What's been happening in the world since the two Blood Moons in 2014? Should we be worried? What about the next two Blood Moons this year? Should Israel and the world expect to see more of the same in 2015?
If you are visiting here from another planet, the likelihood of not knowing about the Blood Moons is understandable. But, the good news is you won't be left uninformed for long. Movies and books and videos about this lunar phenomenon are hot topics on the Internet, mixing truth with error and fact with fiction. Movie producers and authors eagerly share in the profits by telling you what might be coming our way.
So, where is all this lunar-end-time stuff taking us? Let's begin by looking back at where we've been.
Last year, the first 2 of 4 Blood Moons occurred on April 15 and October 8. Since then, some troubling events have taken place and will more than likely continue this year.
Israel went to war with Hamas, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent his army of assassins across portions of the Middle East and radical Islam began its spread across Europe. Anti-Semitism is mounting around the world and gaining a foothold in America. Now ISIS is setting its target on Italy.
Then there is America's dwindling support for Israel, followed by the ongoing drawdown of its military might in the Middle East. Israel sees its American security blanket slipping away, very much aware of our waning promise to protect.
Our American consulates in the Middle East are closing, the most recent overtaken by rebels in Yemen. Without a foothold to influence nations, our voice fades as our might weakens. America's retreat is noticeable and perhaps even inevitable. Americans are mad and demeaned by it all.
Has America, this mighty nation once feared and admired by the entire world, lost its way, perhaps even its soul?
People are confused. Many are scared. Most are deceived. Leaders are at a loss for what to do. Israel finds itself surrounded by enemies, backed up to the sea with no escape, and recoiling from the thought that Iran is about to become a nuclear threat.
According to Mark Biltz*, the tetrad (Blood Moons) is a sign something big is about to change because the moons link directly to the Jewish Feast days. This link is irrefutable, has happened before, and is happening now. So then, should believers label the appearance of these moons on Jewish Fest days as coincidental and inconsequential? Are we to include the moons with the other end time signs?
Alf and Julie Saunders of Pray 4 Zion wrote,
Four total lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1967 - 1968 coinciding with the 6-Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. As Israel's neighbors prepared to destroy the Jewish state, Israel invoked its inherent right of self-defense, launching a pre-emptive strike…against Egypt in the South. (Source)
Twenty years earlier a tetrad (four Blood Moons) occurred after Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948. The first two of the four moons occurred in 1949 on Passover (April) and the second on Feast of Tabernacles (October). In 1950, the two remaining Blood Moons of that tetrad occurred on the same Jewish festivals.
Today's tetrad seems to suggest there is change coming to the nation of Israel and, from the looks of things, to the world. The third moon will occur this year on April 4 (just weeks away) and the fourth on September 28. This tetrad will be the last for at least 100 years.
The form and magnitude of change is unknown… perhaps an asteroid or nuclear event will get things going…perhaps nothing will happen…and then, perhaps the woes that began in 2014 will worsen in 2015 and every year thereafter until the Tribulation? No one can say for sure.
According to Sid Roth**, the tetrads (including this one) have only happened eight times in the last 2,000 years, and always on Jewish Fest days. The last three tetrads (this one included) occurred within the last 67 years, within one generation.
Alf and Julie Saunders further point out that since the time of Jesus,
Seven back-to-back, blood-red moons have fallen on the first day of Passover and Sukkoth, with the "eighth time"… coming in 2014 and 2015. The meaning of the number "Eight" in the Bible is "New Beginnings"…
The world is most assuredly upside-down and needs a new beginning. Radical ideologues are overflowing into the streets around the world in violent protest. The hatred from these unhinged protestors carries within a demonic vendetta against anyone not sharing their degenerate, barbarous view. It is as though a demonic hoard from the pit of hell has been unleashed to do mayhem worldwide.
Repeated calls by radical Muslims for a world-wide jihad are now heard everywhere - from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, the Palestinian territories in Israel, and even from Muslim groups in London. The scene is set to launch a major attack against non-Islamic infidels. The suicide bomb mentality of these terrorist Islamists has over and over demonstrated that they have a fanatical, religious-driven hatred for their enemies and will not hesitate to plunge the whole world into chaos! (Source)
Aside from the global insanity, there is speculation among many well-known prophecy experts that the frequency of these events (together with this tetrad) is a sure sign from God. In fact, they point to biblical authenticity to prove this present tetrad is a sign: "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 (Genesis 1:14).
While we know the world is undergoing dramatic change, we do not know with absolute certainty if the Blood Moons are to be included with the end-time signs. But if not, the "end-time signs" (within the last 70 years) are sufficient warning for Israel and the world to know what is coming our way, moons or no moons (Matthew 24:34).
John Hagee has a relatively good understanding of Bible prophecy with the ability to fill in the blanks with what he believes will happen. Hagee has done his homework regarding the events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ, but not everyone agrees with his view on how these events will unfold.
From what I've been able to see, Hagee and other prophecy authorities share many of the same end-time views as Got Questions. Hagee's book on the Blood Moons is convincing and paints a picture of how things could work out…but not necessarily how things will work out.
Got Questions' official position on this modern-day prediction (based on a theory developed by Pastor Biltz and popularized by John Hagee) is just that, a theory. But, theories are sometimes true.
What happens after the next two Blood Moons this year could be significant from a prophetic standpoint. Further destabilization in the Middle East exposes Israel and the world to unknown tomorrows. The Book of Revelation warns about a time such as this when the nations would spiral out of control and fall under the power a godless leader (Revelation 13:5-7).
Grant Phillips writes, "…Jesus was very displeased with the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognizing the signs of His first coming to earth. Does it not make sense that He expects us to recognize the signs He is showing us today of His near second coming and the Rapture preceding it?" (Source
The end-of-the-age warning signs are everywhere. The virgins invited to the wedding feast are either trimming their lamps at this moment or slumbering away the day of grace (Matthew 25:1-10).
Should we be worried? Dare we ignore the signs? Even if the Blood Moons theory proves uneventful in 2015, the remaining end-time signs
are in play and could prove to be very eventful.
Though we do not know the day or hour, we can know the season (Matthew 24:5-8, 36). Prophecy authors like Hal Lindsay, David Reagan, and others believe we are in the season; and our hearts quietly whisper the same. The remaining days in 2015 could play out to be a very interesting time for everyone on planet earth.
In closing, the other day I was feeling hard-pressed by the tumbling sensation of life. I asked the Lord what to do? The verse that came (forcefully) to mind was, "Look up…your redemption is drawing nigh" (Luke 21:25-28). These words spoken by Jesus were true then and even more so today. It is good advice, don't you think, knowing the Lord's long wait (to bring us home) is coming to an end!
*Mark Biltz is the author of Blood Moons – Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.
**Sid Roth is the host of It's Supernatural
Note: In 2015, the Jewish religious year begins with the total solar eclipse March 20, 2015, then two weeks later the third total lunar eclipse occurs on Passover, April 4, 2015, and then the civil year beginning with the total solar eclipse on September 13, 2015 followed two weeks later by the fourth total blood red moon on the Feast of Succoth, September 28, 2015. (Source)