By now, I am guessing that for the most part some have heard how the end of the world will be September 28th, 2015. Some say it may even be 60-90 days following the last of the blood moons that will occur on September 28th. Doom and gloom has been on the hearts and minds of Christians all over the world for centuries. While I think it is possible that Christ will come again during this period, we still don’t know. I will be taking pictures of the blood moons like I take pictures of the regular moons. When I am watching the blood moons through my camera lens and as the eclipses happen, I can’t help but be watching for the return of Christ. I also watch for him during lightening storms and on a daily basis. I often wonder if people are stressed and scared by this if they are really Christians since I think of the second coming as the most awesome event that could ever happen. For the non-believer if you are in a panic, I would advice you to get right with God. As I listen to those who are panic stricken, I think of these Bible verses.
- Matthew 24:36 – “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
- Acts 1:7 – He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
- Mark 13:32 – “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
There has been mass hysteria in 2012 when it came to the Mayan prophecy and the ISON comet . People were gearing up for the end of the world and was giving things away so they could be ready. It was pretty crazy. As the day came and went, Harold Camping re-calculated once again when the world would end. That day also came and went. He was looked at as if he was a crazy dooms dayer. I have to say, I thought he was nuts from the beginning and since he was a pastor, he should have known better. Harold Camping died in 2013 and I can’t help but wonder what it would be like for someone that mislead so many would be when they stand before the Lord. Predictions like these take away from the truth of what God has told us in the Bible.
These types of predictions have a tendency to be more harmful than good. As a Christian, I don’t believe we should be putting it out there that we know for sure when Christ will return. It is dangerous and when it doesn’t happen, it becomes a running joke. For those who think they know the world would end during the time period of September 28th – Sometime in January, I want to share some other dates that people thought the world was going to end. This is just a short list. There are actually pages of predictions of when Christ would come again. Obviously, they were all wrong since I am blogging about this.
- 1914: Jehovah’s Witnesses: Armageddon
- 1978: Jim Jones took his cult with him by means of suicide.
- 1980: Pat Robertson: “A year of sorrow and bloodshed that will have no end soon, for the world is being torn apart, and kingdom shall rise from the ruins of it.”
- 1994: Some Jehovah’s Witnesses: Armageddon
- 1997: Heaven’s Gate: Earth changes and a UFO abduction coinciding with the Hale-Bopp comet. Mass suicide in the hopes of hitching a ride on said UFOs.
- 2000: Y2K: Collapse of civilization. Christian preachers in Papua New Guinea predicted the end
- 2007: Hal Lindsey: Second Coming.
- 2007: Pat Robertson: Great Tribulation.
- 2008: Sarah Palin: believes she is of the “Final Generation” and will see the End Times during her lifetime
- 2011: Harold Camping tries again: Third Second coming/rapture. May 21st, to be precise. He even put up billboards
What I found interesting is that Hal Lindsey said that in 2037 that this will be the third coming of Christ. I’m not too sure what that means. I haven’t read anything in the Bible that there would be a third coming.
The Blood Moon Prophecy has been in the news a lot lately. John Hagee and Mark Biltz are saying that the upcoming tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which begins with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of significant things to come. Biltz believes that the Second Coming will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad, while Hagee only believes the eclipses are a sign of coming change in the course of history for Israel. While I do believe it is significant, I don’t believe that we should be preaching to the world that it is going to end on a particular date.
Mark Biltz predicts that the Second Coming of Christ will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad, which is September 28th, 2015. He is stating this because of what it says in Joel 2:31 that “the moon will turn to blood “before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.” The probable red appearance of the moon during the April 15 eclipse is thus equated with the verse. Five other verses (Isaiah 13:10, Joel 2:10, Joel 3:15, Matthew 24:29, and Revelation 6:12).
- Revelations 6:12 – “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The Sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair. The whole Moon turned blood red.”
I believe that more Christians are paying attention to this particular tetrad because of the eclipses coincide with the full moon marking Passover on April 15th and April 4th and the Jewish observance of Sukkot on October 8th and September 28th. I’m not sure how many realize that the Passover is always marked by a Full Moon, and a lunar eclipse always coincides with a full moon by definition, meaning it cannot occur at any other phase.
The fact is, eight of the tetrads since the first century have coincided with Jewish holidays without the world going under, so there is no reason to believe that the 2014-2015 tetrad will end the world this time either. I can’t guarantee this though since I’m not God. It could happen since anything is possible. But I haven’t gotten the memo yet like many have before me (sarcasm intended).
- Tetrad of 162-163 (Marcus Aurelius Comes to Power March 7th, 161 A.D)
- Tetrad of 795-796 (Charles Martel defeats Arab Invasion of Europe)
- Tetrad of 842-843 (Arabs Attack Rome 11,000 Troops)
- Tetrad of 860-861 (Byzantine Defeat Muslims – Decline Begins)
Four consecutive blood moons coinciding with Jewish feast days has only occurred three times since 1492 AD. The three times since 1492 are as follows:
- Tetrad of 1493-1494 – Spain Expelled the Jews
- Tetrad of 1949-1950 – Israel was reborn as a nation
- Tetrad of 1967-1968 – Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem
The only think that I can say for sure is that Christ will come again and I will be sure that I am ready. I don’t know when it will be. I don’t believe what man will claim they know. I only trust in what God has given us. Christ is going to come again when He gets here. Like I said earlier, it is dangerous to be saying we know the exact time since we are told over and over again in the Bible that we won’t know the day nor the hour.