PRAYER ALERT on blood moon tetrad. On September 28 the fourth of four total eclipses of the moon in 2014-2015—a blood moon tetrad —will occur. All four happen on biblical feast days—September 28 being the seventh day of the feast of Tabernacles. A total lunar eclipse has recently been called a “blood moon” because of its color. Direct sunlight is blocked by earth, but sunlight traveling through earth’s atmosphere gives the moon a red or brownish cast.
Is this what Scripture means when it says the moon will be turned “into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Joel 2.29-31; cf. Acts 2:20; Rev. 6.12)? See also Isa. 13.10; Isa. 24:23; Ezek. 32.7; Joel 2:10; Joel 3:15; Mt. 24.29; Mk. 13:24; and Luke 21:25. In each of these Scriptures the sun is also supernaturally darkened. In a total lunar eclipse, the sun retains its brightness. So the natural phenomenon which we call a blood moon does not necessarily herald the day of the Lord, as all of these Scriptures do.
But a blood moon tetrad may be a different kind of “sign of the times” which Jesus calls on us to discern (Mt. 16:2-3). Especially when it involves so many coincidences that they must be God-incidences. A blood moon tetrad has occurred on feast days only four times in the past 500+ years. These include the years 1492-93, 1948-49 and 1967-68. In each of those years war and persecution was waged against Jews. In 1492 Spain forcibly expelled its Jews, 20,000 of whom died enroute to other lands. In 1948 and 1967 Arab nations warred against the new state of Israel, and lost.
Mark Biltz, author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, was the first to make known the blood moon tetrad phenomenon. He says we should watch for another war against Israel at this time. Recent developments have made this increasingly possible.
- Iran’s treaty with the West has given it a clear path to nuclear weapon development. Iranian leaders have often called for the destruction of their arch-enemy Israel.
- France is now pushing for formal UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Palestinian leaders have also openly advocated the destruction of Israel.
- A wave of antisemiticism in Europe has moved eight nations to recognize Palestine. Nearly every country in three continents—Asia, Africa, and South America—have also recognized Palestine. Biltz doubts that the US—Israel’s long-term ally—will veto UN recognition this time.
Like Jonathan Cahn, Biltz also warns of a financial crash. “I think we could very well could see the collapse of the dollar… People are talking about the Chinese, the Russians, everyone else wanting to get off of the US dollar. And once they get rid of the dollar and all these countries that are holding the dollar start dumping it, the dollar collapses.”
He adds that many websites concerning economics and preparedness are all anticipating financial disaster. Yet believers are not to fear. As signs like the blood moon tetrad appear, we should prepare for hard times and be on watch for signs of the end times.
The Bible says that as the end times approach, Israel will become more established in the land (Ezek. 36:6-12). The law will be so established in Israel that the temple will be rebuilt. Nations will be blessed if they bless Israel and its temple. For three-and-a-half years, even the Antichrist will be blessed by God because he makes a covenant of peace with Israel (Dan. 9:24-27).
Already many Jewish organizations are preparing implements for the temple that they believe will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. What should the church do, since we have a new covenant which does not require a temple?
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Mark Biltz popularized the blood moon tetrad.