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Total eclipse of the heart..err moon

It has been been discovered that in the years 2014 and 2015 there will be two solar eclipses and four lunar eclipses, all of them occurring on “Jewish” Holy Days.

Tetrad of Total Eclipses on Holy Days

So, a tetrad is the fancy-schmancy term for a grouping of 4 things.  In this case, the tetrad is of total eclipses of the moon (blood red moons) coinciding with Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles two years back to back.

While this seems an arbitrary circumstance with which to base any assumptions, history points out a few interesting events in these periods. Still, should we take any note of celestial happenings?

They will be for signs:

“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years…’” – Gen 1:14

But don’t get too riled up about them:

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them.’” -Jer 10:2

Until it’s time to get riled up; at the very end:

“Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’” -Matt 24:29

Lunar eclipses

“Seven back-to-back, blood-red moons have fallen on the first day of Passover and Sukkot, with the eighth time coming in 2014 and 2015”

The man credited with making this connection (Mark Biltz) found that blood-red moons on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot on back-to-back years have occurred seven times since 1 A.D. Three of these occurrences were connected to significant dates in Jewish history:

  1. 1492/1493 (the final year of the Spanish Inquisition)

  2. 1948/1949 (statehood for Israel and the War of Independence)

  3. 1967/1968 (the Six-Day War)

The others were in 162/163 A.D., 795/796 A.D., 842/843 A.D. and 860/861 A.D. We don’t have any historical connections for these years at this time, but we do know of significant Jewish persecution during the eighth and ninth centuries.

It is notable that these events will have lined up three times [potentially] in one generation’s lifetime when the previous occurrence was over 450 years prior!

Sidenote:

The gap between these occurrences is 456 years to be exact-a number that when divided by 19 (the number of years it takes the for the lunar cycle to sync up again precisely) results in 24 (a number significant in Revelation as the number of elders around the throne of God, and also symbolizing the total number of leaders of “Israel” in both the Old and New testaments  – the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles.)
Coincidence? Maybe, but good food for thought.

Side sidenote:

The 19-year cycle of the moon may seem like an error but it is just the opposite. The 19-year time cycle is the standard by which the lunar and solar cycles are brought into harmony. It is in between these precise points in time that the harmony between lunar and solar cycles is approximated by leap years, and other fine-tuning adjustments provided for by the calendar mechanisms. No man-made calendar maintains this balance. It is as if God uses this precise alignment, every 19 years, to continually remind us that His calendar is still dependable and “on time.”

Blood-red moons for the last Tetrad of the century:

Passover

April 15, 2014*

Feast of Tabernacles

October 8, 2014

Passover

April 4, 2015

Feast of Tabernacles

September 28, 2015

*some discrepancy on when to observe Passover: 14th vs. 15th, etc…

Coincidence or significance? I am not sure. Either way, this eighth occurrence will be the last instance of the tetrad for this century.

Solar Eclipses

There were three annual solar eclipses on the 1st of Av, beginning in 2008 and running through 2010. The month of Av — and especially the 9th of Av — has been the most trying period throughout history for the Jewish people. Total solar eclipses have been a bad omen for the nations, while blood-red moons have been a bad omen for the Jewish people and Israel.

Adar 29/Nisan 1(new year)

March 20, 2015

Feast of Trumpets

September 13, 2015

Having a double year of blood moons on Holy Days is rare enough, but for the 2014/2015 period to also have 2 solar eclipses is very unusual and won’t happen again for hundreds of years (which almost all bible believers assume will not happen for this world as we know it)!

Sabbatical Years

2001, 2008, and 2015 are Sabbatical years. Prophetically, 2001 and 2008 have proven to be significant for physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac,and Jacob (Israel): 9-11 attacks in 2001 (akin to the “Harbinger” of Isaiah 9:10) and the election of a president who reflects the direction America has taken.  [Deuteronomy lists blessings and cursings for nations who choose to obey or disregard God respectively. and all too clearly one can see the cursings being fulfilled]. 2015 may well be significant as well.

Seven sets of Sabbatical years are counted to reach the Jubilee year (every 50 years). It is believed, based on a scripture in Isaiah that Christ would return on a Jubilee year:

“The Spirit of Yahweh is upon me, because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh.”- Isaiah 61:2

To “proclaim” means “after the manner of a herald, with formality, gravity and authority.” The terminology coincides with the trumpet sound pro-claiming the all-important Jubilee at Atonement. Here is what some scholars say about the phrase “acceptable year”:

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary: “Acceptable year an allusion to the Jubilee year (Lev. 25:10), a year of universal release for person and property.”

Wesley’s Notes: “The acceptable year — plainly alluding to the year of Jubilee, when all, both debtors and servants, were set free.”

Here we see Yehshua rightly dividing the word. In quoting Isaiah 61 He stopped in the middle of verse 2, which demonstrates that He Himself, as the fulfillment of this prophecy, was now calling people out of the world to become His followers. He did not read the rest of the verse, which refers to the future when He returns on the day of judgment.  The “acceptable year” is Yahweh’s amnesty year as one translation calls it (http://www.yrm.org/sabbathsjubileeskeys.htm)

Significance of 2015?

History has hopefully taught many people that setting dates on an event that we’re told “no one knows” only leads to disillusionment and letdown.  However we’re told to keep watch, so the indication is that we can know when things are getting close.

Jesus said something seemingly confusing in the parable of the fig tree:

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” -Matt 24:32-35

This generation, in context, would seem refer to the people Jesus was speaking to.  Clearly that did not happen, though many of the disciples of that time lives as though this would be fulfilled in their lifetime. Could it refer to the generation at the end time? If so, how can you tell when that generation “starts?”

Typically “a generation” in New Testament terms is 70 years.  Much of end-time prophecy was not able to be fulfilled until the formation of a Jewish nation [Israel] in 1948/1949. (A span of time with the double blood moon on the Holy Days).  If this date is used to denote the “end-time generation”, then fast-forwarding 70 years brings us to 2018/2019.

According to the parable, ALL THINGS would have to be fulfilled by then.  Subtracting the time of the great tribulation of 3.5 years, or 42 months [Dan 7:25, Rev 12:14] would bring us to 2014/2015. (A period with both the lunar and solar eclipses happening on God’s Holy days as calculated by the Hebrew calendar).

*IF* this is the case, perhaps the celestial bodies, designed to be for “signs and seasons” might be a sign to God’s people that things are about to get crazy.

So now what?

No idea. What is the conclusion of the matter? A total eclipse of the heart is what must happen, for man to be in tune with God’s will! [Bonnie Taylor reference anyone?]

Scripture tells us the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the return of Christ. Could this be a description of the solar and lunar eclipses occurring during the year the great tribulation starts? Perhaps, but there are also more substantial events that will be going on near the end-times, so this prophecy might be more literal in that the moon may physically alter in some way etc…

This is akin to a tornado watch vs. a warning.  A watch warns people that the conditions are favorable for [some event] to occur, but it may or may not happen. A warning states that [some event] has been observed and is heading your way.

Making these connections is a watch.  Conditions might be favorable for Christ to return in the next decade.  However, God’s thoughts are not our own thoughts, and His ways not our own. (Isaiah 55:8)

Still, the next few years are SURE to be rather interesting!

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