This year’s Passover on April 14, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) on October 8, fall on the exact same Gregorian calendar dates as they did in 70 CE, the year the Temple is Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jews were forced out of Israel by the Romans. What makes this relevant is that four blood moons, as part of a tetrad, accompany both events.
In 2008, Mark Biltz a Tacoma, Washington, pastor began to teach that the Second Coming of the Messiah might occur in the fall of 2015. He based this prediction on the pattern of the upcoming rereads Pastor Biltz’s theory became an Internet sensation. Then he wrote a book about this.
Then in 2013, the well known Pastor John Hagee, also wrote a book, Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change. Pastor Hagee was able to generate much more publicity for the upcoming event and he credits Pastor Blitz, who then also wrote a book.
Both pastors hold that when a tetrad falls upon the Jewish holidays around the time of momentous events for Jews. Both pastors are also ardent supporters of Israel.
The Jewish press has also picked this news up. Roy S. Neuberger wrote about the upcoming lunar eclipses for the Jewish Press http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/front-page/eclipses-red-moons-and-chanukah/2013/11/27/. He Neuberger reminds that the Gemara comments: “The rabbis taught in a beraisa: During the time the sun is stricken, it is a bad omen for idolaters. [During the time that] the moon is stricken, it is a bad omen for the Jewish people” (Sukkah 29a). [Note: a beraisa is a tradition in the Jewish oral law not incorporated in the Mishnah.}
The first blood moon of 2014 also coincides with an alignment of Earth, Mars and the sun, which places Mars directly behind the earth as it faces the lunar eclipse. That does not seem to have precedence in relation to past tetrads. Since the moon exerts a strong influence on tides, and we know that the both mars and the sun can influence our weather and planet. Yet, exactly what conditions might follow for each from this Passover astral event the space and weather science sites online have not predicted.
On the first night of Passover, April 14, 2014, at 10:58 p.m. PDT, the moon will move into Earth’s shadow. The full lunar eclipse — when the entirety of the moon is shaded by Earth — begins just over an hour later at 12:07 a.m. and lasts until 1:25 a.m. PDT. This will all be visible from North America.
Tetrads do seem to fall around times of momentous events that are difficult for Jews, and sometimes Christians, but seem to always bring about a better situation after an initial struggle.
In the next blog we will cover historical significances of the past seven tetrads for Jews and Christians, including some new data and understandings that have not been covered by elsewhere by others.
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