(Editor’s note: In the immediate wake of this report being published, NASA restored its Eclipse Website, as documented by WND in a follow-up news story.)
The same day WND published a major report about a rare phenomenon known as “blood moons” and its possible connection to an imminent return of Jesus to Earth, NASA hid its official Eclipse Website from public view without explanation.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, WND published a story titled “Rare phenomenon to shake Planet Earth.”
The story focused on a cycle of four upcoming lunar eclipses, also called blood moons because of the color the moon often appears when it becomes darkened.
Mark Biltz, an American pastor with El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Wash., used NASA’s Eclipse Website to correlate the celestial events with God’s holy days mentioned in the Bible, discovering the four blood-moon eclipses in 2014 and 2015 actually coincide with the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.
On the same day as WND’s report, Feb. 12, NASA took down its site which for years provided detailed information and schedules about upcoming eclipses.
Users trying to find the site are now presented with a message stating, “NASA’s Eclipse Website is currently unavailable. Eclipse information is available from the U.S. Naval Observatory,” providing a link for readers to get to the USNO website.
WND contacted NASA to ask why the official eclipse site was removed, and if it had anything to do with the report about upcoming blood moons.
“The site was taken offline because it was not up to date and was therefore confusing to those planning for future solar eclipses,” said Karen Smale, the Web editor-in-chief for NASA’s Sciences and Exploration Directorate at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
“If the site is updated again, it will be brought back online,” she added.
WND took screenshots of the site before it was yanked, to show how detailed the information was.
Pastor Biltz, author of the brand-new book and DVD, “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” says the confluence of astronomical and biblical events is extremely noteworthy.
“All these signs, coming together at one time, are potentially the culminating signals that God is closing this chapter of human history,” he said. “This could be the final curtain call before the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible. God has always wanted to warn His people, and the rest of the world, before He intervenes. What better way to communicate to us than through the universal language of heavenly signs that speak to every tribe, tongue, and nation?”
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Biltz noted a rare phenomenon of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a tetrad, and saw that 2014 and 2015 would play a key role:
One morning, as I was praying, a thought popped into my head: Why don't I compare the dates of the eclipses on the NASA website to the dates on the biblical calendar? When I did, I was shocked to find that all four eclipses – over both years – fell on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. I just about jumped out of my skin.
Immediately I ran to my computer and pulled up NASA's website to look up other times when there have been four consecutive blood moons, which are total lunar eclipses, where the moon appears blood red. NASA calls four total blood moons in a row a tetrad, and they list their occurrences. I noticed there weren't any in the 1600s, 1700s, or even the 1800s. The last time there was a tetrad was back in the 1900s, and to my amazement, they also fell on the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.
When I noticed the years these phenomena occurred, my mind began reeling. The last two times there were four blood moons in a row, they happened, first, right after Israel became a nation in 1948, and then again when Israel retook Jerusalem in 1967. I started doing a hallelujah dance. It was as if I had just found treasure buried in the sand. My heart was racing a hundred miles an hour as all those key Scriptures about the signs in the heavens, God's feast days, and the timing on the biblical calendar flooded my mind.
The find led Biltz on an incredible journey of discovery as he began linking the feast days in the Bible with the signs in the heavens.
"God said in Genesis 1:14 that He created the sun and moon and stars for signals on His feast days," said Biltz. "Now I had a key to unlocking the code."
The pastor is now sounding the alarm about what the celestial events could mean for our immediate future here on Earth.
"Four total lunar eclipses happening the next two years herald possible war in the Middle East as well as global economic collapse," he told WND.
He says historically, these types of solar eclipses have been signs, foretelling important events such as the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.
"Two happened right in a row at the time of destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and on feast days," he said.
"Around eight months before the Temple was destroyed we find on 10/18/69 there was a partial lunar eclipse on the Feast of Sukkot. A total solar eclipse followed this on Nisan 1-3/30/70, the beginning of the religious year. Two weeks later there was a penumbral lunar eclipse on Passover on 4/14/70. An annular solar eclipse followed this on Rosh Hashanah on 9/23/70. Then another penumbral lunar eclipse on Sukkot on 10/8/70," he explained.
Biltz stresses what makes the coming events so startling is the fact they'll take place during the Feast of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles in consecutive years.
"This has happened only eight times over the last 2,000 years!" Biltz said. "And the last two times these occurred on the Jewish holidays there was a war in the Middle East regarding the nation of Israel. These are patterns and historical facts that cannot be disregarded. The Jewish Talmud records that total lunar eclipses are indicators or omens for the nation of Israel."
Among those championing the need to pay attention to Biltz's message in "Blood Moons" is Joseph Farah, the founder and CEO of WND.
"It's not a question of if these signs will occur. It's not even a question of when they will occur. About that there is no doubt," said Farah. "The only questions that remain to be answered are: what they mean – and whether they are biblical harbingers of things to come for the world and for God's people. No one has perspective on these questions like Mark Biltz."
Farah added: "The wisdom of decoding these heavenly messages from our Creator in 'Blood Moons' is overwhelmingly persuasive, and I believe this book will, for the first time, answer all the questions curious people of all walks of life will have about the imminent signs in the heavens. God is trying to get our attention. And I am convinced He has anointed Mark Biltz to help us understand the times in which we live and the urgent warnings God is trying to deliver to us all."
He calls it a powerful spiritual teaching "so detailed, so improbable, so mysterious it could only be the result of divine handiwork."
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