Blood Moon 2015
Yet Another ''Sure Thing?''
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor
My email boxes have been filling up with messages about the Blood Moon of 2015 and questions about a theory it signals the 2nd Coming of Christ. The 'Blood Moon' story has also made the rounds of our forums, some of whom must be getting some of the same emails that I am.
The premise is irresistible; a series of lunar and solar eclipses will occur during Passover and Succot (Feast of Tabernacles) seven years from now suggest a date for the Second Coming of Christ.
Mark Blitz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Washington, notes that the only string of four consecutive blood moons that coincide with Passover in the spring and the Feast of Tabernacles will take place between 2014 and 2015 on the standard Gregorian calendar.
It then follows that the Second Coming of Christ will take place at the end of the Feast of Trumpets -- at the last trump, as it were. Blitz has put together a very compelling argument:
"The fact that it doesn't happen again in this century I think is very significant," Biltz explains. "So then I looked at last century, and, believe it or not, the last time that four blood red moons occurred together was in 1967 and 1968 tied to Jerusalem recaptured by Israel."
Moreover, according to a WND report, Blitz noted a pattern of blood moon events that took place in 1948, two others in 1949 and 1950 took place on Passover and Succot.
According to Blitz (I haven't done the research myself) the last time that the astronomical phenomenon known as 'tetrads' had taken place prior to 1948 was back in the 14th century, but "none of those fell on Passover or Succot," he said.
Pastor Blitz' research makes a compelling case, as I noted earlier:
"You have the religious year beginning with the total solar eclipse, two weeks later a total lunar eclipse on Passover, and then the civil year beginning with the solar eclipse followed two weeks later by another total blood red moon on the Feast of Succoth all in 2015."
It was so compelling that J.R. Church of 'Prophecy in the News' is convinced:
"If you think that this is a coincidence, I want you to know that it's time! There are no more of these for the rest of the century."
I'm somewhat less convinced. Call me a hopeful skeptic.
WND interviewed Jim Bramlett, a former VP at CBN and author of a regular email newsletter and Hal Lindsey for the column.
Bramlett was very excited about it. After watching a video of Blitz' interview, Bramlett enthused:
"I have just watched the program two times and do not think I have ever been more encouraged or excited about the soon return of the Lord!"
Hal, not so much. WND quoted Hal's comments as follows:
"In my 50-something years of studying prophecy, to me the greatest indication of the time of Christ's return is based around the general things of prophecies coming together in the same time frame . . . I see the whole sweep and panorama spinning together in a precise scenario."
What Hal is referring to is the Big Picture -- the one Bible prophecy actually paints.
I talked with Hal about it the day after he spoke with WND. Hal was blindsided by the interview; unlike Bramlett, he hadn't heard of Mark Blitz or his research.
But he and I had discussed the whole theory tying the return of Christ to the Feast of Tabernacles many times over the years. On the surface, this does sound a lot like just another 'sure-thing' -- like Edgar Whisenant's "88 Reasons Why Christ Must Come in 1988" and Harold Camping's "1994".
The Apostle Peter wrote: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2nd Peter 3:3-4)
I've even had that verse thrown at me in debates with date-setters who knew for sure they'd calculated the date of the Rapture as the last day of this year's Succot or the start of Yom Kippur.
But disagreeing is not 'scoffing' and I admit I disagree entirely on principle -- this is one of the most convincing arguments I've yet run across -- assuming the research is accurate.
If Blitz' calculations are correct and the 2nd Coming will be during the Blood Moon Succot of 2015, then that would mean a Pre-Trib Rapture would have to occur at least seven years earlier.
Assuming the theory that the Rapture and 2nd Coming are symbolically linked to the Last Trump (Succot) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is correct, the Rapture MUST take place no later than the conclusion of this year's Feast of Tabernacles.
(The Second Coming of Christ takes place at the conclusion of the Tribulation during a blood moon -- "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])
I confess I haven't much of an argument to rebut it, and frankly, I'm tempted to think that maybe this time, somebody has finally figured it out.
But no matter how hard I try, I cannot make it past the Scripture that says: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
I've tried to parse that verse and find a way to justify some argument that will nullify its meaning. Maybe no man knew then -- but what about now? I can't get there from here.
After all, these aren't the words of an Apostle under Divine Inspiration concerning the 2nd Coming of the Lord. These are the Words of Jesus Christ concerning His own coming -- if He isn't THE final Authoritative Word on the subject, then there isn't one.
I admit that I don't know if Blitz is right. I didn't know if Whisenant was right until the last trump of 1988, or if Camping was right until the last trump signaled the conclusion of the 1994 Succot celebration.
Every year, somebody sends me their calculations proving that this year's Succot is The Last Trump and I don't know if they are right until after it's sounded and I am still here.
So I don't know if Blitz is right, but what I DO know keeps me from going off the deep end with them.
I know that when it comes to setting dates, Jesus has been right every time.
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