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Messianic ‘Blood Moon’ Rising on Passover Seder Night

The prophecy in Joel, like most prophecies, is surreal, beautiful, and open to many interpretations.

There will be a string of four "blood moons" in the year 5775, and one of them will shine over the Passover seder. Whenever this happened in the past, enormous events took place in Jewish history.

There will be a string of four "blood moons" in the year 5775, and one of them will shine over the Passover seder. Whenever this happened in the past, enormous events took place in Jewish history.
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It starts with the Book of Joel, Chapter 3:3-4: “And I will show 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 terrible day of the Lord come.”

The verse about the sun turning dark and the moon turning to blood, is at the center of a new, hot, Christian bestseller titled “Four Blood Moons,” by Pastor John Hagee. It is based on a discovery by Pastor Mark Biltz, who runs a “Hebrew roots” ministry in Tacoma, Washington: Red Moons.

Biltz’s website declares: “We do not want to convert Jews to Christianity or Christians to Judaism,” which works for me. He based his observation on the verse in Genesis 1:14: “And God said, Let there be lights in the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

God originally plans to use the heavenly lights as signs, and the prophet Joel foretells that a blood moon would mark the day of the Lord – then it stands to reason that some dramatic stuff should be taking place when a blood moon is up in the sky.

The science of the “blood moon” phenomenon is fairly simple. It is created by a partial lunar eclipse. When the Earth’s shadow covers the moon completely, we get a total eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse happens wen the Earth’s shadow covers the moon only partially. The earth atmosphere bends light around its edge, and scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet), leaving longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the Earth’s shadow. This is also why sunsets and sunrises generally appear red.

As is the case with most miraculous events that can be explained scientifically, the miracle is not in the natural phenomenon, but rather in its timing. So the Book of Joel describes solar eclipse, followed by a partial lunar eclipse, as precursors of the Day of the Lord.

The prophecy in Joel, like most prophecies, is surreal, beautiful, and open to many interpretations. But we can take away from it the notion of a blood moon as a sign, and check out the calendar for the next bunch of partial lunar eclipses.

That’s what Pastor Biltz did, he looked at NASA’s tables for solar and lunar eclipses and found a string of lunar and solar eclipses happening in 2014 and 2015 and then nothing like it for the rest of the 21st century. In 2015 there will be two solar and lunar eclipses two weeks apart (on the new moon and full moon) one in the spring and one in the fall. This could possibly produce four blood moon eclipses in a row, which is definitely something to write home about.

OK, now hold on to your seats, please: we’ve had the Tetrad phenomenon (a string of four moons partially or completely eclipsed,) twice in the last century, both times on the night of the Passover seder: in 5710 (1949-50) and in 5728 (1967-68).

The year 5710 came right after the establishment of the State of Israel.

The year 5728 came right after the liberation of Jerusalem.

The next string of four blood moons is coming Passover seder night, 5775 (2014-15) – a year from this Pesach.

Oh, and the last time this event had taken place before the 20th century was in 5654. That’s 1493-94 to you and me, one year after the exile from Spain.

Now the much better connected Pastor Hagee has picked up Biltz’s notions and authored a very popular book about the blood moons and what they mean – of course, the second coming of you know who.

No, Virginia, we don’t believe in this stuff, we really don’t follow anything up in the heavens except our Father in Heaven, but you have to admit, this is pretty curious.

It’s also interesting to note that those moon strings each appeared only after the miraculous events, like a kind of confirmation on the part of God: I did this. Which means the coming year or so should be very eventful.

Like you didn’t know this without the moon…

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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78 Responses to “Messianic ‘Blood Moon’ Rising on Passover Seder Night”

  1. Jonpaul Fink says:

    What does this mean

  2. Jonpaul Fink says:

    What does this mean

  3. Jonpaul Fink says:

    What does this mean

  4. Daniel Freedman says:


  5. Lynn Peele says:


  6. Anthony Kent says:

    The Pastors have made a good spot from the Astronomical tables. They'll make a tidy sum on the book, and when the lunar eclipses pass and you-know-who does not appear, one doubts if they will be offering refunds.

  7. Missy McKinney says:


  8. Irv Bromberg says:

    Actually a TOTAL lunar eclipse appears entirely red.  (It can never appear black because the entire circumference of Earth’s atmosphere bends plenty of red light in Moon’s direction.)  A partial lunar eclipse may have some red along its darkest part, but more likely the part that is more brightly illuminated will cause a perceptual wash-out of any red.  It is very common during “eclipse” seasons, which can occur once or twice per year (some years have none), for a solar eclipse to be followed by a lunar eclipse and then a solar eclipse, or for a lunar eclipse to be followed by a solar eclipse and then a lunar eclipse.  Although a lunar eclipse can be seen by the entire half of Earth that is experiencing night, the solar eclipse can only be seen along a very narrow path on the daytime side of Earth, depending on where Moon’s much smaller shadow touches down on Earth’s surface.  A total solar eclipse crossing Israel and a nearby total lunar eclipse that is visible from Israel might be of more interest viz-a-viz biblical references.  I find it rather far-fetched, however, to interpret the words quoted from Yoel as referring to eclipses in any way.
    – Dr. Irv Bromberg, University of Toronto, Canada

  9. KimberRnBsnMba says:

    Irv BrombergPonder it Four, blood moons on Jewish Feast days within two years in Israel is very rare
    and has only occurred seven times since the time of Yeshua (Jesus).
    There are now four blood moons scheduled to appear in 2014-2015 and then
    there will NOT be any for the next 100 years.Every time a blood moon pattern has appeared on Jewish feast days a big event affects the nation of Israel. the most recent three tetrads of blood moons which fell on Biblical feasts occurred in the period from:1493-94
    (shortly after Jews persecuted and evicted from Spain in 1492 and
    Columbus (Jew) sailed to New World to find them a new home. 
    Columbus returned to America in 1493 with 1,500 men and 17 ships);1949-50 (after state of Israel for repatriating Jews was created in May 1948 in one day); and1967-68 (Jews capture Jerusalem in June 1967, the City of God, in a supernatural victory during the “Six Day War”).CHECK  WITH NASA

  10. The pillars of smoke could be a reference to nuclear war which would kick up dust and pollutants into the atmosphere and thus potentially cause a blood moon. I pray for peace but all too often what takes place is war. In the middle east we have wars and rumors of wars and sometimes rumors of a new peace deal on an almost weekly basis. In addition the killing of Christians has been like wild fires in the middle east. Iran claims they will not build the bomb but continue to spin their centrifuges. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran could get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Another question is rather or not the Russian/Syrian agreement will do the trick in Syria? Stay tuned. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that speaks of salvation and some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  11. Yaffah Batya DaCosta says:

    Shalom, Actual schedule of Blood Red Moons is like this .. 1) Passover of 5774 (April 15th 2014); 2) Tabernacles 5775 (Oct 8th 2014); 3) Passover of 5775 (April 5th 2015) and 4) Tabernacles 5776 (Sept 28th 2015). Intersperses within those dates are two solar eclipses at 1) Rosh Chodesh Nissan (March 20th 2015) and 2) Rosh Hashanah Sept 13th 2015). Yaffah Batya in Jerusalem

  12. Sally Turner says:

    I heard part of pastor Hagee's message on TV just recently, it was very interestingtoo.

  13. Lynda Vanley Armstrong says:


  14. Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries is not saying that Yeshua will come back during this time, but that something significant may happen in Israel during this time!

  15. MammasitaPappasito says:

    KimberRnBsnMba Irv Bromberg the #8= New Beginnings….rather interesting.  :)

  16. MammasitaPappasito says:

    If the Blood moon phenomena has happened 7 times already since Messiah’s appearing, this set next Pesach will make the 8th…..

  17. Jeri Carter says:

    I would reither go with Mark Beltzs

  18. Bunni Rankey says:

    hold onto your hats………………………………………………………

  19. Bunni Rankey says:

    hold onto your hats………………………………………………………

  20. BelindaKinder says:

    i believe what God says.  His calender of events ,like his word… will happen.

  21. BelindaKinder says:

    Irv Bromberg
    it does not matter if the moon is red, orange or purple.  the key factor is that they are called blood moons and the fact of them happening on the Jewish holidays means that GOD IS MOVING OR GOING TO MOVE QUICKLY.  It is a SIGN PEOPLE>  WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!.  PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE WORD SAYS AND WHAT THE TIMES ARE SHOWING>  MATCH IT UP>  PLEASE>  FOR YOUR OWN SOULS SAKE>
    Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/messianic-blood-moon-rising-on-passover-seder/2013/10/06/

  22. Bunni Rankey says:

    YES, America is gonna get lots worse before she ever gets better. Time has come to start looking into your prophecy peeps.

  23. Anthony
    Hagee is not predicting the return of Jesus during the four blood moon period, only that it may signify something very eventful for Israel and the world.

  24. Rod Skalitzky says:

    They aren't talking about the return of Christ, just that significant events may well happen regarding Israel over the next couple of years. And if they do, will you repent of your attitude?

  25. Mechelle Lohman says:

    Yes, me too!

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