I want to bring your attention to the Blood Moon tonight. This is the second blood moon, or total lunar eclipse, in the 2014-2015 tetrad. I am no astronomy junkie, but when lunar eclipses happen on The Lord’s Feast Days, I pay attention. As a quick run-through, a tetrad is a series of four lunar eclipses within a two-year cycle. Tetrads are not very common, but even more uncommon is when they appear on a Feast day. In recent history, the occurrence of lunar Tetrads on Jewish feast days have amazingly coincided with very difficult times for the Jewish people. In 1491-1492, a Tetrad took place on Passover, then Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), and again on Passover, then Sukkot. During that time King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews from Spain. Many of them came to America with Christopher Columbus. The next season of Tetrad lunar eclipses was in 1949-1950, again on Passover and Sukkot in 1949, and again on Passover and Sukkot in 1950. In May of 1948, Israel became a nation. The very next Passover they celebrated was in the Land, and they experienced lunar eclipses. During those years, their surrounding neighbors attacked Israel and tried to ‘push her into the sea.’ They did not succeed. The next set of blood moons on feast days was in 1967-1968. Again, the eclipses happened on the same Feast Days of The Lord: Passover, Sukkot, and again, Passover, Sukkot. In 1967 all of Israel’s neighbors ganged up on her again, and God gave Israel victory in the Six-Day War. In each confrontation, God incrementally gave Israel both victory and land.
Fast forward to 2014. There has not been another Tetrad on Feast Days since. Then in April 2014, the first blood moon in a Tetrad happened. On Passover. And tonight, the second blood moon will happen. On the first day of Sukkot. It’s okay to allow yourself to feel heebie-jeebies. According to NASA’s website, there will be another two blood moons next year. Also on Passover and Sukkot.
Can I remind you of a really cool verse in the Bible? It’s in Genesis. Day Four.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:14, 15 ESV)
It’s so easy to just read over the reasons God made the sun, moon and stars. The first part of the second sentence reads: “And let them be for signs and for seasons…” Signs. Signs. Signs to whom? Signs to us. ‘Seasons’ here is not necessarily all about agriculture. ‘Seasons’ here is the same Hebrew word that God uses for another term: feasts. More specifically, the Feasts of The Lord.
The ancient rabbis believed that a lunar eclipse was an omen to Israel, while a solar eclipse was an omen to the Gentiles. Now, while rabbinical writings are not Scripture, and therefore do not carry the same authority as Scripture, it is interesting to note that within the 2014-2015 blood moon cycle, right in the middle is a full solar eclipse. Not a partial eclipse. Full solar eclipse.
So the next question I know you all are asking is, “What are You saying, Father? You made the great billboard in the sky! What are You saying??”
I think maybe the most infamous solar eclipse was the one that happened a few hours before Passover began about 2000 years ago:
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33, 34 ESV)
We know from Scripture that God judged Jesus, His only begotten son, for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future. Jews and Gentiles. And the sun was darkened. The earth gave up her dead:
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:50-54 ESV)
I think maybe the solar eclipse while Jesus hung on the cross could have been a freaky enough omen to the Gentiles to prepare their hearts for the awe of salvation. Blessed salvation from The Father of Lights.
So. Let me ask you. Do you have your testimony ready? Do you KNOW what Jesus delivered you from? I’m not talking about saving you from hell. I mean, I am, but that is just a consequence of following The Lamb. What has He saved you from in THIS LIFE? Scripture says we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Your testimony. Someone needs you. Someone needs to know how Jesus changed you and saved your marriage. Someone needs to know the sweet relief of knowing she is eternally loved with a power so strong it actually overcomes death. Someone needs to know your story of unforgiveness to forgiveness. Someone needs to know.
Holy Spirit will highlight the people. Father has to draw them first. But friends, He is drawing. He is drawing. The Great Harvest, the time of separating the wheat from the weeds is either upon us or will be very very soon. Get ready. You were made for such a time as this.