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The Coming Blood Moons

A total lunar eclipse “Blood Moon” occurs this Tuesday April 15, 2014 and will be viewable at 12:06 AM to 1:24 AM (Monday night – Tuesday morning).  What is the significance of this?  This is the first of a series of four blood moons over the next year, all of which fall on Jewish holy days, with a solar eclipse occurring in the middle.  Historically, when this has occurred, a significant event occurred to the Jewish people, Israel, and or the nations of the world.  There are also canny prophetic alignments with this particular tetrad and aspects that make this more unique than any other.  The bible says in the last days before the great tribulation and before the return of Christ the moon will turn blood red and the sun into darkness (eclipses).  This is our warning or sign from God that His coming is soon ahead, they point to Jesus Christ; the day or hour we don’t know, and it is to stir our hearts for redemption is near.  It’s like a road sign telling you the road ahead is curvy.  You may skeptically say, “aw we heard that from the Mayans about 2012”.  Well the difference is, this is not coming from the Mayans; this is coming from the bible, God’s Word.  Mark Biltz associated this astronomical events with “things happening to Israel” and John Hagee claimed “something big is about to happen” but these are more sensational than why the bible has prophesied to occur.  I’ll say it again, This is our warning or sign from God that His coming is soon ahead, they point to Jesus Christ; the day or hour we don’t know, and it is to stir our hearts for redemption is near.

The following are some related verses from the bible:  1) “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs [plural] and seasons [plural], and for days and years;” Genesis 1:14.  2) “And there will be signs [plural]  in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25.  3) “The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Joel 2:31.  4) “The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Acts 2:20.  The word “before” includes any time prior to the second coming.  Prophetically, it appears the rapture, where Christians will be taken up to be with God, is at hand, followed by God’s judgment on those who reject His Son Jesus Christ.

God has posted His sign in the heavens.

God has posted His sign in the heavens.

If you are not a believer, now is the time for salvation, now is the time to believe in Jesus Christ.  He died on the Cross for your sins and wants to forgive you, just call out to Him.  If you claim to believe and are not living for God but living like hell, it’s time to repent also.  If you are reading this after Christians have been raptured, you can still be saved from eternal damnation but do NOT get the mark of the beast, and realize you may have to die for your faith in Jesus; take hope the tribulation will be over in seven years.  In all cases, get yourself a bible and read it.

You may say, this all sounds grim, well for the unbeliever it is.  For those who believe, it is great news because our “redemption draws near“, so keep looking up.  Be ready; pray that you will be worthy to stand before Him.  Listen for the voice of an archangel, the trumpet of God, and the knock on the door.  Jesus is coming very soon.

The SIGNS in the HEAVENS occur prior to, and then into the tribulation

There are those who argue that, the bible references to blood moons are referring to the great tribulation period only, thus not applicable to the 2014-2015 astronomical events.

For this discussion, let’s review the passage in question, Luke 21:25-28 (in context link).  25 “There will be signs [plural] in the sun, moon and stars.  On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Interesting to note that in Luke 21 when asked about what “sign” will  there be, Jesus specifically and directly specifies “astronomical signs” (v.7,11,25), heavenly signs in the sun, moon and stars; then includes earthly signs as well but the word “sign” is foremost associated with “great signs” in the HEAVENS supporting Gen. 1:14.  It is these signs that are associated with the feast days that are a warning to the Jews and Israel the fig tree.  Likewise, to Christians for the imminent season of the rapture.  How do we know it relates to that?  Because Jesus uses the phrase “redemption drawing near“.

Additionally, one must ask is the phrase “sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light” in Matthew 24:29 and Mark 13:24 same as Blood moon references.  I believe there may be a partial reference yet a more distinct astronomical occurrence of the event.

I went both ways on this prophecy for over six months before reaching my conclusion.  I too, agree this and the other bible references apply to the tribulation; however, I also believe the 4 blood moons appears to be a “signs” (of the heavenly order) of the rapture based on the above passage and here is why.  It appears to me that the above passage has a prophetic dual meaning or application.  We agree as to Luke 21 referring to the tribulation because of v27.  However, we also must realize Jesus is also speaking to his “disciples”, and more specifically the “redeemed” v28.  Remember, Jesus said this to the disciples who never saw the tribulation, that’s a paradox unless it meant exactly what He said for the Church age.  How else could he do that if this was only during the tribulation?  (Rom. 8:23 says “eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.)  Is not Jesus instructing us Christians to be looking for Him (in verse 28) for the purpose of “redemption”, that is to occur prior to the tribulation?  Also, notice v28 is a transition where vs.29-36 pertains to things prior to the tribulation.  So the “big event” to happen according to this prophecy is the rapture and second coming of Jesus Christ which we know is imminent.  This would have been one of the imminent signs to the early Church, and more so to Jewish Christians who were more aware of the feast days, before the “rebirth of Israel” prophecy came into play.

The scriptures appear to be speaking of more than one sun/moon event and we have had seven significant sequences of tetrads since the time of Christ and now in our eighth sequence.  It is clear that the “Blood Moon” occurs “AFTER” the “tribulation” Mat. 24:29, Mark 13:24 and “BEFORE” the “awesome day of the Lord (second coming)” Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, this is one event.  However, note the language in Luke 21:25-28; in v.26 “are coming” and “will be” v.27 “will see” v.28 “begin to happen”; the tribulation did not take place yet so this passage is not speaking of the tribulation saints.  You have to ask the questions why would Jesus reveal these heavenly signs to the Jewish people and the Church during the pause between the 69 and 70th weeks of Daniel, if this applies to only those during the tribulation?  To me it seems like v.26-27 is referring to those being judged, while v.28 is referring to believers before the tribulation.  One can easily presume this passage is all referring to tribulation saints but a closer look seems to speak of two groups of people, those being judged, tribes of the “earth” (Mat. 24:30), and the “redeemed” v.28. Thus, making more than one sun/moon event and hey have we not had more than one already occur?

Note “after” references…
http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=moon…
Note “before” references…
http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=blood%20moon…

Here is the catch, these signs are of the heavenly order, like the many other earthly signs we know of, and only among signs as a whole.  It speaks of a season.  “You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. (Mat.16:3)”  We would make a mistake to try to set dates based on it, as many have.  It is like God has posted a “curvy road ahead” sign in the heavens, like one may see while driving.  Jesus said redemption is “near”, no date, just know it is drawing near when you see these signs v28.  They are signs in the calendar not a calendar to set dates by (Acts 1:7).  We are not to seek the sign; rather, we are to seek who the sign is pointing to, Jesus.

What is the significance of the “sun will turn to darkness”?

Thinking about  the “thief in the night” phrase of 1 Thes. 5:2 & 2 Pet. 3:10.  Of course, that phrase is speaking of dark times and dark hearts but then I thought, could there be more to the association of darkness?  How literal would this darkness be?  Could it not only be spiritual darkness but also celestial darkness?  So I went to a moon phase calendar and realized that the moon will be at it’s darkest at the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets.  Then also you have to think of the coming solar eclipses.  Watch the Sun turn Black as Sackcloth on the Total Solar Eclipse March 20, 2015 as seen in Svalbard: http://youtu.be/fJnLXWuGPBw   Matt. 24:20 & Mk. 13:18 makes reference to winter, suggesting darkness, a season when nights are longer.  Sure looks like signs to me. Lk. 12:38-40 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” It’s almost as if he is hinting at the “celestial season” as well in regards to “night or dark”.

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Written by johnsbibleblog

March 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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