The Four Blood Moons Begin
Tonight begins an exciting phenomenon, the beginning of Passover in conjunction with a total lunar eclipse, or a blood moon. First of all, if you aren’t familiar with this, a blood moon is a total lunar eclipse, which often causes the moon to appear red. The somewhat rare occurrence of four in succession is called a tetrad. Extremely rare is the occurrence of four blood moons in a row falling on Hebrew Feast/Holy days, something very significant in Jewish tradition, where eclipses are regarded as "signals" to Israel. In Genesis 1:14 we read, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” The word for signs in Hebrew can mean “signals,” and the word for seasons in Hebrew means “appointed times” or the “Feasts Of The Lord” (Leviticus 23). In other words, the sun and moon can be signals when they align with the Divine Appointed Feasts of the Lord. This year in 2014 the first Feast, which is Passover, begins with a total lunar eclipse, and the last Feast, which is Tabernacles, also begins with a total lunar eclipse. The following year, 2015, the pattern is repeated again, with a total lunar eclipse on both Passover and Tabernacles, the beginning and ending of the biblical calendar.
Jesus said in Luke 21:25, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations…” Peter quoted the prophet Joel on the day of Pentecost saying, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Acts 2:20-21). Tonight, April 14, and in the early hours of April 15, a new tetrad begins, coinciding with Passover. With all the discussion buzzing around, I want to clarify a few things.
• The term “blood moon” is a Hebrew idiom for a total lunar eclipse. Some argue that the color is pink or shades of orange, which it may be according to atmospheric conditions. The exact color is not the main thing. The fact that four total lunar eclipses are happening in succession, on the Divine Appointments or Feast Days, is the greater significance.
• Some argue that tetrads are not all that rare, so what’s the big deal? There were eight in the last century, according to NASA’s website. Again, the point biblical scholars make is not blood moons on any random date, but when they align with the biblical calendar and Holy Feast Days. This is extremely rare. What is interesting is that this first blood moon will be visible throughout most of North America. Tonight is a rare opportunity for us to all see it together, watching and waiting to see what the Lord will do. Again, when we look at the tetrads that fall on successive Jewish Holy Days according to the biblical calendar, that is extremely rare and has only happened three times in the last 500 years, and only seven times in the last two thousand years! You can see the chart below listing all the tetrads and Feast days occurrences.
• Another observation argues that of course there will be lunar eclipses on holy holidays because God had arranged the calendar around the cycles of the moon. Well, that makes my point. God predesigned the dates so that they would inevitably line up with the occurrence of lunar eclipses, as well as solar eclipses. God created the calendar and the heavens and coordinated them beautifully. It has always been part of His plan for communicating to us.
• What are the blood moons meant to predict? some ask. I don’t know that we need to try and predict what will happen. What we can do, is look back and see what the patterns have been in the past. The last time there were four blood moons two years in a row was in 1967-1968. After the first blood moon in the spring of 1967, the Six Day War in Israel broke out in June. The Israelis regained East Jerusalem, the location of the holy sites, including the Temple Mount, the Garden Tomb, and the Mount of Olives. This was a huge beginning of the fulfillment of Jesus promise, “Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). The time before that was in 1949-1950 which immediately followed World War II, the Holocaust and the rebirth of the nation Israel in 1948. This was a fulfillment of a 2,500 year old prophecy in the book of Ezekiel (chapters 36-37). The time before this was all the way back in 1493-1494 which again follows the expulsion of all the Jews by edict of King Ferdinand of Spain. Also, Christopher Columbus left Spain to discover America, where eventually many Jews would immigrate. Today it is estimated there are some 5 Million Jews living in America, second only to Israel. So looking back, the pattern has been that something tremendously significant related to the Jewish people has happened, with profound prophetic significance. There is a passage in the Talmud which says, “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel, since Israel reckons by the moon and idolaters by the sun.” It is interesting that in the middle of the four blood moons there will also be a total eclipse of the sun on Nisan 1. If you are interested in reading more, I recommend my book, The Holy Land Key, which gives more information about the Blood Moons, the signs written in the constellations, and the prophetic patterns which are all coming together “for such a time as this!” This is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, e-book and audio formats. If you stay up to watch the eclipse, enjoy the beautiful display of color and creation God is orchestrating for us! I believe He is sending us signals, and the question is, are we watching for Him, looking for Him, anticipating His glorious return? “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12). And remember,
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
(Psalm 19: 1-2)