There’s a tendency to disengage our mind when it seems the herd is stampeding in a particular direction. After all, if you were in a shopping mall and suddenly everyone in the mall started running for all their worth to the exits, screaming and shouting in terror as they went, you would most likely join them and ask “why” after you got outside.
What we see today in Christian circles is a stampede of expectancy for something big about to happen due to the blood moons rising. But unlike the hypothetical stampede in the mall, you have time to think this through, ask some questions, and yes, even pray about it. That ancient, almost forgotten practice of quieting oneself down and communing with God.
One thing I do not wish to do, is malign anyone in the body of Christ for having a different perspective, even if I think it’s misguided. I consider men like Mark Biltz, the man accredited with discovering the blood moon tetrad connection to feast days and significant, even catastrophic events in Jewish history to be a God fearing, Jesus loving, sincere man of God. Other ministers of the gospel have gotten on that track and made this message huge. It is not my intent to ascribe ill motives to anyone. I only wish to respectfully disagree and I will tell you why…
First of all, I want to say that I fervently believe what Genesis teaches, that the sun, moon and stars are for signs or signals and to mark appointed times. In short, they are God’s calendar. The book of Joel and Revelation and other places reference signs in the skies, not the least of which were those signs that led the wise men to Jesus when he was a small child. So, I believe in paying attention to signs in the skies.
But can we put our thinking cap on for a few minutes please?
You’ve heard it said that this blood moon tetrad occurring on Jewish Feast days has only happened 8 times in history and each time has been an omen of some horrible event in Jewish history. Most often cited are the last three that have happened in the last 500 – 600 years. (The previous ones since the time of Christ had no significant events to mention.) By way of review, here they are briefly…
The blood moon tetrad beginning in 1493 and running through 1494 has been claimed as a sign or bad omen for the Jews because of the Spanish expulsion in 1492 when the Jews were forced out of Spain. That was a horrible thing. But here’s the problem. The blood moon warning didn’t begin until the year AFTER the event. “Close enough” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
The next one to occur was some 456 years later in 1949 – 1950. This “omen” is believed to portend to Israel’s miraculous rebirth in 1948. But remember, the blood moons are supposed to be a “signal” pertaining to Israel, an advance warning. That “signal” began a year late. “Close enough” just isn’t close enough because it comes AFTER the event it is supposedly warning about.
Finally, we have the blood moon tetrad from April 1967 – to October 1968. The six-day war happened in June of 1967, was a miraculous victory for Israel and gave them back Jerusalem. It could be argued this was a sign for Israel, even though it was not a bad omen as is suggested.
But here’s the problem with that…
The signal is a tetrad, meaning 4 consecutive blood moons falling on feast days. There had only been one when the war broke out. Maybe they knew there were more coming, but the other problem was this… Not one of the four blood moons was visible from Israel. Not one. God is pretty good at signals and I’m confident He can make those signals that apply to Israel, visible in Israel. Didn’t happen.
Now fast-forward to this series of blood moons of which today is the third one. I got up at 4 AM this morning and after fumbling in the kitchen, was able to make myself a pretty decent cup of coffee. It was then I remembered the blood moon. Upon checking for the time, I discovered that we miss most of it on the East Coast. That made me wonder whether it would be seen in Israel and like the two from last year, it will not be visible in Israel at all. Hmmm. So if something is about to happen over there, they will not be able to see the signal unless they live around the Pacific like in Hawaii or Alaska.
Then we had this totally rare, once in 100,000 years solar eclipse on March 20th. Surely that had to be a sign to the world because not only was it a total eclipse but it also happened on the first day of Spring and it was on a Friday (beginning of Sabbath). Being a solar eclipse, it is believed to be an omen to the world.
But here’s the problem, unless you live with Santa Clause at the North Pole, the total eclipse of the sun was simply not visible. OK, it was visible in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard archipelago in the Norwegian Sea. Not the best location to announce a signal meant for the whole world. Unfortunately, chances for a clear sky there were pretty slim. It’s hard to imagine a more remote location to place a signal in the sky for the world to take note!
Back to the blood moons…
One dear saint argued on Facebook that these blood moons must be significant because this time we had the Gaza War of 2014 (Operation Protective Edge) and ISIS has emerged doing horrific things. That seems a bit convincing, but let’s step back a bit. ISIS began in 2004, rebranded itself in 2006, was kidnapping and killing en masse in 2011 and 2012. They began long before the blood moons and will continue doing so until they are met with force and stamped out.
Last week, Judy and I were in Israel. On our last day there we visited with a former Israeli military man who spent three years in counter terrorism and still volunteers regularly for service. I asked him about the threat of war. He said he expected war, but that Israel is in a war just about every year and it was not a concern to him.
That got me to thinking about this Gaza War in 2014 during the blood moon tetrad… I did a little research and found that he was in fact correct. (No surprise there) Israel has had a Gaza war in 2012, another one in 2008 and so many other conflicts since their birth that do not coincide with blood moons that are too many to mention. But you can check out this link for a list of Israeli conflicts in succession since 1948. Most Israeli military conflicts are not related to blood moons. Especially blood moons that are not visible in Israel.
Let me be clear…
There will be wars and rumors of wars until Christ comes back. I believe Israel’s enemies are at the gate, so to speak, and Israel will not stand back and let their country be overrun. War is coming to Israel. And I believe Israel will be victorious.
I believe the timing of a big war in Israel can be discerned by a different set of cycles. They are evidenced by events in 1897, 1917, 1947, 1967 and quite possibly 2017. You can research those dates for yourself if you’re interested. But they are not blood moon related.
One thing an orthodox Jew taught me in Jerusalem a couple weeks ago… Jews don’t look at prophecy to see into the future like Christians do. They look at prophecy to explain the past once the prophecy has taken place. The prophecy serves to explain what just happened instead of predicting what and when something will happen. Reminded me of Peter when he said in Acts 2, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”
I believe when God wants to send a sign for Israel or the world, it will be an obvious sign, not something that you have to be in the North Pole or Hawaii to see. By all means, keep your eyes open. Learn about God’s calendar, but please, please, please, put your thinking cap on before joining the stampede.
Until next time, be fruitful and multiply!