SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS
By: Gary L. Rodgers
Has God employed the use of certain signs in the Heavens to prepare the nation of Israel for some event that would change their lives and their course in history?
In Matthew chapter 2 we read about three wise men that followed a Star which pointed them to where they found the Savior of the world.
Were there other signs in the Heavens that brought about some sort of change for the nation of Israel?
- In Joshua chapter 10 we are given the story of Joshua praying to God that He would cause the sun and moon to stand still which gave Israel the daylight that they needed to destroy the army of the Amorites.
- In Isaiah 38 we find that God caused the sun to go backwards for a portion of a day as a sign to King Hezekiah that God heard his prayer and 15 years was added to his life.
OTHER SIGNS AND WONDERS
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. The feast of tabernacles or Sukkot is a celebration called “A Season of Our Joy” which is a feast of booths (tents, tabernacles). The Jews would celebrate this feast inside of their booths which is a makeshift tent that they would setup in their homes as a remembrance to the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
We know from scripture that the Passover or Pesach is a celebration when the Jews were delivered from Egyptian bondage. The death angel went throughout Egypt and slew all of the first born of both man and beast. The Jews were instructed by God to smear Lamb’s blood on the doorposts and lintel of their homes and when the death angel saw the blood he would then pass over that house. (Exodus 12:12)
The Pesach and Sukkot are also a celebrated time of sowing and reaping of their harvests.
Would you agree that these are two very important celebrations to the nation of Israel, the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles?
Recently while doing a study on blood moons I happened across some interesting notes that I wanted to share.
As we know from our school years astronomy and astrology are both a study of the stars.
Astronomy is a study of celestial objects such as moons, stars, planets, and galaxies. It is the study of the physics, chemistry and mathematics of these objects. (Physics – which is a study of the matter and motion of these objects through space and time)
Astrology – Is the study of motion and the position of these stars in relationship to one another and this information has been used to predict future events. From this study the signs of the Zodiac and Horoscopes were developed which are believed by some to express certain character traits of people born on specific dates.
As a Christian I feel that the science of astronomy is something that would be alright for us to understand. In a book that I have from Dr. Harold Wilmington from Liberty university he brought out some interesting points about the vastness of space and the size of certain stars and planets when trying to get us to see how big God’s world is and how we size up by comparison. Light-years is the distance that light travels in a one year period of time. Light as we know it travels at 186,282 miles per second which calculates to 671 million miles traveled in 1 hour of time. Space as we know it is so vast that a measurement of feet, inches and miles begin to breakdown when trying to calculate these distances, so light-years are used to measure some of these distances. One light-year calculates to some 5.9 trillion miles that light will travel at a speed of 671 million miles per/hr in one year’s time. When considering these calculations we as a planet are but a tiny speck in all of our surroundings. When thinking on these things Psalms 8:3-9 comes to mind which reads:
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
I am awe struck by the wonder and greatness of our God; yet man in his pride has challenged the very holiness and existence of our God. I believe that Romans 1:22 has it right when it says “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
God has some very strong things to say against astrology. In speaking to the nation of Israel, He declared his judgment about such practice by saying, Deuteronomy 17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
In fact, God made it very clear through the prophet Isaiah that astrology cannot save Babylon. God pronounced His judgment on Babylon and challenged their false beliefs to save them from the coming judgment. In Isaiah 47:13 we read “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.”
WHAT CAUSES A BLOOD MOON TO APPEAR
Down through the centuries there have been lunar eclipses which occur when the moon is aligned in the shadow of the earth which causes the moon to turn a blood red color. The rarest and most significant of these blood moons is when you have four of them occur over a two year period on the Jewish holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. This rare occurrence called Tetrads have happened three times in the past 500 years with the next set scheduled to occur in the years 2014 and 2015. So what is the significance to all of this? Could it be that God uses the sun, moon, and stars as a sign to the nation Israel that some dreadful time of trials and tribulations are about to fall upon them?
We are told in several passages that one of the signs of the end will be when the sun is darkened and the moon turns to blood.
HISTORY OF THREE SPECIFIC (FOUR) BLOOD MOON OCCURANCES (Tetrads) IN THE LAST 500 YEARS
The Tetrad of 1493 & 1494 occurred on the following dates:
- Passover – April 2, 1493 and Sukkot – September 25, 1493
- Passover – March 22, 1494 and Sukkot – September 15, 1494
- The total solar eclipse occurred on September 24, 1493
This time in Jewish history marks the horrible event known as the Spanish Inquisition that was headed up and controlled by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain; this was the same Queen that financed the voyage of Christopher Columbus a year earlier in 1492 when he came to the Americas.
In Spain the Jewish people were brutally tortured and murdered because they refused to abandon their faith and be converted to Catholicism. With their money and their property taken from them, and without means of supporting themselves, all Jews who refused to convert to Catholicism were then banished from Spain.
The Tetrad of 1949 & 1950 occurred on the following dates:
- Passover – April 13, 1949 and Sukkot – October 7, 1949
- Passover – April 2, 1950 and Sukkot – September 26, 1950
- The total solar eclipse occurred on September 12, 1950
This time in Jewish history we find the nation of Israel in its infancy as a nation reborn. This period marks the miracle of the ingathering of the Jewish people to return to their beloved homeland. As we know from history, Titus of Rome overran Jerusalem in A.D. 70, destroying the Temple and the city and then he forcibly exiled the Jewish people from their sacred land that was promised to them by God. Now after 1,800 years without a country to call their own the Jewish people were now able to return to the land of their forefathers. With the persecution and suffering of Germany and Adolf Hitler behind them they now could go home to the place where God intended for them to be, in the land of promise. Now they could set up their own system of Government according to their beliefs and once again teach their children the Hebrew language of their ancestors.
Isaiah 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Why has the United States been so blessed over the years? It’s because with our influence and support to the children of Israel in 1948 we were able to sway the United Nations to pass a vote for Israel to become a Jewish state. For centuries the nation of Israel has been a wandering people; now they are home for good and never to be moved again.
The Tetrad of 1967 & 1968 occurred on the following dates:
- Passover – April 24, 1967 and Sukkot – October 18, 1967
- Passover – April 13, 1968 and Sukkot – October 6, 1968
- The total solar eclipse occurred on November 2, 1967
The significance behind this Tetrad was the six day war and the re-taking of Israel’s holy city of Jerusalem. Faced with overwhelming odds against them and by the hand of Almighty God they re-took the city that they have so longed for. Miracle after miracle occurred in those six days, and now they were able to once again say that Jerusalem was back in Jewish hands.
According to NASA the next Tetrad is scheduled to occur in 2014 & 2015 on the following dates.
- Passover – April 15, 2014 and Sukkot – October 8, 2014
- Passover – April 4, 2015 and Sukkot – September 28, 2015
- The total solar eclipse is to occur on March 20, 2015
What will be the significance of this event? No one knows other than God himself. But whatever happens we can feel sure that God will do something in the lives of His covenant people. Down through the centuries a vast number of blood moons have appeared, but as we have noted only three of the four blood moon signs have occurred on the specific Jewish holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in the past 500 years.
The next four blood moon Tetrad of 2014 & 2015 is certain to come, and I feel safe and secure in knowing that regardless of what this event may bring, that God is in complete control and that I’m as sure for Heaven as anyone can be. I know that my God will never leave me nor forsake me. His promise to save me because of my faith in Him and to deliver me from the wrath that is to come gives me all the peace that I need that tomorrow will be well taken care of.
The United States has always stood by Israel in the past and it is my hope and prayer that it will heed the warning of Genesis 12:3 and stand by Israel until the day that God brings down the New Jerusalem from Heaven. (Revelations 3:12 and 21:2)
Praise God “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12b)
Even the world is keeping their eyes on the heavens.