Four Blood Moons
12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 1
I. Summary: It is rare that scripture, science and history align each other. God is controlling the sun and moon through His set laws so they will signal something is about to happen. I am talking about the four blood moons.
A. Tetrads: 4 back to back total lunar eclipses.
B. They will be seen in different parts of the world.
C. What significances in this upcoming Tetrads is that they occur on the feasts day of the Jews.
D. Jesus died in April 3, 33 AD. Blood moon visible in Jerusalem.
E. Jerusalem and temple destroyed in AD 70. Blood moon visible in Jerusalem on April 14 during Passover.
F. Picture of Blood Moons Illustrated.
- April 15, 2014, total eclipse. We in El Paso have a great viewing for the first of the 4 tetrads.A. http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/el-paso
B. Begins April 14, 10:55 pm, total eclipse begins at April 15 at 1:08 am during Passover.
C. Tetrads are seen in 300 year cycles. Then in about 300 years, they are not seen anymore. There are still blood moons.
D. For example, there are no tetrads from 1582 to 1908, but 17 tetrads occur during the following 2 and 1/2 centuries from 1909 to 2156. Summary, we are in the Tetrads cycle. But our focus is on Tetrads landing on Passover and Tabernacle.
23 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.
III. Understanding the seven feasts of Israel.
A. The word feast can mean an appointed sign. Appointment.
B. Seven: Picture Feasts of the Lord Chart
1. Sabbath: weekly
2. Passover: First Annual, Full Moon
3. First Fruits: Sunday
4. Pentecost: Sunday
5. Trumpets: New Moon
6. Day of Atonement: 10th day of 7th month
7. Tabernacles: Full Moon
C. First and last annual feast is Full Moon.
D. First and most important common denominator of all feasts is they require REST. Message, salvation would be by grace through faith and not of works.
E. The Six annual feasts and be grouped as Spring and Fall.
1 Cor 5:7
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
G. First fruits.
28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
I. Trumpet. We announce the good news.
J. Day of Atonement: we bring people to the cleansing blood of the Cross
K. Tabernacles: God dwells with us.
L. Last three fall feasts speak of the end of the age.
1 Cor 15:51-53
1 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
M. Last trumpet meant that there were trumpet sounds before the final one.
2 Cor 5:1-2
5 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
N. Earthy tabernacle. He is with us now, but we will fully experience his presence at the end when we have a permanent building
O. Months 8-12, no special Feasts.
P. Tabernacles is last feasts.
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
IV. Argue, what is so different about these tetrads? To help us understand what we might possible see in terms of world events, we must look back in last century and see some significant events.
A. “Punishment” rejection of the Messiah
B. “Wrath against this people.” Anti-Semitism
C. “Taken as prisoners” Jewish Diaspora.
D. “Until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Jews would get back their city.
E. May 14, 1948Israel declared itself as a nation.
F. War broke out immediately and ended in March just in time for the first tetrad landing on Passover and Tabernacles. Picture of 1949-1950 tetrad
- Israel took over West Jerusalem.
- Israel was accepted into the United Nations.
- Law of Return. All Jews can come to Israel.
G. Still the Gentiles ruled part of Jerusalem, until the 6th day War. Picture of 1967-1968 tetrad.
H. May 18, 1967 Arab radio. May 20 Syria joins. May 27 Egypt joins. May 30 Jordon joins to attack Israel.
I. Jerusalem was captured completely. It is in the hands of the Jews. (Jordanian King Hussein changed his mind about cease fire, and as a result, Israel captured East Jerusalem.)
V. Is it possible that the world will accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? While no nations accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it is ruled by Israel.
VI. Next week we look at the Book of Daniel and Revelation and learn how the restoration of the Jerusalem to Israel is a fulfilled prophecy.