If you have been following the four blood moons over the past two years, you know that they are called a tetrad. What has been amazing about them is that they all four appear on Jewish feast days, right on the day of Passover and again on the Feast of Tabernacles in 2014 and 2015. This has only happened a few times in recent history. The first that followed this pattern happened in 1492. Does that ring a bell? Yes, when Columbus discovered America. It was a time when Jews had been banished from France by King Ferdinand, and it is possible many came with Columbus to the new world. The next tetrad was 1948, the year Israel became a nation once again. Then, in 1967 when Jerusalem was again reunited with Israel for the first time in 2000 years. What are the odds of the blood moons falling exactly on the feast days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles consecutively in each of these tetrads?
On September 28, 2015, just a few weeks away, we will have the last of the current tetrad and that day will not only host a blood moon but it will also be what is called a super moon. This means it will be closer to earth than normal making it 14% larger in appearance.
So, I have to ask myself…what has been going on in the world since the beginning of the 2014/2015 blood moon series and what is God saying? The most obvious thing I can think of is the rise of a new and barbaric ISIS terrorist group in the Mideast. This group has already spread like wildfire, devouring territory and beheading anyone who will not convert to their brand of Islam. Beyond that, America has continued in a downhill trajectory by changing God’s sacrament of marriage and even flaunting the homosexual victory on the White House. Our government refuses to deal with the unspeakable tragedies in Planned Parenthood, and now our administration is about to finalize a deal with Iran which in essence means we have turned our back on Israel.…a dangerous and precarious decision to make. The nations, it seems, are testing God.
But what might all this mean? While blood moons often portend judgment, could it also mean we are closer to the Rapture than we ever thought? I’m intrigued by some verses in Jeremiah, Zechariah, and James.
Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.
Jeremiah 30:3 ‘For behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’”
Zechariah. 2:10 “Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD.
James 5:8 “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.”
While we live in shaky, uncertain times of trembling, there are some things we can know for certain. Jesus Christ will return. He will reign as king. He will bring wisdom back to the nations as He performs justice and righteousness. He will dwell someday soon right in our midst.
While reading T.W. Tramm’s book, “The Coming Days of Awe,” I was struck by his interpretation of a passage in II Thessalonians. Chapter 2:1-3 talks about Jesus coming and gathering us to Him and how we can know that He will not come until the apostasy. Tramm went back in the Greek and if you look up the word “apostasy,” one definition is falling away. But if you go deeper into the root of the word, you come to another definition. It could mean to withdraw, to depart or to remove. I wonder if that could be what is meant, that Jesus will not come until the departure. Could it mean He will not come a second time until the Rapture, the departing or removing of believers? Maybe it’s a stretch, but something to think about.