Pastor Mark Biltz, discoverer of the blood-moons phenomenon and the author of "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs," says Christians today are being given signs from the heavens.
In Biltz's opinion, the current sequence of blood moons "is a sign for today's Christians as judgment always begins in the house of God."
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"I believe the current blood moons also signal the end of an era," he said.
Biltz notes there's something else unique about this tetrad: its convergence with biblical holy days.
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The April 15 event in 2014, for example, happened during Passover. On Oct. 8, 2014, the blood moon occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. Another of the blood moon's occurred during Passover on April 4, 2015. The last will happen on Sept. 28, 2015, another Feast of the Tabernacles.
A blood-moon tetrad also occurred in 1493, while the Jews were being expelled from Spain. Another tetrad occurred in 1949, soon after the state of Israel was founded. The last tetrad happened in 1967, during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.
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Biltz discovered what has become the "blood moon phenomenon" in 2007, researching the correlation between when blood moons fell on feast days and key historical world events. He found the divine link between prophecy, heavenly signs, historical events and when they intersect.
The following is the concluding chapter in Biltz's "Blood Moons."
Blood Moons Chapter 8: The Conclusion of the Matter
By Mark Biltz
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Eccl. 3:1). We now know how true this is. For God, it is all about the times and seasons for His every purpose. This is why Paul says that "concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you" (1 Thess. 5:1). As I said in the previous chapter, he is talking about the feasts of the Lord! In this chapter, I want to tell you a little more about the shemittah year and how important it is to God.
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We find in Leviticus "Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard" (Lev. 25:3–4). The seventh year, or shemittah, was also to be a time when the servants were set free: "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing" (Ex. 21:2). Because Israel did not obey this commandment, they had to spend seventy years exiled in Babylon. We see God's judgment pronounced in the book of Jeremiah:
Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying, At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear. And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. (Jer. 34:13–17)
God foretold this in Leviticus 26:33–35: "And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her Sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your Sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it."
Daniel understood this when he referred to Jeremiah: "In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem" (Dan. 9:2). This sabbath year, or shemittah, has become a year of judgment instead of a year of blessing for those who do not obey. There is an incredible connection here.
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Many of you may remember the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which broke into pieces. This historic event took place from July 16 through July 22, 1994. Twenty-one fragments had catastrophic effects as they collided with Jupiter. It just so happens that weekend was also the weekend of the ninth of Av, and it was a shemittah year! Not only that, the Torah portion for that weekend was Deuteronomy 1–6, which in Hebrew is called Devarim, which means "These are the words." It is almost as if the Lord was saying, "Listen to Me: I am speaking to you about coming judgment." Seven times three is twenty-one, so I felt that God was saying that the next three shemittahs would be times of judgment. So what happened in the next shemittah year?
On September 17, 2001, or Elul 29, the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Dow Jones average saw its biggest drop ever, at 7 percent. Seven years later, on September 28, 2008 (which was also Elul 29), the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Dow fell 777 points, or another 7 percent! Do you see any connections here? Now, we are coming to the third and final shemittah since 1994, when Jupiter was hammered. Could the coming blood moons signal our third strike, and we will be out economically? We already see the signs of economic collapse coming, with America being so much in debt and our government in a comatose condition.
The Bible says that in the last days, knowledge will be increased (Dan. 12:4). This is not only secular knowledge but biblical insight as well. There will not be another tetrad happening on the biblical holidays in this century! This is the last warning. In the mouth of two or three witnesses let everything be established (2 Cor. 13:1). We have had the first two tetrad witnesses after Israel became a nation and then again when they recaptured Jerusalem. This is our third warning. I am not prophesying or predicting what will happen over the next two years, but if you look at the Scriptures alongside the patterns of history, we can definitely say two things. Based on what happened in 1948 and in 1967, there is a high probability of a major prophetic war that will involve Israel. At least a few major biblical wars are yet to come: the Isaiah 17 war, the Psalm 83 war, the Ezekiel 38 war, and the Zechariah 14 war. War often has a huge effect on the economy, which, based on the shemittah-year pattern, could be the other high-probability event.
To me, all these signs, coming together at one time, are potentially the culminating signals that God is closing this chapter of human history. 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?
I conclude with a final thought. In Leviticus 23:3, Moses proclaimed: "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim, holy convocations, even these are My appointed feasts." According to Strong's Concordance, the Hebrew word for "proclaim" gives the idea of accosting a person met: calling out to or addressing by name them that are bidden, or to invite, mention, publish, or read. This tells us that we are responsible to "proclaim" the feasts of the Lord to others. We are to bid them to come to the wedding! It's hard to imagine, but there are people who do not want to come to the wedding of the Messiah! Yet we are responsible to bid them to come. We see this in the New Testament too:
A certain king, which made a marriage for his son, . . . sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. (Matt. 22:2–4)
What is so unbelievable to me is what happens next: "But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise" (v. 5). This concept is restated in another way in the Gospel of Luke:
Then said [Yeshua] unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. (Luke 14:16–21)
The Creator of the universe is calling you by name to come to the great supper! Will you come? And He asked those of us who are His servants to go and bid others to come to His Feast!
In the book of Daniel, Belshazzar could not read the "writing on the wall" (Dan. 5). Now that you understand the signs that are coming in the heavens and the timing of them on God's feast days, you can read the handwriting in the heavens! God is writing His message this time so the whole world can see it. And He is asking you to run with the interpretation of His message. But we must run with understanding. The Great Tribulation may be upon us and time is short, for the Day of the Lord is at hand!
The two main things to remember is (1) that the body of Messiah needs to get on God's calendar to understand the signs of the times, and (2) the reason we got off of it in the first place was because of the errant thinking behind replacement theology. This will be the critical issue in the last days, and here is why.
The book of Ruth is very prophetic. If you remember, Elimelech and Naomi were Jews living in Bethlehem. They had two sons: Mahlon and Chilion. There was no bread in Bethlehem, so they left their country. While they were exiled in a foreign land, for almost ten years, Naomi's husband died and her two sons married two Gentiles: Ruth and Orpah. These women represent the Gentiles who are grafted into the covenant of Israel by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So Ruth and Orpah, in one sense, also represent the "Church" that is grafted into the Branch.
When Naomi, the Jewess, heard there was bread again in Bethlehem, off she went, back to the land of Israel. This represents the restoration of Israel back to the land in 1948. But Naomi's two sons had also died by this time, so she told her two daughters-in-law not to follow her, but to instead go back to their people. Ruth cleaved to Naomi, but Orpah returned to her family and to her pagan gods. Naomi told Ruth: "Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" (Ruth 1:15–16).
Ruth, whose name means "friend," returned to the land of Israel and worked the barley harvest, which is at Passover! Ruth 2:23 says, "She kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law." Ruth befriended the Jewish people; worked the harvest from Passover to Pentecost; ended up marrying the kinsman redeemer, Boaz; and brought forth the Messiah through King David!
What a story! So Ruth and Orpah represent the church in the final days. Orpah means "the back of the neck;" she turned her back on Israel and returned to her pagan lifestyle. The Babylonian Talmud says that Orpah begat Goliath, the enemy of Israel (Sotah 42b). So here we have the final epic battle lines being drawn in the church in these last days. The church will be divided between those who support Israel, work the harvest, and bring forth the Messiah, and those who turn their backs on Israel and form the one-world church. On one side will be those who love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as David did, and this group will be small, as David was. On the other side will be the giant Goliath, the one-world church that hates God's people and wants to see them destroyed.
Where will you be standing on that final day? The test will be when you mention God's laws. When you say we should stand with the Jewish people, does an abnormal anger and hatred spew from their mouths? Do they allow the traditions of men to override the eternal truths of God’s Word?
As you have been reading this book, you may be experiencing what I experienced. It is the same thing that hundreds of people have told me over the last twenty years that they experienced when studying Christianity's Jewish roots. When the eyes are opened the same statements are heard over and over: "I've been robbed!" or "Why wasn't I ever taught this?" Then they get angry at their pastors for not ever teaching this. I have to tell them they can't because people don't know what they don't know! If their pastors were never taught, how can you expect them to teach it? Some get mad or frustrated because they spent thousands of dollars on religious education only to find out they were given wrong or inaccurate information.
To them I say, come and join me! Invite your friends and explore the Bible from a whole new fresh perspective! For me, this has been a complete cycle from the very beginning where I ran away from home as a child only to find out I was loved all along. Now I have returned home again to my Heavenly Father and truly find rest by aligning myself with His schedule.
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