Blood Moons’ connection to the Bible      To make a long story short, I didn’t pay any attention to the blood moons because I don’t rely on ‘astronomy’ for Bible predictions.  Nevertheless, I heard about them through people who would e-mail me.      After the blood moons received national media attention, in April 2014, someone e-mailed me these first two articles, which helped me understand what they were and why they’re potentially important.  As it has turned out, there are more accurate signs than the blood moons. (explained below charts)   “Video” - explaining the ‘physics’ of lunar eclipses  USA Today - April 3, 2014 (time=2:16)   (Sorry, embedding wasn’t an option)
    What surprised me was how evenly spaced the four eclipses were, during the Spring-Fall-2014 and Spring-Fall-2015.  Chart below APOCALYPSE NOW: Why a rare astrological event LAST NIGHT could herald the 'End of Days' Express [UK] – April 9, 2014 Quotes:  The incredible alignment has only happened a  handful of times in the last two thousand years but, remarkably, on each of the last three occasions it has coincided with a globally significant religious event. The first Tetrad since the Middle Ages, in 1493, saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition, which rocked western Europe. The second coincided with the establishment of the State of Israel - after thousands of years of struggle - in 1949.  [referring to tetrad] Strangely, the last one occurred in 1967 - far earlier than expected - precisely at the time of the Six-Day Arab–Israeli War.    Of course, any ‘tetrad’ covers ‘two-years’ but significant events are not always exact.  For example, this article notes 1949 for the blood moons but everyone knows that Israel became a nation in 1948.    Therefore, it’s not unusual that the tetrad has passed but more specific events from Daniel continue to unfold in the Middle East.  When the events get to the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, from Daniel 11:31, the rapture will occur, from Matt. 24:29-31.  That will be significant for both Christians and Jews because they are both mentioned in Matthew 24:15-31 and Revelation 7.  Significant Biblical events happen ‘around’ Blood Moon tetrads. Quick summary    In both cases (Matt 24 and Rev 7), the 144,000 Jews are mentioned first but they must stay on earth to endure the ‘trumpet plagues’, from Revelation 8, because they didn’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  After the trumpet plagues, the 144,000 are martyred, in Rev 14 & 15, and their souls are accepted into heaven (before the ‘bowl plagues’).  After the last bowl plague, which is Armageddon, those same 144,000 Jews will become priests, in Jesus’ new kingdom on earth, for 1000 years (Rev 20).  All that starts at the ‘abomination’ in Matt 24:15.    At the same time, the ‘abomination’ will be significant to Christians because the ‘rapture’ will happen, as in Matthew 24:29-31, which determines where a person resides forever.  (It doesn’t get any more significant than that.)  Christians who are taken in the rapture are treated to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, for 2300 days, while tribulation happens on earth.  Then, they will follow Jesus back to earth, for Armageddon, and the start of a 1000-year reign.   Unfortunately, I don’t think gentiles who miss the rapture will not have a second chance like the 144,000 Jews.  (They are a special case because of God’s promise to David.)  That’s why it’s important to have a sincere relationship with Jesus, before the abomination takes place. Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Updated below click to enlarge 3.5 year difference between the 70th Seven and 2300 day tribulation God’s timeline of 37’s    Come to find out, God has been using His own “Timeline of 37’s” (with ‘37-years’ as a ‘unit of time’) since the beginning of Islam, not exclusively, but enough to be sure that “37” is the real solution to God’s riddle in Revelation 13.  Note: 666 / (6+6+6) = “37”     Plus, 2016 was on the Timeline of 37’s and Daniel 11:26-30 were completed in 2016.  All that’s left to be fulfilled is for the abomination that causes desolation to be set up. (Dan 11:31)   See the 666 page for a more detailed description of each entry on the timeline. 537 BC 3rd year of Cyrus The Book of Truth (Dan 11) given to Daniel. Daniel 10:1 610 AD Muhammad  received his original vision that started Islam. Daniel 11:5 167 BC Antiochus IV Epiphanes ordered an altar to Zeus to be erected in the 2nd Temple. 1054 The “great schism” begins, which divides east/west (churches 3&4) of 7-churches Revelation 3&4 1276 Osman receives a vision of a great empire, which later becomes the Ottomans. Daniel 11:14 1350 peak of the black plague  in Europe (1346-1353) Rev 2: 21-23 1720 Peter the Great eliminated the Patriarch of Russia. (east church) Jan 1721 1979 The Islamic Revolution of Iran started the final empire in Daniel 11:21. 2016 Many things happening, particularly Dan 11: 26-30, leading to the Abomination in Daniel 11:31 (see below) God’s Timeline of 37’s - Chart  *marked to scale (starting when Daniel was given God’s “Book of Truth” - Daniel 11) 10 units x 37 370 years 21 units x 37 777 years 12 x 37 444 years 6 x 37 222 yrs 2x  74y 10 x 37 370 yrs 7 x 37 259 yrs 1x  37y 666 years 666 years 666 years 37 x 37 years 1369 years (start of Islam to the start of the final empire) 869 AD Birth of the 12th Imam (or Mahdi) *not shown Comments on the events 666 years apart (as noted at the bottom)  (*I wasn’t just haphazardly linking things that were 666 years apart.) 1. Muhammad’s vision (610) and Osman’s vision (1276) are both notable visions in Islam. 2. The great schism (1054) and Peter the Great (1720) both involved the Christian Churches. 3. The black plague (1350) was a severe distress on mankind and the abomination and rapture     will bring an even greater distress (Matt 24:21) as it starts God’s wrath from Rev 8 through 19.  Note: It’s appropriate that 1350 was the middle of a 7-year period, rather than just one year,  because the abomination will also be the ‘middle’ of a 7-year period: the 70th Seven. (Dan 9:27)     2016 - Gone but not forgotten    Well, Jesus didn’t return in 2016 (or the 37th anniversary of Iran) but it was a wild year that saw Daniel 11 advance from verse 26 to 31 (just in the second half) so the abomination is closer than ever.  Here is a quick summary from Daniel 11, showing how things sped up in 2016.  Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus “forsaking the holy covenant.”        On the same day, the UN funded a ‘blacklist’ to help boycott companies       (under the BDS movement) that operate within the West Bank.  The list        is due to be published, with additions, November 2017.  2016 Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination Blood Moon confirmation? ... not quite    I admit that I thought the blood moons were a confirmation for the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, because they were the right distance (3.5 years) from the Arab Spring, in general.  However, after I examined the actual dates, I discovered that the blood moons were well before the ‘middle’, as depicted in the graph.  In fact, they are closer to the beginning,  Historically, ‘tetrads of blood moons’ happen around important Biblical events, not directly on them. The “confirmation of a covenant” in Daniel 9:27 Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”    Introduction   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is a list of events, leading to the abomination, but there is no time-frame.  Daniel 9:27 gives a time-frame (3.5 years), before the abomination, but it’s difficult to figure out when it starts. (see 70th Seven for more details - exert below)  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including the blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 2020 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Start ? End  Approx. Middle ?      4      7     10 Iran signed the interim nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many) on Nov. 24, 2013, which also fulfilled Daniel 11:23 2021 May 24, 2017 - 3.5 years from nuclear agreement and also the day Israel celebrated  the 50th annv. of the 6-day war (lunar calendar).  Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement on Oct. 12, 2017 and plan to enact unity gov. on Dec. 1. Fatah and Hamas had the inauguration of their 1st unity gov. on June 2, 2014. (see 70th Seven for details)  First Possibility for the Start of the 70th Seven   The 3.5-year anniversary of the first possibility has already past but I still think it’s a viable option because the middle of a 7-year period is not necessarily an exact day.  The first option is the historic signing of the interim nuclear agreement, November 24, 2013, between Iran and the P5+1 (many).  The agreement definitely fulfilled Daniel 11:23 but it could have also started the 70th Seven because that would actually connect the two chapters, besides the fact that both chapters contain the abomination.    Thus: November 24, 2013 + 3.5 years = May 24, 2017   Of course, like I said, May 24, 2017 has already past but it was interesting that it was the same day that Israel celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War (unification of Jerusalem).  Note: The unification was June 7th, on a solar calendar, but Israel uses a lunar calendar, so the anniversary fell on May 24th.  Of course, that was almost 6-months ago but 6-months could still qualify as the middle of a 7-year period.  Second Possible Start of 70th Seven   I recently discovered another possibility that might satisfy the verse, but it could also be more of a long-shot.  It’s no secret that Iran has ties to Hamas, the Palestinian party that controls Gaza.  So, what if the agreement was between them and Fatah, the Palestinian party that controls the West Bank?  I’m not talking about the current negotiations but they could be related.  By coincidence, Fatah and Hamas made another reconciliation, 3.5 years ago, which indirectly led to the Gaza War of 2014 (explained below).  Therefore, it would be both symmetrical and poetic for the current unification to somehow lead to the abomination.    The Palestinian Unity Government of 2014 was inaugurated on June 2, 2014.  Less than two weeks later, on June 12, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were abducted in the West Bank.  Two days after that, on June 14, 2014, Israel began major raids in the West Bank, called Operation Brother’s Keeper, to look for the teenagers.  Those raids lasted for weeks, which prompted Hamas to start firing rockets into Israel.  On June 30, 2014, the three teenagers were found dead.  Netanyahu said that he had "unequivocal proof" that Hamas was involved.  The Palestinian Authority, in the West Bank, blamed the abductions on the Qawasameh clan, who was notorious for sabotaging any attempts for Hamas to grow friendlier to Israel.  Regardless, the situation escalated until Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, on July 8, which was an unprecedented military operation into Gaza.  A ground invasion was launched to destroy numerous tunnels that were discovered.  Israel pulled out on August 5, and announced a cease-fire on August 26.  The Palestinian Unity Government convened in October-2014, to discuss re-construction of Gaza, but work wasn’t being done fast enough, so Hamas delivered a no confidence vote, after a November deadline expired.  The unity government was officially finished 6-months later, on June 17, 2015.  For my purposes, the inauguration was the important part, but I just wanted to be complete.    Thus: June 2, 2014 + 3.5 years = December 2, 2017   As I said, I’m not trying to pick an exact date for the rapture, but there are some interesting coincidences with the current efforts to reunite Fatah and Hamas.  The two sides signed a reconciliation agreement on October 12, 2017, which exchanged some border crossings for reduced sanctions.  However, they failed to discuss the military wing of Hamas, and the fact that Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel, two factors that Israel insists must be reconciled before they will deal with the new government.  In response, Hamas said that they will never give up their military.  There are supposed to be further negotiations, but a date has already been set for the unity government to start in Gaza, which is December 1, 2017 Notice that the date is almost exactly 3.5 years from the inauguration of the first unity government.  That could be a coincidence, but it could also be a sign.    By the way, December 2/3, 2017, is the last full moon before winter, so even though I’m not picking a date, I can still hope.  Then again, I’m always hoping.  2017 – The Pentecost of Years   By now, most people know that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, in 1967, where Israel took control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem including the Western Wall.  People are calling 2017 a “Jubilee Year”, even though the Israelites don’t actually practice Jubilee principles. (Lev 25)  Just the same, 2017 could also be significant in Christian terms.    There are two important Christian holidays that are based on original Jewish holidays, Easter and Pentecost, which are defined as being 50 days apart. (text below)  The resurrection of Jesus took place on the day after the Sabbath (Sunday), during Passover week, which God originally called First fruits.  The Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost, 50 days later, which God originally called the Feast of Weeks.  In other words, long before the Israelites ever took the Promised Land, God defined two special days to commemorate the arrival of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Strangely enough, the Jews have been celebrating Christian holidays, from the very beginning.  It’s the symbolism of these holidays that makes the 50th anniversary significant. Leviticus 23:5-6  [Passover and the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread]  5 The LORD's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Leviticus 23:10-12  [First fruits –during Passover week (Easter Sunday)]  … bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the  day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect. Leviticus 23:15-16; 18,19  [Feast of Weeks– 50 days after Easter (Pentecost)]  15 "'From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD. … 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the LORD … 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering.     The above passages just illustrate that the 50th day was a huge day for sacrificing, far more than any day during Passover.  Likewise, the Jubilee Year (50th year) was far bigger than any normal Sabbath Year. (Lev 25)  Therefore, God puts a major significance on the 50th day, as well as the 50th year, which is where we are now.  June 1 2017 June 1 2018 June 7 50th annv. Jerusalem unified Oct 31 500th annv. Luther’s letter Nov 2 100th annv. Balfour’s letter May 14 70th annv. Israel’s indep. Dec Jan Details of above Timeline: 1. June 7th was the 50th anniversary of Israel’s re-capture of the Old City Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount.  It was Biblical because current disputes, which are leading to the abomination (Matt. 24:15, Daniel 11:31, etc) are centered around Israel’s possession of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which was captured during the 6-day war, June 5-10, 1967. 2. October 31st is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s letter (or thesis) that he nailed to the door of the Catholic University at Wittenberg.  It was Biblical because it was the beginning of the 5th Church (Church in Sardis - Rev. 3:1) of Revelation’s Seven Churches 3. November 2nd is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Balfour to Baron Rothschild, expressing Britain’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. (It was published in the paper on Nov. 9th.)  It was Biblical because God promised the Jews that they would be ‘restored to the land of their forefathers’. (Jeremiah 16:15) Note: Three days before, on the same day that the letter was approved by Britain’s government, October 31st, the Battle of Beersheba was won by Australian, New Zealand, and British troops.  It was the first and most crucial victory for British troops in Palestine, during WWI.  4. May 14th is the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, which was also Biblical because of God’s prophecy in Jeremiah 16:15.  It was also 70-years from Israel’s first modern settlement in Palestine, which began in 1878, called Petah Tikva, which links the 3rd and 4th Seals in Rev. 6.