Thursday, April 17, 2014

ARE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES REALLY "BLOOD MOONS"???

As for me, I DO NOT call the "TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE" Tetrad series "BLOOD MOONS" for a reason: They ARE a "total lunar eclipse Tetrad", and NOT the BLOOD MOONS as described in Bible prophecy.

To call these BLOOD MOONS conjures up images of Joel 2:30-31, Acts 2:19-20 and Revelation 6:12. The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE Tetrad is NOT the "fulfillment" of those scriptures!!!

However, the Tetrad is INDEED a "sign" in the heavens, giving God's warning of what IS SOON to befall Israel and to COME UPON the entire world.

God says in Genesis 1:14 that TWO of the purposes for His creating the sun, moon and the stars are FOR SIGNS [beacons of warning] and FOR SEASONS ["moed"--God's APPOINTED times..."dates with destiny" (which only He can know)].

But He has given us clues to KNOWING the times and seasons throughout His WORD, and we do well to pay attention.

This is why the Apostle Paul wrote that he had NO NEED to write to the Church concerning the times and seasons, because IF we study God's Word, and rightly divide it, we WILL KNOW the times and the seasons!!! [Remember that the religious Jews were rebuked by Jesus because they could not SEE the signs of their time, and in fact, one prophecy in Daniel SET UP a number of years they could count and KNOW the First Coming of Jesus, but they DID NOT...and MISSED the time of their visitation. Matthew 16:1-4, Daniel 9:24-27, and Luke 19:41-44.]

SIGNS in the sun and the moon and the stars are ALSO GIVEN by God so that we can see and know the appointed times and seasons in His divine counsel. He has arranged the solar system like a huge clock, and at PERTINENT TIMES, God uses the heavenly bodies to BE AS SIGNPOSTS. How did the "kings of the east" find the newborn Christ child, for instance? They read and understood the SIGNS in the heavens.

We, also, understand the SIGNS by observing them, being quickened by the Holy Spirit as to their importance, and KNOWING THE WORD which God has written, through which we make our comparisons (so that we'll NOT JUMP to erroneous conclusions).

As for the Rapture of the Church, it is always IMMINENT, and especially so in this SEASON of heightened BIRTH PANGS. Those LABOR PAINS, signifying the Second Coming of Jesus to ESTABLISH "His Kingdom" upon the earth (after a seven year Tribulation), INCREASE every week, even on a daily basis, BECAUSE the time is so short now. WE MUST PAY ATTENTION...BECAUSE THIS IS "SURELY" THE TIME OF THE END.

IN "any moment", A SPLIT ATOMIC SECOND, the twinkling of an eye, Jesus WILL descend into the air and call His Church "up and away" in the Rapture. That event can happen ANY TIME.

Then a series of END TIME WARS and the JUDGMENTS of God will be MADE KNOWN upon the earth. IT IS ALL WRITTEN...AND GOD HOLDS THE TIMING IN HIS HANDS.

Our response needs to be this: BEING AWARE, AWAKE AND READY...and it's ONLY through FAITH (absolute trust) in Jesus that we CAN WE BE READY.

So God, in His mercy WARNS us!!! We're WISE to PAY HEED. Even wiser still, we must make sure our expectations and comments ABOUT these things LINE UP with what God has recorded in the scriptures.

NOW, I'LL REPEAT what I wrote as a HEADING for one of the eclipse pictures I shared Tuesday on my Facebook page, and EXPAND that message somewhat, in an effort to make the meaning abundantly clear.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE--#1 IN A SERIES OF 4: PASSOVER, APRIL 15, 2015.

The red moon of a "total eclipse" is NOT what Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2:19-20 makes reference to (those BLOOD MOONS "are" THE RESULT of "pillars of smoke" in the air).

"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND PILLARS OF SMOKE. The sun shall be turned into darkness [by reason of the smoke], AND the moon into blood [red-colored by reason of the smoke], BEFORE the great and terrible day of the Lord come [before the Tribulation comes]."

What causes the pillars of smoke? It COULD be a nuclear exchange, such as the anticipated WW3: Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Obadiah, Jeremiah 49...OR perhaps, the outcome of Ezekiel 38:22--as God destroys the GOG/MAGOG ARMIES with blood, overflowing rain, great hailstones, FIRE AND BRIMSTONE. Such a battle will indeed create PILLARS of smoke, and lead into the Tribulation period, as Antichrist offers His plan for "peace". God knows....and we can be sure that WHEN this happens the entire world will KNOW it!

The pillars of smoke could also be volcanoes which spew volumes of ash into the atmosphere.

THESE probable catastrophes CAUSE "BOTH" THE SUN AND THE MOON TO BE DARKENED. The moon will appear as RED AS FRESH BLOOD.

[The red of a total lunar eclipse is pale red, even with an orange tinge, as the sun's rays shine through the earth's atmosphere and is reflected as "that color" off the moon.]

Even with these facts made clear, "this lunar eclipse" [of April 15] was STILL quite significant!

It IS a SIGN from God (Genesis 1:14), because of the FACT that it occurred on Passover, and will be followed by a series of 3 more eclipses, also on THE LORD'S FEAST DAYS: the NEXT one on Tabernacles 2014, and NEXT year, 2015, AGAIN on Passover and Tabernacles. God is SHOUTING by these signs that THE END IS HERE. We do well to pay attention!!!

We can speculate as to WHAT the "lunar eclipse" TETRAD means, but God is control of the outcome...

I would SUGGEST a warning for WAR, which seems to fit the current events. It could also signal that the DAY OF THE LORD (the Tribulation period) rapidly approaches. We indeed SEE "that day" approaching, according to Hebrews 10:25. With that in mind, people better turn to Jesus NOW--in this DAY OF SALVATION.

"(For He [God] says, 'I have heard you in a TIME ACCEPTED [the age of grace], and in a DAY OF SALVATION have I succored [aided, helped] you: behold, NOW is the ACCEPTED TIME [the Church age]; behold, NOW is the DAY OF SALVATION."--2 Corinthians 6:2.

[The "acceptable time" and "the day of salvation" is WHEN our trusting in the shed blood of Jesus makes us WORTHY to ESCAPE ALL these things that shall come to pass, (and in that escape) to STAND BEFORE the Son of man (at the Throne of God in heaven)." JESUS promises this in Luke 21:36.]

This truth is FURTHER made clear when we carefully compare what Jesus quoted at the start of His ministry in Luke 4:17-21. He quoted from the prophet Isaiah, and then closed the book and said, "Today is this scripture FULFILLED in your ears." He ended His quote with this phrase "TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." This IS the "acceptable time" and "the day of salvation" that we read about in 2 Corinthians 2:6.

But that's NOT the "total prophecy" recorded in Isaiah 61:1-4. Jesus ended His quote in Luke with the phrase "to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." He stopped right in THE MIDDLE of a sentence, and a COMMA has held back the remainder of that prophecy for 2000 years.

The REST of the sentence CONTINUES, AFTER "the acceptable year of the Lord" [after the age of grace in the Church]. This shows that "the Church age" will be followed by THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD--the seven year Tribulation period, the DAY OF THE LORD, the time of JACOB'S [Israel's] TROUBLE.

Jesus tells us there is ESCAPE available FROM that time of JUDGMENT, and the ONLY way to be WORTHY of that ESCAPE is through FAITH (total trust) IN HIM --and that is TO BELIEVE His blood cleanses us from all sin--and therefore, through that faith, we're be BORN AGAIN through our trust in Him.

[I FELT THIS IS MUCH NEEDED TEACHING, BECAUSE THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE TETRAD--AND OTHER BIRTH PANG SIGNS--OFFERS US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD'S JUDGMENT INDEED APPROACHES. AND WHILE THE CHURCH REMAINS UPON THE EARTH, ESCAPE FROM THAT JUDGMENT IS AVAILABLE. AFTER THE CHURCH IS RAPTURED, THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD WILL FALL. DON'T BE CAUGHT IN THAT "SUDDEN DESTRUCTION." 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.]

In any case, we live in EXCEPTIONALLY PROPHETIC TIMES.

God is preparing to REDEEM His people, Israel, and pour out His judgments upon those Gentiles who LOVE NOT GOD and who OBEY NOT the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. The TETRAD eclipses WARN of this--because God will NOT send any judgment UNTIL His people are warned. It's up to us whether we PAY ATTENTION to the warnings or not.

Since the Tribulation hour approaches (and all the BIRTH PANG SIGNS point to that fact), then we can know the the RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH is at the VERY DOOR. BE READY!!!

I feel that sums up the message behind THIS total lunar eclipse, when the moon turned an eerie shade of orangy-red. More eclipses are yet to come (2014-2015). And this will be the LAST TETRAD until around the year of 2500 or so (I can't recall the exact date for that off the top of my head). BUT ALL THESE THOUGHTS FILLED MY MIND AS I OBSERVED THE ECLIPSE ON APRIL 15.

BE ALERT AND READY. KEEP LOOKING UP. JESUS IS COMING QUICKLY....

HERE'S SOME ADDITIONAL INSIGHT CONCERNING THE "TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE" OF APRIL 15, 2014:

This eclipse of the moon happened in the vicinity of a highly visible red planet, Mars, AND next to the bright star, Spica, in the constellation of Virgo.

Mars is viewed as a being "a harbi
nger" of war.   However, this is an just an "old tradition"--SO I ONLY SAY that the possibility of a war (being warned about here) is BASED upon what the scriptures declare.  By the prophecies given from GOD, we DO see WAR and RUMORS OF WAR every day, plus the EXACT NATIONS who are listed in the Bible as participants in those wars ARE SET into position to fulfill what God has declared (and that is above and beyond the traditional understanding about Mars).

As for Spica, it is a fact that the star is located in the picture of Virgo and "within" the wheat in her hand. For a SCRIPTURAL understanding, we KNOW that "the wheat harvest" is associated with the Lord's feast of Pentecost, which is FURTHER is associated with the Church. So this COULD be a picture of the IMMINENT RAPTURE in relation to the SIGN given in the heavens. In any case, that base IS ALREADY covered because the Rapture is a signless event--and it is ALWAYS IMMINENT, anyway.

As for this ECLIPSE warning America of IMPENDING judgment (because the eclipse was visible over the entire North American continent).  Again, the Word itself gives an even stronger resounding warning. God WILL judge a people who turn away from Him like our nation has. "The HARBINGER" by Johnathan Kahn makes the comparisons obvious. What God did to Israel in the past when He judged sin--WILL be in the "same manner" as He judges sin right now. Scripture is blatant in its descriptions of sin, and God's reaction to it. God will NOT be mocked. We all "know" in our hearts anyway, that JUDGMENT is on the way. That's what the Tribulation will be--an awful and furious judgment upon the ones who LOVE NOT GOD and OBEY NOT the Gospel of Jesus.

I still feel the eclipse is a warning given to Israel, even though it did NOT occur over Israel. With today's technologies, the WHOLE WORLD viewed the eclipse, anyhow. I keep Israel at the center of end time Bible prophecy, because when God brings His judgment, He will, at the same time REDEEM the remnant in Israel and set the stage for the Second Coming of Jesus, in which He WILL establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem upon the Throne of David. God WILL KEEP His "everlasting covenant" that He gave to Israel through their father, Abraham. God's name WILL be magnified, and He will be seen as ONE Who always DOES what He has promised, and what He SAYS He will judge.

I hope this explanation clarifies this issue. THE WORD OF GOD IS ALWAYS THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME. If some "word" from a person CANNOT be confirmed through scripture, then we have cause to discard it.

IN THE SUM TOTAL, GOD GAVE US A POWERFUL SIGN IN THE HEAVENS THIS PASSOVER, AND IT IS CONFIRMED BY WHAT HE'S RECORDED IN THE SCRIPTURES.  MAY HE BE PRAISED FOREVER.

KEEP LOOKING UP!  JESUS COMES QUICKLY!!!