Friday, November 7, 2008

Blood Moons

A lot of folks have been inquiring if blood moons have any meaning in Bible prophecy. Mark Biltz has presented a scenario concerning the return of Jesus Christ coinciding with some eclipses (called "blood moons" because of the reddish tinge an eclipse will color a celestial object) that should somewhat occur during the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles of 2015.

We've read a lot of commentary on the subject of blood moons, and Dr. Reagan believes the following article "Our Itching Ears" by Jack Kelley posted on his site Grace Thru Faith best states the position Lamb & Lion Ministries feels about the subject.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

Today there's yet another case of Messianic fever upon us, and it has to do with what I call the Blood Moon Scenario. In the year 2015 there will be back to back full lunar eclipses on Passover and Tabernacles. Each will be preceded by a Solar Eclipse, the only such heavenly display in the 21st Century. These tandem eclipses also occurred as Israel was being born in 1948 and as Jerusalem was being captured in 1967.

Some are teaching that this points to a return of the Lord in September of 2015, based again on an incorrect interpretation of Scripture. They're claiming that Ezekiel 40:1 says that the Lord will return on the 10th day of the first month, and are using Israel's civil calendar to call that day September 23, 2015, 5 days before the day of the final lunar eclipse, as the day to which Ezekiel was pointing.

I think these teachers are disregarding several facts. To start with, Ezekiel was trained as a priest and always used the religious calendar which begins in the Spring. God Himself ordained this change from a fall New Year to a Spring one in Exodus 12. The first month is March, not September.

The biggest problem might be that although Matt. 24:29 says that a darkened sun and moon will mark the end of the Great Tribulation, the Lord clearly said that believers on Earth at the time will not know the day or hour of the 2nd Coming (Matt. 24:42, 44, 25:13.) Back to back solar and lunar eclipses would seem to dispute those statements. More likely the sun and moon will appear to be darkened because of the smoke and particulates in the air from all the destruction.

And in order for the Lord to return in 2015, Daniel's 70th Week will have to commence in September of 2008. That means Israel will have to experience a national conversion and place themselves back into the Old Covenant relationship they enjoyed in the Old Testament. (Today only about one in four Israelis admits to being a religious Jew.) Then they'll have to make an official decision to build a Temple in Israel, knowing that it will most assuredly spark an unprecedented level of outrage among their Moslem neighbors in the Middle East, and in much of the world in general. Then a leader with sufficient clout in the world community will have to come to their rescue and enforce a 7 year contract that permits this.

I think the Temple can actually be built anytime in the first half of Daniel's 70th Week. But in order for the 2015 Blood Moon Prophecy to come true we'll need to see a major shift in Israel's attitude toward God immediately for the 70th Week to begin. At this writing, that leaves less than two months for 5 million Israeli Jews to suddenly become religious and agree to put themselves under the Law.

What would it take for that to happen? Something truly miraculous, for sure. I believe Ezekiel 39:22 tells us that God's victory over Israel's enemies will accomplish just that. But forget about the false peace and unwalled villages. Can Ezekiel's battle be mobilized, fought and won in less than 30 days?

In conclusion, I don't believe these teachers have done their homework, and are causing more harm than good. "Scholarship" like this would never be tolerated in the secular community and those who proposed it would be laughed to scorn. But Christians are so anxious for the Messiah that we'll accept anything that helps us believe he's coming soon. And most of us don't know enough about the Bible to be discerning.

Please believe me when I say I think He's coming soon too, and hope with all my heart that I'm right. But I'm not going to let that hope cloud my judgment or cause me to ignore what the Bible teaches. Advocates of this hypothesis are very popular right now and they've got a lot of people excited. But it's only because they're saying what our itching ears want to hear, not because they're right. Who knows how many will have their faith in the accuracy of God's word shaken this time?

13 comments:

Billy said...

Blog posts such as this one emphasize the critical need for ministries such as Lamb & Lion. We have in Lamb & Lion a trusted source of knowledge from people who have been studying Bible prophecy for decades. This empowers those of us who are not scholars and don't have decades of study to benefit from their work. Please take a moment to pray for Lamb & Lion Ministries and give thanks to God for this resource.

Anonymous said...

Would this mean that the coming of the Lord would be much later than 2015? Since there are that many Jews that do not belief?

Nathan Jones said...

No, it just means we don't know when Jesus will return exactly.

The Ezekiel 38-39 Gog/Magog Russia/Iran invasion that should occur near the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation when God miraculously defeats those nations should have an incredible spiritual impact on the Jewish people. Still, when Christ returns at the end of the Tribulation, only a third of the Jews will believe in Jesus as their Messiah, so I don't believe what will happen will not be a national conversion to Christianity, but rather deeper into a Judaism that continues to deny their Messiah is Jesus Christ.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nathan. Would the Rapture bring more Jews to believe in Jesus?

Billy said...

I'm not answering for Nathan, just commenting that I told a Jewish friend about the Rapture and a brief overview of end times Bible prophecy. She had never heard of this but told me that if this disappearence of Christians happens and she is here to see it, she would believe in the Lord. So if Jews are aware of the Rapture then perhaps some may believe after the event.

Anonymous said...

Would the temple need to be built before the Rapture?

Nathan Jones said...

We do know that God sets apart 144,000 believing Jews after the Rapture to be witness/missionaries throughout the earth (Rev. 7:4-8; 141-5:).

The Temple will most likely be involved somehow in the agreement between Israel and the Antichrist, placing its reconstruction during the Tribulation.

Anonymous said...

There are days when it seems the Rapture is so close and then there are days it seems so far away. I find myself feeling real low on the days that it seem so far away.

Nathan Jones said...

It is good that we have encouragement and hope knowing that God is going to Rapture the Church. But, we as Christians cannot dwell on the Rapture. God has work for us to do in the meantime. Concentrating on that work and the busyness will keep one's mind focuses on God's will for our life in the here and now.

paul said...

i've been studying this 2015 scenario for some time and still believe there may be something to it - although i concede that to do so would mean to rethink the issue of the timing of the rapture, and to accept that the length of the Tribulation period may not be as long as the 70th week, and to accept that the Daniel 9:27 covenant with many has already occurred! - well, I'm just tossing this around with the Lord - there are a lot of Christian teachers with varying endtime scenarios out there and as a lay person I'm just trying to think them all through - God bless :o)

Anonymous said...

It is so comforting to know that we have ministries such as Lamb and Lion to look to for the truth. There are so many people that just do not know the truth. Thanks Lamb and Lion for doing a spectacular job of always teaching from God's word!

misslinda said...

I believe the 2015 blood red moon will be an event related specifically to the Jewish people because they used a lunar calendar.

IH2 said...

The 2015 Feast of Tabernacles Lunar Eclipse is the only one of the four eclipses of 2014 and 2015 that will be visible in Jerusalem. All the others will occur on the other side of the world when it is day time in Israel. The one that is visible will climax about an hour before dawn, going into full eclipse and reamaining that way until almost the moment of the dawn. If viewed from the Mount of Olives, the moon in full eclipse will settle over the Temple Mount and over the City of Jerusalem before it goes over the western horion at sunrise. Symbolic? Perhaps. I don't know what to read into it, but that is how it will happen. This information is generally not in the public domain, but the exact times a positions of the moon during the eclipse can be calculated using an Excel spreadsheet on the NASA site discussing eclipses. If this is not the return of the Lord, it would at least be a very interesting and fascinating spectacle to behold: breaking dawn upon Jerusalem as viewed from the Mount of Olives with the Moon setting over the city in full ruddy red eclipse.