Here is what YHVH says: "Don't learn the way of the Goyim, don't be frightened by astrological signs, even if the Goyim are afraid of them; Jeremiah 10:2
Sequences of eclipses lead Bible teachers to believe that such events are not simply coincidences of nature.
Genesis 1:14 God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years;
Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, the dome of the sky speaks the work of his hands. Every day it utters speech, every night it reveals knowledge. Without speech, without a word, without their voices being heard, their line goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.
Joel 2:31 (3:4) The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai."
Acts 2:20 The sun will become dark and the moon blood before the great and fearful Day of Adonai comes.
Revelation 6:12 Then I watched as he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake, the sun turned black as sackcloth worn in mourning, and the full moon became blood-red.
Matthew 24:29 "But immediately following the trouble of those times, the sun will grow dark, the moon will stop shining, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in heaven will be shaken.
"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory.
Gerard De Groot - author of 'Dark Side of the Moon
So why is it suddenly good to be dark?
The Northumberland dark skies initiative started with an effort by county councils, businesses and residents to do something about light pollution. This wasn't just a case of switching off, but was about using technology to use light more efficiently.
If you live in London or Bristol or Oxford go out on the next clear night and count how many stars you see. Londoners haven't seen the Milky Way since the Blitz forced the city into blackout. But when the lights go off, the stars come out.
I once drove a pea combine from eight at night until eight in the morning in one of the darkest places in America. I couldn't believe the light show that was put on for my benefit every night. Meteors were a mundane occurrence, but no less exciting for being so. The Milky Way was a bright band of billions of stars all competing for prominence.
The dark sky once made cavemen gaze upward and made Galileo speculate on celestial motion. We've lost that sky, and the imagination that goes with it. The firmament is no longer a thing of wonder for the simple reason that we can't actually see it. Light may be synonymous with understanding, but only in darkness can we appreciate the vast magnificence of the universe. Turn on the lights and our world shrinks.
There weren't (necessarily) three of them, and we do not know their names. They were unlikely to be astrologers of the type who write horoscopes and suchlike mumbo-jumbo. All we know is this - Matthew 2:1
After Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem in the land of Y'hudah during the time when Herod was king, Magi from the east came to Yerushalayim. and asked, "Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
The Magi were most likely from the priests of Persia and/or Torah students from the sophisticated Jewish community in Babylon that flourished after the exiles returned to Israel. They had probably been seeking the star of Numbers 24:17, where Bil'am prophesied
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not soon - a star will step forth from Ya`akov, a scepter will arise from Isra'el, to crush the corners of Mo'av and destroy all descendants of Shet."
A rare hybrid solar eclipse is set to take place this weekend, and one pastor believes that such events are not simply coincidences of nature.
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries says that these types of solar eclipses in the past have been signs, foretelling important events throughout history, such as the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. He points out that the rarity of their occurrence reinforces their symbolism.
"Two happened right in a row at the time of destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and on feast days," Biltz told WND.
"Around eight months before the Temple was destroyed we find on 10/18/69 there was a partial lunar eclipse on the Feast of Sukkot. A total solar eclipse followed this on Nisan 1-3/30/70, the beginning of the religious year. Two weeks later there was a penumbral lunar eclipse on Passover on 4/14/70. An annular solar eclipse followed this on Rosh Hashanah on 9/23/70. Then another penumbral lunar eclipse on Sukkot on 10/8/70," Biltz continued.
"This would be totally unbelievable, if it wasn't verified by the NASA. But that's not all. Then there was another partial lunar eclipse on Purim the following year on 3/4/71," Biltz said.
Biltz said the pattern of eclipses continued to occur on Jewish Holy Days for the next year and, in his opinion, corresponded with significant events in Jewish history.
Such events have occurred at other times in recent centuries, and each time they were linked to significant events for the Jewish nation, claims John Hagee's new book, "Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change."
A very good video - from Discover Ministries
However - this has been challenged - see belowSummary of Signs in Video
28/11/13 - Comet Ison - Hannukah
15/04/14 - Blood Moon - Passover War Tetrad starts
08/10/14 - Blood Moon - Sukkot
20/03/15 - Total Solar - Day 1 of religious year Sign for the Gentiles
04/04/15 - Blood Moon - Passover
13/09/15 - Partial Solar - Civil New Year
28/09/15 - Blood Moon - Sukkot (Super Moon)
23/09/17 - Virgo clothed - Jerusalem Jubilee + Dead Sea Scrolls + 70 from UN Resolution + 500 from Reformation
14/05/18 70th of Israel
20/11/16 - Jupiter enters Virgo for 41 weeks gestation period (Retrograde motion)
26/03/16 - Planet X flyby - tends to cause catastrophes, like Noah's flood.
Answered by Philip Mott,
Lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the Moon passes into the Earth's shadow, which can only ever happen on the night of a Full Moon. There are at least two each year, and over a quarter of them are total eclipses. Unlike solar eclipses, which can only be observed from a relatively small area of the world and last a few minutes, lunar eclipses can be seen anywhere on the night side of the Earth (assuming it's not cloudy!) and last for several hours. If the Earth had no atmosphere, its shadow on the Moon would be completely dark. However in reality it is usually visible due to the light from the Sun being refracted through the Earth's atmosphere. Depending on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere at the time, it can appear dark grey, brown, red, orange, or any shade in-between.
Every now and then you can get a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each spaced six months apart, known as 'tetrads'. Since the Biblical feasts of Passover and Tabernacles always occur at a Full Moon and are always six months apart, inevitably a tetrad will sometimes coincide with these. The significance of such 'feast tetrads' was popularised by John Hagee (senior pastor of Cornerstone Church, a Texas megachurch), who in turn got the teaching from Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries. They claim that they signify momentous events connected to the Jewish people, such as the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948, and the Six Day War in 1967. They then point out that the next one is due in 2014/5. However when considering the validity of this claim, you may wish to bear in the following the mind:
1. A feast tetrad occurred in 1493/4, but not in 1492;
2. A feast tetrad occurred in 1949/50, but not in 1948;
3. Only one of the four eclipses in the 2014/5 tetrad will be visible from Israel, and even then only for a few minutes before the Moon sinks below the horizon;
4. There were also feast tetrads in 162/3 AD, 795/6 AD, 842/3 AD and 860/1 AD, during which nothing of significance happened relating to the Jewish people;
5. No feast tetrad occurred at the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC, at the birth or crucifixion of Jesus (whichever date you take), at the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, or during the Holocaust.
For a complete catalogue of lunar eclipses since 2000 BC, including tetrads, see http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LEcatalog.html.
Although we know from the Bible that the Lord does sometimes use signs in the heavens to herald certain events, we should be careful about accepting such claims without proper investigation. We know that the Enemy works to inspire false prophecies, predictions and claims so as to engender cynicism, apathy and gullibility amongst the faithful, as well as make Christianity look foolish in the eyes of the World. We are thus called to test all things, to discern truth from error, to hold fast to what is good, and to not be carried about with every wind of teaching. In short, we should look for the signs of His return but not be fooled (or jaded) by the false ones!
Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come
Quoted in Acts 2:19.
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
How does a blood moon happen ? - - a bit of Physics
Ratio of size to distance from earth for both Sun and Moon mean they appear the same size from Earth. (Coincidence??)
The moon can exactly obscure the sun and the earth can exactly cast its shadow on the moon.
Solar eclipse - Moon masks the Sun
Lunar eclipse - Earth's shadow obscures the moon
But refraction of sunlight in Earth's atmosphere bends red light inwards to illuminate the moon while all other colours miss the moon.
If God created these things so precisely, He must have a purpose in them.
Appears in Leo - Lion of Judah
Out of Virgo - the virgin
Out of Libra - the scales - Judgment
Into the Sun - Glory
Cuts off the Serpent's head (serpens kaput) *
Into Corona Borealis - a crown
Not seen any more
* it is the tail that counts, not the track, and the tail points away from the sun - not along the comet's path.
ISON, a "virgin" comet on its first plunge from the Ort Cloud, may have survived its Dec. 1 swing around the backside of the sun at a minuscule (in astronomical terms) distance of 1 million miles.
ISON consists primarily of ice, which enhances its brightness but makes it more fragile. Astronomers predicted that ISON might break up due to the gravitational forces from its close encounter with the sun.
ISON did not reappear on telescopes searching for it, so on Dec. 12, the European Space Agency declared ISON's death. On Dec. 13, that death decree was retracted as "something" was then seen leaving a tail behind it heading toward Earth from the sun. But it was merely a portion of its former self.
Comet ISON was first identified in September 2012 by a Russian research team working for the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), whose job was to search for objects in near-Earth space which may pose a threat.
ISON was hard to detect because its trajectory was almost straight in toward Earth, with very little lateral motion to show up on telescope film. ISON was six astronomical units (AU) away when it was first detected., a bit farther out than Jupiter's orbit. One AU is the average distance from Earth to the Sun. ISON has been sneaking in toward Earth from behind the planet Mars, making it difficult to spot, even with a telescope. On Oct. 31, ISON crossed Mars orbit, 40 million miles from the red planet, to appear far enough ahead of Mars to be distinguished as a separate object.
ISON crossed Earth orbit on Nov. 1, and looped around the Sun by Nov. 30 to start its travel back toward Earth. If the Sun's gravity does not cause ISON to break up ISON will pass 48.8-million miles behind Earth in its orbit on Dec. 15 on its way back to the Ort Cloud.
Astronomers say what makes a comet so spectacular, is its brightness and its tail. A large percentage of the comet's mass is ice, frozen to near absolute zero out in the Ort Cloud (an area one light-year across), where trillions of comets rest until disturbed, causing their plunge toward the Sun.
Astronomers believe that this is the first time for ISON to "take the plunge." Its ice is still intact. Other "periodic" comets have made the trip hundreds of times gradually diminishing the amount of ice that remains. Since 240 B.C.,
Haleys Comet has been observed making its visit every 76 years, last appearing in 1986. ISON will pass 730,000 miles from the surface of the Sun, when the surface of ISON will soar to 3,600 degrees F. A lot of ice will evaporate, and dust will be emitted to form the comet's tail. The comet's tail will be pushed away from the Sun by solar winds.
The tail will trail the comet inbound, and lead the comet outbound
So - Ison did not live up to NASA's expectations, but since it appeared unexpectedly from the Ort cloud, might not another - brighter - comet appear in the same way, as a sign for all to see?
One of the anticipated signs is the arrival of Comet Ison from far outside the solar system. NASA had estimated that it could be as bright as the moon. Its arrival at perihelion (closest to the sun) coincided with Channukah (28th November 2013)
However, it was only visible with binoculars (at its brightest) before Channukah and was though to have broken up at perihelion. However ... some of it may have survived its close encounter with the Sun. It was first reported that the Comet Ison's nucleus and tail had been destroyed by the Sun's radiation and tidal forces but the European Space Agency (ESA) said the "story continues".
The latest pictures appear to show a brightening of a chunk of the comet which has caused a surge in excitement among skygazers.It is hard to know what has happened but experts say dust and gas are being released and the tail may be growing back.
Comet Ison, which had been hurtling through space at speeds of 845,000mph, was due to pass within 730,000 miles of the surface of the sun to be met with temperatures of about 2,700C (4,892F) and an intense gravitational pull as it prepared for its solar slingshot.
Officially known as Comet C/2012 S1, Ison had been given a 30% chance of survival by Carey Lisse, of the US Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
Comets are frozen balls of space dust left over from the formation of stars and planets. The comet was discovered last year by two amateur astronomers using Russia's International Scientific Optical Network, or Ison.
Noting the importance of the timing of the Blood Moons - on The Moedim (God's Appointed Times - a study of the Moedim is suggested.
The author is not aware of any clue what this sign might be, but it will be obvious once it does appear.
It is not necessary to understand each sign in advance. Somebody asked the preacher Charles Spurgeon, "Can you explain the Seven Trumpets of the Book of Revelation?"
"No," he said, "but I can blow one in your ear and warn you to escape from the wrath to come!"
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