The Blood Moons - what is going on?
As a church, we want to identify important historical events and bring ourselves into a greater understanding of what God has planned for His people. We are well aware of what the Word says about wasting our time on those things that only God knows and He will reveal them to us - in His time. This also covers what Jesus spoke in Matthew 24 verse 36 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” We can speculate but we will not know until the fulness of time. Can’t wait.
However, God permits us to check things out, to look back on actual events and use Spiritual insight into putting 2 and 2 together in the hope that it gets as close to 4 as possible. The concept of the Blood moons in 2014 and 2015 is a fascinating series of co-incidences…
This year there will be 4 between April 2014 and late September 28th, 2015. The periods cover Passover/Easter and Sukkoth/The Feast of Tabernacles. Very significant dates for, not only, the Jewish community but for Christians of whatever denomination or belief system or eras. This current TETRAD (meaning simply a group of four) is only the 8th of it’s kind since before 3000BC. 8 in 5000 years is worth looking into…
Event 1 - 162/163 AD - happened during the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles and coincided with with worst period of persecution of the Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire. About 8 million died either at the hands of the Romans or through a plague in only 3 years.
Event 2 - 795/796 AD - these took place between Passover and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) which was about 7 days before the Feast of Tabernacles. King Charlemagne was crowned as the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He separated France from Spain to protect Europe from invasion. This was the reason but the result was that there was religious persecution and isolation of Jews and Christians who were excluded many countries.
Event 3 - 842/843 AD - the four moons appeared during the same feasts as event 2. Rome was attacked, the Vatican church was targeted by Islamic invasions. Europe was broken into 3 main areas. One was ruled by France who were tolerating Jewish beliefs but they were forced to change their approach and Jews & Christians were again persecuted and dispersed.
Event 4 - 860/861 AD - same periods as 1 and 2 . This period saw the rise of the Eastern Church in Turkey and the rulers tripled the taxes on, only, Jews and Christians. Those who could not pay were through into prison and many died or were executed.
Let’s inject a thought here - the information, the data that is collected from these early centuries can be a bit scattered. This is not the time to go into more details but it is very important to understand the culture and amazing changes that were taking place around the world. The population in the 2nd century (162AD) was about 100 million and by the 9th Century (860AD) was about 200 million. It had major effects on the people of that day. The World population did not have access to the experience of events in other countries sometimes for years later. It was not a 911, social media thing where we know things instantly. It was devastating for the people of the immediate area who witnessed major persecution and was a big proportion of the local population.
Event 5 - 1493/1494 AD - this event was between Passover and Tabernacles. The year before - a very important date, 1492 - on March 31st, the King of Spain ordered 800,000 Jews to leave the country. The Apostle Paul had visited Spain and it had become the second most populated Jewish community after Israel. Think on this - Columbus set sail from Portugal. He was Italian but didn’t speak Italian because he was raised outside Italy with a group called the Marranos who were known to be Jewish. In his last will he gave a tenth of his legacy to the Church (a tithe?), left money for widows and orphans and gave some of his estate to a Jewish community. Project this event 500 years and country that it is thought he found includes New York - the largest community of Jews with nearly 2 million. This is only second to Israel. Co-incidence? or the protection of the Lord from centuries of severe persecution in Europe?
Event 6 - 1949/1950 AD - Again, this took place between Passover & Tabernacles. One of the most significant events in Jewish history had taken place during the 2nd World War with the Holocaust. 6 million Jews obliterated by Hitler and many more millions displaced - murdered, separated and maimed. This led to the establishing of a Jewish state on January 25th, 1949. They had a government in 1948 but this was the official date of Israel. The Blood Moons appeared at the formation of the state of Israel and the birth of modern Judaism.
Event 7 - 1967/1968 AD - Again, between Passover and Tabernacles. This coincides with a major modern day war, when the Palestinian neighbours of Egypt, Syria and Jordan - backed by all the other states of Palestine - attacked Israel. It was the build up of persecution against Israel because the UN and diplomacy was not working. Their enemies took the law into their own hands. Israel was triumphant but a little known event was that Israel recaptured control of Jerusalem, which they had not held for 2000 years.
These were actual events which had major spiritual significance. God, our Heavenly Father, continues to protect the Jews and His children. Today, He will do the same. As we enter into this new Tetrad - the 4 Blood Moons - no-one can ignore the potential for disruption or some major consequence. No-one is trying to predict a move of God other than that He always shows His love and He keeps His promises. The purpose of this review is not to confuse but to inform. The Lord does not want us to be ignorant of the tactics of the enemy or the experience of history. Man seems to be hoping that their fellow man will see reason and reconcile with each other. It doesn’t seem as though he is willing or able.
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