Blood Moons – Tetrads: The Rapture, Israel, Wars
The coming four back-to-back blood moons (lunar eclipses – NASA calls this collection a tetrad) in 2014 and 2015 could be very significant for Israel, the Jews and therefore the rest of the world. What will they bring? What do they mean?
In Gen 1:14 – “And 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: “
The Hebrew word for “signs” is owth meaning an omen or warning (Strong’s #226) and for “seasons” is moed which means an appointed time/assembly/festival (Strong’s #H4150). This means that God can/has and will use the sun and the moon to warn mankind that something is coming – this can be especially applicable to Israel.
Three tetrads occurring on the Lord’s Feast days (Lev 23) have occurred in 1492-1493, 1949-1950 and 1967-1968, and were very significant to the land of Israel and the Jews, wherever they were located. These were/are very significant in the area of Bible Prophecy as it relates to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Before during and after those tetrads, these events occurred to Israel:
- The Spanish Inquisition — 1492 (Spain kicked all the Jews out)
- The War of Independence — 1948 (Israel became a nation)
- The Six-Day War — 1967 (Israel recaptured Jerusalem)
Previous to 1492 there were tetrads 4 other times since 1 AD. Those also had impacts on/to Israel; some direct and some indirect (I have not listed them here). What will occur in the 2013–2015 time period? Keep in mind that there are no more tetrads that coincide with Biblical Feast Days for the rest of the 21st century; 2014-2015 are the last ones. Also, keep in mind that there are two solar eclipses within this tetrad time frame – one in March 2015 (Nisan 1) and the other at the Feast of Trumpets on Sept 13, 2015. It is taught by Jewish rabbis that these lunar eclipses are signs used by God for judgment on the nation of Israel and that solar eclipses are indicators of judgments to the nations of the world.
What am I saying? The bottom line is that God has told Israel (and us) that His Feast days are important and are considered dress rehearsals of things to come. We should be paying close attention as He said in Joel 2:30, Luke 21:25 and Acts 2:19 that He would show wonders in the heavens above…in the sun, stars, in the moon.
In Leviticus 23:4 (KJV) “These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.”
The phrase “holy convocations” is the Hebrew word – miqra, which means – “a rehearsal” (Strong’s H4744). The Feasts of the Lord were therefore appointed times of worship and reflection ordained by God for Israel that served as holy dress rehearsals of prophetic events that were yet to be fulfilled – they were “My feasts“, declared the Lord God. It was through these Feasts of the Lord that Almighty God (YAHWEH) that He was showing Israel what His plan for the future of mankind was. Jesus first coming fulfilled the first four feasts or the spring feasts. His second advent or return will therefore fulfill the last 3 or the fall feasts beginning with the Feast of Trumpets. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians 2:16-17, he says that we should pay attention to these holy days as they are shadows of things to come. Let’s keep in mind that God does nothing by chance – there is a purpose in everything He has done and will do. Even our lives are not lived ‘by chance’, there is a purposeful design in all we do.
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17-Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” -Col 2:16-17 (KJV)
The rapture of the Church described in 1 Th 4:16-18 and in 1 Cor 15:51-53, is known by many to coincide with this two-day Feast of Trumpets (known as the Feast ‘no man knoweth the day or hour‘). This Feast will occur in 2013, 2014 and 2015 on the following dates: Sept 5-6, 2013, Sept 25-26, 2014 and Sept 14-15, 2015. My point in writing this is that if the Rapture occurs sometime during the Feast of Trumpets in one of these years (I set no dates), the saved Christians who are actually living a Christian life will be caught away in the twinkling of an eye – 1 Cor 15:51-52. The ones left here will be the unsaved, the unbelievers: the ones that don’t’ believe in Christ as their Savior and haven’t lived a Christian life – they have lived mainly for their own pleasure and according to their own will – desires of the flesh, greed, or lust.
There will be MUCH confusion on the earth as most likely millions of people will disappear and the ones left will be in a state of shock. The Age of Grace of which we live in now will close (Luke 21:24) and revert back to the Age of the Law in which ancient Israel lived in in the OT. Times will get increasingly difficult and it will not be easy to live. This could occur right before the start of the 7-year Tribulation period prophesied in Dan 9, which will bring the Wrath of God upon the earth and mankind like never seen before in the history of the world – Dan 12:1.
This is a very brief discussion of these topics – so much more can be said. A huge question lingering in your mind should be, “How then does this all apply to me?” Well, if you are not saved and the rapture occurs then you will have an extremely tough time here on earth. If you decide you want to become saved then you will have a tough time even surviving keeping in mind that this Tribulation period will usher in the Antichrist, his False Prophet and his Mark of the Beast. Considering all this, the most important point is, are you saved today? If not, I urge you to read Romans 10:9-13 and call upon the Lord; confess your sins and profess and believe that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. From this point on, living a Biblically Christian life, you will secure a place in heaven and will live forever with Jesus Christ.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” -- 2 Peter 3:11-12 (KJV)