Blood Moons, Eclipses, and Prophecy


Blood Moon

By COGwriter

Blood moons and eclipses. They were in the news, promoted by Mark Biltz, and the subject of a book by Protestant Pastor John Hagee. As well as something by Jonathan Cahn.

What are blood moons? What can cause them? What does the Bible teach about them? What about Jewish teachings? Does NASA predict any blood moons?

Will there be a major blood moon that is a sign from God? What about the 'rapture'?

This article will answer those questions and more. (Two related YouTube videos are also available: Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015 and Solar Eclipse and the Apocalypse.)

Note: This article was updated after the fourth blood moon of the 2014/2015 timeframe, with most of the original information left in place. Everything I wrote about blood moons was right when I first wrote this article in 2013 as it was those who misunderstood the Bible that made inaccurate and impossible claims about blood moons. I added information in 2017 as Mark Biltz began to promote more error related to signs in the heavens.

What are Blood Moons?

What is a blood moon?

The science of the “blood moon” phenomenon is fairly simple. It is created by a partial lunar eclipse. When the Earth’s shadow covers the moon completely, we get a total eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse happens when the Earth’s shadow covers the moon only partially. The earth atmosphere bends light around its edge, and scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet), leaving longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the Earth’s shadow. This is also why sunsets and sunrises generally appear red. As is the case with most miraculous events that can be explained scientifically, the miracle is not in the natural phenomenon, but rather in its timing. (Yanover Y. Messianic 'Blood Moon" Rising on Passover Seder Night. Jewish Press. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/messianic-blood-moon-rising-on-passover-seder/2013/10/06 viewed 10/07/13)

A blood moon is also called a Hunter's Moon. It is the first full moon after Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox. (What is a blood moon? http://answers.ask.com/Society/Ethnicity/what_is_a_blood_moon viewed 10/08/13)

A Blood Moon is when a total lunar eclipse makes the moon appear red. (What is a blood moon? http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-a-blood-moon#sthash.CACJZ0Wd.dpuf viewed 10/08/13

Basically the general definition of a 'blood moon' is when the moon appears reddish because of how light can appear.

Lunar eclipses are not the only cause. Notice the following:

There are few situations that can cause a red moon. The most common way to see the Moon turn red is when the Moon is low in the sky, just after moonrise or before it’s about to set below the horizon. Just like the Sun, light from the Moon has to pass through a larger amount of atmosphere when it’s down near the horizon, compared to when it’s overhead. The Earth’s atmosphere can scatter sunlight, and since moonlight is just scattered sunlight, it can scatter that too. Red light can pass through the atmosphere and not get scattered much, while light at the blue end of the spectrum is more easily scattered. When you see a red moon, you’re seeing the red light that wasn’t scattered, but the blue and green light have been scattered away. That’s why the Moon looks red.

The second reason for a red moon is if there’s some kind of particle in the air...

A third – and dramatic – way to get a red moon is during a lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes behind the Earth’s shadow, which darkens it. If you could take a look at the Earth from inside its shadow, you would see that the atmosphere around the edge of the entire planet glows red. (Cain F. Red Moon. Universe Today, October 23, 2008. http://www.universetoday.com/19969/red-moon/ viewed 10/09/13)

And I would add here that God can cause the moon to appear as blood in other ways.

NASA and Blood Moons

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has reported about 'blood moons' in the past.

Here is something I found at NASA's website years ago (NASA's websites were not available for parts of October 2013 because of problems blamed on the government "shutdown" then):

When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a tetrad. The following tetrads occur during this century:

Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2003 - 2004
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2014 - 2015
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2032 - 2033
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2043 - 2044
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2050 - 2051
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2061 - 2062
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2072 - 2073
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses): 2090 - 2091 (http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat/LE2001-2100.html viewed 5/01/08)

The Bible does not allow for Jesus to return or the Day of the Lord to begin that soon -- 2022 is the earliest possible date (for details see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?). Heavenly signs are shown to start years after the great tribulation begins (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12-15; 8).

At this moment, it would appear that the prophecy in Revelation and Joel about the blood moon will NOT be related to any NASA blood moon prediction (unless NASA comes up with a different table or something else) or if Jesus' return is not until after 2032. The blood moon of biblical prophecy could be related to some natural phenomena that is unclear to scientists at this time or it could be a miracle from God--or it could be that God will affect some natural phenomena to make it happen.

As far as NASA and specific dates, its website for this was not functional the several times I tried, so the following is from other sources who claimed to have been to NASA's site:

NASA's website predicts a total lunar eclipse will occur on the 15th of April 2014. The Red Blood Moon eclipse falls on the Jewish Passover...(http://redmoonrapture.com/2014-2015/2014-passover-ecilpse.html viewed 10/09/13)

NASA's website predicts a total lunar eclipse known will occur on the 8th of October 2014. The Red Moon eclipse falls on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles...(http://redmoonrapture.com/2014-2015/2014-tabernacles-eclipse.html viewed 10/09/13)

NASA's website predicts a total lunar eclipse will occur on the 4th of April 2015. The Red Moon eclipse coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday...(http://redmoonrapture.com/2014-2015/2015-passover-eclipse.html viewed 10/09/13)

NASA's website predicts a total lunar eclipse will occur on the 28th of September 2015. The Blood Moon lunar eclipse falls on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles...(http://redmoonrapture.com/2014-2015/2015-tabernacles-eclipse.html viewed 10/09/13)

The dates related to Passover are late by a couple of days and not truly the biblical ones, but align with the Days of Unleavened Bread (see Holy Day Calendar). The Feast of Tabernacles dates are closer and occur during that time.

Here is information on the precise time for the last of the four blood moons for 2014/2015:

September 17, 2015

This month’s highly anticipated “supermoon eclipse” may be a magical treat for skywatchers, but there’s nothing supernatural about the event.

On Sept. 27, skywatchers throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean region will witness a total eclipse that happens to occur when the moon looks abnormally large and bright in Earth’s sky. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033.

This rare celestial phenomenon has its roots in the moon’s elliptical orbit around Earth. …

“There’s no physical difference in the moon,” Petro said. “It just appears slightly bigger in the sky. It’s not dramatic, but it does look larger.” …

“It’s just planetary dynamics. The orbit of the moon around Earth is inclined to the axis of Earth, and the orbital plane of all these things just falls into place every once in a while,” Petro said. “When the rhythms line up, you might get three to four eclipses in a row, or a supermoon and an eclipse happening.”

The supermoon will begin to dim slightly at 8:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27 (0011 GMT on Sept. 28), NASA officials said. The total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT (0211 GMT), and it will last 72 minutes.  http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/stunning-supermoon-eclipse-is-coming-150918.htm

And the above secular report is correct that the September 27/28 blood moon was NOT a supernatural sign.

The Bible and Blood Moons

The first time the Bible mentions blood and the moon together is in the Book of Joel as follows:

30 "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. (Joel 2:30-31, NKJV throughout, unless otherwise specified)

The timeframe of the above is consistent with Matthew 24:29 which happens after the great tribulation as well as Revelation 8 which starts years after the great tribulation begins.

Some seem to think that the event in Joel is referring to normal "blood moons," others believe this is a more unique event.

The next time the Bible mentions blood and the moon together is in the Book of Acts, where the Apostle Peter states the following:

17 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.' (Acts 2:17-21)

In the Book of Revelation we read:

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (Revelation 6:12-15)

The events involving the moon turning into blood are also tied into with the sun becoming black. While some seem to believe this is a reference to some type of normal eclipse, it would seem to be more than that. Notice that those occur after the sixth seal is opened, which is after the opening of the fifth seal (Revelation 6:9), which is the start of the Great Tribulation, which has not started yet and cannot start until at least 2018 (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).

The events mentioned above in Joel 2, Acts 2, and Revelation 6 are also similar to those Jesus discussed in Matthew 24. Notice:

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)

Some who believe in a "pre-tribulation rapture" have suggested that the moon turning into blood is a sign that Jesus is to return. And while Jesus will return, notice that the time period is AFTER the tribulation according to what Jesus taught. Notice also:

25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:25-28)

Notice that there is also supposed to be roaring seas--this type of roaring sea will not happen in 2014 or 2015--that is too early (cf. Revelation 16:12-16,18; see also Islands and Bible Prophecy).

Also, at least one has claimed that the crucifixion was tied to blood moons:

A series of 4 Red Blood Moon lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles in 32 & 33 AD. Jesus personally witnessed the first 2 blood moon lunar eclipses in 32 AD. Christ descended into Hell just prior to the Jewish Passover partial lunar eclipse in 33 AD having just been crucified only a few hours before, and had all ready ascended to the father in Heaven by time of the 33 AD  Feast of Tabernacles blood moon partial lunar eclipse. (http://redmoonrapture.com/crucifixion.html viewed 10/09/13)

But as the crucifixion was not in 32 or 33 AD. (31 or possibly 30 AD. is what works based upon the biblical calendar, accounts on information in the Gospels, etc., while 32 or 33 AD. does not; see also What Happened in the Crucifixion Week?), the above contains many claims that are in error.

Jewish Tradition and Lunar Eclipses and Blood Moons

Some are focused on the coming blood moons as they believe that they show something will come to pass, because of Jewish tradition and some historical events.

Here is something from the Talmud of Jewish traditions:

Succah 29a Our Rabbis taught, When the sun is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for the whole world. This may be illustrated by a parable. To what can this be compared? To a human being who made a banquet for his servants and put up for them a lamp. When he became wroth with them he said to his servant, ‘Take away the lamp from them, and let them sit in the dark’. It was taught: R. Meir said, Whenever the luminaries are in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel since they are inured to blows. This may be compared to a school teacher who comes to school with a strap in his hand. Who becomes apprehensive? He who is accustomed to be daily punished. Our Rabbis taught, When the sun is in eclipse it is a bad omen for idolaters; when the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel, since Israel reckons by the moon and idolaters by the sun. If it is in eclipse in the east, it is a bad omen for those who dwell in the east; if in the west, it is a bad omen for those who dwell in the west; if in the midst of heaven it is bad omen for the whole world. If its face is red as blood, [it is a sign that] the sword is coming to the world; if it is like sack-cloth, the arrows of famine are coming to the world; if it resembles both, the sword and the arrows of famine are coming to the world. If the eclipse is at sunset calamity will tarry in its coming; if at dawn, it hastens on its way: but some say the order is to be reversed. And there is no nation which is smitten that its gods are not smitten together with it, as it is said, And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments. But when Israel fulfill the will of the Omnipresent, they need have no fear of all these [omens] as it is said, Thus saith the HaShem,’ Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the nations are dismayed at them, the idolaters will be dismayed, but Israel will not be dismayed. Our Rabbis taught, On account of four things is the sun in eclipse: On account of an Ab Beth din who died and was not mourned fittingly; on account of a betrothed maiden who cried out aloud in the city and there was none to save her; on account of sodomy, and on account of two brothers whose blood was shed at the same time. And on account of four things are the luminaries in eclipse: On account of those who perpetrate forgeries, on account of those who give false witness; on account of those who rear small cattle in the land of Israel; and on account of those who cut down good trees.

Although this is a Jewish tradition, it needs to be understood that it is simply a tradition. Remember that Jesus sometimes chastised Jews who believed their traditions above what the Bible teaches:

9 He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. (Mark 7:9)

Thus, Christians should be careful not to believe Jewish traditions or other teachings if they are in conflict with the Bible. There were not world wars or massive famines everytime there were certain eclipses, blood moon or not.

Some have claimed that because there was a blood moon in 1967 (and some other years) this shows that various events affecting the nation of Israel happen when there is a blood moon.

Now I am not disputing that events affecting the nation of Israel happened in 1967, as, for example, the 6 Day War is was an historical events. Yet, this does not mean that Jesus could return in 2014 or 2015 or that the Day of the Lord will begin in those years.

On the other hand, I did believe it was possible, if not likely, that we there could be significant events that affect the nation of Israel in 2014 or 2015.

The Coming Four Blood Moons By John Hagee

John C. Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.

In a December 2012 YouTube video titled Coming Four Blood Moons By John Hagee part 1, he showed expected 'blood moons' for Passover and Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles) to occur on them both each in 2014 and 2015.

After quoting Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2:20, John Hagee stated "God... He is sending signals to planet earth, but we have not picked them up."

John Hagee said NASA has said it is coming, Joel and Peter said its coming, and that God is warning us with signs like the upcoming blood moons for 2014 and 2015.

Here is what his publisher has up at Amazon related to his book, Four Blood Moons Something is About to Change:

"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28

It is rare that Scripture, science, and history align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the “signs” that God refers to in His Word? If they are, what do they mean? What is their prophetic significance?

In this riveting book, New York Times best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee, explores the supernatural connection of certain celestial events to biblical prophecy—and to the future of God’s chosen people and to the nations of the world.

Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the...

Here are some comments from a reviewer of John Hagee's book:

“Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change” uses scripture from the Bible, NASA data, and recorded history to conclude the end of the world – as we know it – might be right around the corner...

The first time it happened, in the year 1493, the four blood moons occurred on the Hebrew holidays of Passover and the Feast of Trumpets. Pastor Hagee writes, “This signified the beginning of the fall of Spain following the expulsion of the Jews a year earlier and was God’s announcement to the world that ‘the mantle of prosperity had thusly been placed on the shoulders of the infant nation that would become the United States’ since it became a refuge for the Jewish people.”

The second appearance of four blood moons appearing on Hebrew holy days was 1949-1950. They occurred on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles and the next day Israel was declared a nation. The third time was in 1967-1968, when the Six-Day War took place, uniting the city of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years, “a monumental prophetic event,” according to Hagee’s new book...

The world-renowned minister further states, “There are no solar or lunar accidents; every heavenly body is controlled by the unseen hand of God to send signals to humanity of coming events.”

Hagee is convinced God will use the blood moons to signal that He is getting ready to change the course of human history. “No one knows the mind of God but the anticipation of these events tells us something will happen.” (Exum R. Roy Exum: Rev. Hagee’s ‘Blood Moons’http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/10/8/260792/Roy-Exum-Rev.-Hagees-Blood-Moons.aspx viewed 10/09/13) 

John Hagee himself has claimed:

“I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard – that he has been sending signals to planet Earth and we just haven’t been picking them up,” Hagee told his San Antonio, Texas, congregation. “Today, with the help of God’s word and some very astute scientists, I’m going to walk you through 500 years (of four blood moons on Jewish feast days) and show you how God is literally screaming at the world: ‘I am coming soon.’”
(Anderson T. BILLY GRAHAM SOUNDS ALARM FOR 2ND COMING Famed evangelist sees signs 'converging now for the 1st time.' WND, October 20, 2013. at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/billy-graham-sounds-alarm-for-2nd-coming/#xrvZphjE1EYzb7Ep.99 viewed 11/08/13)

Basically he is saying that Jesus is coming soon and these blood moons are trying to tell us something.

The Bible does not support that the occurrence of these blood moons are teaching that Jesus will return or the Day of the Lord start in 2015. How can I be so certain?

Because Jesus listed a variety of events that precede His return and the events of the sun and moon in Matthew 24, and they cannot happen prior to the end of 2015. Furthermore, the seven-year deal of Daniel 9:27 has not taken place as of the date I am writing this. Notice:

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)

Since this deal has not happened (see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27), there are at least seven years until Jesus return. Since the deal is to be broken in the middle of it, there is least 3 1/2 years before the start of the Great Tribulation (cf. Matthew 24:15-21; Daniel 11:31; for more details, please see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).

So, since Jesus would not come, the Great Tribulation not start, and the Day of the Lord not begin by 2015, some people may sadly point to people like John Hagee to attempt to prove that various prophecies will not come to pass. But, there is "a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed" (2 Peter 1:19, KJV)--it is just that neither John Hagee or Mark Biltz truly have it.

The Harbinger Author Jonathan Cahn

A Messianic Jewish Rabbi named Jonathan Cahn was interviewed by Pat Robertson on CBN on 02/05/2013).  Jonathan Cahn is probably most well know for a novel he wrote called The Harbinger.  He has since wrote other books and has indicated potential prophetic importance of blood moons in 2015.

He and Pat Robertson referred to the events of 9/11/2001 and tied them in with Isaiah 9:10 and the USA.  There may be ties.  I would like to quote this in Isaiah, but start with the verse before:

9 All the people will know —
Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria —
Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
10 'The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars."  (Isaiah 9:9-10)

Essentially the leaders of ancient Ephraim and Manasseh declared that they would rebuild.  Jonathan Cahn stated that this seemed to be related to what happened in the USA because of the 9/11/2001 attack.

Jonathan Cahn then referred to statements by various US politicians that were consistent with the "we will rebuild" declaration.  The screen showed the following quote that then Senator Tom Daschle made to Congress on 9/12/2001 related to the 9/11/2001 attack:

We will rebuild, we will recover.

Jonathan Cahn and Pat Robinson said that this is what the leaders of ancient Israel said in Isaiah 9:10, but that God later punished them.  Jonathan Cahn then added that God later punished Israel and that God punished the USA with the economic crisis seven years later. 

Now, I do agree that the Isaiah 9:10 statement has had a type of fulfillment by USA leaders.  I would take it a step further and specifically state that since certain prophecies about Samaria appear to be directed towards the USA of the 21st century (Isaiah 9 was and still is, quoted in my article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel), that this makes those ties stronger (Isaiah 9:9, that mentions Samaria, was not quoted in the interview; Isaiah 9:21 then seems to tie that to Manasseh, whose descendants have been important in the USA).

Jonathan Cahn, however, then took Isaiah 9:10 in a step or two in the wrong direction.  He said that since the ancient Septuagint (a sometimes corrupted translation of the Hebrew scriptures into the Greek language) specifically suggests that a 'tower' would be rebuilt and that something related to Babel was found at the 9/11 site, that this suggests the new tower built at 'ground zero' had connections to the Tower of Babel of Genesis 11:4.  If he was hinting that the USA is the representative of the end time Mystery Babylon the Great of Revelation 17 (which he seemed to possibly hint at), he is in error.  The Bible shows that Revelation 17 has to do with a seven-hilled city in Europe and its relationship with a Roman/European power there. 

The interview screen later showed something that resembled two Power Point slides, apparently from Jonathan Cahn or one of his books.  The first had the following information:

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE   2015 Sep 13

ELLUL 29   SEPTEMBER 13, 2015    

GLOBAL COLLAPSE?     

The second had the following information:

TETRAD
4 BLOOD MOONS

ELLUL 29

THIS SOLAR ECLIPSE IS WITHIN THE TRIBULATION TETRAD

Now if by tribulation, Jonathan Cahn meant the Great Tribulation, then it is not at all possible to begin then.  I have gone over this before in various articles and videos, and I have directly debunked the hypotheses of the Great Tribulation beginning in 2014 or 2015 (see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).

I would also note that World Net Daily (WND) attempted to claim that the financial markets were impacted  in the wake of the Shemitah (which Jonathan Cahn also promoted) when it had the headline Markets tumbling in Shemitah’s wake (see Dow Jones up in the ‘wake of the Shemitah’?). Yet, he DOW Jones Industrial Average opening at the start of their claimed Shemitah year was 17,033.93 and the DOW Jones Industrial Average close on Friday, October 9, 2015 was 17,084.49.   The DOW apparently went UP now, in the ‘wake of the Shemitah.’ The same day it posted the article, it posted when with the headlines  IT’S SUPERNATURAL! Learn the significance of the Shemitah cycle (see Dow Jones up in the ‘wake of the Shemitah’?).

Mark Biltz and Blood Moons

In 2008, World Net Daily reported the following:

A minister who promotes the Old Testament roots of Christianity suggests a rare string of lunar and solar eclipses said to fall on God’s annual holy days seven years from now could herald what’s come to be known as the “Second Coming” of Jesus.

“God wants us to look at the biblical calendar,” says Mark Biltz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Wash. “The reason we need to be watching is [because] He will signal His appearance. But we have to know what to be watching as well. So we need to be watching the biblical holidays.”...

Biltz began focusing on the precise times of both solar and lunar eclipses, sometimes called “blood moons” since the moon often takes on a bloody color. He logged onto NASA’s eclipse website which provides precision tracking of the celestial events.

He noted a rare phenomenon of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a tetrad.

(Blood moon eclipses: 2nd Coming in 2015? Minister uses NASA forecasting to study signals of Jesus’ return WorldNetDaily – April 30, 2008. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=63076).

So, there was a claim that Jesus could return in 2015 based upon the red moon calculations that Mark Biltz researched. But that is a false claim. And I denounced it back then:. On May 1, 2008, I posted:

Jesus would not return with a red moon (Red Moon? Might the Great Tribulation Begin in 2013?)

I remain of the view that the blood moons are not significant the way many promoters of them have claimed.

In 2013, World Net Daily reported the following:

October 5, 2013

Have you heard about the “blood moons” coming in 2014 and 2015?

Might they herald an event of prophetic biblical significance?…

On Passover 2014 the first of a series of mysterious astronomical events will occur that will have the whole world looking up at the night skies…The story begins in 2008 when Hebrew roots Pastor Mark Biltz made an astounding discovery...
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When checking the schedule for eclipses, Biltz found two – one on Passover the next on the high holy day of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the seventh Hebrew month. Two more take place in 2015, also on biblical “feast” days. http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/are-you-ready-for-2014-biblical-blood-moons/#S7jmGXUUVkEO7Yet.99

The above is quite odd because Passover is on or near a night of the full moon, whereas Rosh Hashanah (which is also known as the Feast of Trumpets) is on or near a night of a “new” moon.  I suspect that someone meant to refer to the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkoth, which starts on or near a night of the full moon, as opposed to the Feast of Trumpets which does not.

The December 2012 video I watched from John Hagee referred to Sukkoth and not Rosh Hashanah. And I video I watched from Mark Biltz also had him referring to Sukkoth and not Rosh Hashahah, so perhaps someone at World Net Daily misunderstood.

I should add that when I watched a video from Mark Biltz, he also said that Jesus referred to blood moons Since Jesus did not directly say blood or red moons directly in scripture, this apparently is a reference by Mark Biltz to Matthew 24:29.

Mark Biltz and the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

Apparently not embarressed about blood moons, Mark Biltz lated decided to push claims related to a 2017 solar eclipse. Here is some of what I posted about that on April 11, 2017:

Notice the following:

WND EXCLUSIVE

Solar eclipse across U.S. called ‘a sign from God’

‘Blood Moons’ discoverer Mark Biltz says route determines ‘warning to a specific nation’ …

A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States this summer, an event that hasn’t happened in roughly a century.

Everyone will experience on Aug. 21 at least 60 percent of the sun being covered, and the resulting semidarkness. Those within about a 60-mile wide diagonal line from the Pacific Northwest through South Carolina will see the sky go dark and the accompanying temperature drop.

Pastor Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon and a Christian who urges careful attention to heavenly signs, suggests it may be something that needs more attention.

Such as a direct warning to the United States.

“From a biblical point of view, a solar eclipse is meant as a sign from God,” Biltz told WND. “In Genesis 1:14, God declared this to be so. It is a sign that is beyond man’s control, something he can’t manipulate. Solar eclipses become biblically and prophetically significant and relevant when man understands their timing according to the biblical calendar and where they happen. Then we look for the patterns.

“As the sun is larger than the moon, the sun represents the nations of the world and the moon represents the nation of Israel, as their calendar months are based on the cycle of the moon while the nations of the world follow the sun for their calendar. When there is a total solar eclipse, it is a warning to a specific nation or nations depending on its path.” 04/10/17 http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/solar-eclipse-across-u-s-called-a-sign-from-god/#XlJFjO4DeOcdwBQK.99

But the Bible does not call the world the sun nor Israel the moon. Nor are solar eclipses referred to in Genesis 1:14–Jeremiah 10:2 warns against interpreting all astronomical events as coming from God.

Mark Bilts continued and stated:

“Now, this Aug 21, 2017, we have a total solar eclipse going over the United States,” he noted. “This is again at the beginning the month of repentance on the first of Elul! Could God be giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming to the United States? The timing couldn’t be clearer!

“We also find seven years later there will be another total solar eclipse running from south to the northeast across the United States on April 8, 2024, with St. Louis in the crosshairs between the two eclipses. April 8 is significant because it is the anniversary of the dedication of Moses tabernacle, when God reasserted Himself into the affairs of men with His glory coming to earth. It just so happens it was also the day Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu died.” 04/10/17 http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/solar-eclipse-across-u-s-called-a-sign-from-god/#XlJFjO4DeOcdwBQK.99

Elul is the 6th month in the Hebrew calendar, it usually begins in August, but never in April.

WND has frequently tried to promote Mark Biltz and is doing so again; Notice:

Biltz, author of the new book “God’s Day Timer,” suggests God often uses celestial signs to send direct messages to the nations.

He’ll be discussing his studies and discoveries this fall on the WND Cruise to Alaska Sept. 8-15. http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/solar-eclipse-across-u-s-called-a-sign-from-god/#BfXqXwly341WHZml.99

WND promotes him, but Mark Biltz has been wrong. He misled many about the “blood moons” a couple of years ago (see also WND continues to promote Mark Biltz’ blood moon nonsense) and this particular solar eclipse is should not be considered a sign from God.

But what about some eclipse issue? Is it coming?

Yes, NASA reports that a total solar eclipse is coming:

Scientists are gearing up for a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. The August 2017 total eclipse will be visible from an approximately 100-mile-wide path that cuts diagonally across the United States. Those in North America who are not along this narrow path—called the path of totality—will see a partial solar eclipse that day. The August 2017 eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since Feb. 26, 1979. …

During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun’s incredibly bright face. This is possible because, though the sun’s diameter is about 400 times the moon’s diameter, the sun is also about 400 times farther away from us than the moon is, making them appear to be approximately the same size from Earth. With the face obscured, the sun’s atmosphere—the corona, which is about a million times dimmer than the face—becomes visible to eclipse-watchers. It was only because of total solar eclipses that early scientists could observe the sun’s wispy atmosphere, providing some of the earliest insight into our dynamic sun. Most modern solar observations of the corona are taken with an instrument called a coronagraph, which uses a disk to block the sun in a camera’s field of view, but coronagraphs obscure part of the inner corona as well—which doesn’t happen during a total eclipse.

“During a total solar eclipse, the moon is a near-perfect fit for the sun’s disk, so almost all of the corona is visible,” said Jack Ireland, a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

This means that a total eclipse can provide fantastic views of the sun’s inner corona, showing the large loops of solar material that dance through it. These eclipse events provide Earth-based scientists and photographers the chance to take more detailed images of the corona than space-based satellite missions can.

Some are concerned about it:

Apocalypse ‘coming in 2017’ after total solar eclipse hits US and UK

A TOTAL solar eclipse will plunge Britain and America into darkness – and bring on the end of the world …

Or so it’s claimed by one group of hardcore Christians, who believe they will soon be raptured into heaven.
And in their bid to prove it, they’ve rallied a series of bizarre calculations to their cause. …

They’re pointing to verses in the apocalyptic Bible book, Revelations, describing a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet. According to Scripture, this pregnant woman will be hunted by a Satanic seven-headed dragon eager to eat her unborn child. But the child will be born and taken unto god, the verses foretell, before the dragon is defeated by an angel army. More is made of Israel’s birth as a state, a process which began when the UK announced its withdrawal from Palestine in 1947.{2017} will mark 70 years since that announcement; a Biblical generation. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/543062/Total-solar-eclipse-2017-apocalypse-end-times-world-US-America-UK-Europe-Bible-revelations

While a total solar eclipse is to take place on Monday, August 21, 2017, this will not possibly result in the end of the world. A solar eclipse is NOT a sign that the ‘great tribulation’ (Matthew 24:21) will begin. And since the great tribulation has not started, the world is not possibly going to end then.

As far as Israel and 1947/1948 goes, check out the video Israel, 1948, and Prophecy.

Mark Biltz also tries to tie this eclipse in with Revelation 12:

“Another very significant sign in the heavens is happening right after this year’s total solar eclipse on the first of Elul, beginning the month of repentance,” he noted. “A month later, we find during the Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah on Tishri 1 and Yom Kippur on Tishri 10, there will be a confirmation of celestial events as described in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 12: 1-2 reads: ‘A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.’

“The woman clothed with the sun is the constellation Virgo and represents the nation of Israel. The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Interestingly, the constellation Leo, the Lion, which is above Virgo, is made up of nine stars. The Lion represents specifically the tribe of Judah. It just so happens this year during the Days of Awe, three planets will join the constellation Leo making up 12 stars. Virgo will be clothed with the sun, and the moon will be under her feet, fulfilling this sign to precise detail!”

Biltz believes these are signs God is reinserting Himself into human history as prophecy becomes fulfilled as never before. http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/solar-eclipse-across-u-s-called-a-sign-from-god/#BfXqXwly341WHZml.99

Two constellations that astrologers refer to appearing close is supposed to be a fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2? Preposterous!

As far as Revelation goes, chapter 12, which discusses the woman and fleeing does NOT refer to a solar eclipse. Here is the entire chapter:

1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:1-17)

It should be noted that Revelation 12:1-2 discusses the woman giving birth to Jesus. Later we see the ‘woman’ fleeing to the wilderness–this is not a reference to a rapture in heaven. Nor does the Bible say that the woman is the constellation Virgo.

As far as the ‘end’ goes, meaning for sake of argument the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21), it cannot start in 2017–for details watch the short video: Will the Great Tribulation Start in 2017?

Getting back to Mark Biltz, notice also the following:

Biltz said: “Just look at the biblical pattern. Many know the story of Jonah and Nineveh from the Bible, but not the historical background events as to what had already transpired, and why they repented. In 765 B.C., a plague broke out in Nineveh where even the king was not able to go out to war, as was custom. This was followed by a civil war and then another plague!

“An archaeological find of cuneiform tablets was found in the 19th century describing events in Nineveh. A famous eclipse mentioned in the tablets was known as the Bur-Sagale eclipse, which is verified by NASA as occurring on June 15, 763 BC. The path of totality was right over Nineveh. God had declared the sun and the moon were for signs, and now the Ninevites saw the wrath of God coming even before Jonah arrived a couple months later. When Jonah arrived, they were ripe for repentance.”

Biltz argued signs of this kind also occurred during the modern era just before cataclysmic events.

“Now fast-forward to another solar eclipse on August 21, but this time in 1914,” he said. “This is the first day of the month of Elul, which begins the month of repentance in ‘God’s Day Timer.’ The first of Elul is when Jonah began prophesying for 40 days. Just before the eclipse, we see on June 28th, 1914, through the month of August, the events of World War 1 begin! The path of totality of the eclipse was over Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire or Middle East, including Nineveh again. This was foretelling the destruction of the Ottoman Empire in World War I.”

Biltz suggests such cataclysms may be in store for the United States, especially given the timing of this event. …

Biltz says such celestial signs should always be viewed as part of a larger pattern. He has identified another astronomical pattern that will emerge just after the solar eclipse this year. http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/solar-eclipse-across-u-s-called-a-sign-from-god/#XlJFjO4DeOcdwBQK.99

Mark Biltz made similar types of arguments when he pushed his blood moon nonsense, and many Protestants thought he may have been right. We in the CCOG denounced the blood moon argument (see also Blood Moons and Prophecy) and we, not Mark Biltz, were proven right.

The Bible teaches:

2 The LORD says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. 3 For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. 4 He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. (Jeremiah 10:2-4, NET Bible)

Mark Biltz is once again trying to tell people to be in awe of something that does not have prophetic significance. Do not be like the pagans and read things into astronomical phenomena that people like Mark Biltz are pushing.  How he twists scriptures (cf. 2 Peter 3:16) and connects things while overlooking what the Bible teaches reminds me a lot of the late Harold Camping who detailed calculations and predictions were later proven wrong (see Harold Camping’s Teachings About the End of the World Do Not Agree with the Bible).

The great tribulation will come and Jesus will return, but following the signs that JESUS GAVE IN THE BIBLE (see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?):

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:3-21)

The disciples asked about the end and Jesus gave them signs to look for. Real Christians are to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), but many who claim to be Christian seem to often prefer to walk by sight and look to signs other than those Jesus said to look towards.

While the end is coming, the solar eclipse of 2017, like the ‘blood moons’ of 2014 and 2015, is NOT a sign that Jesus gave in Matthew 24 nor as shown in the Book of Revelation. Mark Biltz once again is pointing to his interpretations and attempting to say they mean some particular message from God. Although the USA does need national repentance, God is not sending a total eclipse as a means to do that. God has allowed many eclipses and they of themselves are NOT listed in the BIBLE as being of prophetic importance.

A solar eclipse is not a sign of the beginning of the great tribulation (see the 6th chapter of Revelation). A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. Casting a shadow does not end the world.

So why bother to post about the ‘solar eclipse’ or darkness prediction? Well, there are prophecies about the sun becoming dark:

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29-30)

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. (Revelation 6:12-13)

So, the Book of Revelation, also called the Book of the Apocalypse, does refer to a time when the sun will be darkened. But this happens after the great tribulation according to Jesus, which begins with the opening of the fifth seal (and this cannot start before 2021, see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? ), hence this eclipse in 2017 is NOT be a sign from God. Do not expect the fulfillment of Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:12 before 2023 at the earliest.

Because there are many false and heretical leaders that lead people astray on prophecy (2 Peter 2:1-2).  Scoffers will not believe, but properly understood biblical prophecy will come to pass (2 Peter 3:1-12).

Sometimes false teachers mention the Bible to try to act like God sanctions their nonsense. And it is not just the secular fringe people, but also those who claim to be Christian or even claim to be in the Church of God.

Yet, those of us in the Continuing Church of God “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).

Why?

Because we believe the Bible over signs that many point to.

You should too.

Do not be like the pagans and read things into astronomical phenomena that people like Mark Biltz are pushining. The great tribulation will come and Jesus will return, but following the signs that JESUS GAVE IN THE BIBLE (see When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?). Real Christians are to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7), but many who claim to be Christian seem to often prefer to walk by sight.

Red Moon Rapture

Some believe that Jesus will come to 'rapture' the church either before or shortly after a red moon.

Perhaps I should add that a YouTube video I watched from a Protestant source claimed that Pope Francis’ planned trip to the USA and United Nations in September 2015, combined with the blood moon that month, are signs that a one-world government will start then along with a ‘seven-year tribulation.’  I would add that unless the deal of Daniel 9:27 is confirmed around then, I do not consider this to be possible--nor do I believe a pre-tribulation rapture will occur in September 2015.

And while it is true that Jesus will return after the blood moon that the Bible refers to in Joel 2 and Revelation 6, the return of Jesus Christ is not until after the Great Tribulation. Notice the account from the Matthew's Gospel:

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you...

15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be...

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:3,4,15-21,29-31)

Many have been deceived in the past and others are deceived now. Jesus will return with the sound of a great trumpet and Christians will be gathered with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). And although this should be comforting to Christians, Jesus will not be returning in 2015. Any rapturists who believe Jesus will return in 2015 are bound to be disappointed as that will not happen.

Related to the pre-tribulation rapture hypothesis, Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? There is also a YouTube video with information Did Jesus Teach a Pre-tribulation Rapture?

Concluding Comments on Blood Moons and Eclipses

There is a phenomena known as a blood moon. They have occurred over the centuries and more are expected. As would be expected, some historical events have occurred in red moon years, but that does not prove that all red moons are prophetic. The same goes for solar eclipses.

NASA knew about the red moons in 2014 and 2015. NASA knows about the solar eclipse of 2017.

The Bible does tell of a time when the moon becomes blood just prior to the Day of the Lord, which is also prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

These particular blood moons in the projections for 2014 and 2015, however, were just those in the normal expected cycle and are not telling us anything about the return of Jesus Christ, some type of rapture, or the Day of the Lord occurring in 2015. Nor is the solar eclipse of 2017 a warning from God.

Although there will be events of prophetic interest that will occur in those years, Jesus will not return until sometime the next decade at the earliest. The Great Tribulation will not start before 2021. The final "Day of the Lord" will not begin before 2023.

In this article, I originally wrote in 2013 that Jesus is NOT coming on April 15, 2014. That was correct. Nor could He come on the blood moons in 2015--biblically this is not possible. Nor will the 2017 eclipse signal the end.

Those who believe otherwise are misled.

Jesus will, however, return some day. In the Continuing Church of God, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed" (2 Peter 1:19, KJV). Why? Because we believe the Bible over signs that many point to.

Sadly, some who are looking at some Protestant teachings and traditions are overlooking various facts and what the Bible really teaches.

Two related YouTube videos are also available: Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015 and Solar Eclipse and the Apocalypse.

Thiel B. Blood Moons and Prophecy. http://www.cogwriter.com/blood-moons-prophecy.htm COGwriter (C) 2013/2014/2015 /2017 0502

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