Elul 29 2015 which puts it within the tetrad of blood moons.
I first came to the knowledge of the coming 2014-2015 blood moon tetrad when pastor Mark Biltz made the connection in 2008 between the blood moons and the Jewish calendar. Since then the Christian community and many others are becoming aware little by little that something of enormous importance is lurking this month starting on the 15th day and running to next year on 9/28/15.
The author of the article below took Biltz discovery and expanded it to a much more elaborate astronomical study that considers geometric and mathematical symmetry to proof the unmistakably conclusion that this 2014-2015 tetrad of blood moons is heralding the end times plan of Jesus Christ, the Apocalypse, the Rapture, the Second Coming, the rise of the Antichrist, the False Prophet, their defeat, Satan’s defeat and the start of the one Thousand year Kingdom where Jesus will rule from Jerusalem with a rod of iron.
The article contains many biblical references where these signs are mentioned and it is no coincidence or light matter what we see graphically shown in graphs 8A and 8B.
It is very important that this knowledge be disseminated to as many people as possible and that the gospel be preached to those who do not know it as the time to do so is very short indeed.
Thanks to Amy Van Gerpen for giving the author of the site Mr. Paul Grevas the address of http://www.fivedoves.com.
Paul Grevas (6 Apr 2014)
“Unprecendented Blood Moons cosmic sign from God“
Hope we have the right e-mail this time. We were referred to the 5Doves contact? by Amy Van Gerpen who viewed our new website
at http://www.bloodmoonscoming.com and the attached You Tube 10 minute video on the unprecendented coming Blood Moons.
She thought you might consider adding us as a link to your website. We would be very grateful as there is no website in the
“entire” blood moon myriad of sites on the internet which compares the absolute perfection statistically of the coming tetrad
compared to all the previous 7 Biblical tetrads plus Jesus’ crucifixion. Please view Graph 8A you’ll know what I mean of how profound the coming one will be.
Thank you , Paul Grevas
The following article came out today 4/10/14 in Yahoo
The following article came out today 4/10/14 in msn.com
March 25, 2014 The Blood Moons Tetrad is a Stop Sign and a get Ready Sign. Gary Stearman & Mark Biltz Update
The coming month is the start of the blood moons tetrad. Signs in the heavens that portend a troubled future for the world and Israel.
God who is in control of creation and who saw the future inspired and told His prophets about a future time when He would deal with Israel and the world who tries to harm Israel and go against Him. That time is almost here and the moon will be a sign in the heavens that is announcing the arrival. The tetrad of blood moon eclipses starts the next month of April on the 15 which falls on the feast of Passover. Please notice that the feast of Passover is when the sacrificial lamb was slaughtered and offered at the Temple. Blood was spilled and the blood moon punctuates this fact.
Christ spilled His blood on this date also to pay for the sins of all of us humans. In the video it is pointed out the prophecies about the blood turning to blood before the Day of the Lord which is the Apocalypse. It points out also a very important fact about the activity against Israel that will be going on at this time and it warns them of dire consequences for their actions “”” STOP“”” danger ahead proceed at your own risk, death will follow.
I want to point out now a very important prophecy that was fulfilled by Jesus on the cross at Passover, the prophecy of the seventy weeks of years of Daniel. In this prophecy shown below sixty nine weeks of years (493 years) were fulfilled to the day that Passover with a remaining week of year left unfulfilled.
In my opinion the remaining week (seven years), the Apocalypse, will be fulfilled in the near future starting on Passover, the same place where the prophecy stopped. It is not a coincidence that the tetrad of blood moons for 2014 and 2015 have blood moons on Passover 2014 (April 15) and Passover 2015 (April 4). In conclusion we have two possible dates for the start of the Day of the Lord, one this year the other the next.
It is my opinion that on the date it starts the two witnesses of Revelation 11 will appear and start their testimony. It will be a day of prophecy fulfillment!
Daniel 9: 20-27 (bold and underline added by me)
The Seventy “Sevens”
20While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— 21while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
24“Seventy ‘sevens’c are decreed for your people and your holy city to finishd transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.e
25“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,f the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.g The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’h In the middle of the ‘seven’i he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the templej he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.k ”l
Feb 27, 2014 Pastor John Hagee explains the blood moon tetrad coming in 2014 and 2015. Hear this Israel your King is Coming
Thanks to BG Ellis who provided the link to this lengthy presentation of the coming blood moon tetrad and its significance.
Please search this blog for the tetrad’s other presentations, it is important to know as much as you can about them as it is an important sign from God.