A total lunar eclipse – which will be especially pronounced over the western United States – will happen early Wednesday and a man who has written about the astonishing sequence of events that make up a tetrad – a series of four eclipses that is happening this year and in 2015 on Jewish holy days, says it’s a “rarity among the rarities.”
NASA reports that Wednesday’s eclipse will be about 5 percent larger than the eclipse that happened on April, the one that launched the tetrad.
“Only eight times in 2,000 years have these total lunar eclipses or blood moons occurred on the biblical holidays of Passover and Tabernacles two years in a row,” said Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.”
He said, “The last one of the series happening next year is more than a once in a lifetime event but a once in all of human history event! The total lunar eclipse will be a supermoon seen from Jerusalem on the Feast of Tabernacles at the conclusion of 7th year of the Shemitah cycle! This is the one day when all of Israel was to be in Jerusalem to hear the King of Israel read from the Torah.”
Biltz continued, “The one coming the morning of Oct. 8 … is also a rarity among the rarities! The Creator of the Universe says He created the sun and the moon to send signals to us on His Feast days. We need to look up and pay attention to what he is trying to tell us!”
The red colors of the eclipse are caused by the sun’s rays peeking around the edge of the earth while the moon passes in between, and having four lunar eclipses in a row, or a tetrad, is very rare. The next time this is expected to happen isn’t until around 2032 or 2033.
The eclipse, expected to last for one hour, will be most visible in the Western United States, where the eclipse will start around 4:25 a.m. The East Coast will experience it around 6:25 a.m., which is about half an hour before sunrise.
Lunar eclipses have fascinated humans for centuries, and were often seen as potential omens of things to come. Calendars such as the one used by Jews are based on the lunar cycle, and many of their feasts and observances track with the movements of the moon.
WND Books released “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” nationwide March 18. On the same day, WND Films released the companion documentary, also featuring Biltz. It documents the extraordinary chain of events in the heavens that began this past Passover.
When tetrads have occurred in the past on these holidays observed by Jews around the world, and an increasing number of Christians as well, 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 explains if you want to understand the timing of the Lord, you have to understand the seasons of the Lord, the feasts of the Lord and the calendar of the Lord.
Biltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries, is a well-known commentator 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 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?”
He said, “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).”