This begs the bigger question of why? Why has mankind been so obsessed with celestial activity?
The answers are giving to us through the word of the bible, in Genesis 1:14 is states," And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."
These celestial events are for us to mark occasions, and measure time. in the bible the word Seasons is translated to the meaning of feast as referenced in livitcus 23. in leviticus 23:2 it says Speak unto the children of israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. What is being refered to here is Divine appointments. Points of time that are made important to us by God. Events of occasions set for us by the lord and he shall give us signs to these feasts. When we think to divine appointments we might think of Christmas to mark the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ. While this is true to the literal translation, for accuracy we need to think back to when these divine occasions where set. For this we need to refer to the holy calendar, the hebrew calender.
Now most of the world is on the gregorian calendar that was set by Ceasar and then revised by Pope Gregory. So most do not know of the cycles and dates of occasions of certain events. So lets take a look at the H
ebrew calendar to orient ourselves.
The Hebrew or Jewish calendar ( ha'luach ha'ivri) is a lunisolar calendar used today predominantly for Jewish religious observances. It determines the dates for Jewish holidays and the appropriate public reading of Torah portions, and daily Psalm readings, among many ceremonial uses. In Israel, it is used for religious purposes, provides a time frame for agriculture and is an official calendar for civil purposes, although the latter usage has been steadily declining in favor of the Gregorian calendar.
The era used since the middle ages is the Anno Mundi epoch (Latin for "in the year of the world"; Hebrew meaning "from the creation of the world"). As with Anno Domini (A.D. or AD), the words or abbreviation for Anno Mundi (A.M. or AM) for the era should properly precede the date rather than follow it, although this is no longer always followed. AM 5773 began at sunset on 16 September 2012 and ended on 4 September 2013. AM 5774 began at sunset on 4 September 2013 and will end on 24 September 2014. AM 5775 will begin at sunset on 24 September 2014 and end on 13 September 2015.
The Jewish day is of no fixed length. The Jewish day is modeled on the reference to "...there was evening and there was morning..." in the Creation account in the first chapter of Genesis. Based on the classic Rabbinic interpretation of this text, a day in the Rabbinic Hebrew calendar runs from sunset (start of "the evening") to the next sunset.
The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning that months are based on lunar months, but years are based on solar years. The calendar year features twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, with an intercalary lunar month added periodically to synchronize the twelve lunar cycles with the longer solar year.
Since this calender is based on lunar and solar events and postitions lets take a look at some of the celestial events and feast days or major hoildays occouring this gregorian year of 2014, or hebrew year of 5774 & 5775:
12Purium occoured on March 16th 2014. It is considered a fun and joyus jewish holiday. March 16th was a full moon.
13Passover April 15-16th 2014. Passover starts at sunset on the 15th, that is the night of the first total lunar eclipse or blood moon and also it happens to be a full moon as well best visability from North America.
Shavout, Festival of the weeks, celebrates the giving of the torah at Mount Sinai
Fallin onGregorian date June 4th 2014, the moon is at its first quarter phase.
These are just a few examples of how the lunar phases sync up with the hebrew calender and holy dates. The hebrew calender is also align with solar eclipses.
Now you are probably wondering, "Well if the holy holidays or feast days are always falling on lunar and solar event, so what? The Hewbrew calender is based on their cycles so sure of course they line up?"
What needs to be recognized here is the rareity of a signifigant lunar and solar event. For example a first quarter moon is a lunar point phase, but is not that significant as it occours every month on the gregorian calender. It a common event. But the occourence of a total full moon eclipse in which the moon turns red in the night sky, now that is something to notice!
18Imagine thousands of years ago,the sight of the moon turning red in the dark night sky could seem terrifying and cause panic. Now in the 21st century we know that its simply a total lunar eclipse, a mathmaticly occouring event,since we understand that this is just simply a moon phase, although rare, but through its simplicity of a natural occourence emerges the signifigane of its appearence on a paticular holy holiday.
In Isaiah 46:10 it states: " Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure"
This is stating that indeed God has set these events with a purpose in advance from the begining. Hince they are marked for us to take notice with celestial events that all can see.
Now, it is imporntant understand that on a major holy holiday with a signifigant celestial event occouring, does not not mean that on that given day at that exact time, something extrordinary will happen. These combonations of occourences are set by God to serve as signs, a warning. A omen of something to pass soon. For this we do not know the day or the hour, but we know when to pay close attention, because something extrordinary is forcasted. Its like a weather meteorologist, they warn us in advance of when a strong storm is comming, so we have time to prepare and make adjustments to our lives. They do not wait till the storm is directly in full swing over the intended audience and then announce it. That wouldnt serve much purpose. It is only when you recieve a warning in advance is it meaningful because then you will have time to prepare.
Mathew 24: 36-50
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.
Ezekiel 3:17 - Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Persecution of the Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire occurred intermittently over a period of about three centuries until the 313 Edictment of Milan issued by Emperors Constantine the Great and Licinius, when Christianity was legalized. Christians were persecuted by local authorities on a sporadic and ad-hoc basis, often more according to the whims of the local community than to the opinion of imperial authority.
This persecution heavily influenced the development of Christianity, shaping Christian theology and the structure of the Church. Among other things, persecution gave rise to many saints' cults, may have contributed to the rapid spread of Christianity and sparked written explanations and defenses of the Christian religion.
The Blood Moon Tetrad occured on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles from 162 through 163 AD serving as a sign or warning of this to pass.
King Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire established a DMZ buffer zone between France and Spain, ending centuries of Arab invasions into Western Europe. This occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 795 - 796 AD.
Vatican church in Rome was attacked and looted by an Islamic invasion from Africa. This occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 860 - 861 AD.
Byzantine Empire defeated Arab armies at the Battle of Lalakaon in Turkey and permanently stopped the Islamic invasion of Eastern Europe. This occoured shortly after the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 860 - 861 AD.
Only months after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the country (after about 200 AD, Spain became and remained a second Jewish homeland for well over a millennia. So deeply woven into the fabric of Spain are the Jews that neither history can be fully studied without considering the influence of the other).
“In the same month in which their Majesties (Ferdinand and Isabella)] issued the edictment that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies.” So begins Christopher Columbus’s diary.
The expulsion that Columbus refers to was so cataclysmic an event that ever since; the date 1492 has been almost as important in Jewish history as in American history. On July 30 of that year, the entire Jewish community, some 200,000 people, were expelled from Spain. Tens of thousands of refugees died while trying to reach safety. In some instances, Spanish ship captains charged Jewish passengers exorbitant sums, then dumped them overboard in the middle of the ocean. In the last days before the expulsion, rumours spread throughout Spain that the fleeing refugees had swallowed gold and diamonds, and many Jews were knifed to death by brigands hoping to find treasures in their stomachs.
This took place during the warning from a blood moon tetrad on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets Holidays in 1493 – 1494.
During the 1st Arab - Israeli War for Independence just after Israel had become a nation again for the first time in 2,000 years. It should be noted here: that even though Israel declared themselves a nation in 1948, the first permanent government took office on January 25th, 1949. Israel had a transitional government in 1948. In this way the “(Tetrad) four blood moons” are tied to the year 1949 for the first elected office of that year and the birth year could still be 1948.
On 14th May, 1948 - Israel proclaimed its independence. Less than 24 hours later, the regular armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded the country, forcing Israel to defend the sovereignty it had regained in its ancestral homeland. In what became known as Israel's War of Independence, the newly formed, poorly equipped Israel Defence Forces (IDF) repulsed the invaders in fierce intermittent fighting, which lasted some 15 months and claimed over 6,000 Israeli lives (nearly one percent of the country's Jewish population at the time).
During the first months of 1949, direct negotiations were conducted under United Nations members between Israel and each of the invading countries (except Iraq, which refused to negotiate with Israel), resulting in arms agreements which reflected the situation at the end of the fighting.
Accordingly, the Coastal Plain, Galilee and the entire Negev were within Israel's sovereignty, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) came under Jordanian rule, the Gaza Strip came under Egyptian administration, and the city of Jerusalem was divided, with Jordan controlling the eastern part, including the Old City, and Israel the western sector.
The war over, Israel focused on building the state which the people had struggled so long and so hard to regain. The first 120-seat Knesset (parliament) went into session following national elections (25 January 1949) in which nearly 85 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots.
Two of the people who had led Israel to statehood became the country's leaders: David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency, was chosen as the first Prime Minister; and Chaim Weizmann, head of the World Zionist Organization, was elected by the Knesset as the first president. On 11 May 1949, Israel took its seat as the 59th member of the United Nations.
***“The gates of the country were thrown open, affirming the right of every Jew to become a citizen.” David Ben-Gurion***
This was during a Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1949 - 1950.
Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1967 - 1968 coinciding with the 6 Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. As Israel's neighbors prepared to destroy the Jewish state, Israel invoked its inherent right of self-defense, launching a pre-emptive strike (5 June 1967) against Egypt in the South.
It was followed by a counter attack against Jordan in the East and the routing of Syrian forces entrenched on the Golan Heights in the North. At the end of six days of fighting, previous cease-fire lines were replaced by new ones, with Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights under Israel's control. As a result, the northern villages were freed from 19 years of recurrent Syrian shelling; the passage of Israeli and Israel-bound shipping through the Straits of Tiran was ensured; and Jerusalem, which had been divided under Israeli and Jordanian rule since 1949, was reunified under Israel's authority.
It is important to realize that the prophecy of blood moon tetrads always involve Israel and or the Jewish people in some form or fashion. The Blood moon tetrads serve as a warning or an Omen of event to pass.