A Blood Moon Rising 2014: Bad News for Israel?

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Can you disagree with a friend about a topic, idea or theory and still respect your friend’s opinion? Of course you can. Too often people (can I say this?) get their panties in a wad over their own ideas and can’t allow themselves to respectfully disagree on certain topics. Things will all ‘shake out’ in the end and we will know who was right then.

This article is in regards to a theory in which me and a good friend have had a few good laughs about who is right  and who is woefully wrong. As it turns out, I am right and my good friend is so painfully wrong my sides ache from laughter at his preposterous theory (tongue placed firmly in cheek). I will forgive him for being wrong though, and we will have a good laugh about it.

Do you believe lunar eclipses are omens of bad things to come? If you do, then you are in luck, or maybe in for some bad luck.

Some significant lunar eclipses are going to occur in the years 2014 and 2015.

What if some lunar eclipses happened on special holidays, would those eclipses hold special meaning or lead us to believe an especially significant event was about to happen?

What if you were celebrating your birthday with some friends. They were nice enough to throw you a party at your house and you are out in the front or back yard in the early evening. You look up through the trees and see a huge full moon that is about to go into an eclipse phase. Would you think this would be some sort of sign?

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What if the United States was celebrating its birthday, July 4th, and during the fireworks celebration there is an eclipse? Would that mean bad things for the U.S.?

The reason I’m asking these things is because of a theory (to be explained later) about some eclipses that will occur in the next two years. During the years 2014 and 2015 there will be four so-called ‘blood moon’ eclipses that fall on significant Jewish holidays.

I have a very good friend who believes in the theory so I share this with much respect to him and anyone else who is holding to the view that is put forth by Mark Biltz. Mr. Biltz is the man who has proposed the theory. I’ll let you do your own research on his ideas but I wanted to stir some thoughts in your mind and also to bring to memory the truth that we all need to allow some ‘wiggle room’ for our brothers and sisters as we look into the Scriptures. Some things are set in stone in regards to Bible interpretation. Other things we can allow for ‘wiggle room.’

Mark Biltz first came up with his theory several years ago. One suggestion from the theory proposed the idea that the Christian Church would have to be taken in the rapture to heaven by the year 2011. That of course didn’t happen, but there was some adjustment to the theory and now the expectancy is that there will be some major war or climatic event to happen in Israel around the timing of these eclipses. That part of the theory really hasn’t changed, but the timing of the rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation period had to be adjusted.

I bring all this up because Jack Kelley has just written a rebuttal article to the theory. You will notice he is respectful as well. I think that is important.

Anyway I wanted to pass the article along to you and my good friend and to anyone else who would like to do a little research into the blood moon eclipses of 2014 and 2015.

Below is the article from Jack Kelley

Clay Writer.

The Coming Blood Moons


I first wrote about the so-called blood moons five years ago. (For reasons I’ll explain below, total lunar eclipses are called blood moons.)  At the time a video series on the subject was being heavily marketed as revealing the date of the second coming. By now most people no longer believe that, but the series is still popular and since we’re getting closer to the time of their arrival I’ve been getting questions about the blood moons again.  So here’s an update.

As many of us already know there are some remarkable celestial events coming in 2014 and 2015.   There are two sets of lunar and solar eclipses that will take place on or near Jewish Feast dates.  There will be lunar eclipses on April 15 and October 8  in 2014 and on April 4 and September 28 in 2015.  What makes them remarkable is that in both these years the spring eclipses will come on Passover and the fall ones will come on the Feast of Tabernacles.

When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses the series is called a tetrad. While there will be 6 other tetrads during the 21st Century those in 2014 and 2015 are the only ones that will all come on Feast dates. We should note that of the 2014-15 Lunar eclipses only the last one (Sept. 28, 2015) will be visible from Israel, and then only partially.

But there’s more.  In 2015 there will also be two solar eclipses, and again one will come in the spring and the other in the fall.  The spring solar eclipse will take place on the first day of Israel’s religious year (Nisan 1) fourteen days before Passover, and the one in the fall will come on the first day of the civil year (Tishri 1) six months later, which is Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets.

Does This Happen Often?

Counting the ones in 2014-15 there will have been only 13 tetrads in the last 500 years and of those only 2 have previously come at the time of Jewish feasts. One was in 1949-50 and the other one was in 1967-68.  A tetrad being a series of four, that means we’re talking about eight total lunar eclipses.  Of those eight only the one in April 1950 was fully visible from Israel, four others were partially visible and the rest were not visible at all. (Since these are being touted as signs to Israel, you might wonder why they weren’t all visible there.)

The tetrad in 1949-50 began a year after Israel’s re-birth as a nation on May 14, 1948.  The one in 1967-68 began in April, about six weeks before the 6 day war that ended in the reunification of Jerusalem.  The proximity of these occurrences to watershed dates in Israel’s modern history leads some to believe that the tetrads coming in 2014-15 will be similarly important to Israel.

Personally I’m not as impressed with this as some others are.  Biblical history tells us God’s signs are clear and specific.  The Bethlehem star is a case in point. If you’ve ever tried to follow a star without the benefit of modern equipment, you know the fact that the Magi were able to follow it to Jerusalem from hundreds of miles away is impressive in itself, but then it led them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, a distance of only 5 miles.   According to Matthew 2:9-11 the star led them right to the house where the Lord’s family was staying. Could it be God?

Contrast that with the tetrads in 1949-50.  They weren’t specific to the event they were supposed to be heralding. God’s chosen people officially became a nation again after a 1900 year absence on May 14,1948 but the first eclipse in the tetrad didn’t appear until a year later.  Signs from Heaven are supposed to tell us that things are about to happen, not things that already have happened.  Proponents of this theory had to search through the records to find an event related to Israel’s history that would coincide with the date of the eclipse.  They chose the conversion of Israel’s provisional government to a permanent one.  Did God wait until then to provide a sign  because He was uncertain as to whether Israel would make it?  And did anyone on Earth recognize these events as signs from heaven at the time?   You could forgive Israel for not noticing.  For the most part the eclipses were not even visible there.

To prophecy students, the rebirth of Israel was a long awaited sign that the end times had begun, and everyone of them noticed it.  This is the sign God was sending us at that time, not a series of eclipses that arrived a year after the fact, and were only visible to some.

At least the first half of the 1967-68 tetrad bracketed the six day war that led to the reunification of Jerusalem, but again no one noticed it for 40 years.  That’s probably because neither of the 1967 eclipses was visible at all in Israel, and of the 1968 eclipses only the one in April was visible and then only partly so. Three out of the four could not be seen at all by the people for whom the sign was supposedly intended.

Some say the tetrads of 1949-50 and 1967-68 happened during two important wars in Israel, the war for independence and the six day war. They use this as support for predicting another important war for Israel in 2014-15.  This at least sounds plausible, even though the war of independence ended a month before the first of the 1949 eclipses occurred, and none of Israel’s other important wars happened during a series of eclipses. But there are three wars prophesied for Israel that have yet to happen, any  of which could easily take place between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015. Of course I’m referring to those prophesied in Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.

Is That Biblical?

But let’s look at what, if anything, the Bible says about this. The underlying support for the eclipse hypothesis is Genesis 1:14 where the King James translation reads,

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years;

To make the passage read more easily in English, the translators inserted the word “and” in several places in this verse. According to the interlinear Bible,  a more literal reading of verse 14 would go like this.

Let there be lights in the expanse of the heaven to separate the day from the night.  Let them be for signs; seasons, days, and years.

Inserting the additional articles makes the King James version look like the lights are for signs as well as to mark the seasons, days and years.  But I think the interlinear is closer to the original intent of  Genesis 1:14. The NIV translation agrees.  It reads,

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.

All this to say it’s not clear that Genesis 1:14 says one of the functions of the lights in the sky is to serve as signs of important events. This has to be read into the passage. Most likely it simply says the Sun and Moon enable man to keep track of time.

Second, the phrase “moon turned to blood” comes from Joel 2:31 which says this will happen before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:20.  In Rev. 6:12 we find another appearance of the “blood moon” phrase.  These three are the only such verses in the Bible and all seem to agree that a “blood moon” will appear sometime before the beginning of the Great Tribulation. But all three of these references also mention the Sun going dark at the same time.

Most of us know that the Moon doesn’t produce any light of its own. Light from the Moon originates on the Sun and is reflected to Earth.  You can’t have a lunar eclipse if the Sun is not producing any light, as is the case in Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, and Rev. 6:12.

Some explain this as being a case of a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse happening at the same time. But that’s impossible, too.  A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. As the light from the Sun bends around the Earth and passes through it’s atmosphere on the way to the Moon it takes on a reddish hue. During a total eclipse this will make the Moon appear to be dark orange in color, causing it to be called a blood moon.

But a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.  As the eclipse progresses the Moon will look like a black ball crossing the Sun. In a total solar eclipse all the Sun’s light will be blocked and both the Sun and the Moon will appear to have turned black.

Matt. 24:29, which speaks of the end of the Great Tribulation, says the Sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.  This event is also mentioned in Mark 13:24-25.   (In Luke 21:25 it’s referred to as signs in the sun, moon and stars.)  It’s what a total eclipse of the Sun looks like, although in this case I believe something much more permanent will be happening. I don’t think the Sun will ever come back, but will be replaced by the New Jerusalem.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it (Rev. 21:23-24).

Also, from any given location a lunar eclipse can only happen at night and a solar eclipse can only happen during the day.  For these reasons you can’t have a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse at the same time.

How Many Blood Moons Are There?

The Bible only mentions one “blood moon”, not a series. Nor does it mention a blood moon in connection with any event in world history except the one that will come in advance of the Great Tribulation.  All this means the celestial event spoken of in Joel 2:31 and repeated in Acts 2:20 and Rev. 6:12  is unlikely to be an eclipse of either the Sun or the Moon.  Clearly the appearance of a blood moon before the beginning of the Great Tribulation is intended to be a unique and unmistakable sign.

What’s Your Point?

In conclusion we can say that the mention of the sun and moon as signs in Genesis 1:14 probably refers only to keeping track of time.  We can also say that the past tetrads do not meet the test of a Biblical sign as exemplified by the star of Bethlehem or the blood moon of Rev. 6:12.  Further, tetrads are never mentioned in the Bible at all and therefore can’t be Biblically linked to any significant event in Israel’s history or future. And finally, the blood moon that will signal the coming Great Tribulation is a single sighting, not a tetrad, and most likely isn’t due to an eclipse at all because it’s impossible for solar and lunar eclipses to happen simultaneously.

Therefore, although there’s a high probability that something of prophetic significance will happen in or to Israel between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015, I don’t think the tetrads that will occur during that period can be viewed as a sign from God that this will be the case.

Amos 3:7 says, Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.  It’s still true that if you want to know everything the Lord has revealed about coming events, the best place to look is in the Bible. Natural occurrences can never substitute for the word of the prophets.  Selah 04-27-13

About Doug Drake

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9 Responses to A Blood Moon Rising 2014: Bad News for Israel?

  1. Hi Doug,

    Thanks for sharing the article. Jack makes some great points. Makes you wonder how these “signs” can be for Israel if they cannot even see them? Of course he left himself some wiggle room by saying there is a “high probability” something will happen during 2014-15. I would love to see Mr. Kelly use the same discernment with regards to his belief in the 7 year tribulation of Daniel 9.

    BTW I touched on this subject (7yr tribulation 2012-2019) in an Amazon book review I wrote for Tom Horns latest, Zenith 2016. He is reworking (updating :) his earlier book Appollyn Rising 2012. The review seems to have struck a cord.

    Regards,
    Bill

    • ddclaywriter says:

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for the comment.

      I’m not a big fan of the blood moon theory, but it was interesting when I first heard of it. I think you are talking about one of the important points that I have made, which is that the moons won’t even be over Israel. They just happen somewhere and somewhat close to the feast days. I see that as a bit of a stretch.

      you mention a 2012-2019 Tribulation period. is that something Jack Kelley proposed? I know he was strongly hinting at a 2011 rapture for a while.

      Is your review on the Appolyon book or his new one “Zenith 2016?

      I want to check out the comment and see what a fuss you have stirred up.

      Keep studying and keep stirring the pot. The truths are there to be discovered, but they won’t dig up themselves; someone has to grab the shovel.

      Doug

      • Hi Doug,

        The 2012-2019 date is Tom Horns in Zenith 2016. My review is on amazon for Zenith 2016.
        Hey, I’m a plumber and I’ve worn out more shovels than I ever will pens. :)

        Regards,
        Bill

  2. Ken says:

    Let me write a rebuttal of Jack Kelley’s rebuttal and encourage people not to put people like Jack Kelley on a pedestal, but to do your own homework.
    1. Jack has a problem with the eclipse’s not being visible from Israel, so therefore it can’t be a sign. I would say with modern software and technology, it is a sign because we can see a NASA report as easily as someone 2000 years ago can lookup and actually see the eclipse.
    2. Jack does a bunch of translation gymnastics to say that the created lights are not for signs. Then he states that the Bethlehem conjunction of planets and stars are a sign. Which one is it Jack, you can’t have it both ways!
    3. Jack has a problem with the eclipse not being on the very day of the event. Why did God use four blood red moons on feast days as a sign? The number 4 in the Bible represents Earthly completeness. There are 4 seasons, 4 directions, 4 kingdoms in Daniel, 4 soils that Jesus talks about, 4 witness (signs, wonders, miracles, Holy Spirit in Heb 2:4), etc. I believe there are 4 blood red moons because they point to 4 events for God’s plan of Earthly completeness. Peter talks about the first one, Jesus dying on the cross to bring the Kingdom to Earth. Joel talks about the last one right before the day of the Lord. We then have Israel becoming a nation and capturing Jerusalem. So we have, going from big to small, the kingdom going to the world, a nation, a city, and a temple. The exact events are bracketed between the 4 moons. What’s the big deal, get over it Jack!
    4. He makes an assumption that there will be three wars because of Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. There could be 3, 2 or 1 war. Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 could be one war as well as Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. Best not to generalize too much.
    5. Jack assumes the Sun going dark is a solar eclipse. If we read the Bible about Jesus’s crucifixion, we see that the Sun just went dark for a long period of time. There was no eclipse. But there was a lunar eclipse as Peter pointed out. So we have to assume Joel is talking about a lunar eclipse and a strange darkening of the Sun just like during the crucifixion before the day of the Lord. This is a big help so we don’t go off in the weeds like Jack did.
    6. Finally Jack agrees that “something” has a high probability of happening. My question is why, if he just spent so much time proving nothing should happen. The high probability of something happening is the day of the Lord, as the sixth seal describes in Revelation. That is the natural conclusion you come to if you read Joel and Revelation and see the pattern of the blood red moons. There is no Biblical basis for anything BUT that to happen.

    • ddclaywriter says:

      Hey Ken,

      We need to get together and talk about the end of the world. It’s gonna be here before we get to talk about it again.

      You’re throwing tomatoes at Jack and you might end up needing those to make some soup when the hyperinflation sets in.

      He’s just not a fan of the moons.

      You might get a room next to his up in heaven so be nice.

      • Ken says:

        Doug!

        We have to talk before hyperinflation/ obamacare/ civil war makes that hard to do. I don’t like tomatoes, that’s probably why I like throwing them. I don’t have a problem with Jack Kelley (I don’t know Jack). I’m just personalizing my response to the writer. I will apologize to him next time I see him (after 2016) or he will to me (Sept 24, 2014).

      • ddclaywriter says:

        Speaking of hyperinflation…I guess your president is going to nominate that lady who is supposed to make Bernanke look like a penny-pincher.

        she going to design some wallpaper rolls for everybody out of the extra 20 dollar bills she is going to print.
        No more need for bakes, just go to the wall and grab all the $ you need.

    • Thomas says:

      Ken
      Sun going dark can also come from Volcanic and EQ activity: I was reading some historical reports. Appreciated your rebuttal to Jack in its accuracy. So much to say after decades of research that I appreciated its simplicity.
      As for additional reference to ‘Timing’, there is a Vedic date found in the Shrimad Bhagavatam that many are becoming aware of based on the position of planets under the Jyotish system of Astrology which of course was the original source of future knowledge based on the alignment of planets and their corresponding transits (West grew out of the East) ). As you may know, not only the Christian West, but the Middle East ( Judaism, Islam and the coming Messiah, Imam Mahdi respectively ) along with the Vedic East (awaiting the arrival of the Kalki Avatar) or the Buddhist’s (return of the Maitreya;Buddhism is a denomination of the Vedic Hindu religion ), all have extensive sutras on the prophetical events to happen (Puranas, Hadith’s et al.). When you combine what these religions say (eschatology), you get the global picture of all that is to happen since each of the religions speak to their own people about what, when, how and why (again, based on the many forthcoming signs scripturally found from each perspective ). For the record, the picture is the same but with some differences since we live in a world of different cultures (Gentile vs Jews vs Muslims vs Hindus and the Far East ).
      However, if you believe in Jesus as the one and only door to salvation ( I am thinking of the many times Larry King – CNN – would bring together scriptural scholars for each of the religions in a discussion of merit ), well then it will not matter what other societies say on the subject on God’s return. But, if it’s True that God is one ( and helped the people of this world through both the scriptures and prophets ), then we can avail ourselves and maybe benefit from additional scriptural texts with Divine Origin, in the hopes of gaining greater clarity on a very profound subject – Christ’s Return. While I am thinking about it, a good example often debated is the question of Pre-Tribulation Rapture. If you take a ‘Comparative Religion’ approach, then the answer becomes quite simple and there is no debate ( McTernan, acclaimed author and Pre-Trib exponent, his propositions – suppositions – would melt away ) .
      Respectfully
      Thomas

  3. There is both some truth and a fundamental flaw in treatment of this whole subject. For some perspectives you won’t find elsewhere see: “The Red Moons Controversy: Apocalypse or Not?”
    wp.me/p4kNWg-1n

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