Tonight’s total lunar eclipse is the first of a string of four that will fall consecutively on Jewish high holy days.
* First Day of Passover, April 15, 2014
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 8, 2014
* First Day of Passover, April 4, 2015
* First Day of Sukkoth, Sept. 28, 2015
This is called a Tetrad. Whenever this happened in the past, enormous events took place in Jewish history. With four appearing back to back on Jewish feast days is really something to write home about.
Three sets of blood-red moons have corresponded to significant events in Jewish history:
The Spanish Inquisition final year 1492 when the Alhambra Decree ordered all remaining Jews who would not convert to Christianity to leave Spain, ( by the way, a place called America was discovered the following year of 1493, creating a safe haven for the Jews), the 1948 War of Independence, when Israel became a nation and the 1967 Six-Day War, when Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish control, had back-to-back, blood-red moons occur on the first day of Passover and Sukkot the following two years or beginning the same year of the 1967 Six-Day War for two years.
The Spanish Inquisition — 1492
* Passover, April 2, 1493
* Sukkoth, Sept. 25, 1493
* Passover, March 22, 1494
* Sukkoth, Sept. 15, 1494
The War of Independence — 1948
* Passover, April 13, 1949
* Sukkoth, Oct. 7, 1949
* Passover, April 2, 1950
* Sukkoth, Sept. 26, 1950
The Six-Day War — 1967
* First Day of Passover, April 24, 1967
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 18, 1967
* First Day of Passover. April 13, 1968
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 6, 1968
Adding to the enormous significance this year, Christians are entering Holy Week, which culminates on Ressurection Sunday which celebrates Jesus Christ’s triumphant victory over death.
Some consider it nothing more than an alignment of the heavens, but others are watching much more closely, because of the alignment with biblical prophecy.
No, no one is setting a date or time for the rapture nor the second-coming of Christ. We are just saying that we should pay more attention to what God is saying to us. Usually, the blood-red moon signifies a bad omen for Israel and turmoil for the world. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen – I just know something historic is going to happen.
The Book of Genesis says that God uses the sun, the moon and the stars for signs and seasons. Examples can be found throughout the bible. in the course of the next two years we should keep our eyes on the Middle East. Something involving Israel will likely happen and change the course of world history.
In an article from Christian Broadcasting Network on Pastor John Hagee, they write:
In his latest book, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change, Hagee lays out what he calls celestial signals. He describes how a series of blood moons in 2014 and 2015 will have great significance for Israel.
Although single blood moons happen fairly regularly, four appearing so closely together is extremely rare. There have only been a series of blood moons a handful of times over the past 500 years.
So what exactly is a blood moon and what is the biblical significance?
“A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon,” Hagee explained. “And the sun is shining through the atmosphere of the Earth and casts up on the moon a red shadow. And so the moon appears to be red.”
Such moons appear several times in scripture.
In the book of Joel, God says there will be “wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire…the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
In Acts, the Apostle Peter repeats that verse from Joel. And the book of Revelation says that during the Great Tribulation, “the moon will become like blood.”
You can certainly investigate all of this on your own time and I hope that you will.
In case you cannot see this eclipse because of weather conditions go to http://new.livestream.com/GriffithObservatoryTV/LunarEclipse.