PROPHECY UPDATE — APRIL 2014
BLOOD MOONS
REAL ID ACT

 

This update will focus (1) on the four blood moons phenomena, which shouldn't be ignored by Christians, and (2) the Real ID Act of 2005, which began April 21, 2014 though but most Americans are not aware.  

BLOOD MOONS
 
April 2014 began a new series of four total lunar eclipses or "blood moons" (two in 2014, two in 2015).   A blood moon occurs when the moon appears red due to lunar eclipses.  Light dispersed from the earth's sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of a full moon at mid-eclipse, often appearing as copper or red in color.   While lunar eclipses are not uncommon, they rarely appear in a successive series of four, meaning no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons).   When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a lunar tetrad.  Consider the odds of these four successive blood moons also falling on the Lord's Feast days (or Jewish Feast days) as outlined in Leviticus 23.

According to NASA, there have been 62 of these blood moon tetrads since the birth of Christ (what NASA calls the beginning of the Common Era–1 C.E. or 1 A.D.), but what they won't mention is how often these tetrads have occurred in conjunction with Jewish Feast days.  Four successive blood moons on Jewish Feast days have occurred only seven times since the birth of Christ.  The eighth time began April 15, 2014, and the series ends with the 4th eclipse on September 28, 2015 as a "super moon" which is the moon's closest encounter with earth all year, and the largest full moon of the year.  Prophecy scholars contend that such events are used as a sign by the Lord as described in Genesis 1:14, "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.'"  According Jewish Rabbinic tradition, a full eclipse or red moon is a sign that "the sword is coming to the whole world".  When a red moon falls on a Feast day, it is a sign for Israel specifically, but also a sign of judgment to the world generally. 


 
While these blood moons are not specifically Biblical events, a growing number of Bible prophecy researchers suggest something significant (war, political chaos, etc.) will happen during or soon following all four blood moons, which, in turn will impact Israel and the world.  This has set off a chain reaction of debate and discussion.  Some commentators consider the blood moons as just passing stellar events, yet others consider these tetrads as an important prophetic signs.  This is due, in part, to the history surrounding these tetrads, specifically when they occur in conjunction with the Lord's Feasts.  As noted in the chart below, there were significant events which directly impacted (1) the Jewish people and (2) the geopolitical climate surrounding the Jewish people, all within a year of the first or last eclipses of the tetrads.  Take a look below at the past seven tetrad events: 
 

1.  162-163 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles; coincided at the height of the worst persecution of Jews and Christians in the history of the Roman Empire.  Thousands were martyred in Rome's arenas.  Rome was suddenly flooded by the Tiberas River in the spring of 162 AD, leading to severe famine and a plague that killed 1/3 of the Roman Empire's population.  Prophetic significance:  Jews remain scattered.

2.  795-796 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur; coincided with King Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire establishing a buffer zone between France and Spain which halted Islamic invasions into Western Europe.   This was a key turning point in spread of Christianity in Europe and stability of Jews in the region.  Prophetic significance:  Jews remain scattered.

3.  842-843 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur; coincided with the break-up of the Carolingian Empire in Europe, weakening the position of Jews in Europe and setting the stage for their future persecution.  This also led to Rome being sacked and the Vatican being looted by Islamic armies.  Prophetic significance:  Jews remain scattered.

4.  860-861 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles; coincided with the Greeks of the Byzantine Empire permanently stopping the Islamic invasion of Eastern Europe.  This kept Islam confined to Asia Minor and the Middle East, allowing the continued spread of Christianity in Europe, thus allowing Jews to live in relatively security.   Prophetic significance:  Jews remain scattered.

5.  1493-1494 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets; coincided with the Spanish Inquisition when the King of Spain ordered all Jews to leave the country.   The Jews had settled in the region about 200 AD and thus Spain became a second Jewish homeland.  This also coincided with Christopher Columbus' discovering of America, which is home today for more than 5 million Jews outside IsraelProphetic significance:  Jews remain scattered.

6.  1949-1950 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles; coincided with (1) the rebirth of Israel as an independent nation on May 14, 1948, (2) the winning of the Israeli War for Independence and the first official permanent government on January 25th, 1949, and (3) the Knesset passing the "Law of Return" on July 5, 1950 which gave Jews the right to settle in Israel and obtain citizenship .   Prophetic significance:  Jews regathered, Israel a nation.

7.  1967-1968 AD

Occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles; coincided with the "6-Day War" of June 5-10, 1967 with Israel retaking of Jerusalem and capturing critical portions of land including  Judea, Samaria, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.  Prophetic significance:  Jews regathered, Israel a nation, Jerusalem regained.

8.  2014-2015 AD

Occurs on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.  Potential events:  War with Syria or Iran?  Psalm 83 war?  Isaiah 17?  A peace treaty with the Palestinians?  An announcement that the Temple will be rebuilt?


As Christians, we should understand that these occurrences aren't meant to be interpreted as specific scriptural or Bible prophecy events; however, the prophetic impact on the Church and Israel cannot be ignored here.  The chart above indicates these blood moon events played a part in the movement of the scattered Jews, including their return to their homeland. 

When major astronomical events take place, we often turn to the Bible for validation since Jesus Christ himself said, referring to the days before His Second Coming, "And there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven" ... "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars ..." Luke 21:11, 25.  The term "blood moon" is a very recent term used by Christians, not Jews.  Christians get this from the Bible passages in Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12 (all of which are describing judgment).   Do not confuse these blood moons with the rapture or events of the tribulation period.  If you are reading this, you are still here, and those events are yet future!

Five books and numerous articles have been written about the significance of the four blood moons, and the most popular book has been Pastor Mark Biltz's "Blood Moons, Decoding The Imminent Heavenly Signs".  Other popular books are from authors Mark Hitchcock, John Hagee and Luis Vega:

Leviticus 23 is the single chapter in the Bible where the Lord revealed the nature and timing of the seven annual Feasts.  The Jews believe the Feasts are prophetic and reveal great truth about the plans and counsel of the God of Israel.  Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish Feasts and celebrations were a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ.  Briefly described below are the Feasts and their relationship to Christians.  The Feasts are divided between spring and fall.  Four are in the spring, three are in the fall.

Spring:
1.  Passover (Pesach) – Nisan (first month of the Hebrew calendar, March–April on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the death of Jesus Christ)
2.  Unleavened Bread (Chag Hamotzi) – Nisan (first month of the Hebrew calendar, March–April on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the burial of Jesus Christ)
3.  First Fruits (Yom habikkurim) – Nisan (first month of the Hebrew calendar, April–May on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the resurrection of Christ)
4.  Pentecost (Shavu'ot) – Sivan (third month of the Hebrew calendar, May–June on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the descent of the Holy Spirit & the birth of the Church)

Fall:
5.  Trumpets (Yom Teru'ah & Rosh Hashanah) – Tishri (seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, September–October on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the rapture of the Church)
6.  Atonement (Yom Kippur) – Tishri (seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, September–October on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the Second Coming of Jesus Christ)
7.  Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Tishri (seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, September–October on the Gregorian calendar; pictures the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ)

Christians should not be surprised by upcoming world events, perhaps major events, with Israel at the center of it all, particularly in the coming months or next couple of years.  We can view these events as further evidence that we are truly living in the last days, perhaps the very last of days!


REAL ID ACT

The Real ID Act of 2005 was implemented April 21, 2014.  There was little or no mention of this in the media.  Until recently, many people (including some in the media) had stated the Act was all but dead.  Surprise, surprise...the Act was only delayed, until now.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that enforcement will be in phases, giving states a year to create national standards for state issued driver's licenses and identification cards so they may be used to board commercial aircraft and access certain high-security federal facilities.  For example, citizens of the United States will no longer be able to enter the Department of Homeland Security headquarters building without a Real ID compliant driver's license (Gold Star) or another acceptable federal ID document such as military ID cards or passports.  Since a majority of states have not complied, many citizens simply won't be allowed to visit certain federal facilities.


The key issue with the Act is the mandatory biometric data (facial recognition) obtained when a photo is taken.  Also known as "biometric enrollment", every person's facial data is placed into a national and global system of identification (registry) that will eventually permanently link their body to their ability to buy, sell, travel and work.  Currently 3/4 of the countries in the world have or are implementing biometric enrollment.  The remaining countries are soon to come aboard, and according to Julian Ashbourn, head of the International Biometrics Foundation, has stated "we need a global agency with global powers over all biometric IDs".  Sound familiar?  Read Revelation 13.  A number of states have filed lawsuits claiming their constitutions are being violated by the Act, and religious organizations claim that being enrolled into any type of an international system of identification is a violation of their beliefs.  If the government gets their way, every state will be issuing biometric IDs very soon.  Welcome to the end-times!

Looking up,

Tim Osterholm

SoundChristian.com


 
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