Was the Blood Moon Tetrad a real sign?

There has been a lot of discussion lately on whether or not the blood moon tetrad and the Shemitah are actual signs of the end times.  The vast majority of this discussion comes from a genuine lack of understanding of these events, and what the Bible actually says about them.

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Truthfully, watching these arguments unfold has been akin to watching the blind lead the blind – on both sides of the equation!

What the Lord has required me to do is address this question using some of the prior published work that I have presented.  What you will read in this article comes from several much larger projects, and has now been condensed down to a single concise reading.  Also, this article deals specifically with the blood moons.  I am currently working on a project that goes into great detail on the Shemitah, and will reserve most of my comments on the subject to that forum.

Before we move into the meat of the conversation, it is necessary to address several points with regards to both the blood moon tetrad and the Shemitah.

1.  The tetrad and the Shemitah ARE NOT the same set of signs.

They do not come from the same scriptures, nor are they to be lumped together.  The tetrad is an incredibly rare set of events, and the Shemitah is a seven year cycle that occurs, well, every seven years.

The tetrad is found in the signs in the heavens, and the Shemitah is a timekeeping function.

Every sign in the heavens WILL occur during the yearly Sabbath cycle, as EVERY year is a part of a yearly Sabbath cycle.

2.  The tetrad and the Shemitah ARE NOT signs of the rapture.  They are signs and indications of the tribulation.

It is by default that they indicate the nearness of the rapture, as the coming of the tribulation tells us the rapture is close.

3.  NO major prophecy teacher (Mark Biltz, Jonathan Cahn, John Hagee, Perry Stone, etc.) has EVER declared these as signs of the rapture.

4.  NO major prophecy teacher (see above list) has EVER declared that the tetrad or Shemitah gave us a “Bible lock” on the exact start date of either the rapture or the tribulation.

Unfortunately, these issues must be addressed.  There has been a rush to dismiss the tetrad and Shemitah as failures because most failed to exercise due diligence in the study of these events.

Rather than put the time in to study and pray, they picked up tidbits here and there, and assigned their own expected outcomes to what each event would bring.  When the Lord failed to meet their expectations, they simply declared as a lie two sets of events that are clearly found in the Bible, and did EXACTLY what the Bible said they would do.

As I said a moment ago, the blind leading the blind!

Most of the detractors of both the tetrad and the Shemitah have jumped to the conclusion that anything less than the rapture or tribulation proves that these are false signs.  Yet, there is another premise at work here.

The reason why these folks never understood in the first place is that they did not like what the events in question revealed.  The fact that we are now witnessing so much end times prophecy line up and come to pass reveals that many of the abstract doctrines of the end times are no longer abstract.  It tells us that they are real, and they are here.  The rapture is the single greatest example of this.

There are many believers that had no problem with the pre-trib rapture when it was nothing more than a future fulfillment, that would come “someday”.  When it became a real “thing” with real implications we found out just how weak the faith of many professing Christians truly was.

The tetrad and the Shemitah brought the reality of the end times front and center, and the Lord used them to awaken many to the times and seasons before us.  However, for the scoffer and the weak in faith, this was something that could not be allowed to stand unmolested.

After all, it becomes very difficult to call the name of Christ, yet live as you want when you are constantly reminded that your decisions can require a heavy price – much sooner than you expected.

At any rate, it has become clear as we watch history unfold that time is up.  The things that came to pass during the combined tetrad and Shemitah cycles was nothing less than astounding.

With that, here is the short project on the blood moon tetrad.

THE SIGNS BEFORE THE SIGNS

One of the things I have come to realize is that the Lord bases all prophecy not just in the past, but also in the context of the time in which it occurs.  The signs in the sun, moon and stars are one such example.  We know that there are celestial signs which will occur at times of different prophetic occurrences.  However, I have come to realize something more.

The Lord also knew that we would reach a point where we can see these signs before they actually occur.

What exactly does this mean?  Simply put, the Lord knew that we would have the ability to predict the exact occurrence of certain signs in the heavens.  The phases of the moon are one such example.  We now have the technical understanding and computing capability to accurately predict when the new moon will occur, and when the following phases will likewise occur.  Our predictions have reached the point of unimaginable accuracy as well.  There have always been attempts to do this, and with some degree of proximity.  However, what we can accomplish today is truly remarkable.

This presents an interesting dynamic that has never existed before.  We now have the ability to see signs before the signs.  The current run of blood moons are an example of this.  When Mark Biltz originally found the tetrad patterns, we were several years away from the next feast day’s tetrad.  Yet, Mark was able to hear the call of the Lord and complete his work.  He was able to utilize data from the NASA lunar eclipse site to determine when this tetrad would occur.  True to the technological capability, the first of the four blood moons occurred exactly when and where it was predicted to occur.

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved - Act 2:19-21

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved – Act 2:19-21

What Mark found were signs before the signs.  He found the tetrad well in advance.  He was able to speak what the Lord had shown him, and as a result, many Biblical scholars and believers of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ were able to study the tetrads before they occurred.  Until modern history, astronomers would have to wait until after each blood moon occurred to know for certain the scope of the sign.  Likewise, solar eclipses, comets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena are discovered and charted before they actually manifest.

It occurred to me one day that this is also part of God’s prophetic plan.  The ability to chart the signs in the heavens well in advance offers a unique proof to the world that our God is indeed sovereign.  It allows us to know the timing and occurrence of his signs.  It does something else as well. It allows us to know in advance that He is indeed capable of exactly what the Holy Bible declares shall come.  When we can know years in advance that certain signs are going to occur within a close proximity, we learn that scriptures such as Revelation 6:12-13 are prophetically possible.  Also, it gives us an ability to see the prophetic links to these predicted signs.  The tetrad again is the best example of this.  Not only was Mark able to locate the next prophetic tetrad, he was able to reverse the process and see where these tetrads had occurred in the past.  This provided the prophetic link to confirm the nature of the tetrads.  Likewise, we can compare the predicted signs with current world events, predicted judgments and wars and know that we are indeed at the door of the soon return of the Lord.

It is this combination of research, both to the future and the past, which is the subject of this project.  Using the modern capabilities, it is possible now to see certain Biblical signs line up.  We can also know that we sit at the conjunction of signs and times that have never before existed.  We already have confirmed accuracy and history to bear out what you will learn in this presentation.  We are at the end of the age, and now we can see the final signs aligning to confirm this very premise.

What you are about to learn will be stunning in ways I cannot describe.  If you are not yet convinced of the imminent return of the Lord, do not worry.

You will be.

THE THREE HERALDS OF THE END OF THE AGE

We need to start the revelatory process with what I am calling the three heralds of the end of the age.

her•ald (ˈhɛr əld) – n.

1. a royal or official messenger, esp. one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.  2. a person or thing that precedes or comes before; forerunner; harbinger: the swallows, heralds of spring.  3. a person or thing that proclaims or announces.  4. (in the Middle Ages) an officer who arranged tournaments and other functions, announced challenges, marshaled combatants, etc.  5an officer of a body concerned with armorial bearings, genealogies, etc., esp. an officer ranking between a king-of-arms and a pursuivant.  6. to give tidings of; proclaim; publicize.  7. to signal the coming of; usher in.

The Lord originally started me on this path with a simple requirement.  I was to look and see which of the blood moons in the three modern tetrads were actually visible over Israel.  This was just the start.  It led to the discovery of a tetrad pattern, and the realization that the Lord was delivering revelations on this project to others as well.  I already knew of Mark Biltz, Perry Stone and John Hagee.  However, I did not realize that the first of the three heralds was to be revealed to a friend of mine, Stew Sutton.  It was then that I began to understand just how far this project would take me.

The three heralds consist of a set of signs – one past (still occurring), one current and one future.  Here are the three heralds that the Lord has revealed.

1.  The mysterious global “sky trumpets” that have been heard and recorded around the world.

2.  The current blood moon tetrad, and specifically a pattern found in the last three tetrads.

3.  The coming signs in the sun, moon and stars.

~ Joel 2:1 ESV – Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain!  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near.

Joel 2:10 ESV – The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble.  The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Joel 2:28-31 ESV – And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. ~

There are two additional confirmations of the three heralds in the prophecies from Joel:

1.  Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

2.  The pouring out of the Holy Spirit and revelations of the Lord upon all flesh.

These two confirmations cement the work of the three heralds as an active part of current prophetic outpouring.  There has been an overwhelming explosion of the revelations that have been poured out on overcomers the world over.  What makes these outpourings different from anything we have ever seen before is the compatible nature of them all.  Stated differently, you can literally take a large room full of overcomers – every last one a stranger to the rest – and yet, they will all hold the same general understanding on the times of the end.  We are not speaking about knowledge from Biblical study.  Rather, we are talking about the voice of the Holy Spirit that has been speaking directly to the hearts of the overcomers.  There is a body wide understanding that time is up.

There has likewise been a supernatural removal of all fear and apprehension for the future.  The overcomer no longer holds any fear of the days to come.  What makes this so remarkable is that this has occurred simultaneously with an overwhelming understanding of the realities of the things that must shortly come.  This includes a growing common sense understanding of the absolutely devastating nature of the rapture, the inexplicable rise of apocalyptic Islam (inexplicable to those without an understanding of the Bible and end times’ prophecy) and the brutality that has already arisen in the hearts of mankind.  Yet, despite a growing understanding of what will face those that miss the rapture (and live to talk about it), all fear has vanished.  It has been replaced with a peace that is beyond all human explanation.  Still further, the heart of the overcomer is being filled with a growing joy that defies all human explanation and ability.  All of this has occurred while the rest of the world – both non-believers and non-overcoming believers – have fallen into an increasing state of uncertainty and fear.

In addition to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh, we see that there is a prophetic requirement for signs in the earth, consisting of blood, fire and smoke.  Without belaboring the point, this translates into volcanic activity.  The sign of blood is the same as the blood in the blood moon.  It is literally the lake of magma, with fire and smoke being self-explanatory.   The earth is effectively “bleeding” in the very real sense of the word.  Just as it is with us, if the earth opens up enough “wounds”, it can literally “bleed to death”.  This cannot occur with oil, water or any other liquid found in the earth.

Joel calls this a sign of blood from the earth for a reason.

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It is only the blood red magma running through the heart of the earth that can bring final death to the planet.  On an interesting side note – there is an irony to this when we consider that this is also the location of the lower chambers of hell, and of the lake of fire – a lake that burns with fire and brimstone.  Ever wonder why it is called the “lake of fire”?  Watch the Discovery and Science channel sometime when they are detailing the geology of the planet.

Remember that the Bible gave the exact description of the core of the earth over 3,000 years ago.

This is the same location where those without salvation will experience their eternal death as well.  Remember, there are no coincidences in the Bible.

It happens that in the month prior to the first blood moon on Passover, there was volcanic activity in both Costa Rica and Indonesia.  By the end of March there was volcanic activity at five volcano’s across the planet.  Likewise, the shifting of the tectonic plates for these volcanic events caused tremors and earthquakes at no less than 20 locations around the planet.  Again, all of this occurred in the month before the blood moon.  We witnessed a rash of tsunami warnings as a result also.  There are even now volcanic eruption warnings being issued for Yellowstone National Park, and for the fault lines in California.

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It should be noted that the volcanic activity is a direct sign of the days of Lot, and the tsunamis are a direct sign of the days of Noah.  Archaeologists have found evidence that it was a massive volcanic eruption that brought the end of Sodom and Gomorrah.  This evidence concurs with the Biblical description of the plague sent by the Lord.  The tsunami warnings are triggered by the same geologic events that cause the earthquakes and tremors.  Here is the kicker – when we read the account of the great flood, we see that it was not just rain that brought the waters.  It was the deep itself that opened up.  In other words, the flood came from above and below.  As the rain was falling, the floor of the seas opened up and released trapped water from underground springs.  It is this very same process that brings the specter of tsunamis.

Here are links to track global volcanic and geologic activity:

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/home.html

Here is a link to the USGS Earthquake listing:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/

~ Matthew 24:37-39 KJV – But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Luke 17:26-30 KJV – And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ~

***  This article does not deal with the sky trumpets, or the coming signs in the heavens.  Those are included in other projects.

THE PATTERN IN THE TETRADS

You may recall that what started this project was the Lord telling me to look at which blood moons were actually visible over Israel in the current tetrads.  When I did this, I found a prophetic pattern that will have a profound impact on the world in the coming months.

Signs in the heavens are given to narrate God’s plan for mankind.  However, they are given from the perspective of Israel.  Here are a few things to remember when examining signs in the heavens:

The blood moon itself usually does not mean anything unless it is visible over Israel. The feast day’s tetrad is different. Every time this has occurred in history, it has been significant for Israel and the Jews, or the Jews alone when Israel was not a nation.  The blood moon is a harbinger of trouble for Israel. Usually, it means war, or the completion of those things required to bring a prophetic fulfillment. The solar eclipse is the harbinger of trouble for the whole world when seen over Israel. However, the solar eclipse during the tetrad likewise has implications no matter where it is viewed.

There have been questions regarding who these signs are for. Typically, they are for Israel. However, we as believers are admonished to watch these things to discern the times and seasons. Noticing the tetrad is an example of discerning the times. We can see these things and understand that they are occurring at a time when the Middle East is perfectly aligned to bring several prophecies of war and Israel to fruition. Isaiah 17, Psalms 83 and Ezekiel 38 and 39 come to mind.

Also, it is worth noting for the sake of the discussion that comets are also a sign in the heaven.  Typically, when a comet is viewed in Israel it is an indication that war is coming also.  However, it has a prophetic life of four years before coming to fruition.  For example, the recent comet Ison would stand as a harbinger of war to Israel after November and December, 2017.  Meteor showers and shooting stars likewise have prophetic impact, denoting that something major is upon the door.  There were reports of a “great sword in the sky” just before the destruction of the Great Temple in Jerusalem.

As we were saying, there is a pattern present in the two prior tetrads:

There is a 0, 1, 2 pattern that is prophetic.  It tells us that prophetic events are coming to Israel between the first and second blood moons of the tetrad.  That would be April 2014 until September 2014.  Also, it tells us that these signs do not have to occur over Israel to be prophetic – rather, the signs over Israel reveal the pattern.

In the 1949-50 tetrad, peace from the war of independence came in the midst of the tetrad, with all four blood moons visible over Israel.  There was no separation, hence the “0” part of the pattern.  Final ratification of peace came in July, 1949 – between the first and second blood moons.  Again, all four were visible in Israel.

In the 1967-68 tetrad, there was a +1 difference between the prophetic peace and the blood moon visible over Israel.  The recapture of Jerusalem occurred in June, 1948.  That meant there was one blood moon separating this peace and the blood moon that was visible in Israel.

Jerusalem captured June 1968.

Blood Moon – Feast of Tabernacles, 1968 – not visible in Israel.    (+1)

Blood Moon – Passover, 1969 – Visible in Israel.

Now, in the 2014-15 tetrad, we are looking at a +2 pattern.  If the Bible is accurate that the Lord changes not, and current world events are an indication, then we are looking at the coming fulfillment of prophecy, or the alignment of prophecy concerning Israel sometime in the next few months.  I tend to listen when the Lord tells me to “look at which blood moons were actually visible in Israel.”  This is fairly significant – especially when taken with the other two signs we are speaking about.

Isaiah 17 and Psalms 83 would be two such possible fulfillment’s.  Neither of which are required to happen after the rapture.  Likewise, we could see the final alignment of nations and circumstances that directly bring about these prophecies.  What needs to be understood is that even the final alignment will be such that it is undeniable.  It will not be a “somewhat” alignment that can be attributed to anything but God trying to capture our attention.  No, if an actual prophecy is not fulfilled in the next six months, then we will see events that literally have the world trembling on the brink of war.

I am of the opinion that the prophecy of the days of Noah and Lot tell us that it will be the final alignments that we see during this period, and not the actual conflicts.  Of course, we could also see both – the final prophetic alignment and perhaps one of the conflicts.  However, even the minor conflicts would bring substantial strain to the premise of “continuing on our daily business” that we see occurring right up to the time that Noah entered the Ark and Lot fled the city.  As we said earlier, even the final alignment absent the actual conflicts will be nothing less than prophetic.  It will be an undeniable sign from the Lord that time is up.

It will be October 25, 1962 all over again.  There will be no mistaking that we are on the edge of the tribulation.

Here is the +2 alignment for the current tetrad:

Blood Moon – Passover, 2014 – not visible in Israel.

*April 2014 – September 2015 – block of time in question.

Blood Moon – Tabernacles, 2014 – not visible in Israel.   (+1)

Blood Moon – Passover, 2015 – not visible in Israel.   (+2)

Blood Moon – Tabernacles, 2015 – Visible in Israel.

Only time will tell as to what exactly must transpire.  Already, we see possible scenarios lining up, such as the vote that occurred on May 25th, 2014 to see if Ukraine will once again fall under Russian rule through a puppet or weak Ukrainian President.  Make no mistake, Russia will become the undisputed (and only) King of the North.  This is a direct prelude to the events that must come to pass for the fulfillment of the battle of Gog and Magog – which brings the final collapse of the world and the seven year treaty with the Antichrist.  It is worth noting that the vote occurred exactly 40 days from the Passover blood moon.  40 is the number of testing and trial for Israel.  Given Russia’s prophetic involvement with Israel in the near future, it is a number the rabbi’s in Israel watch with great interest.

In the days since I wrote this piece of the article, it is as though every abomination of the Bible has sprung to new life.  We are now seeing three and four headlines a day detailing the greatest apostasy the world has ever seen.

The following is a collection of posts I wrote dealing with what can only be described as the most dramatic prophetic fulfillments since the capture of Jerusalem in 1967:

6/11/2014 – It’s one thing right after another.  If you don’t believe the Bible yet, then you REALLY need to start paying closer attention.

First, Mosul – now Tikrit.

Iraq is the heart of the Babylonian Empire.  It will be the only Middle East nation not involved in the coming war of Gog – Magog.  Likewise, it will not be involved in Psalms 83 or Isaiah 17.  No, along with Saudi Arabia, it has a much bigger role to fulfill:

The seat of the coming Islamic Antichrist and capital of the coming Beast Kingdom.  That is until the invasion and conquest of Israel.

Iraq will ease into its new role, starting first as the provisional headquarters for the Antichrist to “oversee” the new seven year treaty between Israel and her now defeated enemies from Gog – Magog.  From there, it will snowball into a full Babylonian Empire.

The Islamic nations surrounding Israel will rush to swear allegiance to the new King of Babylon after he is swept into power by Muslim extremists.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2654861/Escape-Mosul-150-000-Iraqis-overnight-refugees-flee-terror-al-Qaeda-splinter-group-taken-countrys-second-biggest-city.html#ixzz34NLyMyAr

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6/20/2014 – I have held off on posting links regarding what has occurred in Iraq.  This is the single greatest fulfillment of direct end time’s Biblical prophecy since the rebirth of Israel and the capture of Jerusalem.

It is the literal rise of the coming beast kingdom from the long dead Babylonian empire.  It is irrefutable proof that we are now at the doorstep of the tribulation.

Here are the different posts:

This is the prophetic fulfillment of the blood moon tetrad. The 012 pattern told us that prophecy concerning Israel and war would have to come to pass.

It does not get more prophetic than the rise of the beast that will conquer Israel and the world. It is occurring exactly how the Bible said it would. It is Babylon, it has been literally ripped from the grave and raised from the dead – overnight, the world now openly marvels at this beast, and all wonder who – if anybody – can make war against it.

This is just the start.

Soon, the wars will come to Israel. After the Lord delievers the Jews, this rising beast will assume it’s next role. It will be the seat of the Antichrist. From this seat he will consolidate his power, taking in Muslim nation after Muslim nation. Saudi Arabia will swing open the doors to this beast, and the new oil economy that rises from the Shemitah will secure the full and final war powers of the Antichrist.

The beast we see now will soon start to grow. It will end with the full, total and terrible conquest of all the earth.

If you believe that you can stand against the words of the Holy Bible, and resist the rising tide of Islam, then you shall be sorely mistaken.

There shall be no resistance against what is coming. Only delay, for a time.

You will make this choice no matter what.

In the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

http://beforeitsnews.com/war-and-conflict/2014/06/the-beast-isis-islamic-caliphate-in-the-middle-east-bringing-rise-to-the-al-mahdi-2452628.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fb4in.info%2FsbR2&utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&utm_medium=facebook-share

Here is another link of Israel declaring that they are preparing for war:

http://www.tpnn.com/2014/06/17/israel-will-go-to-war-as-islamic-fascism-spreads/

I am still amazed.

In the space of less than a week, we have literally watched Babylon ripped from the grave, brought back to life, and the world is in shock and awe over how the beast has risen.

Their brutality is unmatched, and nobody gives Baghdad a chance to survive the onslaught.

The world, as evidenced by the continuous news updates, now wonders who can make war against this great and terrible beast rising.

A beast that is just beginning. Soon, its hunger will grow, and so will its grasp.

We speak briefly on Russia in just a moment.

This is what blood moon prophecy looks like. Between the blood moons, the signs in the heavens that occurred three days before Pentecost, on Pentecost, three days after Pentecost, and seven days after Pentecost, the signs of blood, smoke and fire from the earth, the coming Shemitah, the overnight rise of the most vicious and callous evil that we have ever seen, nor has been seen since the days of Noah, and the absolute pouring out and spilling over of the Holy Spirit on every overcomer with a pulse (you can’t escape the testimony of overcomers now).

Is there ANYBODY that still doesn’t think the Bible is real?

Any questions?

In the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Huh. The inevitable Islamic caliphate – straight from the fingers of the Obama Administration. Only thing missing is the rubber stamp from Valerie Jarrett.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/16/read-these-tweets-about-iraq-takeover-and-return-of-the-caliphate-the-bigger-story-could-be-who-actually-wrote-them/

We are now witnessing end time’s Biblical prophecy unfold. Understand, we are not talking about the random, once-in-a-while event that looks like Biblical prophecy. We are not even talking about the pre-prophecy events, such as Syria last September.

We are talking the actual word for word fulfillment of real end time’s prophecies in the Bible, including the Book of Revelation.

There is something that we must remember regarding the Book of Revelation that is critical to watching the times and seasons. First, the Book of Revelation is chronological. That means it is written in the order that it happens. However, there are portions that seem to move backwards and out of order. There is a very good reason for this.

The Book of Revelation covers many events that unfold over time. While there are many events of prophecy that occur at the time they are revealed, there are others that require time to fulfill. The two witnesses are one such example.

The first time that we see the witnesses appear in Revelation is in chapter 11. From 11:1 to 11:14, the Bible tells of the exploits of the two witnesses. At first, it would seem that this is when the two witnesses first appear. However, when we look at the events described, and the three woes, we discover that verses 1 through 14 cover the entire time of the two witnesses. It is only at verse 14 that the narrative of the two witnesses catches up to the chronology of the seventh seal, where the narrative of Revelation left off.

It helps to think of it this way. The primary timeline in Revelation are the judgments of God poured out on the earth. However, as we are reading from 6:1 to 9:21 and seeing the judgments fall, there are other events occurring at the same time. We see this with the two witnesses. When John gets to the telling of the second woe – the earthquake in Jerusalem that kills 7,000 people – he needs to stop and fill in why the earthquake occurs. Chapter 11 is his way of saying “OK, I have brought you to the second woe, but now I need to fill in the back story of why it happens.”

Understand why John does this. In his day, neither John nor any other writer had an understanding of the use of things such as graphs, timelines and illustrations. The best they could do is let the story unfold, stopping occasionally to fill in the gaps. This happens several times in Revelation. We see this with chapters 11, 12, 13, 17 and 18. All of these chapters give us the back story of events that occur simultaneously with the judgments of God. In some instances, these chapters also outline events and prophecies that occur prior to the rapture and the start of the tribulation. If we were writing Revelation today, we would use a primary timeline. We would then use secondary timelines that that would superimpose the additional occurrences over top the main narrative.

For example, we would use a timeline of the two witnesses that would sit underneath the main timeline, and it would start at the sixth seal, and end with the second woe just after the sixth trumpet. We would complete this process for the rise of the Antichrist, False Prophet, order of martyrdoms, rise of the beast kingdom, etc. We would end up with a book that was more graphs than narratives.

This becomes critical to understand. It tells us that some of the prophecies in Revelation run the entire length of the tribulation, and that some of the prophecies take time to come to fruition. Also, it tells us that certain prophecies deal with the wonder of how things unfold. That is here that we arrive at the crux of this presentation.

As I said in the beginning, we are now witnesses to actual Biblical prophecy unfold and fulfill. Here are the more remarkable fulfillments occurring as we speak:

A. Joel chapter two:

Joel 2:1 ESV – Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near.

Joel 2:28 ESV – “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:31-32 ESV – “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How many of you have noticed that you are hearing from God a lot more than you used too? How many of you are dreaming now? How many of you now hear the audible voice of God in your souls, while he reveals things you never imagined you would know? How many of you hear from God on a daily basis, and feel the quickening of the Holy Spirit on a regular basis? How many times has the Lord revealed something to you, just to find out he has revealed the same thing to another overcomer also?

It is as though the Lord has put all of us on speed dial, and he’s not afraid to use it!

We are now in the midst of a prophetic blood moon tetrad, complete with the remaining requirements of Joel chapter two which confirms the prophetic nature of the blood moons. Likewise, it bears mentioning that the signs of blood, fire and smoke in the earth commenced at the time the tetrad likewise commenced.

Also, the prophetic pattern of the tetrad is confirmed in the next of the end time’s prophecies now breaking loose on the earth – the rise of the Babylonian Empire.

B. The rise of Babylon:

Revelation 13:3-4 ESV – One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

Revelation 17:10-11 ESV – they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction.

What becomes important to understand, is that in these scriptures, we see the picture of an event that unfolds over time. The beast kingdom does not rise overnight. To the contrary, we see in the Daniel chapter 11 that the beast kingdom develops over many years, through the rise of Rome, and two empires, the Ottomans, and finally, it’s last full revealing.

As we see in Revelation 13:3-4, the rise of this once dead empire occurs in such a manner that the world marvels at its resurrection. Likewise, in the full context of Daniel chapter 11 and Revelation chapter 13, we see that the whole earth marveling at the beast does not occur in one moment, chronologically in the 13th chapter. Rather, we see that this amazement over the rise of the beast stems from the manner, speed and brutality with which the beast comes back to life. It becomes a characteristic that identifies just exactly happened when Babylon was ripped from the grave and thrust back onto the world stage.

In the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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6/23/2014 – Just got a look at the revised map of Iraq and Syria. Yup – Babylon. ISIS has extended below Baghdad (seemed to have figured out to go around it).

We might actually have a siege coming! ( I have $5.00 on siege)

Now, they will begin to extend to the territories of the greater empire. It is literally the map that the Prophet Daniel would have seen.

Oh yeah, the actual “Babylon” – the ruins of the original capital – now appear to be squarely in ISIS territory.

On an interesting side note – the path that Israel took when they were led into Babylonian captivity – follows the same “hook” that we are seeing now with ISIS and their territory. They did not head directly east to Babylon – they did the “airliner” route, and swept wide to the north in a giant “u-turn” motion.

babylonian captivity

Similar to the motion an airliner would appear to fly from New York to London, if you put the route on a map.

I am including a second map of the Babylonian Empire at it greatest extent.

It is also worth noting that it effectively touches all of the powers that come into play in Isaiah 17, Psalms 83 and Ezekiel 38 and 39. It will eventually encompass all of these territories after these battles come to pass.

When you look at the second map, do so with this thought in mind – the current map of ISIS will keep those territories out of the coming conflicts with Israel. They are they only Middle Eastern Islamic territories that do not engage Israel.

babylonian_empire

Now, remember that there will have to be someone to “oversee” the treaty between Israel, and all of the powers encompassed in the second map.

The only “viable” alternative will be to oversee the treaty from the only territory that was not involved in the conflicts.

As the Bible tells us, the kings of the lands that become the core Babylonian Empire will join willingly, and together, decree the Antichrist as their King of Kings.

When we look at Daniel 9:27, the Bible uses the word “confirm” when speaking of the treaty. It then tells us that he will break the treaty in 3.5 years. This is interesting as it tells us three things.

The nations that come against Israel do so with a combined power structure. In other words, they are working together and require only one treaty for all of these nations. In contrast, the Israeli war for independence in 1948 required separate treaties and negotiations with each of the Arab nations that attacked Israel.

Second, it tells us that the Antichrist does not sign the treaty himself, as a commander of the Muslim forces – he confirms it as a third party negotiator. He cannot sign it except in that capacity.

Thirdly, it tells us that HE is the one that breaks the treaty. That tells us that sometime between confirming the treaty and mid-trib, the Antichrist assumes command of the nations that sign the agreement.

If you ever wondered how so many seeming enemies would ever come together under one roof, this should give you a clue.

The Antichrist will whisper in secret, and behind closed doors that he can deliver Israel if the nations deliver him power. Daniel chapter 11 does indeed confirm this, and something else worth mentioning:

The Antichrist IS NOT A KING from these territories. He is a stranger, having no ties to power here. Yet, the Muslims will accept his word and his rule.

It takes a great deal of manipulation to set that particular task into motion.

It is the kind of thing that requires the groundwork laid years in advance.

One final observation. Look at where the Babylonian Empire stops at the Nile river. We find out in Daniel chapter 11 that the territories that we now know as Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia all resist, and eventually fall to the Antichrist.

Those territories constitute a revived Egyptian Empire. This is also in Daniel chapter 11, and this revived empire will cause the Antichrist a great deal of heartburn until the second 42 months, when he will fully and finally conquer them.

This too is found in Daniel chapter 11.

How many of us never thought to take the Bible at it’s literal word on all of this – right down to the exact geography and ancient patterns of conquest!

In the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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7/16/2014 – I am under a heavy burden tonight.

Today I saw something that has weighed on me, and literally had me in tears as I drove home today from work. I am even struggling with how to write about it.  So, I will just write and let the chips fall where they may.

Let’s start with a brief conversation about Obamacare.  It is not what I am talking about in this post, but there is something critical in that conversation that bears on this one.

seven year deal

You may recall the debate on Obamacare back in 2009.  Seemingly out of nowhere, we had a “bill” that read like ten volumes of War and Peace.  The bill was massive, yet it was ready in a nearly miraculous period of time.  Either it was the most efficient of the government that has ever occurred, or – as Rush Limbaugh kept telling us – the Obama Administration had the bill in a drawer.  All they needed to do was to pull it out and dust it off.  A few minor tweaks and it was ready to be revealed.

What we got was the “brand new” Affordable Care Act of 2010.  It is important that you understand this concept.  We will revisit this in just a moment.

Now, we need a quick recap of where we are prophetically to ensure that we are all on the same page.

One month before the Passover blood moon – the first of the Tetrad – we began to see an increase in global volcanic activity.  This increase has continued.  It has also resulted in a staggering increase in global earthquakes, as well as rise in tsunamis.  These are a direct fulfillment of Joel chapter 2.

After the Passover blood moon, we had signs in the heavens three days before Pentecost, on Pentecost, three days after Pentecost and seven days after Pentecost.

We now have three super moons in a row, ending two weeks before the Shemitah, or Sabbath year judgment begins.

We now have the beast kingdom starting to rise.  We know this as one day after the fall of Mosul, every major news agency announced with great wonder the rise of soon named Islamic Caliphate.  In the same broadcast they all likewise wondered who could make war with ISIS.  These revelations came on broadcasts that also displayed maps of the conquered territory.  Maps that – with the names removed – would have been declared by the Prophet Daniel to be Babylon.

True to the Bible, the area that we see on these maps is the exact area the Bible tells us will not be a part of the coming conflicts with Israel, yet will be the starting seat of the Antichrist.

This one day transition of ISIS from terrorist insurgents to the rulers of a Babylonian Empire ripped from the grave – an empire long dead, which the Bible declared a mystery until it actually reappeared – was a direct counterfeit to the prophecy that Israel would be reborn in a single day.  So too was the mysterious Babylonian Empire – literally before our very eyes.

There are now four fronts open in the conflicts with Israel – Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the Sinai.  When added to the plans to assist Jordanian forces in combating ISIS, we now have every piece required for both Psalms 83 and Isaiah 17 now in play.  This is the first time in world history that all of the players have been up on deck, and all of the required fronts in the conflict have been active.

Also, there are currently efforts to forge a cease fire in Israel.  These efforts are occurring now, during the three weeks prior to the 9th of Av – a time where any major decision made by Israel ends badly.

Not to mention that the 9th of Av is also the birthday of Barack H. Obama.  Never mind that his chosen Muslim name Barack ‘O’ Bama literally means “I beheld Satan, falling as lightning from the heavens”.

Do not forget that the sickly green horse in Revelation chapter 6 – that delivers death to one quarter of the world’s population – is seen by the Prophet Zechariah delivering his authority to the south of Israel.  The only area of note directly south of Israel is Kogelo, Kenya – home of the fathers of Barack H. Obama.

Now, we are ready for the kicker (yes, there is something even more shocking coming).

Yesterday – in the midst of the negotiations with the United States and the six party talks, Iran announced that they would be “willing” to stop their nuclear program for seven years.

Yes, you heard right – seven years.  This is a bombshell for obvious reasons.

First, let’s get the big question out of the way.  No, this is not the seven year accord that ushers in the tribulation.  Close, but no yet.  So, why is this such a big deal?

Well, for starters it is the very first time that there has been a public mention of a seven year anything connected to the Middle East, Iran, nukes and war.

Also, with Iran there is the connection to the coming war of Gog and Magog – the war that brings the actual seven year accord.  The seven years in the actual treaty are directly tied to nuclear war and the securing of nuclear weapons.  We can see this detailed in the Book of Ezekiel.  Moreover, Iran is a major factor in this war – until they get the tails handed to them.  The tying of Iran’s nuclear program to a seven year deal sets a precedent.  A very bad precedent.  Especially when the program in question is directly linked to Gog / Magog.

Also, lest we forget – Israel does get hit in the very near future.

However, all of that pales with what I am going to share next.

You will recall that we detailed the prophetic scorecard just a moment ago.  The mere mention of a seven year agreement so close to the players of Gog / Magog should be enough to send chills down the spine of every believer.  That said, we also recapped the drama that played out with Obamacare.

So, what does Obamacare have to do with Iran and nukes?

Remember this – there are NO accidents with the White House.  Everything they do, every move they make is cold, calculated and scripted from start to finish.  We have seen this from Obamacare, to the IRS, Benghazi, Egypt, the economy, Berghdahl, the crisis at the border – and everything else.  That leaves us with an absolutely ominous conclusion.

It was no accident that Iran offered seven years.  It was no mistake that they offered seven years now, during the talks with the United States, during ISIS in Iraq and Syria – and during the conflict in Israel that now sits on the four fronts prophesied in Psalms 83.

Simply stated – this tells us that the President of the United States has in a desk drawer, in the Oval Office – a seven year accord that has already been drafted and drawn up.  It needs simply to be pulled out, dusted off and a few “tweaks” added here and there.

If the Secretary of State has acknowledged this – and he has – it tells us that the accord is already done.  It sits ready for the appointed time.

It matters little now whether Iran actually gives the appearance of accepting any limits to their nuclear program.

What matters now is that the world has been introduced to the concept of the seven year accord – attached to nuclear weapons, attached to the major player in Gog / Magog, during this time when all of the other prophecies of the end times and tribulation are coming to pass.

What matters now is that the world can now be conditioned to accept the seven year accord when it is presented in earnest.  We see this already whenever peace is discussed in the Middle East.  The discussions always center on prior agreements and efforts.

Now, there is a precedent for the coming seven year accord, and it directly involves one of the nations that will have to agree to it when the time comes.  A nation that has now thrown their support behind it, as they are offering only after sitting down with the United States of America.

As we said – nothing happens with Barack H. Obama that is not scripted from start to finish.  True to form, however – it was “the Iranians” that proposed the seven year accord.  Sounds like so many other things coming from the White House.

It is never Barack H. Obama that has his fingers on “anything”.  Ever notice that?

Yet, here we are again – one more “coincidence”.  How is it even possible for one man to have so many “coincidences” in one lifetime?

In the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.605221

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**  Recent developments with Russia have some believing that the days of ISIS are numbered.  Do not by the lie.  Russian involvement is also prophetic, and had EVERYTHING to do with it’s coming role in Ezekiel 39 and 39.

Russia WILL NOT end ISIS or Babylon.

The events we have just detailed have indeed occurred in the time frame required by the 0,1,2 pattern for the tetrad. **

There is another issue that we must address – is there anything in the Bible that prohibits the blood moon tetrad from being a part of the fulfillment of the blood moon sign in Revelation chapter 6?  This requires an examination of the meaning of “before” in the Bible.  This will tell us if there is any prohibition on the timing of the blood moon that prevents it from occurring over the space of a year and a half.

From the Old Testament

Strong’s Concordance

panim or paneh: face, faces

Original Word: פָּנִים

Part of Speech: Noun Masculine

Transliteration: panim or paneh

Phonetic Spelling: (paw-neem’)

Short Definition: before

before

paniym  (paw-neem’)

the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.)

Joel 2:31:

Before – לִפְנֵ֗י – lif·nei – 6440 – face, faces – from panah

Strong’s Concordance

 From the New Testament

prin: before

Original Word: πρίν

Part of Speech: Adverb

Transliteration: prin

Phonetic Spelling: (prin)

Short Definition: formerly, before

Definition: formerly, before.

before, ere.

Adverb from pro; prior, sooner — before (that), ere.

see GREEK pro

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

STRONGS NT 4250: πρίν

πρίν ((according to Curtius, § 380 comparitive προιον, προιν,πρίν)), as in Greek writings from Homer down:

an adverb previously,formerly (cf. πάλαι, 1): 3Macc. 5:28 3Macc. 6:4, 31; but never so in the N. T.

with the force of a conjunction, before, before that: with an accusative and aorist infinitive of things past (cf. Winers Grammar, § 44, 6 at the end; Buttmann, § 142, 3); πρίν Ἀβραάμ γενέσθαι, before Abraham existed, came into being, John 8:58; also πρίν ἤ (cf. Meyer on Matthew 1:18), Matthew 1:18; (Acts 7:2); with an aorist infinitive haying the force of the Latin future perfect, of things future (cf.Winer’s Grammar, 332 (311)): πρίν ἀλέκτορα φωνῆσαι, before the cock shall have crowed, Matthew 26:34, 75; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:61; add, John 4:49; John 14:29; also πρίν ἤ, Mark 14:30; Acts 2:20 (where L T Tr WH text omit ἤ); πρίν ἤ, preceded by a negative sentence (Buttmann, § 139, 35), with the aorist subjunctive having the force of a future perfect in Latin (Buttmann, 231 (199)), Luke 2:26 (R GL T Tr marginal reading, but WH brackets ἤ), and R G in Luke 22:34;πρίν ἤ, followed by the optative of a thing as entertained in thought,Acts 25:16 (Winers Grammar, 297 (279); Buttmann, 230 (198)). Cf.Matthiae, § 522, 2, p. 1201f; Alexander Buttmann (1873) Gram. § 139, 41; Klotz ad Devar. ii. 2, p. 720ff; Winers Grammar (and Buttmann), as above.

Lets bring in one more piece to wrap up this puzzle:

Luke 21:25-27 KJV – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

There are several observations that need to be made here.  In the full context of Luke 21, as well as the context above, we can see that Luke ascribes no specific time period to the signs in the sun, moon and stars.  The only thing that can be determined beyond doubt is that these are signs are attached to the times of the end and the tribulation.  It is assumption pure and simple that declares that Luke is speaking to a specific set of signs at a specific time.

Remember, we have determined that there are two primary sets of signs in the heavens when it comes to the tribulation – those that come before and those that come after.  When Luke 21:25 is taken with the definitions of “before” found in Joel 2:30 and Acts 2:20. we can say beyond contest that the blood moon tetrad indeed can be prophetic, and may in fact be a central part of Revelation chapter 6.

Furthermore, the context of Joel 2:27-32 tells us that the signs in the heavens simply come before the tribulation, along with several other signs that we are likewise seeing manifest today.  That is yet another evidence that the blood moon tetrad is indeed prophetic of the end times.

Here is the final piece of evidence on the blood moon tetrad:

Acts 2:16-21 KJV – But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

As with all end times prophecy, we are seeing a direct and literal fulfillment come to pass before our very eyes.  Yet, as with all scripture there are four levels of meaning and interpretations – literal, secondary, third and sod, the level of mysteries.

This tells us that there is a literal fulfillment of Joel’s words in the end times, which we are now witnessing first hand.

It tells us that there is the secondary prophetic meaning which we see in Acts at the day of Pentecost.  Remember, 2,000 years to us is but two days to the Lord – the last two days before the coming Sabbath rest.

It tells us that there is a level of mysteries meaning that is beyond the scope of this conversation.

Acts chapter two is the final confirmation that the blood moon is indeed a sign of the end times, one that can and will come the entire duration of the age of the church.  It is truly a rare sign, one that always holds prophetic implication for the Jews and Israel.  Consider that three of the eight tetrads have occurred in the last 70 years, and each one confirmed direct prophetic fulfillment’s of the rebirth of Israel and the retaking of Jerusalem.

Luke 21 and Acts 2 both show that there is no specific time given for these signs other than the end times.  However, immediately there will be those that will counter with the different scriptures which show a specific timing, such as Revelation chapter six.  So, which scripture is correct?

All of them.

Remember, there are no accidents in the Bible.  There are no statements made “just because”.  If you have one scripture that declares a specific time for a sign to appear, and another scripture that declares only a general time frame, then what you have is a sign that will occur during BOTH periods.  In the case of the blood moon, you have this very thing.  The blood moon is a general sign of the days just before the rapture and tribulation.  We know this from Luke 21 and Acts 2.  However, it is a specific sign given during at an exact time as well – shown in the various scriptures we have detailed in this project.

I will close this part of the discussion by including a response I gave to a gentleman who declared that it was not possible the the tetrad is prophetic.  It was his assertion that because the tetrad blood moons did not occur on the day that Israel was reborn, or the day the Jerusalem was recaptured, that the tetrads were nothing more that cosmic coincidence.

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As he so poetically stated – “God does not do near misses”.

Normally he would be right.  However, these are not normal times.

Here was my response to him:

“I will share a few verses that clearly show the Lord will send signs of the end both before and after the specified prophetic event.  This is critical as it goes to the heart as to whether or not the tetrad can indeed be a sign of Israel and Jerusalem – or the greatest fluke and coincidence in the history of signs in the heavens.

At this point, I need to remind you of something you said earlier.  You have stated emphatically that if it is not in the Bible then it is false.

Keep this position in mind as I show you what comes next:

In the study above, there are several things that became apparent – and critical to the timing of the tribulation.

Some of the heavenly signs come before the tribulation.

Some of the signs come after the tribulation.

Some of the signs given that come before are specific.

Some of the signs given are general.

Remember this – there are no errant words in the Bible.  You spoke of “close” and assumption – the same holds here.  After all, the Lord is quite capable of ensuring that any word He so chooses can end up in the Bible.

There are no accidents in other words.

Here are several scriptures that speak to the timing of the signs:

Matthew 24:29 – After

Mark 13:24 – After

These prove that the Lord can indeed send the tetrad after Israel and Jerusalem, as opposed to on the same day.

Acts 2:19 – Before

Acts 2:20 – Before

Joel 2:31 – Before

Joel 3:15 – After

Also, Joel 2:10 declares the darkened moon after the tribulation, the same as 3:15.

Now, here is the interesting thing – Luke 21:25.  This particular scripture simply declares that there shall be signs in the sun, moon and stars – yet it does not ascribe the particular sign, nor the timing.

We assume that it simply echos what Matthew and Mark say, but this is not accurate.  The original wording is different, and the Greek leaves us with the understanding that these signs are as much a condition of the times as they are a direct sign of the start or completion of the tribulation.

I hold that they do indeed mirror Matthew and Mark, yet I cannot ignore the actual wording the Lord used in the Bible.  As you said earlier – if it’s not in the Bible then it’s not right (paraphrasing).

Well, it happens to be in the Bible.

Does this distinction matter?  Absolutely!  This same premise is also what I found in an in-depth study of the differences between the last trump and the 7th trumpet of judgment – and how they are not the same.  I also found this premise when I was defending against a gentleman that tried to use slick words to explain why “escape” in Luke 21:36 did not mean the rapture, but meant escaping through the tribulation.

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Remember – assumption births more false doctrine than anything else.

Let’s keep this simple and straightforward.  We will confine this response to the meaning of the words “before” and “after” – and show that they mean exactly that.

To be clear, they do not mean “before, and during” in the case of before the tribulation.  Nor do they mean “during, and after” in the case of after the tribulation.

They mean specifically before and after.

In the case of “before”, here is what we have:

There are 13 occurrences of before in the Greek – which is where most of the signs are addressed.  They all use the same form of the word “prin”:

Matthew 1:18, 26:34, 26:75

Mark 14:30, 14:72

Luke 2:26, 22:61

John 4:49, 8:58, 14:29

Acts 2:20, 7:2, 25:16

STRONGS NT 4250: πρίν

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

before, ere.

Adverb from pro; prior, sooner — before (that), ere.

see GREEK pro

πρίν ((according to Curtius, § 380 comparitive προιον, προιν,πρίν)), as in Greek writings from Homer down:

an adverb previously,formerly (cf. πάλαι, 1): 3Macc. 5:28 3Macc. 6:4, 31; but never so in the N. T.

with the force of a conjunction, before, before that: with an accusative and aorist infinitive of things past (cf. Winers Grammar, § 44, 6 at the end; Buttmann, § 142, 3); πρίν Ἀβραάμ γενέσθαι, before Abraham existed, came into being, John 8:58; also πρίν ἤ (cf. Meyer on Matthew 1:18), Matthew 1:18; (Acts 7:2); with an aorist infinitive haying the force of the Latin future perfect, of things future (cf.Winer’s Grammar, 332 (311)): πρίν ἀλέκτορα φωνῆσαι, before the cock shall have crowed, Matthew 26:34, 75; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:61; add, John 4:49; John 14:29; also πρίν ἤ, Mark 14:30; Acts 2:20 (where L T Tr WH text omit ἤ); πρίν ἤ, preceded by a negative sentence (Buttmann, § 139, 35), with the aorist subjunctive having the force of a future perfect in Latin (Buttmann, 231 (199)), Luke 2:26 (R GL T Tr marginal reading, but WH brackets ἤ), and R G in Luke 22:34;πρίν ἤ, followed by the optative of a thing as entertained in thought,Acts 25:16 (Winers Grammar, 297 (279); Buttmann, 230 (198)). Cf.Matthiae, § 522, 2, p. 1201f; Alexander Buttmann (1873) Gram. § 139, 41; Klotz ad Devar. ii. 2, p. 720ff; Winers Grammar (and Buttmann), as above.

OK – the word “after” in the Greek.

This is “meta” – Strong’s 3326.  In the case of the signs in the heavens, it means after, in terms of time of occurrence as in Matthew 24:29 – see below:

There are 473 occurrences (you will just have to take my word on this – I am not listing them all).

Strong’s Concordance

meta: with, among, after

Original Word: μετά

Part of Speech: Preposition

Transliteration: meta

Phonetic Spelling: (met-ah’)

Short Definition: with, after

Definition: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

3326 metá (a preposition) – properly, with (“after with”), implying “change afterward” (i.e. what results after the activity). As an active“with,” 3326 (metá) looks towards the after-effect (change, result) which is only defined by the context.

[3326 (metá) before a vowel is written met (meth).]

iας ἡμέρας, Acts 15:36; Acts 24:24; οὐ μετά πολλάς ταύτας ἡμέρας, not long after these days (A. V. not many days hence), Acts 1:5, cf. DeWette at the passage and Winers Grammar, 161 (152); (Buttmann, § 127, 4);μετά τρεῖς μῆνας, Acts 28:11; μετά ἔτη τρία, Galatians 1:18, etc.; μετά χρόνον πολύν, Matthew 25:19; μετά τοσοῦτονχρόνον, Hebrews 4:7. added to the names of events or achievements, and of festivals: μετά τήν μετοικεσίανΒαβυλῶνος, Matthew 1:12; μετά τήν θλῖψιν, Matthew 24:29;Mark 13:24; add, Matthew 27:53; Acts 10:37; Acts 20:29; 2 Peter 1:15;μετά τήν ἀνάγνωσιν, Acts 13:15; μετά μίαν καί δευτέραννουθεσίαν, Titus 3:10; μετά τό πάσχα, Acts 12:4 cf. Acts 20:6; with the names of persons or things having the notion of time associated with them: μετά τοῦτον, αὐτόν, etc., Acts 5:37; Acts 7:5; Acts 13:25; Acts 19:4; μετά τόν νόμον, Hebrews 7:28; μετάτό ψωμίον, after the morsel was taken, John 13:27 (cf. Buttmann, § 147, 26); followed by the neuter demonstrative pronoun (cf. Winer’s Grammar, 540 (503)): μετά τοῦτο. John 2:12; John 11:7, 11; John 19:28; Hebrews 9:27; (Revelation 7:1 L T Tr WH); μετά ταῦτα (cf.Winer’s Grammar, 162 (153)), Mark 16:12; Luke 5:27; Luke 10:1; Luke 12:4 (Winer’s Grammar, as above); ; Acts 7:7; Acts 13:20; Acts 15:16;Acts 18:1; John 3:22; John 5:1, 14; John 6:1; John 7:1; John 13:7;John 19:38; John 21:1; Hebrews 4:8; 1 Peter 1:11; Revelation 1:19;Revelation 4:1; Revelation 7:1 (Rec.), ; , and very often in Greek writings it stands before the neuter of adjectives of quantity, measure, and time: μετ’ οὐ πολύ, not long after (R. V. after no long time),Acts 27:14; μετά μικρόν, shortly after (A. V. after a little while),Matthew 26:73; Mark 14:70; μετά βραχύ, Luke 22:58; also before infinitives with the neuter article (Latinpostquam with a finite verb (cf.Buttmann, § 140, 11; Winer’s Grammar, § 44, 6)); — the aorist infinitive: Matthew 26:32; Mark 1:14; Mark 14:28; Mark 16:19; Luke 12:5; Luke 22:20 (WH reject the passage); Acts 1:3; Acts 7:4; Acts 10:41; Acts 15:13; Acts 20:1; 1 Corinthians 11:25; Hebrews 10:26.

As I said earlier, this is just one area where we can look.  A full study is required of the signs in the heavens, the Book of Joel, and the chronological markers that the Lord installed in the Bible specifically to prevent false doctrine from subverting the timing of the tribulation.

I then finished the conversation with this observation:

I would not be so quick to declare that the tetrad is not a part of the signs in Revelation chapter 6.  There are still two more blood moons left, and the last one will be visible in Israel.

Never forget this – our study of the tetrads also reveal that the prophetic confirmations can come up to several years after the fact.

Also, why would the Lord need to send a blood moon tetrad after the fact, as a confirmation of what happened with Israel and Jerusalem?  Are these events not enough to proclaim that the Bible is indeed correct?

To that, I would offer this thought.  How many of us have heard this?

“These are not the Jews the Bible speaks about!”

“This is not the Israel the Bible was talking about!”

“These are not real Jews!”

“Israel has NOT fulfilled a SINGLE prophecy!”

“The Holy Land does not belong to the Jews and Israel – they have stolen the land!”

“Palestine never belonged to the Jews.  They have subverted the Bible!”

“The Jews need to be wiped off the earth!”

“Israel will be annihilated!  God wills it!”

Now, you get the picture.

That is why the blood moon tetrad is indeed prophetic.  I would also recommend a study that Perry Stone did on the blood moons to determine if they met the prophetic test of Joel chapter 2.  I am including a link to the online store at VOE Ministries in case you are interested.

Spoiler alert – the tetrad does meet the Biblical test and IS prophetic to the times of the end and the tribulation.

http://www.voe.org/store/dv158-blood-moons-rising-and-the-passover-patterns

In the name of the most blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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