During 2014 and 2015 we will witness some highly unusual astronomical events. In fact, there will be four “blood moons” during an 18-month period, and each blood moon will occur on a Jewish holy day.
- Passover – April 15, 2014
- Feast of Tabernacles – October 8, 2014
- Passover – April 4, 2015
- Feast of Tabernacles – September 28, 2015
World Net Daily points out that such lunar events are rare and that similar occurrences have been linked to major events:
Such events have occurred only three other times in recent centuries, and each time they were linked to significant events for the Jewish nation, as outlined in [John] Hagee’s new book, Four Blood Moons: Something is about to Change.
For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years.
And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.
“This is something that just is beyond coincidental,” Hagee told Fox. He explained that the prophecies in the Bible note that when the sun refuses to shine – and a solar eclipse is expected in the 2014-2015 time frame – and the moon will be turned to blood, then man’s redemption draweth near.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)
What Is a Blood Moon?
Before I go further, you may wonder, “What exactly is a blood moon?” According to Bruce McClure, it is synonymous with a Hunter’s Moon.
One of the most famous moon names is the Hunter’s Moon. It is the the full moon immediately following the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon occurring most closely to the autumnal equinox.
The Hunter’s Moon, in skylore, is also sometimes called the Blood Moon. Why? Probably because it’s a characteristic of these autumn full moons that they appear nearly full – and rise soon after sunset – for several evenings in a row. Many people see them when they are low in the sky, shortly after they’ve risen, at which time there’s more atmosphere between you and the moon than when the moon is overhead. When you see the moon low in the sky, the extra air between you and the moon makes the moon look reddish. Voila. Blood moon.
Signs and Seasons…
In the book of Genesis, we read that God created the stars, moons, and planets and intended them to be “for signs and for seasons.” This is why the birth of Jesus coincided with many astronomical wonders, including the “star” that settled over Bethlehem.
The star was actually the planet Jupiter, as Stephen Jones explains…
It is also of interest to note that in the months before Jesus was born, Jupiter, the King’s Planet, had come into conjunction with Regulus, the King’s Star. It was this astronomical event that brought the magi first to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem. The arrival of the magi is told in Matthew’s account, but not in Luke, but we know from astronomy that Jupiter did a loop over Regulus, “crowning” that star before moving west. The magi went to Jerusalem, because it was called in Isaiah 1:26 the City of Righteousness (Sedeq, or Zadok). Sedeq was also the Hebrew name for Jupiter; hence, Jerusalem was also known as the City of Jupiter, the royal city of the King’s planet.
Three months later, on December 25 Jupiter appeared to hover over Bethlehem, as viewed from Jerusalem, and this was how the magi were able to locate Jesus specifically.
And Don’t Forget the Solar Eclipse and Comet ISON
Along with the four blood moons occurring in 2014/2015, there is also a solar eclipse. When World Net Daily interviewed Pastor Mark Blitz, he said:
“Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but the added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year according to the scriptures,” Biltz explained. “This date was the grand opening of Moses tabernacle in the wilderness. This is the day a great sign came and fire fell to light the burnt offering.
“So here we have a total solar eclipse beginning the religious year followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse/blood moon on Passover followed by the next solar eclipse (partial) on Sept 13th which just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah!”
And don’t forget that all of these signs are coming close on the heels of what scientists termed the death and resurrection of comet ISON in November 2013.
Now, you don’t have to be religious to realize that the probability of such a sequence of astronomical “signs” is exceedingly small.
And seeing as similar patterns have been linked to major historical events in the past, one has to wonder: What do these astronomical events portend?
Obviously, each person will have his or her own predictions based on their beliefs. And the truth won’t really be known until we have the privilege of hindsight.
But I am in the camp of those who believe something big will happen during the next 18-24 months. It will be an event of historic proportions — with great impact and not quickly forgotten.
These astronomical “signs of the times,” as it were, are merely one of the things that keeps me motivated to do whatever I can to be prepared. I recommend you do the same.
Don’t be scared. Be prepared.