Back in 2014 and 2015, a tetrad of blood moons garnered considerable attention because they were seen as biblical “signs in the heavens” that occurred on Jewish holy days.
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 moons occurred during Passover on April 4, 2015. The last happened Sept. 28, 2015, another Feast of the Tabernacles.
The blood moons were considered by some to be significant because they coincided with significant historical events for Jews. A previous occurrence of a tetrad, in 1493, took place when the Jews were being expelled from Spain. Another in 1949 was just after the state of Israel was founded, and the previous most recent tetrad was in 1967, during the Six-Day War between Arab nations and Israel.
On Friday, another blood moon will occur, and this one is expected to be the longest eclipse of the moon this century, an hour and 43 minutes of totality.
It will be seen in the Middle East, parts of Europe and Asia, Australia and Africa, but not in North America.
Forbes explains it’s the result of orbital patterns in which the moon is in the shadow of the earth, giving it the ghostly reddish hue.
But even Forbes cited a biblical prophecy of the moon turning dark at the end of days.
The Book of Joel says: “The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.” And in the Book of Revelation, there is, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, the discoverer of the “blood moons” phenomenon of landing on biblical holy days, says such events in the sky can be messages from God.
He points out Genesis 1:14, which says astronomical phenomena were partially intended “for signs.” He believes lunar eclipses and solar phenomenon, like the August 2017 eclipse, should be watched.
The coming blood moon will be visible Friday in Berlin, Madrid, Paris and Vienna beginning at about 9:30 p.m. local time. In Asia, Beijing and Manila will see it at 3:30 a.m., and Mumbai, India at 1:00 a.m.
Tokyo will see it starting at 4:30 a.m. and Sydney, Australiam at 5:30.
In Lagos, Nigeria, it will begin at about 8:30 p.m., Cairo at 9:30, Nairobi at 10:30 and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, starting at 7:30 a.m. The McMurdo sighting will actually begin Saturday.
Biltz pointed out to WND the coming eclipse is happening over the entire Middle East on Tu B’Av or the 15th of Av on the Jewish calendar.
“It just so happens it was on July 27th in 1953 that the Korean war ended with the signing of the armistice agreement,” he pointed out. That day also was Tu B’Av and “there was a total lunar eclipse over Korea” at the time.
Further factors are that this year is North Korea’s 70th anniversary, on Sept. 9, also Rosh Hashanah, and it was North Korea that has supplied Syria with weaponry.
“Sitting right next to this Blood Red Moon at the very same time it just so happens that Mars is at its closest point in 15 years,” he said.
“So we have the red planet right next to the red moon – two signs in the heavens of what is possibly coming!” he said.
He explained that Tu B’Av in Israel is a very important day, similar to Valentine’s Day, and all about love.
“It just so happens also this coming weekend in every synagogue around the world the Torah portion being read is from Deuteronomy 6, where the greatest commandment to love the LORD with all your heart is being read expressing God’s love for Israel as well as Israel’s love for God and here it is the longest red moon of this century!”
The links just grow, he said, quoting, Psalms 89:33-37: “Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.
“Here North Korea is working with Iran to destroy Israel and Iran claims Israel is to be destroyed,” he said.
“I believe God is proclaiming His love for Israel and there is a possibility that a war may be coming involving Iran and/or North Korea sometime over this next year,” Biltz said.