Tonight marks the last of the four lunar eclipses which fall on major Jewish Feast days in 2014 and 2015.
Many authors, like Mark Biltz (who discovered the eclipse/holiday correlation to historical events) and John Hagee (and myself) believe these are astronomical SIGNS pointing to significant events in the near future. With this in mind, here is an excerpt on this topic from Antichrist 2016-2019:
“In 2008, Pastor Mark Biltz was analyzing NASA’s astronomical data on lunar eclipses when he noticed that on rare occasion there are four total lunar eclipses in a row, with no partial eclipses in between, within two years. This pattern of four consecutive total lunar eclipses can be referred to as a tetrad. During lunar eclipses, the Earth’s atmosphere refracts the sun’s light around our planet and onto the moon, while it tends to filter out wavelengths other than orange and red. The moon appears to be blood-red during such an eclipse, and these eclipses have been referred to as blood moons. Biltz noticed that occasionally – just eight times in the last 2,000 years – a tetrad of blood moon eclipses all occur on the Jewish Feast holidays of Passover and Sukkot (Tabernacles.) But what really got Biltz’s attention was the close timing of these eclipses near major events in the history of the Jewish people.
I happen to agree with Biltz on many points, including the significance of astronomical signs and Jewish holidays as markers for future events. Biltz wrote that “God says He created the sun and moon and the stars for signals” clearly referencing Genesis 1:14 “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.” Biltz also says that the word we see in English Bibles as “seasons” is translated incorrectly and that the same Hebrew word in Leviticus is translated as “feasts.” The sun and moon in particular are used to establish the timing of Jewish holidays. The spring feasts, including the crucifixion on Passover, have already had their prophetic events unfold. I agree with scholars who anticipate the unfolding of end times events like the Second Coming on the Fall Feasts like Tabernacles – and astronomical details let me know this will occur in 2019.
In Psalm 89:37 God tells us: “as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever like the moon, and the witness in the sky is faithful.” Here the sun and moon are faithful witnesses, and aligned properly with the earth, their positions lead to eclipses which may be signs. Scoffers will point out that in the last 2000 years there have been eight such tetrads of blood moon eclipses lined up on Jewish feast days, and only the last three have been near significant events in the history of the Jewish people. I would counter that even three such occurrences establish a new trend; that the trend has been in effect for over 500 years, and that it may be worth keeping in mind as the fourth such set of eclipses occurs in 2014 and 2015. Total lunar eclipses occur on Passover and Sukkot, the holidays associated with Christ’s death and birth, in both years. This will not occur again for over 400 years.
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 Biltz does not make a claim that the Third Temple will be rebuilt near this tetrad of eclipses, many 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?” 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. This worldwide diaspora included 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 in 1967 and 1968.
The Temple – Some Israelis have wanted to build a new Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount ever since 1967. With Hamas rockets being fired from Gaza into Jerusalem as I write this, the possibility exists that one could destroy the Dome of the Rock Mosque. If it is destroyed, whether by war or a fanatic or any other cause, such destruction would remove the main obstacle to Jewish claims over the entire Temple Mount. Or perhaps the lost Ark of the Covenant is discovered, prompting the establishment of a Temple to properly house it. My research points to the reestablishment of some form of Third Temple in Jerusalem no later than June 6, 2016. This would be within a year of the tetrads of holiday blood moons in 2014 and 2015 and seems to fit the increasingly focused geographical fulfillment of prophetic events near blood moon tetrads.”