Matthew 24:29-31Signs of the Times and the 4 Blood Moons

 

Immediately after the tribulation of those days

After everything Jesus just talked about and the final days of the earth. So traumatic events will be taking place on the earth that for Christians will be undeniably related to the end of the world.  The signs that have already been mentioned will grow in intensity and even though they are normal occurrences they will grow in intensity  in the end times.

The sun will be darkened and the moon will stop giving its light and the powers of Heaven will be shaken

This could be poetic like when God spoke to Pharaoh

Ezekiel 32:7 When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud,  and the moon shall not give its light.

Also see: Haggai 2:6; Jeremiah 4:23-28; Psalm 18:7-15

This could be actual because many events mentioned in the end times are written not to be poetic.

Amos 8:9 “And on that day,” declares the Lord God, “I will make the sun go down at noon   and darken the earth in broad daylight

See Also: Isaiah 24:21-23; Joel 2:10; Amos 5:20; 8:9; Zephaniah 1:15

I believe it will be actual and as Jesus is returning we are going to experience some major disturbances in our atmosphere. Scientist will have an explanation or theory for what is happening in an attempt to explain away that God could be behind it all.  I heard on the radio as I was flipping stations that when comets fly close to our atmosphere they throw everything off and cause apocalyptic like accounts.

I believe God will demonstrate some major signs to not just pour out His wrath against the anti Christ and His followers but to show people that He does exist with the hopes that they will repent and turn to Him.

Blood Moons

As we approach the end times and the signs of the times there will be more and more speculation about some of the things that are happening in our galaxy. We have to be careful to not allow these things to lead us astray from our focus on Loving God and loving others. One of the things that is talked about is the four blood moons that will be taking place over the next two year. There is a lot of speculation and even some over exaggeration of what will happen when they appear.

Four Blood Moons:

According to NASA there will be four blood moons in 2014-2015 that also fall on Jewish Festivals.

4-15-14 – Passover

10-8-14 Feast of Tabernacles

3-20-15 Total Solar Eclipse

4-4-15 Passover

9-28-15 Feast of Tabernacles

These are called Blood Moons because the Moon will take a reddish hue and blood color. (I know they will look like they are covered in Blood)

Passover: based on Exodus 12:21-23 when God spared the first born who had spread blood on their door post and lintel.

When God was demanding that Pharaoh let His people go He continued to send signs and wonders to demonstrate His power. Pharaoh’s magicians and enchanters were able to trick Pharaoh into thinking it was not God doing the signs and wonders but just tricks of men. When God tried over and over again to convince Pharaoh He finally sent a sign that no magician could imitate which was the killing of all the first born males in Egypt.  The reason it is called Passover is because God told Moses to instruct His people to spread blood of a sacrifice over the doorpost and lintels and by doing that the death angel would pass over them.

Every year the Jewish nation would celebrate Passover and how God spared them from death for those who followed Him by faith.

Feast of Tabernacles: This is Israel’s Thanksgiving Day and the men would travel to the Tabernacle reminding them how God brought them through the desert. They would live in tents or huts made from branches.

There are seven total  annual festivals taught in Leviticus 23 that every Jewish person would have studied and celebrated.  This tetrad as it is called has happened 3 Times in the last 500 years  1493 – 1494, 1949-1950, 1967-1968. One of the signs of the end times is the moon turning into a blood color. So with the four blood moons coming there is a lot of speculation about what this means.

Joel 2:31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood  before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

Acts 2:19-20 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below,  blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness  and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

See also: Revelation 6:12

God does use cosmic signs as precursors to the end times but we have to be careful to not make things that are common things into signs.

The first problem with making the blood moons a sign is that they will not be seen by the majority of the world.

NASA reports that none of the eclipses will be visible from North east Europe, Eastern Africa, The Middle East, or Central Asia. So if these are signs to Israel they will not see them.

Matthew 24:29 -30 is written that the signs will be clear and visible to all.

Proponents of the Blood Moons as a sign say with technology we will be able to see them and so they say that being able to see them personally does not matter.

The second problem with using the blood moons as a sign is that the prophecies say that the sun will grow dark as well.

Revelation 16:10-11 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

Exodus 10:22-23  So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

The Sun going dark is not a lunar cycle but a judgment from God. This is not something we can forecast ahead of time but will happen without warning.  So God will cause it to go dark just like he did in Egypt showing this is not a normal occurrence of lunar cycles.

For the blood moons to be a prophecy it would have to be one of six cosmic signs that are mentioned in the scriptures above.

The third problem with the blood moons being a sign is these signs will happen after the tribulation has started.

So if the blood moons are signs then the sun would have to go out and stars fall from heaven. It would have to be visible to the whole world and it would have to be after the tribulation.

The Bible never mentions four blood moons but only the moon turning to blood again with other signs that accompany it.

Another thing about the proponents of the Blood moons and Israel is that they say something major has always happened but they have had to stretch that to make it work.

A sign by definition points you to something not shows up after the fact.

The blood moons of 1493-94 happened after the Jews were expelled from Spain for not converting to Catholicism in 1492. The blood moons of 1949 and 50 were after Israel was reestablished as a nation in 1948. The Blood moons of 1967-68 did have something major called the Six day War June 5-10 in 1967 but it was the only major thing after the Blood Moons.

There is more that can be covered but because a blood moon is coming up and one of the verses proponents of the blood moon site one of the verses in this study so I thought it should be mentioned.

Could something major happen to Israel these next two years? Of Course. Could a people who have the moon as a symbol as their religion, attack a country that they believe should be wiped off the earth, on the day they are celebrating one of their festivals? Of Course.

But to say they are a sign is not something we can say for sure at this time.

Powers of Heaven will be shaken could be an earthquake where it seems the heavens are shaken or it could be the actual Heavens are falling apart.

Even if you took these signs as poetic language the point would be that these will be such earth shattering events that everyone will know about them and all on earth will be devestated by them.

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn (30)

When Jesus comes back to earth and people will have no more time to repent it will truly be a sad day for them. Everyone will see Him Isaiah 18:3

Revelation 6:15-17   Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us[f] from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their[g] wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

There will also be another kind of mourning and that is a mourning over sin. There seems to be one more chance for people to repent when they see Jesus but I am not totally convinced. It seems some  people will mourn over their sin and for how they treated Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication. They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

Some will see Christ and repent and others will continue to rebel. That same chance is made available for all of us who see our sin for what it is and repent of it.

Coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great Glory

Acts 1:11 Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Coming on clouds is a Messiah term and Jesus was saying it about Himself. For those who say that Jesus was not the Messiah, Matthew again is showing us that in Jesus own words He claimed to be the Messiah.

See: Daniel 7:13; Exodus 13:21-22; 40:34-38; Psalm 68:4; 104:3; Isaiah 19:1;

Jesus came humbly the first time but when He comes again He will come with His full power and glory.

Full Glory means they will recognize Him as God.

It is this full Glory that if we are not changed by Him would literally destroy us because without a transformed life we cannot stand before a Holy and Perfect God.

And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call to gather His elect

Matthew 13: 49-50 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Angels will come and separate those who belong to God from those who do not.They will cover the whole world and come and get them. Some believe they may be still hiding in caves since they would have been commanded to run from the anti- Christ.

See Matthew 13:41; 16:27; 25:31-32

The Trumpet could announce a King (1 Kings 1:34) a sacred event (Leviticus 25:9) a call to war (Judges 6:34;7:20; Isaiah 18:3) or the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 27:13; Joel 2:1; Zechariah 9:14)

Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Closing

We are to look at the signs but we have to be careful to not turn things into signs that are not signs. We never are to be fearful of what is going on in our world because God has already laid out exactly what will happen and we cannot fall prey to people who are sensationalist. We are to look and see what God is doing and be aware but we should be more encouraged to meet and study together as we see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

If we are living in the end times will you be found faithful?

We should be more motivated than ever to do things that are eternally significant.

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