After playing cards on Wednesday night I stopped to look up at the lunar eclipse. It was a chilly spring night on the 8th October 2014. The full moon was out, unobscured by the clouds which had blocked the first blood moon of the 15th April.
Lunar eclipses are common, but a Tetrad where there are four lunar eclipses in a row is not. This Tetrad is even more unusual because there is a solar eclipse in the mix. When the last Tetrad occurred in 1967 Israel had the Six Day war. Israel considers blood moons to be an omen of war and when there is a solar eclipse it’s an omen of war for the other 70 nations. Jesus did say that prior to His return there would be wars and rumours of wars.
As the moon slowly moved into the Earth’s shadow creating a spooky sight I wondered what constellation the sun was in. I opened “Stellarium” on my laptop, a free planetarium program which is great for star-gazing.
Virgo, 8th October 2014, night of second blood moon of the Tetrad.
The sun was on Virgo’s arm, as she held a branch in her hand. Virgo is a significant sign. The prophet Isaiah stared 700 years into the future and gave Ahaz king of Judah a prophecy involving a virgin and Son.
Ahaz the King of Judah was at war. Isaiah said; “Ask a sign for yourself from your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Immanuel means “God with us”. We know that Virgo means the virgin, but the meaning of the constellations was lost in Babylon. Virgo holds a branch in her left hand, and an ear of corn in the other. The brightest star in Virgo is Spica. Spica has an ancient name, handed down to us in all the star-maps. It is called in Arabic Al Zimach, which means the BRANCH. What was the meaning of the branch? The BRANCH was the title of a servant of God who would come to remove the sin of this land.
“Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” Zechariah 3:8-10.
The stone in Zechariah’s prophecy represents Jesus, and the seven eyes represent angels and churches.
The ear of corn in Virgo’s hand represents a harvest. When Jesus was on Earth, He went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35.
I moved my attention to the moon, which was now a rusty shade of red. The moon was in Pisces. The sign of PISCES means “Their blessings in abeyance” (temporary cessation or suspension). The three constellations in PISCES are;
- THE BAND–bound, but binding their great enemy Cetus, the sea monster. (The beast up out of the sea in Revelation 13).
- ANDROMEDA (The Chained Woman). The Redeemed in their bondage and affliction.
- CEPHEUS (The King). Their Redeemer coming to rule. The brightest star is called Al Deramin, which means coming quickly. The next is named Al Phirk (Arabic), the Redeemer.
Jesus said “Behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 12:13-14.
What did he mean, coming quickly? It’s been 2000 years. The Lord has no sense of time! “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 peter 3:8-9.
The prophet Daniel said; “The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.” Daniel 9:26. Coming like a flood means events will speed up.
Besides the blood moon, there were two lots of meteor showers in the northern hemisphere; October 5th-6th the Camelopardalids and October 6th-9th the Draconids (from Draco).
This blood moon happened on the Jewish feast of Sukkot, which means “the in-gathering”.
Sukkot celebrates the harvest. It will be a time for the survivors of the nations to bow before the King (Zecharia 14:16). After the crops were gathered from the land God commanded a festival, where the Israelites were to take a bundle of branches from four different trees;
“On the first day, you must take for yourself a fruit of the citron tree, an unopened palm frond (lulav), myrtle branches, and willows [that grow near] the brook. You shall rejoice before God for seven days.” Leviticus 23:40
It was called “Lulav”. Is it a coincidence that the children of Israel are waving branches at Sukkot? I don’t think so.
I study the signs because it helps me understand the scriptures. God is still using the signs of the heavens in His word. For instance, in Revelation 12; “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.” Revelation 12-6
The word for “snatched up” means “Harpazo”. Harpazo is defined as seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
This is what is meant by the Rapture. I don’t know when this will be, before the Tribulation or during. For the persecuted Church, the Tribulation has already begun. What will be happening in the heavens when this sign appears?
The Lord expects His Church to be like the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times. It is really important now, because just like in Jesus’s day, people are feeling harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
I am here at your service. I know my Bible, I have a gift of discernment, and I learn as much as I can about what I see. A useful book is one called “The Witness of the Stars”, written by EW Bullinger in 1893. He’s not going to mind if you download it for free.
If you don’t know God, I hope you can see there is a lot more to Him and the Bible than you may have been led to believe. I have a heart for people to know God and take Him at His word. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them.