By Josh Ely and Josh Noble
WASHINGTON – The pastor who discovered the "blood moons" link to holy days celebrated by Jews and many Christians says America needs to be on God's schedule.
"Will you accept God's invitation according to His schedule, or must He accept your invitation on your schedule?" asked Mark Biltz, author of "Blood Moons," which describes the astronomical series of lunar eclipses, or tetrads, that occur this year and next on Jewish holy days.
NASA says tetrads have occurred previously, but these events are happening on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, in 2014 and 2015.
When tetrads have occurred in the past on these holidays they have coincided with momentous events in the history of the Jewish people. The 1967 Six-Day War and the 1948 resurrection of the nation of Israel are two examples.
Biltz was speaking at Celebrate America, a series of events July 1-19 at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitutional Hall in Washington to celebrate America's 238th birthday.
During Celebrate America, speakers, guests and those in attendance commemorated the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to the nation.
Biltz said celestial signs such as eclipses occurring on holy days are vital to understanding the importance of God's timetable and calendar.
Biltz, while explaining that he was merely studying biblical patterns when he discovered the "blood moons" phenomenon, said a new economic collapse could be looming in 2015. Prior collapses in 2001 and 2008 coincided with Jewish feasts at the end of seven-year cycles.
He took the audience through a whirlwind tour of history, promising that he was not setting any concrete dates for the future fulfillment of prophecy. He explained that he merely examined the patterns that God had set forth throughout history.
The current series of four signs in the sky started April 15, Passover.
For many, the events will be nothing more than a powerful alignment of the heavens. Others believe the astronomical activity could align with biblical prophecy.
"We are on the verge of witnessing something historic," said Biltz, who discovered the blood moons phenomenon in 2007.
"Blood Moons," released March 18, has consistently been one of the top books sold on Amazon.com. A full-length documentary produced by WND Films and featuring Biltz was also released the same day. It has been one of the top sellers in faith and spirituality on Amazon.
His full speech:
For the Celebrate America audience, Biltz recounted the history of a morally depraved church whose standard has fallen well beneath what God expects.
"The church has to wake up and get back to work," urged Biltz. "We need to be watching and praying. That's what my message is to you."
Biltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries, is a well-known teacher on the feasts of the Lord who has spoken in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States.
"All these signs, coming together at one time, are potentially the culminating signals that God is closing this chapter of human history," Biltz has 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?"
In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come" (Joel 2:31).
In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:29-30).
See the trailer for the "Blood Moons" DVD: