By Lisa DeClue (aggregated from myriad sources)
February 24, 2015 (Updated July and August, 2015)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times (seasons), and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
In Hebrew, the word here (signs and seasons) is “mo’ed” (Strong’s 4150) and is accurately translated as “an appointed time” or “divine appointment,” especially related to “sacred seasons” or Feast days. This same Hebrew word is translated into English in Leviticus 23 as “feast”
(seasons) where it talks about the “Feasts of the Lord.” So the Jewish Feasts are divine appointments, specific times of year, days and hours.
That there are eclipses on several Jewish feast days is not rare; however, tetrads with the same correspondence to Jewish festivals are indeed more rare: (162–63 AD, 795–96, 842–43, and 860–61).
Expulsions of Jews occurred in France (1182), in Switzerland (1622), and a number of other European nations during the Middle Ages, so why is the expulsion from Spain significant? My belief is that it brought about the “discovery” of the New World by Jews. The tetrads of 1493–94, 1949–50, and 1967–68 had the same characteristics, and were associated with significant events in Jewish history – Columbus’ voyage, the establishment of the Jewish State (Israel), and the Six Day War.
In Simon Weisenthal’s book, “Sails of Hope,” he argues that Columbus’ voyage was motivated by a desire to find a safe haven for the Jews in light of their expulsion from Spain. However, the studies of Carol Delaney of Stanford University led her to believe that Columbus was a deeply religious man whose purpose was to sail to Asia to obtain gold in order to finance a crusade to take back Jerusalem and rebuild the Jews’ holy temple.
I agree with Delaney. Columbus’ voyage was funded by two Jews who converted to Catholicism to avoid death, and the wealth left in Spain by fleeing Jews. Louis de Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez advanced an interest free loan of 17,000 ducats from their own pockets to help pay for the voyage. Another prominent Jew, Don Isaac Abrabanel, who was a rabbi and Jewish statesman, also donated towards the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Is it any surprise that the United States has the largest Jewish population on earth, standing at 6.6 million? Israel presently has 6.1 million Jews living within her borders. Herein lies a correlation of prophetic signs between ancient Israel and her people, and America.
The Shemitah is the Sabbath year, the last of seven years, and a year to let the land rest as described in Deuteronomy. On the last day of the Shemitah, all debt is released and property goes back to original owners. It should be a blessing; but, when the nation turns away from God, it becomes a judgment.
According to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn (author of The Harbinger, and The Shemitah), for every 7th year left uncorrected (when the people broke God’s law), the Shemitah becomes a SIGN of Judgment. Israel experienced it as a forced separation from the land for 70 years during the Babylonian captivity. There were 70 years they neglected the Shemitah, so for 70 years the land rested, and the consequence was that the people were taken from the land into captivity by an enemy empire.
So if we look at all the shemitim (plural form), the 50th years are super shemitim, or Jubilee years. 2015 is the 70th Jubilee.
The Shemitah becomes a judgment because the nation has (1) driven God out of its life (broken the covenantal laws), (2) they put economics and their sinful lives first, and (3) it also holds the timing of the judgement. Rabbi Cahn’s point is that America has done the same things (1-3), paralleling ancient Israel, and so the Shemitah is tied to us; therefore we can expect the same results, specifically in the nation’s financial realm.
The 2001 Shemitah followed this parallel pattern:
• 9/11 happened in 2001
• This triggered the stock market crash on 29 Elul 5761
• The plunge was 7%.
The pattern continued with the 2008 Shemitah. The American Recession began in a single week in 2008 with the fall of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers. That week was the 7th year anniversary of the first shaking, or the first calamity, 9/11. It involved the wiping away of mortgages and debt. What was the pinnacle day of the biggest market crash in history? It happened on the 29th day of Elul 5768, the exact day ― September 29, 2008― the market hit bottom. Wall Street crashed 777 points, the largest crash in history. There are no coincidences regarding the promises of God, be they blessings or judgments.
The economic drop and ensuing recession were devastating to many sectors of American society, and did not portend well for the future. The last days of August, 2015, have seen China’s stock market crash, only to rebound as well, as a 1,000 point drop and subsequent rise of the DOW in the U.S. This is where we see the connection with the blood moons: the judgment has come upon the U.S. because of our apostasy. We have thrown God out entirely from our pillars of society ― education, politics, and the public square. Many in the Christian arena feel that the “crowning jewel” in this devastating dive toward depravity is the June 2015 SCOTUS opinion which effectively allows same-sex marriage.
In an article for Western Journalism, Steve Baldwin discusses what this decision means:
The Obergefell decision was perhaps the most fraudulent Supreme Court decision in US history. The logic was non-existent, the arguments were phony, and the decision itself was a totally political one that, as Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “…has no basis in the constitution or this court’s precedents.” And the ramifications of this decision are disturbing, with significant impact on children, on American culture, on the institution of marriage and on the First Amendment rights of Americans — in particular churches, Christian-owned business, and religious schools. Justice Samuel Alito warned that the decision will be used to oppress the faithful “by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
Luckily for us, there’s nothing in our founding documents that prevents the States from ignoring or nullifying an unjust decision. SCOTUS cannot “interpret” an issue that wasn’t addressed in the Constitution, nor where the Founders remained silent. Baldwin suggests the only instance of homosexuality is mentioned by the State and local authorities regarding the crime of “sodomy,” to which harsh penalties were attached. Also, marriage was instituted by God, not human law, so there’s no right to define it by civil means.
To our detriment, most Americans no longer understand that the Founders never gave the court power to create policy; thus, we have the erroneous idea that the Supreme Court “trumps” the other two branches. Congress never ceded them this power, regardless of Marbury vs. Madison. Finally, concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the 14th Amendment has nothing to do with this issue, has to do with giving blacks full citizenship, and was ratified in 1868 when no one knew what homosexual marriage was. So the major nail in the coffin of religious liberty is a specious argument, politically motivated, and actually an unconstitutional “co-optation into straight society” (Andrew Sullivan, New Republic, 1989).
In this way, the horrendous situation Christians find themselves in is the marked beginning of the Tribulation in the U.S. I believe we are living on the cusp of what’s called the Parenthetical Period (the “gap” between Daniel 9:26 and 9:27) of Daniel’s 70th week (verses 24-27). The sign of the beginning of the Tribulation is when Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel and rebuilds the Temple (Daniel 9:27).
The Prophecy of the Moon Turning to Blood
There are two prophecies in particular foretelling the moon will be turned to blood in the end time.
• Joel 2:30-31 states: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (see also Acts 2:20).
• Revelation 6:12 also prophesies that the moon will become as blood: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
The question, then, is whether these verses refer to the same event.
2014-15 Blood Moons
There are two lunar eclipses this year in the current tetrad. Their significance involves four lunar eclipses (and a single solar eclipse in the middle) within a period of eighteen months:
April 15, 2014 (Passover)
October 8, 2014 (Sukkot)
April 4, 2015 (Passover)
September 28, 2015 (Sukkot)
There have been 55 tetrads since the time of Jesus. But there have only been ten that were connected directly to the Jewish feasts; thus, you can see how rare they truly are! The last blood moon of the current tetrad will be seen in Jerusalem. That’s less than one set every 200 years.
Mark Blitz is the man responsible for bringing the blood moon tetrad connection with the feasts to the public’s attention and author of “ Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.” He explains that God doesn’t change, and He is a God of order. It makes sense that if He fulfilled the spring feasts to the day with His first coming, that it follows He would fulfill the fall feasts to the day with His second coming.
These are the three fall feasts that will be fulfilled when Messiah comes:
• The Feast of Trumpets (The 7 Trumpets, Rev. 8:7 – 11:19)
• Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
• Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkot (When God tabernacles – dwells – with man for a thousand years).
Pastor Blitz believes one of the most significant signs of the “beginning of the last week of Daniel’s prophesied 70th week,” is a report that the United Nations will impose a Palestinian state in September. Following the agreement with Iran, France has begun pressuring the United States to reverse its previous opposition to a resolution in the United Nations Security Council establishing a Palestinian state. The most likely scenario of the timing is after the beginning of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly – which begins on Sept. 15 (the beginning of the next Shemitah), during Rosh Hashanah. What’s more, the upcoming session of the U.N. General Assembly will be the 70th session in the organization’s history. There are no coincidences.
Biltz argues: “Right now, France is working on a proposed resolution which would give formal U.N. Security Council recognition to the Palestinians, would declare that a divided Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state, and would set the 1967 borders as the baseline for future negotiations which would establish the final borders between the two nations.
“If the U.N. pushes this peace agreement recognizing a Palestinian State on Rosh Hashanah in particular, then woe to those nations who have signed on. As it declares in the book of Joel 3:2, ‘I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land'” (emphasis mine).
According to biblical prophecy, the signing of a Middle East peace agreement will mark the beginning of the Final Seven Years to Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth.
• Under the agreement, the Antichrist and the International Community will recognize Israel’s right to a homeland in the Holy Land.
• A Palestinian state will be created in the West Bank, which is the biblical area of Judea. There are presently 650,000 Jews living in Judea.
• Many of the Jews presently living in the parts of Judea that will become the new Palestinian state will decide to remain in their homes living as a Jewish minority in Palestine.
• The dispute over control of the Temple Mount will be solved by placing it under a sharing arrangement between Muslims and Jews.
• Israel will build her Third Temple on the Temple Mount without disturbing the Dome of the Rock or Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Israel’s temple will be completed during the first three and one-half years after the signing of the agreement.
• Halfway through the final seven years, the Antichrist will stand in the Temple claiming to be Messiah and God. The scriptures call this the Abomination of Desolation.
How is this related to the founding of the United States?
So, the next Shemitah will begin September 15, 2015. The next judgment equates to when the ground was dedicated. In Israel, it was the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, with prayer and prophetic words should the nation ever fall away from God. The same happened in our history. The dedication of America in 1789, George Washington’s Inauguration, was the first time the nation had a president and congress — considered the first time America was a country. Washington prayed a prophetic warning in his prayer on that first day of America:
“We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” (April 30th, 1789)
He was saying that if America ever turns away from God, the blessings will be removed. So the first removal of God’s blessing — His sustaining hand — was 9/11/01. God did not cause the nation’s tragedy, but 9/11 happened because the sustaining hand of God was no longer present – all because of our apostasy.
THEN, Washington leads the assembly to a specific place to consecrate the nation to God. The principle is “judgment returns to the ground of consecration”. In Israel, the consecration was at the Temple. At the nation’s capitol, George Washington prayed in a little stone temple at the corner of GROUND ZERO (NYC). St. Paul’s Chapel – what is at the site of the stone temple today – owned the land that became Ground Zero. So our first judgment returned to the land of consecration. The ONLY building left untouched at Ground Zero was the chapel, because the SYCAMORE TREE was struck down (judgment) and protected St. Paul’s Chapel (blessing). (See Cahn’s explanation about the Sycamore, a kind of cedar.)
In this way (judgments and blessings), the harbingers are to call the nation back to God and save it. In the same way, 2 Chron. 7:14 tells how to return to God. Washington addressed the nation from Federal Hall, NYC. On 9/11, a shockwave went out and cracked the foundation of Federal Hall as a symbol that the foundation of America was cracked. One only has to look at the social and economic poverty we have fallen into during the last 60 years to realize that the moral imperative we were founded upon has not only been diminished, it has been denied.
Solomon prophesied the results of turning away – destruction, “but…” God will retain a remnant. The word for America is what God replied to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “if my people, who are called by my name,” will HUMBLE, PRAY and SEEK, and REPENT, “then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
September will have a remarkable litany of prophetically significant events. The Jade Helm 15 military training exercise concludes September 15th. September contains the end of the Shemitah Year, which has historically ushered in the worst collapses in Wall Street history. The UN Security Council is set to consider formal recognition of the Palestinians, declaring that a divided Jerusalem is the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state. Pope Francis will be welcomed to the White House on Yom Kippur, and will address a joint meeting of Congress the following day. The United Nations will launch the Sustainable Development Summit in September, and Pope Francis will address both this UN Summit and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. There are also amazing things happening at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider, which is already ramping up in order to throw particles at one another at very nearly the speed of light. What kind of opening they create, we can only postulate.
God has afforded us a window of spiritual opportunity; as the end of summer of 2015, the upcoming social-economic collapse, and the study of these God-exalting prophecies loom near, I humbly recognize our utter dependence on God and His purpose for us, as revealed through Scripture. I had been given this word before I was introduced to books by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Pastor Mark Blitz. Perhaps the Lord is sending His purposes out to those Christians who are awake and who have ears to hear His voice. The passage in 2 Chronicles has been my clarion call to Americans for some time now: humble yourselves (lay your head on Jesus’ bosom and find rest), pray and seek His face (confess your sins and become so close to Him that it is intimate), and turn (repent and let His Holy Spirit guide you). Only then will God move to save us.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
This is the word for the nation and her people. Heed this dire warning and return to the Lord. Bring God back into the public square. Realize the urgency of the last days. Make your decision to accept the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice — His birth, life, death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins — and ask Him to become the Lord of your life.
There are no coincidences, just God’s warnings getting more severe in order to get our attention. Are you listening? The time is now to decide which way we will turn as a nation. Are we for Christ or Satan and Antichrist? I pray America awakens before the great and terrible day of the Lord!
Endtime Ministries with Irvine Baxter (the blood moon slides), http://www.endtime.com
Danny Faulkner, “Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?” http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/07/12/lunar-eclipses-cause-blood-moons .
Bruce McClure, “What Is a Blood Moon?” http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015#tetrad.