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Four Blood Moons - Brock and Bodie Thoene

 
The following is a blog from Brock and Bodie Thoene's website : http://www.thoenebooks.com/
 
WHAT WISE MEN SEE—THE FIRST OF FOUR BLOOD MOONS
April 15, 2014
by
Brock and Bodie Thoene


The very next full moon of this year…this year’s Passover moon, in fact…will present the first of a series of four lunar eclipses in the next 18 months. Coming at six month intervals, this unique procession in the heavens falls now, then in October, 2014, April, 2015 and late September, 2015. A sequence of four related lunar eclipses is called a Tetrad.

The term ‘blood moon’ relates to the fact that many lunar eclipses are colored from pale red to dusky red to crimson at full eclipse. The phrase is something of a misnomer, since not all eclipses of the moon show much color at all. In any case, the phrase ‘blood moon’ has come to be applied to all lunar eclipses, even though we can’t say how ‘red’ it will be until it arrives.
The scriptural basis for expecting significance in lunar eclipses is found in  Joel’s prophecy about the end times, recorded in Joel 2:31 (and quoted by Peter in Acts 2:20) “The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon will be turned to blood before that great and terrible Day of the Lord arrives.”
This is a good place for us to stop and remind you that when we write about signs in the heavens, we are NOT practicing astrology. We do, however, fully believe Genesis 1:14-19 in which God says that the lights in the sky are for, ‘signs, seasons, days and years.’ We also believe and rely on the words of Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens tell the glory of God. The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known.”

It should be pointed out that lunar eclipses are not rare. They occur whenever the shadow of the earth intersects the path of the moon through the sky (Remembering that the moon and the earth are about a quarter of a million miles apart, which is why eclipses don’t happen every month)

Nor is the occurrence of eclipses of the moon coming in pairs all that unusual. You can think of the path of the moon as a dividing line in the sky. The earth’s shadow falls sometimes above it and sometimes below it. Pictured in that way it’s easy to see that eclipses should happen in pairs…once on the ‘upswing’ and again on the ‘downswing.’

What increases the significance of the series of celestial events beginning this April 15th is that there are FOUR of them, following each other at six month intervals. What’s more, notice that they all occur on pairs of Jewish religious holidays: Passover, Tabernacles, Passover again and Tabernacles again.

Such a grand parade of heavenly signs has happened before, and tetrads are often associated with important events: the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Columbus’ voyages to the New World, the miraculous rebirth of Israel, and the Jewish recapture of the Temple Mount and east Jerusalem.  ALL of them have extraordinary significance to God’s Original Chosen People.

Enough has been written about those connections, particularly by our good friend, Messianic Pastor Mark Biltz, that we will not explore them again here. We do suggest that you view a whole series of YouTube videos by Mark, and check out his book: Blood Moons—Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.

What we want to delve into are the OTHER sights in the sky at the time of this eclipse. The moon…regarded by Jews as the emblem of the Holy Spirit…will be directly between the constellations of the Virgin and the Scales (or Balances) on the night of the eclipse.

What’s more, it won’t be alone. The light of a full moon washes out the other sights in the heavens. But during an eclipse other heavenly lights again become visible.

That’s especially significant this time.  Mars (known as ‘the Adam’ or ‘the Son of Man’ to Hebrew speakers) will be near the heart of the Virgin. In fact it’s very near the star named Porrima…the Atonement Star…exactly where it was over 2000 years ago, on the night we believe the Angel Gabriel announced Jesus’ conception to His mother.

But that’s not all. On the other side of the moon, deep in the center of the Scales, is Saturn…Shabbatai…the Lord of the Sabbath.
The Holy Spirit moon appearing between Mars and Saturn reminds us that though Jesus was the God-Man, He performed His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit that comes to us as believers, enabling us to do the works of Jesus.
There’s also this connection: When challenged by the Pharisees about breaking the strict observance of the Sabbath rules Jesus replied, “For I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:8)  In other words, having Mars and Saturn appear in the sky should remind us that The Son of Man (Jesus) is Lord of the Sabbath (the Christ)
This arrangement of planets and constellations should also put you in mind of several other Biblical references. For instance: At Belshazzar’s feast, Daniel interpreted part of the supernatural handwriting in the Babylonian palace to mean, “You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.”(Daniel 5:27)  When any man’s sins and failures and shortcomings are laid on one side of the pan balance, there is NO sacrifice big enough to even the score, except when the Lord of the Sabbath put His own life on the scale.

Now let’s see if we can put it all together: The Son of God came to earth as a Man, but born of a Virgin. We see the reminder of this fact in the heavens. We also see that He will come again to judge the living and the dead. He will weigh up any good, any righteousness that a man can claim for himself. Of course, ‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ It’s only by the intervention of the Lord Himself, the Lord of the Sabbath, that any of us will be saved.

And what about the moon being turned to blood?  Very simply put, it’s a reminder that however long the Lord tarries before the judgment…the delay will not last forever! In this present age, we have the light of the Holy Spirit to point all the lost toward a relationship with Jesus. But soon the returning Lord of the Sabbath will demand an accounting from each and every one of us. When the moon’s light is darkened, the reality of the return of the Son of Man as the Lord of the Sabbath is revealed. That reminder is exactly why the sky on this April 15th was created and ordained from the beginning of time. To whom among your friends and family have you resisted speaking of your faith? What are you waiting for?

Blessings in the Name of Jesus the Messiah,

Bodie and Brock


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