Summary: Genesis 1.14, tells us that God created the Moon & heavenly lights to be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. It’s like God wants to signal us about His appearing/coming. If so, what is the signal? What “signs” should we be aware of?
Blood Moon Passover Message
“look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near”
April 14, 2014 Chester’s First Baptist Church Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A In Henry W. Longfellow’s poem of Paul Revere’s ride from Boston to Concord, with the nation on the verge of revolution, he wrote the phrase, “One, if by land, and two, if by sea.”
1 It was a reference to the secret signal orchestrated by Revere to signal/alert the patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord.
a Genesis 1.14, tells us that God created the Moon & heavenly lights to...
Genesis 1:14 (NASB) 14 Then 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;
aa The word for “signs” can translated as “signal.”
bb The word for “seasons” can be referring to God’s appointed times (Jewish Holy Days/Feasts; Passover, Pentecost, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, etc.)
b It’s like God wants to signal us about His appearing/coming.
aa If so, what is the signal? What “signs” should we be aware of?
bb Perhaps the Bible gives us a clue about what the church’s “One, if by land and two, if by sea” signal is.
2 The first mention of blood & the moon are in the book of the prophet Joel.
Joel 2:30-31 (NKJV) 30 "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
a The next mention is when the Apostle Peter is preaching on the South steps of Herod’s Temple, immediately after Shavuot (Pentecost.)
aa He quotes the prophet Joel . . .
Acts 2:17-21 (NASB) 17 'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. 19 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. 20 'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21 'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'
bb John the Revelator tells us,
Revelation 6:12 (NASB) 12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
B Joel and John seem to plainly describe an end time solar eclipse and lunar eclipse.
1 During solar eclipses the sun is obscured by the moon except for wisps of light around the corona as if a hairy sackcloth was put in front of the sun.
a Lunar eclipses are when the earth is between the sun & the moon, often cause the moon to not disappear completely but turn shades of orange and red.
aa There are usually two LUNAR eclipses a year, and one SOLAR eclipse every 18 months.
bb The Lunar eclipse is seen by the entire night side of the earth for several hours, Solar eclipse is seen by only a small part of the earth for up to 6 to 7 minutes at best.
b The blood moon is a result of lunar eclipse during a full moon, this year there are 4 lunar eclipses, called a tetrad.
aa Since 1493, there have been three tetrad that are worthy of our attention.
bb These three tetrad occurred during God’s appointed times/Jewish feasts.
2 The first time it happened, in the year 1493, the four blood moons occurred on the Hebrew holidays of Passover and the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah).
a 1493, signaled the beginning of the fall of Spain following the expulsion of the Jews a year earlier and was God’s announcement to the world that the mantle of prosperity had thusly been placed on the shoulders of the infant nation that would become the United States’ since it became a refuge for the Jewish people.
b The second appearance of four blood moons appearing on Hebrew holy days was 1949-1950. They occurred on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles and the next day Israel was declared a nation.
c 1967 Six-Day War had back-to-back, blood-red moons occur on the first day of Passover and Sukkoth (Pentecost)