Sign of the Four Blood Moons
What is a Blood Moon?
By Irvin Baxter
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and 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. Because 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 four blood moons happen in close succession, NASA refers to this as a tetrad. Tetrads are rather rare, only taking place fifty-five times since 1 AD.
The Teaching of the 4 Blood Moons
The teaching of the four blood moons has recently captivated the attention of the religious world. This teaching states that, when four 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 four consecutive blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days has only occurred ten times since 1 AD and only three times since 1492 AD. The three 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 three of these tetrads.
The Spanish Inquisition Took Place in 1492 Just Before the Tetrad of 1493-1494
In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain gave the Jewish population a mere four months to convert to Catholicism or leave the country. It is estimated that between 165,000 and 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. First you tell people they have to convert or die. When they do convert, you place them under severe torture to test the sincerity of their conversions. Once they confess under duress, then you burn them at the stake because they are not true Catholics. These are the types of inhumane horrors that were inflicted upon thousands of Jews during the Spanish Inquisition.
Was Christopher Columbus Jewish?
Many historians now believe that Christopher Columbus was secretly Jewish. They believe his voyage to the west in 1492 was his way of escaping the Spanish Inquisition of that year and therefore resulted in his discovery of America.
In Simon Weisenthal’s book, “Sails of Hope”, he argues that Columbus’ voyage was motivated by a desire to find a safe haven for the Jews in light of their expulsion from Spain.
The studies of Carol Delaney of Stanford University led her to believe that Columbus was a deeply religious man whose purpose was to sail to Asia to obtain gold in order to finance a crusade to take back Jerusalem and rebuild the Jews’ holy temple.
Columbus’ voyage was not, as is commonly believed, funded by the deep pockets of Queen Isabella, but rather by two Jews who converted to Catholicism to avoid death. Louis de Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez advanced an interest free loan of 17,000 ducats from their own pockets to help pay for the voyage. Another prominent Jew, Don Isaac Abrabanel, who was a rabbi and Jewish statesman, also donated towards the voyages of Christopher Columbus.
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 within her borders.
The Nation of Israel Reborn on May 14, 1948 Just Before the Tetrad of 1949-1950
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 three times each day praying for the restoration of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of their temple. On June 7, 1967 the Jordanians launched an attack against Israel and west Jerusalem. Israel counter-attacked driving Jordan out of east Jerusalem, out of Judea-Samaria, and back into its own land across the Jordan River. Jerusalem was undivided and under Jewish control for the first time since the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.
Three Tetrads on Feast Days = Major Jewish Events
The only three 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 fourth time!
Four Blood Moons Just Ahead
Four blood moons on Jewish feast days are getting ready to appear for the fourth 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 and 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 and 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 endtime.
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?
Four blood moons are going to occur between April 15, 2014 and September 28, 2015, and they are going to happen on Jewish feast days. If the pattern of the last three tetrads continues, then we can expect some major event for the Jewish people.
Is There a Big Event on the Horizon?
One 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 and 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 and 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 Seven Years to Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth.
» Under the agreement, the Antichrist and 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 and Jews.
» Israel will build her Third Temple on the Temple Mount without disturbing the Dome of the Rock or the Al Aqsa Mosque.
» Israel’s temple will be completed during the first three and one-half years after the signing of the agreement.
» Halfway through the final seven years, the Antichrist will stand in the Temple claiming to be Messiah and God. The scriptures call this the Abomination of Desolation.
Another Jewish Holocaust Ahead!
When the world realized the magnitude of six 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 seven 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”. Read more about Another Jewish Holocaust Ahead! »
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 and specifically when it will take place.
In spite of Jesus’ desire to warn the Jewish people of the coming holocaust in Judea, they remain totally oblivious to the extreme danger that lies just ahead. They are going to be blindsided by the slaughter that will belaunched against them by the Palestinians—unless we warn them!
This is our chance to help the Jewish people. They gave us our Bible, and they gave us our Messiah. Now we can warn them in this hour of their most urgent need!
How can We Warn Them?
There are 2.27 million homes in the nation of Israel. We plan to send an Endtime magazine to every Israeli home so that no one will miss the warning.
The magazine front cover will say:
FINAL 7 YEARS TO ARMAGEDDON JUST BEGAN!
WHAT TO DO?
Goal of the Magazine
» To explain the prophecy of the Final Seven Years in easy-to-understand terms.
» Dedicate a section of the magazine to those in Judea. If they listen to our warning, they will escape the coming slaughter. Not one person who heeds the warning will become a victim of the terrible slaughter prophesied by Jesus! » » Sadly, those who don’t listen will be killed in the coming holocaust.
» Advertise our daily television program available worldwide on the Internet.
» Introduce our website where they can hear more teaching about the Final Seven Years and what lies ahead.
» Offer a free subscription to our prophecy e-newsletter.
» Tell them about our Jerusalem Prophecy College in downtown Jerusalem and how they can enroll.
» Advertise our 14-lesson prophecy series—Understanding the Endtime.
Our ultimate goal will be to teach the Jewish people the prophecies of the Bible so they can know what to do. 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 and 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!
Editor’s note: At the end of this article, we’ll tell you how you can help warn the Jews at this time of their greatest need.
What does the Bible Say?
We have already explained the teaching of the Four Blood Moons that has captivated the imaginations of so many people. Now let’s take a look at the teaching of the Four Blood Moons in light of scripture.
What does the Bible say about the moon turning to blood, and when it is prophesied to happen?
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 and t 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 seven 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 and fight for Israel. The prophecy says it this way, “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations.”
Verse four 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 and the Second 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 sixth 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 Second Coming of Jesus because 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 Sixth Seal, then we can conclude that it will happen at the time of the Second Coming and 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 Second Coming as described in the Sixth Seal.
Does This Totally Discredit the Teaching of the Four Blood Moons?
As we have seen, the scriptures clearly say that the moon will be turned into blood after the Great Tribulation and at the time of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus to earth. This being true, the prophecies about the moon being turned to blood cannot refer to the four blood moons of the last 500 years.
However, should the teaching of the four blood moons be totally ignored?
3 out of 3 Can’t be Ignored
» There were four blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days in 1493-1494. The Spanish Inquisition occurred in 1492.
» There were four blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days in 1949-1950. The rebirth of Israel took place in 1948.
» There were four blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days in 1967-1968. The reunification of Jerusalem happened in 1967.
Four blood moons have coincided with Jewish feast days only these three 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 with Jewish feast days will be April 15, 2014 – September 28, 2015. Israelis and 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 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the negotiations would reach an agreement in nine months. Together, they committed to achieve a peace agreement by April 29, 2014.
Will an Agreement be Signed by April 29, 2014?
Whether we place any credibility to the teaching of the Four Blood Moons or not, there is going to be an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
If this agreement creates a Palestinian state in the West Bank (Judea) leaving a Jewish minority there, and if it places the Temple Mount under a sharing arrangement with international supervision, then the final seven years to Armageddon will begin at that time.
The only question is: Will it be signed by April 29, 2014? John Kerry says, “Yes!” Whether he is right or wrong about the timing, a peace agreement is definitely coming. It’s prophesied in the Bible and the prophecies always come to pass.
This won’t be a Final Agreement
The prophecy of Daniel 9:27 says the peace agreement will be a seven-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 month the prophesied peace agreement is signed, we plan to send an Endtime magazine to every home in Israel. There are 2.27 million of them. The cover of the magazine will deliver its message in no uncertain terms: WARNING! Final 7 years to Armageddon just began! What to do? See inside!
One article in the magazine will be a special warning to the Jews living in Judea. All who heed our warning will escape unharmed. Those who don’t will be slaughtered at the time of the Abomination of Desolation. It is God’s will for them to escape. That’s the reason Jesus gave them a warning in His most famous prophecy.
The Coming Jewish Revival
When those who believed the warning and escaped with 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 first. The first wave of Jewish revival will come at the time of the Abomination of Desolation.
The second 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 and 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 one mourns for his only son. They will bow in bitter repentance asking Jesus to forgive them. And, 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 first wave of revival among those of Judea and the rest of Israel turning to Jesus at Armageddon, all Israel will be saved during the final seven years.
What has God Called Us To Do?
God has called Endtime Ministries to warn the Jewish people and to help them know what to do. They gave us our Bible, and they gave us our Messiah.
Now we have a chance to help them in their time of greatest need. We can inform them of what is coming and teach them what they should do about it.
A Magazine in Every Home in Israel
We want to put an Endtime magazine in every mailbox in Israel within 30 days of the signing of the prophesied Middle East peace agreement.
Another Jewish holocaust is coming. But Jews can escape the coming holocaust if we will warn them.
The Israel Project
God told Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee.” This is our chance to bless the Jewish people at this time of their greatest need!
Are We Sure the Final 7 years will Begin on April 29, 2014?
No. We can’t be sure the final seven years will begin on April 29, 2014. That is the date John Kerry has set. It could take longer to get the deal done, or it could happen sooner.
But we are absolutely certain a peace agreement is going to be signed. It’s prophesied in the Bible, and the prophecies always come to pass!
We Can’t Wait To Act!
If they do get the treaty signed by April 29, 2014, we must be ready! If we miss this opportunity, we won’t get a second chance. So the need is urgent!
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