In the recent past, we installed an entry on “The Harbinger.” This recent eschatological tome was correct on predicting God’s judgment on the sins of nations but the book was very dogmatic, attempting to show specific parallel modes of judgment on both Israel and the United States of America, through quoting Old Testament passages and applying them to the United States. Keep in mind that prophecy books sell, and frankly that is why many of them are written. If one carefully studies, for instance, the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, the Book of Revelation, along with the abundance of prophetic material throughout the Word of God, they will come out on top. Compare scripture with scripture, and BEWARE of date setters of any sort.
What of the new craze on the so called “Four Blood Moons?” Two authors are endorsing this brand new theme– the well known John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and Mark Blitz. Mark Blitz has a 188 page book called “Blood Moons, Decoding The Imminent Heavenly Signs.” Did you observe the “warning flare” word in the title that discerning Christians should see? It is the word “decoding.” We seek the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Word of God. (II Timothy 2:15) The Pharisees could not understand the parables of Christ, because they did not belong to Him. THERE ARE NO ESOTERIC MESSAGES NEEDING DECODING ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE. But again, this sells books. There is something in man’s fallen nature that wants to figure it all out before it happens, and God is saying “….. no can do.” The term “blood moons” has just been coined because of the celestial event coming up during the next 17 months. There will be four lunar eclipses between April 15, 2014 and September 28, 2015. I know some folks who stayed up late a couple of weeks ago in order to watch the moon hide from the sun behind the earth. I did not, and enjoyed the rest God gave me (Psalm 127:2). Well, this event is happening a few more times before next year is over, and some people are attempting to tie this in with Joel 2:31, Daniel, Matthew 24:29-30, and the Book of Revelation. The authors point out that the eclipses fall on Jewish holy days, including Passover and Sukkot. The problem is that the Jewish people do not even have a temple at this time. Furthermore, there is no Israelite allegiance on a national level to the Old Testament Law (Torah) whatsoever. Another problem is that we are still in the church age, whereas there is no prophetical calendar of upcoming events. Most Christians believe that the rapture of the church is the next event in God’s prophetic time table, and no one knows when it will occur. I would also suggest that these lunar eclipses are not rarities, and a similar configuration will happen in about twenty more years. Also, who has ever heard anyone call a lunar eclipse a “blood moon?” Why is the term used? Joel 2:31 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the terrible day of the Lord come.” (KJV) Joel, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is NOT speaking of an hour long eclipse. He is speaking of the end times judgment. Let us obtain even clearer revelation from Matthew 24:29-30 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all of the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (KJV) Notice that this does not happen until AFTER the tribulation period. Notice that the stars are falling from heaven and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Notice in verse 30 that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming during this end time event! No, these lunar eclipses are small potatoes in my view, and I plan to sleep through the next three unless they are at a time that fits my schedule such as prior to 11 PM. Beware of those who would attempt to make Bible prophecy match their “private interpretation.” II Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (KJV) I am sure that like me, you probably never even heard of the term “blood moon,” until it was recently coined in order to attempt to match four eclipses with the Word of God. When the moon truly turns to blood and judgment is at the gates, the heavens will be shaken and people will see the Lord coming in judgment. THAT, my friend, is the “blood moon” of the Holy Scriptures. There will be no missing this event. Maranatha, Pastor Steve
Note: There is a scientific phenomena whereby the moon does actually turn blood red. It requires the needed elements to be present in the atmosphere, and it is a rare event. Perhaps this will be God’s method of orchestrating the events of Joel 2:31 and Matthew 24:29-30. Also, Mark Blitz emphasizes that the Israelites are on the very brink of building their long awaited temple. This has been an often repeated theme ever since the Israelites repossessed the Holy Land in 1948, and when it does finally happen, many Christians believe it will usher in the tribulation period, and once again commence God’s prophetic time clock with the nation of Israel. Another repeated teaching he strikes on, are the so called planetary, solar system and even galactic alignments (our Milky Way galaxy) of heavenly bodies. These galactic alignments were also brought up pronouncedly in 2012 when references were also made to the Mayan calendar: that since the calendar ended, so would the age in which we are living. I think Mark Blitz may have “borrowed” from that idea. Nothing significant of course happened.