Article By: Irvin Baxter
What is a Blood Moon?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun & the moon. This blocks the sun’s rays from reflecting off the moon as normal. However, some of the sun’s rays curve around the earth causing the moon to appear red during a total eclipse. Bc of its vivid color, a total lunar eclipse is often referred to by NASA as a Blood Red Moon. The occurrence of blood moons is quite common, normally happening at least twice per year. Most of us have seen the moon when its appearance has changed to red. When 4 blood moons happen in close succession, NASA refers to this as a tetrad. Tetrads are rather rare, only taking place 55 times since 1 AD.
The Teaching of the 4 Blood Moons
The teaching of the 4 blood moons has recently captivated the attention of the religious world. This teaching states that when 4 consecutive blood moons fall on Jewish feast days, a major event affecting the Jewish people will occur in close proximity to that time. This phenomenon of 4 consecutive blood moons coinciding w/Jewish feast days has only occurred 10 times since 1 AD & only 3 times since 1492 AD. The 3 times since 1492 are as follows:
• Tetrad of 1493-1494
• Tetrad of 1949-1950
• Tetrad of 1967-1968
Major events affecting the Jewish people have occurred in close proximity to all 3 of these tetrads.
The Spanish Inquisition Took Place in 1492 Just Before the Tetrad of 1493-1494
In 1492, King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain gave the Jewish population a mere 4 months to convert to Catholicism or leave the country. It is estimated that between 165,000 & 400,000 Jews fled the country at this time. As many as 50,000 decided to stay, converting to Roman Catholicism. The Spanish Inquisition sought to punish Jews who had converted to Christianity but were not really “sincere” in their conversions. Torture was used to elicit confessions from these “false converts”. After confessing, many of them were then burned at the stake. The Inquisition was cruel beyond belief.
The Nation of Israel Reborn on May 14, 1948 Just Before the Tetrad of 1949-1950
Is it any surprise that the United States has the largest Jewish population on earth, standing at 6.6 million? Israel presently has 6.1 million Jews living w/in her borders. After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD, Jews were driven into exile. For the next 1,878 years, the Jewish people were sifted through the nations of the earth. Yet, they retained their identity. After Hitler’s horrible holocaust during World War II, the Jews were finally granted a homeland by the nations of the world. On May 14, 1948, the modern state of Israel was born.
The City of Jerusalem was Reunited During Tetrad of 1967-1968
God said many times in the Old Testament that He would place His name in Jerusalem. During their 2,000 years of exile, the Jewish people turned their faces toward Jerusalem 3 times each day praying for the restoration of Jerusalem & the rebuilding of their temple. On June 7, 1967 the Jordanians launched an attack against Israel & west Jerusalem. Israel counter-attacked driving Jordan out of east Jerusalem, out of Judea-Samaria, & back into its own land across the Jordan River. Jerusalem was undivided & under Jewish control for the 1st time since the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.
3 Tetrads on Feast Days = Major Jewish Events
The only 3 tetrads matching feast days in the last 500 years have all fallen remarkably close to major events in Jewish history as we have explained above. Now, it’s about to happen for a 4th time!
Four Blood Moons Just Ahead
4 blood moons on Jewish feast days are getting ready to appear for the 4th time in the last 500 years. According to NASA, they will occur on:
• April 15, 2014—Passover
• October 8, 2014—Feast of Tabernacles
• April 4, 2015—Passover
• September 28, 2015—Feast of Tabernacles
Some prophecy teachers are declaring boldly that this tetrad just ahead signals that something is getting ready to happen, which will change the world forever.
Should We Even Pay Attention to the Moon & the Stars?
As Christians, we should not practice or put our faith in astrology. However, God has at times used the heavens for sending signs to mankind. In Genesis 1:14, God said,
“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
God specifically said, “Let them be for signs.” We also know that the wise men were led to Jesus by a star. This is recorded in Matthew 2:1-2,
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
Herod inquired of the chief priests & the scribes where Messiah was to be born according to the prophecies. He was told that Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. Herod relayed the information to the Wise Men.
Matthew 2:9-10 says, “When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
The Prophecy of the Moon being Turned Into Blood
There are several prophecies foretelling that the moon will be turned to blood in the end time.
Joel 2:30-31 states: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”
Revelation 6:12 also prophesies that the moon will become as blood: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
Will the Moon Literally be Turned to Blood?
It is not reasonable to believe the entire moon will be turned into blood when the prophecy is fulfilled. The scriptures undoubtedly mean that the moon will take on the appearance of blood.
What can We Expect to Happen?
4 blood moons are going to occur between April 15, 2014 & September 28, 2015, & they are going to happen on Jewish feast days. If the pattern of the last 3 tetrads continues, then we can expect some major event for the Jewish people.
Is There a Big Event on the Horizon?
1 of the greatest prophetic fulfillments in the last 2,000 years lies just ahead of us. The Bible prophesies that a peace agreement between Israelis & Palestinians will soon be signed. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working diligently since July 30, 2013 to reach a peace agreement between Israelis & Palestinians. He has set April 29, 2014 as the deadline for reaching an agreement.
What will This Peace Agreement do?
According to the biblical prophecy, the signing of a Middle East peace agreement will mark the beginning of the Final 7 Years to Armageddon & the 2nd Coming of Jesus to the earth.
• Under the agreement, the Antichrist & the International Community will recognize Israel’s right to a homeland in the Holy Land.
• A Palestinian state will be created in the West Bank, which is the biblical area of Judea. There are presently 650,000 Jews living in Judea.
• Many of the Jews presently living in the parts of Judea that will become the new Palestinian state will decide to remain in their homes living as a Jewish minority in Palestine.
• The dispute over control of the Temple Mount will be solved by placing it under a sharing arrangement between Muslims & Jews.
• Israel will build her 3rd Temple on the Temple Mount w/out disturbing the Dome of the Rock or the Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Israel’s temple will be completed during the 1st 3 & 1-half years after the signing of the agreement.
• Halfway through the final 7 years, the Antichrist will stand in the Temple claiming to be Messiah & God. The scriptures call this the Abomination of Desolation.
Another Jewish Holocaust Ahead!
When the world realized the magnitude of 6 million Jews perishing in Hitler’s horrible holocaust, the response was universal. “Never again! We can never let anything like this happen—ever again!” However, as incomprehensible as it may seem, another Jewish holocaust lies just ahead. Jesus Himself gave the prophecy in the most famous prophecy chapter of the entire Bible.
Matthew 24:15-18, 21 records the prophecy: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
As previously explained, the prophesied peace agreement will create a Palestinian state in Judea. 650,000 Jews live in Judea today. Some of them will remain in Judea, living as a Jewish minority in the newly created Palestinian state. Halfway through the final 7 years at the time of the Abomination of Desolation, the Palestinians will begin to slaughter the Jews living among them. Jesus said the attack would be so sudden that, if a person were on the housetop, he should not come down to get his clothes. Just hit the ground running! Jesus said this would be a time of “great tribulation”.
We Must Warn Them!
The Jews of Judea do not realize the extreme danger that lies just ahead. They don’t believe in Jesus; consequently, they don’t study the New Testament. Yet Jesus obviously wanted the Jews of Judea to be warned. He spent several verses of His Olivet prophecy telling the Jews where the persecution will take place & specifically when it will take place.
1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”
When the Jewish holocaust in Judea takes place, the Jews who heeded our warning & escaped will know that it was the prophecy of Jesus that saved their lives. Many of them will then be ready to hear about eternal life through Jesus. Zechariah 12:7 prophesies a great revival for the Jews of Judea during this time!
What does the Bible Say – When will the Moon Turn to Blood?
Earlier in this article we referred to the prophecy of Joel about the moon being turned into blood. Let’s look at it again:
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
In Joel 2:30-31, Joel prophesied that the moon would be turned into blood before the great & terrible “day of the LORD”.
When is the “Day of the Lord”?
The Prophet Zechariah referred to the “day of the Lord” in Zechariah 14:1-4,
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
This prophecy describes the coming Battle of Armageddon. God said, “I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle.” Armageddon will take place 7 years after the signing of the Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement. The world government armies will invade Israel in an attempt to force Israel to give up sovereignty over its capital of Jerusalem. When Israel is on the brink of defeat at the hands of the international forces, Jesus will return to earth & fight for Israel.
The prophecy says it this way, “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations.” Verse 4 states concerning Jesus, “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives.”
This describes the personal return of Jesus Christ to the earth. So, when did Zechariah say that the “day of the Lord” would be? The day of the Lord takes place at the time of Armageddon & the 2nd Coming of Jesus to earth. The Battle of Armageddon takes place at the end of the Great Tribulation.
The Moon Becomes as Blood at the 6th Seal
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” – Revelation 6:12
This passage specifically states that the moon will become as blood at the time of the 6th Seal.
When is the 6th Seal?
We can tell when the 6th seal is opened by the events that happen at the time of its opening. Revelation 6:14-17 describes these events:
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Notice that the heavens will depart like a scroll at the opening of the seal. This obviously is describing the 2nd Coming of Jesus bc the men of the earth will cry, “Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne.” Since it is prophesied that the moon will turn to blood at the time of the 6th Seal, then we can conclude that it will happen at the time of the 2nd Coming & the Battle of Armageddon.
Jesus was Much More Specific in Matthew 24:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. – Matthew 24:29-31
Jesus said the moon would be turned into blood immediately after the Great Tribulation. He also stated that the people of the earth would mourn when they saw the Son of man coming. This is obviously referring to the time of the 2nd Coming as described in the 6th Seal.
Does This Totally Discredit the Teaching of the 4 Blood Moons?
As we have seen, the scriptures clearly say that the moon will be turned into blood after the Great Tribulation & at the time of Armageddon & the 2nd Coming of Jesus to earth. This being true, the prophecies about the moon being turned to blood cannot refer to the 4 blood moons of the last 500 years. However, should the teaching of the 4 blood moons be totally ignored?
3 out of 3 Can’t be Ignored
• There were 4 blood moons coinciding w/Jewish feast days in 1493-1494. The Spanish Inquisition occurred in 1492.
• There were 4 blood moons coinciding w/Jewish feast days in 1949-1950. The rebirth of Israel took place in 1948.
• There were 4 blood moons coinciding w/Jewish feast days in 1967-1968. The reunification of Jerusalem happened in 1967.
4 blood moons have coincided w/Jewish feast days only these 3 times in the last 500 years. Every single time, a major event affecting the Jewish people has occurred. 3 out of 3 in the last 500 years cannot be totally ignored.
The Next Four Blood Moons
The next tetrad coupled w/Jewish feast days will be April 15, 2014 – September 28, 2015. Israelis & Palestinians, led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, began peace negotiations on July 30, 2013. Negotiations have been ongoing since that time. When the negotiations were launched, Kerry promised Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas & Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the negotiations would reach an agreement in 9 months. Together, they committed to achieve a peace agreement by April 29, 2014.
This won’t be a Final Agreement
The prophecy of Daniel 9:27 says the peace agreement will be a 7-year agreement. This let’s us know that it will not be a final agreement. Some issues will apparently be left unresolved until later.
Under the interim agreement, a Palestinian state will be created. Those Jews who refuse to leave their homes in Judea will be allowed to stay as a Jewish minority living in the Palestinian state. The Temple Mount will be placed under a sharing arrangement so that all can worship there. But the conflict over the city of Jerusalem will remain unresolved. Jerusalem will remain under Israel’s control until the Battle of Armageddon. We know this from the prophecy of Zechariah 14:2,
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
The Coming Jewish Revival
When those who believed the warning & escaped w/their lives see their brethren who didn’t heed the warning being killed, they will realize it was the prophecy of Jesus that saved their lives. They will then be prepared to hear about eternal life through Jesus Christ. This will give birth to a revival among the Jews of Judea. A great revival started in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. God is going to do it again! The prophecy of the coming Judean revival is given in Zechariah 12:7,
“The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.”
All Israel shall be Saved
Romans 11:25-26 tells us that all Israel shall be saved:
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”
However, God specifically said that He would save the tents of Judah 1st. The 1st wave of Jewish revival will come at the time of the Abomination of Desolation. The 2nd wave will come at the time of Armageddon when Jesus returns to earth at the Mount of Olives. The Jews know that their Messiah will plant His feet on the Mount of Olives when He comes to earth. Zechariah 14:4 clearly teaches this.
In the heat of the Battle of Armageddon, their Messiah will descend from heaven, touching down on the Mount of Olives. The Jews will know their Messiah has come to save them from the invading armies of the Antichrist. They will rush out to meet Him, falling down to worship Him. When they do, they will notice He has scars in His feet & in His hands.
Zechariah 13:6 says: “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Suddenly, their eyes will be opened. They will say, “So you’re Jesus.” He will reply, “Yes, I am Jesus.”
Zechariah 12:10 says they will mourn for Him as 1 mourns for his only son. They will bow in bitter repentance asking Jesus to forgive them. & of course, He will forgive them. It is at this time that Romans 11:26 will be fulfilled, “And so all Israel shall be saved.” Think of it! Between the 1st wave of revival among those of Judea & the rest of Israel turning to Jesus at Armageddon, all Israel will be saved during the final 7 years.
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