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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
- TITLE: Something Astronomical
By Graham Insley
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On display over the next two years is a spectacular Biblical message for the whole world to see and understand. Bracketed between two of astronomy's most spectacular sets of bookends is a phenomenon that has only occurred seven times in 2000 years; a lunar eclipse tetrad that falls on four very significant feasts of the Lord.
A lunar tetrad is four, successive, total lunar eclipses, often called blood red moons, which are separated from each other by six lunar months with no partial lunar eclipse in-between. What makes the coming tetrad special is the Hebrew Feast Days on which the eclipses fall.
The first total lunar eclipse will be on 15 April, 20014; the Feast of Passover. The second will fall on 8 Oct, 2014; the Feast of Tabernacles. Number three will be on 4 April, 2015, again Passover, and number four will be six lunar months later on 28 September, 2015; again, Tabernacles.
So for two years in a row, back to back, we will have a full moon eclipse falling on the first and last feast days of the year. The Feast of Passover is the first of the seven major Feasts of the Lord; it is the Feast which started the exodus of Israel out of Egypt. The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the seven major Feasts; it marks the coming of God Himself, in the form of a cloud, when He descended to dwell among His people at the completion of the Tabernacle.
Like bookends enclosing the Feasts of the Lord a blood red moon will be seen on the first feast of the year, then we will have the other five feasts (Unleaven Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets and Atonement) before another blood red moon is seen again on the last feast of the year -- and this will happen two years in a row.
In Hebrew the word 'feast' means an appointed time. Could that mean that these particular feasts, emphasised by these two sets of blood red bookends, are pointing to a very special appointment? History suggests this.
In 1493/94, a lunar tetrad fell on the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles. 1492 saw the end of the Spanish Inquisition and thousands of Jews were expelled from Spain. For years Jews were on the move, homeless refugees in an anti-Semitic world. God's children were looking for a new home.
The tetrad after this that also fell on these particular Feasts was in 1949/50. The Israelian War of Independence ended in 1949 and Israel was a Nation for the first time in 2000 years. God started to bring His children home; but they were plagued by war and insecurity.
The last time a lunar tetrad happened on these Feast days was in 1967/68. And in June of 1967 a very inferior Israelian Defence Force defeated three enemies (Egypt, Jordon and Syria) in a spectacular way. This war, which became known as the Six Day War, saw 983 Israelian troops killed and 15 captured. In contrast the three enemies, combined, saw a staggering 22,000 killed and 5,200 captured. This was a victory worthy of being called a miracle and God started to secure the homeland of His children.
Could this next tetrad occurrence also speak of a Biblically significant event that is about to happen?
Consider the words of Gen 1:14 which tell us that the lights that separate day from night, the sun and the moon, are for 'signs' and seasons. Both the sun and the moon are involved in a total lunar eclipse.
And then consider the words of Jesus Himself, when He told us, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars. And on the earth will be anxiety of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;" (Luke 21:25-KJV)
Lastly let us also consider Acts 2:20 (KJV): "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come." That is an exact explanation of what happens in a total lunar eclipse.
We can only stand in awe and ask ourselves these two questions: "What will be contained between these bookends?" and "Is it possible that the Lord's return is imminent?"
I make only one prediction; something astronomical is about to happen.
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