It is interesting to be sure. I see more of a pattern though with previous lunar eclipses that would have fallen near passover and tabernacles before Christ. I'm talking David and Solomon.
Christ is NOT coming to show Himself in glory in 2015. I see at least another 15 or 20 years beyond that. But if you look at the Millenium Eclipse finder, there were tetrads the year before David came to power, and the year after Solomon commenced building the temple. A chiasmic reversal could be in play here especially if we consider that the parallel tetrad of 1949 happened the year AFTER independence, this tetrad in 2015 could be the year BEFORE the commencing of a temple built by the Jews in Jerusalem.
As with all previous predictions of the apocalypse this one too will fail.
Thank you Laura and RM for your insights. I too was thinking of the eclipses symbolizing the Gospel being brought to the earth and spread as in the Scripture quoted. Even the number four times and eight times... Nasa.gov also has great information and maps for the lunar eclipses' paths.
Pres. Hinckley declared in the October 2001 General Conference that the prophecy of Joel had been fulfilled. So all of this is fascinating, but probably not a good way to measure if a particular prophecy has been fulfilled. I do believe it is a sign of the times, though. Thanks for a fascinating article!-KH
>>> Laura: I agree with others who have questioned why all the blood moons must be visible in Jerusalem to be significant. <<< The October 8, 2014 10:55 am UTC and the April 4, 2014 12:01 pm UTC (#2 and #3) will be visible near dawn in the mountain west--will be spectacular and much better than tomorrow's 1:40 a.m. view (April 15). In John Pratt's research, he has kept the same strict interpretation of the ancient calendars for both ancient and modern times with very good results. The predictions made for the blood moons are for big events for the state of Israel. That would argue for paying attention to the Jewish site interpretation I cited. When I remembered the April 1, 33 AD partial eclipse on Christ's crucifixion day (partial eclipse visible in the early evening) that happened in conjunction with the huge several hour "stars at midday" sign in the old world and the destruction in America, it underlined for me that there will certainly be more to the key signs than just eclipses. The visibility factor for me indicates that there is something of forcing a puzzle piece to fit in a certain place when it doesn't quite fit. I did note that individually, there indeed might be significance to some of these great eclipses. --RM
I agree wih others who have questioned why all the blood moons must be visible in Jerusalem to be significant. In scripture, the number 4 is symbolic of all the earth, e.g. Four winds, four corners of the earth. Therefore, it would actually make more sense to me that each of the moons were visible in a different part of the world. The signs of Christ's coming are for everyone, not just a select few in Jerusalem. You stated that the first blood moon is visible in he US and the last one is visible in Jerusalem. That reminds me of the scripture "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last." Where are the two intermediate blood moons visible?
we are not suppose to be sign seekers but at the same time..to notice the signs of the comming of Man. its also said that when this time shall come that people will be busy about their every day work...still getting married and having kids etc...so, I will not be able to see it Im sure because I live in the USA..in texas ..wish I could because I love looking at these amazing phenomenon....been seeing eclipses for all my life...Im going on 63...but never knew of one called a blood moon...that is a bit strange....but I worry not...God is in charge and His Son the Savior Jesus Christ..so why worry..
If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.
>>> from: Louise wheadon >>> If Isaiah was a prophet for the entire world -- which he was -- and if he had seen our day -- which he had -- why are we stipulating that a blood moon would have to be visible in Israel in order to fulfill prophecy? <<<
The key mentioned fulfillments seem to be particularly related to the state of Israel (temple rebuilding, Armageddon, etc) even as Hagee's other examples in 1948 and 1967. If there were a prophesy and eclipse proposed fulfillment date related to the New Jerusalem, I would think that visibility here in America would then be important. Perhaps another prophet rather than Isaiah might have been a better example for me to have used. --RM
If Isaiah was a prophet for the entire world -- which he was -- and if he had seen our day -- which he had -- why are we stipulating that a blood moon would have to be visible in Israel in order to fulfill prophecy? Why not visible anywhere in the world? Isaiah was not a prophet for just Israel alone; he had seen our day and our technology and our NASA charts, etc., etc.
Final question: Are we not all commanded to study the words of Isaiah? Perhaps his words apply to all of us as well as to the people who now live in the land called Israel?
There have been "sensationalist" last days claims for decades. Most of the "prophesy experts" in mainline Christianity believe in a "pre-tribulation rapture" of the church. They have been "seeing" signs of the return of Christ for as long as I can remember.
I work in a Christian bookstore and copies of "The Four Blood Moons" are selling faster than we can stock them. I have read the book and can see that it is definitely a money maker for John Hagee but are they the signs of Christ's return??
Scripture tells us in Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." We are cautioned again and again in Scripture to be ready when He returns. It also warns us not to be taken in by every "wind of doctrine".
Very interesting article
Perhaps these eclipses are a warning to latter-day Israel, living in the Promised land. The fact that people do not usually see eclipses in the middle of the night is compensated for by all the publicity they are receiving.
I think God wants to get our attention.
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