The Blood Moon Prophecy
Prophecy - Signs
Thursday, August 22, 2013
''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)
For thousands of years, mankind has been predicting the end of the world. The end was foretold in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, by several prophets around 700-500 BC and by Jesus 2000 years ago.
When Jesus first started telling His apostles about the coming doom, like anyone, they wanted to know when this might happen. That was a question that Jesus acknowledged He didn’t have the answer, no one did. He didn’t know, the angels in heaven didn’t know, only God knew the time and date.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 NIV
The messianic predictions said a Savior would come twice: once to save the Jews, who would reject Him; and a final time when He would come to save us from sure slaughter in the last days, before final judgment.
“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:22 NIV
The field of eschatology, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is: a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind.
Many modern day churches look down on this field of study, believing eschatologists to be obsessive about the last days. Some believe the last days have come and gone, and now we are living in God’s kingdom. Not sure how that belief could survive, but it has.
Jesus made it plain that no one knew when those days would be, though He dropped plenty of hints about what to look for. He listed several events that would have to occur, as had some of the ancient Jewish prophets; and one fundamental event that had to occur was the rebirth of Israel. That happened in 1948. There was another event that occurred in 1948, about the same time as Israel’s rebirth on May 14, a Blood Moon Tetrad.
In 1974, John Gribbin, Ph.D. and Stephen Plagemann published a book, The Jupiter Effect. The book became a best-seller and detailed a coming alignment of all the planets on one side of the sun, including Pluto. Of course, now it’s been determined that Pluto isn’t even a planet.
This planetary alignment was to bring catastrophe on the earth because of the great gravitational influence of the alignment. Gribbin was described as a “rocket scientist” in the media, so he had instant credibility.
One of the catastrophes was to be a great earthquake along the San Andreas Fault in California. Never happened. None of the predicted events happened as foretold by the book. John and Stephen must not have believed Jesus’ statement about no one knowing when His Second Coming would be. Secondly, there had been an even closer alignment in 1128 with no catastrophic historical events related to gravitational pull.
Like many good predictors of the end, ala Harold Camping, Gribbin came out with a seconed “revised” Jupiter Effect, stating that the event had occurred, only it happened in 1980 instead of 1982. This caused the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Only, there was no planetary alignment in 1980.
Eventually Dr. Gribbin admitted in The Little Book of Science in 1999 that his predictions had been wrong , stating, “… I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.”
During the last few months, I have seen several reports about the “Four Blood Moon Prophecy” but had been unfamiliar with the concept. Apparently this is a relatively new prediction that points to the beginning of the 7-year tribulation as 2013, though it could also be 2015. That’s good for the pre-tribulationists.
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Joel 2:31 NIV
When there is a lunar eclipse, the earth lies directly between the Sun and the moon, blocking much of the sun’s light from reaching the moon. The moon appears significantly dimmer and sometimes, appears reddish, though orange is a better description. The reddish tint is generally due to dust in the earth’s atmosphere, and it is an awesome sight.
These blood moons, as they are described by some, are not unusual. What is unusual is to have four in a row. This phenomenon is referred to as a Blood Moon Tetrad.
About five years ago, Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries in the state of Washington suggested that “a rare string of lunar and solar eclipses said to fall on God’s annual holy days seven years from now could herald what’s come to be known as the ‘Second Coming’ of Jesus.”
Pastor Biltz believes that God is going to send us a “signal” proclaiming Jesus’ Second Coming, and we should study the biblical calendar and the holidays on which these eclipses occur.
There is a video on the Prophecy in the News website indicating that Biltz has been studying prophecies concerning the sun, moon and stars. There are many. By studying a NASA data base concerning eclipses, Biltz discovered that there will be at least six of these Tetrads this century. What makes this interesting though, according to Biltz, is that the only string of Tetrads that fall on God’s designated Jewish holy days occur in 2014-2015. They appear on Passover in the spring and the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall.
Biltz finds, “The fact that it doesn’t happen again in this century I think is very significant.” He determined that “… the last time that four blood red moons occurred together was in 1967 and 1968 tied to Jerusalem, recaptured by Israel.”
Apparently four consecutive blood red moons happened in 1948 just as Israel became a country again, as prophesied and in 1949-1950, on Passover.
Prophecy fulfillment or coincidence?
Coincidence would be my guess, though that’s just my opinion; but after watching the results of the Jupiter Effect fiasco, the Hale-Bopp comet fiasco, the Jone’s cult fiasco and the other myriad of end-of-the-world predictions that never come true, this is not good for those of us who realize that Jesus did not lie when He said “no one knows” except God. That would include Gribbins and Biltz.
We are told to keep alert because Jesus’ Second Coming will come unexpectedly, like a “thief in the night.” But beware of the man who says he has it all figured out.
The signs are abundant in this day and age; but an orange moon is not blood red, no matter what shade of glasses you might wear.
About J.L. Robb
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