“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)
In the early hours of Monday, September 28, the last blood moon in the current tetrad (cycle of four moons) will occur during the Jewish festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles). The blood moon, a full lunar eclipse in which the moon appears red, will be visible from the US, beginning shortly after midnight on Sunday, September 27, for approximately one hour and 11 minutes. Even more significantly, the blood moon will also be visible from Israel.
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The current tetrad has high significance for Judaism and Israel. Each blood moon in the tetrad has fallen on a Jewish holiday: Passover of 2014, Sukkot of 2014, Passover of 2015 and now Sukkot of 2015. A tetrad of blood moons all coinciding with Jewish festivals is extremely rare; only three such tetrads have occurred in the past thousand years. This is the fourth cycle. According to many rabbinic scholars, these tetrads always signify turning points in Jewish history. A prophecy in the Book of Joel states that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by a blood moon.
“I will set wonders in the heavens and the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke; the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome Day of God” (Joel 3:3)
Over the course of the current tetrad, Breaking Israel News has done extensive investigations into the Blood Moon phenomenon and its Biblical connections. Find out everything you need to know about blood moons right here on Breaking Israel News with our top blood moon articles and videos.
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, a popular Orthodox lecturer, has pronounced the blood moon phenomenon as absolute “nonsense.” Citing Jeremiah 10:1, Mizrachi further explained to Breaking Israel News that the Bible explicitly warns the Jewish people not to pay attention to, or be upset by, claims of doom via heavenly signs. However, blood moon expert Bob O’Dell has a different take, arguing that the “Blood Moons are a witness to the Jews of God’s eternal covenant to the Jews, and are therefore a cause for celebration, even if the nations are dismayed by them.”
As the fourth blood moon approaches, Breaking Israel News interviewed blood moon experts Bob O’Dell and Gidon Ariel about the historical significance of blood moons throughout the past century. They pointed out positive trends in the Jewish world that had occurred on or around times of past blood moon tetrads and discussed how the last blood moon of the current tetrad might impact Jewish and global history.
Blood Moon expert Bob O’Dell came out with a startling new understanding of the Blood Moon Prophecy. Rather than seeing the blood moons as signs of Divine Judgement, he said, they are actually “bread crumbs in the sky” left by God to remind the Jewish people that He has not forgotten His covenant to restore them to the land of Israel. Thus, they should be a cause for celebration for the Jews, rather than fear. O’Dell used Biblical calculations to propose a theory that the chronology of the Exodus from Egypt fell on the dates of a blood moon tetrad.
4. BLOOD MOONS: What is God Telling Us?
What exactly are Blood Moons? In this short and informative video, Breaking Israel News describes the blood moon phenomenon and looks into the history of blood moon tetrads.
Last March, before the third blood moon took place over Passover, an extremely rare solar eclipse hid the sun from view for two minutes over the North Pole on the first day of the Biblical calendar year. Blood moon expert Bob O’Dell explained to Breaking Israel News that the solar eclipse in the wilderness of the North Pole, which belongs to no single country or people, on this incredibly significant day demonstrated that the Divine Word belongs to all of humanity, Jews and non-Jews alike.
Well-known mystical rabbinical figure Rabbi Amram Vaknin, who is known for correctly predicting disastrous events in Israel, warned that the Jewish people were facing a time of great judgment and danger as the third blood moon approached in April. He called for Jews to repent and pray for redemption and showed, using gematria, the Hebrew system of numerology, that certain numbers and words related to the blood moon revealed the Jewish significance of the event.
Count down to the last Blood Moon in the tetrad and be a witness to history as the rare eclipse and Jewish holidays coincide!