by Anita Clark
“Again the Word of the LORD came unto me, saying...take a man and set him for a watchman: If when he sees the sword upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and takes not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. But he that takes warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, DO son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me” Ezekiel 33:1-7.
Ezekiel was a watchman unto the house of Israel in the day when Babylon destroyed the nation and led many into captivity. The word “watchman” means “to peer, into the distance, to observe, and behold.” He was a faithful witness to the people for God. Many of us today have been set by God as Watchman in this end time, when in the very near future the tribulation of seven years will be on the scene. We need to be faithful by the Holy Spirit to peer into the future as He directs and send forth warning.
We are admonished through these words to Ezekiel to be faithful witnesses, so that the wayward are without excuse. If we do not obey God’s voice to fulfil our calling as His watchmen, then God will hold us accountable. We are living in the last days. Oh, weary watchman, keep the charge of the Lord to faithfully proclaim the TRUTH and the WARNINGS. The end time is upon us. Very soon He will come for His bride, His faithful believers. The world will be watching the Antichrist, the man of the hour on the earth, who will have the answer to the world’s need for peace. Shortly after that peace covenant (Daniel 9:27) is signed the tribulation will begin.
Along that line of thought, the news declares that Israel and the Palestinians are on their agreed upon nine month plan to discuss ways of peace to be accomplished. They may be very close to agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry said recently in a report upon that subject that he expects that the treaty for peace will be signed when he returns to Israel in April, 2014. This is very significant. We should be watching to see what takes place.
BLOOD MOONS AND SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS. – NASA announced that there will be four blood moons manifested in 2014 and 2015. These blood moons will take place on Jewish Passover, April 15th, and Feast of (Tabernacles) October 8th of 2014, and then again on Passover, April 4, 2015 and Feast of Trumpets September 13, 2015. Not all blood moons appear on Jewish feast days, but when they do in the past something significant happens connected with Israel. When four blood moons appear in back to back years, scientists call it a “tetrad.” Many Christian Prophecy teachers and T. V. ministers in the U.S. have been proclaiming revelations concerning what these events might mean. None of them are setting a date for anything or declaring a specific event to happen, but rather that these are times to observe.
Significantly, a newspaper, The Jewish Press , which is a Jewish paper in the United States founded by Rabbi Sholom Klass, a publication of politics and religion, had an article about this phenomena of the blood moons. The article is called “Messianic Blood Moon: Rising on Passover” Seder Night,” and quotes Joel 2:30-31, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” Peter quoted this passage on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:19-20, which we often teach is speaking of the last seventy-five days of the Tribulation, however there may be truth to be had concerning these blood moons also.
In Genesis 1:14 we read, “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.” The word “signs” means, “signal, as a flag, beacon, omen, evidence, or token,” and “seasons” means “a fixed time, especially a festival or solemn feast as appointed before time,” not like we think the four seasons, winter, spring, summer, and winter. Jesus spoke prophetically of the sun and moon in Matthew 24:29, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”
The record of the blood moons and matching them up with events which have happened to Israel is interesting. A blood moon takes place when there is a partial lunar eclipse, happening when the earth’s shadow covers the moon only partially. The earth’s atmosphere bends light around its edge and scatters out short wavelength light (green through violet), leaving longer-wavelength light (red, orange and yellow) in earth’s shadow.
Past dates of blood moons “titrads:”
Four partial lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover in 32 A. D. - 33 A. D. in the years before and after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus died on the Passover, and there was darkness at noon time. Then again at Feast of Tabernacles 32 A. D. and then the same thing happening in A. D. 33. Four total lunar eclipses occurred on Passover and Feast of Tabernacles in 162 -163 A. D. Coinciding with the worst persecution of Jews and Christians in the history of the Roman Empire, when in three years they killed eight million people, a third of the population.
Blood moons that affect Israel as we know it today:
In 1492 Spain was in an uproar, killing Jews that would not accept Catholicism, and expelling Jews from the country. God opened a way for many to come to a new land. By Christopher Columbus coming to this new land. In 1493 and 1494 only month after all Jews were ordered to get out, there were four lunar total eclipses on Feast of Passover and feast of Trumpets. 1949 and 1950 after Israel had declared statehood and became a nation again after 2,000 years of exile from their land, they were immediately attacked by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Israel lost 6,000 Israeli lives, but gained their land and freedom. And four blood moons appeared on Passover both years of 1949 and 1950 on Passover and Feast of Tabernacle. 1967 and 1968 Four blood moons appeared again coinciding with the six day war when Israel recaptured Jerusalem, which had been given to Jordan after the war in 1948-49. It was a miraculous accomplishment. Although they were totally surprised by the aggression of their enemies, they won the battles, and none of us who witnessed them streaming to the temple Mount wall can ever forget the joy of that victory. Since these happening there has been other “tetrads” of blood moons, but none on Jewish Feast Days.
The Jewish Talmud (Text of Rabbinic Judaism, expands on the Hebrew Bible, book of tradition/interpretation) says, “When the moon is in eclipse, it’s a bad omen for Israel. If the face is as red as blood, ( it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.”
Those of us who have made an in-depths study of these Jewish Feasts know that they are very significant to God’s time table of events. Jesus Christ died on the Passover, and fifty days later on the Feast of Pentecost, the church was baptized into one body, and the Holy Spirit began to fill believers. For many long years we have waited for Christ to come back in what is called the Rapture, when He will translate His overcoming Bride to Himself, and then the remaining ranks of the church in their respective times. The Feast of Trumpets corresponds to that time when Christ will blow the trumpet and the saints will rise up to meet Him. Then will follow the Feast of Tabernacles. This was a time when Israel would make booths out of tree branches and camp outside and have wonderful feasts and worship. This feast speaks to us of the Millennial Reign, or Kingdom Age. Oh, how happy Israel will be as those who have accepted the Lord Jesus as He returns in the clouds at the end of the tribulation, will dwell on the renovated earth in an agricultural society, as the prophets of the Old Testament proclaimed. The other feast of the Fall season which I haven’t mentioned is the Great Day of Atonement, when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holy Place to make the sin offering for himself and then again for the people. At the end of the tribulation the Israelis who are left alive (tribulation will be so bad 2/3rds of them will die before the end.- Zech. 13:8). They will see Christ whom they rejected long ago coming in the clouds of glory and will repent and be born again as a nation born in a day ( See Isa. 66, Matt. 24:27-31; Rev. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-20. Zech. 14). As a nation they will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their King and Savior.
As far as these Blood Moons are concerned, we will see what they bring. Perhaps something significant concerning the peace talks there between Israel and the Palestinians. Could this be the “covenant’ of Daniel 9:27? We believe that it will be signed about 30 days before Christ comes back for His bride. After that the tribulation begins with peace on earth for awhile. (See Rev. 6:1-3) the peace will be short lived, perhaps the war of Ezek. 38-39. Rev. 6: 4-5 says the red horse - war will break out again. Tribulation will continue for almost 7 years.
Jesus is coming so very soon. It behooves us to heed the Scripture as Jesus said, "Watch therefore; for ye know not hour your Lord doth come... Therefore be ye also ready; for in such and hour as ye
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