The grand finale of the rare blood-moon tetrad will b e a spectacular "super moon" eclipse, the first in more than three decades.
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries said the final blood moon of a series of four occurring on Jewish holy days in 2014 and 2015 is "a loud call to
The coming super blood moon will be seen in
The fourth blood moon comes as the 70th United Nations General Assembly moves to recognize a Palestinian state, which
By a vote of 119 to 8, with 45 abstentions, the general assembly recently voted to allow the Palestinian Authority to raise the Palestinian flag in front of the United Nations. The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations has invited hundreds of leaders to attend the flag-raising ceremony.
Biltz, whose book "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs" examines the phenomenon and offers an interpretation, sees the move toward a Palestinian state in the
"The prophet Joel warned
Joel states, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."
But is the appearance of a super "blood moon" at this time simply a natural occurrence?
Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA's
The moon will appear larger than normal on the evening of Sept. 27-28, but as Petro explained: "There's no physical difference in the moon. It just appears slightly bigger in the sky. It's not dramatic, but it does look larger."
Biltz sees no contradiction with the science.
"The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob uses the natural phenomena that He created to communicate to us," Biltz said.
Biltz contends those who dismiss the final blood moon as merely a celestial curiosity are missing the point.
"While we know lunar eclipses are natural phenomena, it becomes supernatural when the statistics go off the charts by adding in other scientific data and human events. According to NASA, over 5,000 years we average only one total lunar eclipse every one and a half years. Here we have four total lunar eclipses within that same time period. The odds have just increased against it being a coincidence.
"Now you add the odds of having all four total lunar eclipses being in a row without any other eclipses in between and the odds increase even more. Now let's imagine the odds when you have four total lunar eclipses in a row, within a year and a half, and they fall on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles! The odds are starting to go off the charts as this has only happened nine times in 2,000 years!"
Biltz also says it is impossible to ignore how these events seem to correlate with historic turning points for the Jewish people.
"You can increase the odds even more by looking at the history of the last 500 years during the last three times this happened. The last three times this occurred were in 1967 when Israel when recaptured Jerusalem, when Israel became a nation and established itself in 1948 and 1949, and during the Spanish Inquisition in 1493 and 1494 when all the Jews were kicked out of Spain and Portugal," Biltz said.
"This final blood moon is also occurring near the end of the seven-year Shemitah cycle. Many religious teachers, including New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn, have predicted a "great shaking" will accompany this period, with possible fluctuations in the stock market and the American economy.
Biltz suggests the final blood moon shares a relationship with the Shemitah cycle and believes the timing shows it isn't all just a coincidence.
"If you still believe the blood moons tetrad has no special significance, you still have to explain the astronomical odds of having all this occur in the last year of the seven-year Shemitah cycle," said Biltz. "Keep in mind, at this time all of
Biltz maintains any fair minded person must admit the odds of all of these circumstances lining up is improbable. Furthermore, he insists, it is unprecedented in history.
"A super blood moon seen in
"Furthermore, this is all in line with what we read in Scripture. The Creator of the universe expressed His desire to communicate with us this way by having humans write down His thoughts. In Genesis 1:14, He declared: "The sun and the moon were created to send signals to us. And these signals are occurring on the annual holy days of the Jewish calendar." The circumstances and events, he said, are "supernatural."