This past weekend we saw the final “blood moon” of a tetrad (a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses), which happened to fall on several of the Jewish Feasts, in particular Passover, and Tabernacles.

Since the Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles, the fact that a total lunar eclipse fell on a Jewish Feast day is not an uncommon event. According to, in 21 centuries a tetrad fell on Passover and Tabernacles 8 times. Here is the chart from the Earthsky website:

1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.

So, it is not as uncommon as John Hagee and Mark Biltz make it out to be. To compound the issue, as far as this series of tetrads have to do with Israel, 3 of the 4 lunar eclipses were not even visible from Israel. The last lunar eclipse, which occurred Sunday, September 28, 2015 was only partially visible in Israel, “which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.”

The problem I have with all of this is that some Christians were predicting that the rapture was going to take place on Sunday, which obviously did not occur.

But, the question remains, could this series of tetrads, falling on Jewish feast days, actually point to end-time events? Its possible, and I would not discount that. The Bible does mention signs in the heavens as a precursor to the Day of the Lord. However, I do believe we should be careful tying these events to the return of Christ until it is abundantly clear that something strange and unusual is going on. To do so can cause irreparable harm to the cause of Christ, and possibly damage the faith of some.

Just using common sense and logic we can see that before the rapture, or the our gathering together with Christ, several things must occur first.

  1. The great apostasy must take place.
  2. The Man of Sin (the Antichrist), must be revealed.
  3. The restraining influence of the Holy Spirit must be released so that the Mystery of Iniquity can be revealed (the revelation of Antichrist, and total lawlessness on the planet).
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:1-3).

As Paul writes here, don’t be shaken by false words. I fear that many people may be turned away from Christ, or their faith may be shaken, because of  fear mongering, and the false hope of a rapture of the church before the time.

As Paul states, the gathering of Christians, which is the rapture, and the Day of Christ (or, Day of the Lord), will NOT take place until the falling away occurs, and the Antichrist is revealed to the world. It’s that simple.

I hold to a post-tribulation understanding of the rapture, but even if you believe in a pre-tribulational rapture, this verse still stands true: the rapture will NOT happen until after the apostasy occurs and the Man of Sin is revealed.

The Bible is clear that strange unusual signs will be seen in the heavens before the return of Christ, but these may be supernatural signs designed by God. I am of the opinion that these signs may be so clearly beyond the normal course of nature that it will be abundantly clear that something out of the ordinary is happening.

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven (Luke 21:11).

As you can see, Jesus ties events we have now, earthquakes, famines, and disease, with supernatural signs in the sky. The Greek word for fearful sights is phobētron which refers to something in the heavens that causes terror, and strikes fear in those who see it.

Furthermore, the great signs referred to here is “a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature.” It also refers to “signs portending remarkable events soon to happen.”

I don’t know about you, but the lunar eclipse the other night, which occurred on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, wasn’t a fearful, frightening sign in the heavens. Indeed, it was a sight to behold, a bit of beauty in the darkness of night that pointed to the glory of Almighty God, who set the whole course of nature in motion.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork (Psalm 19:1).

Just something to think about.

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo

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