By John J. Blanchard
August 29, 2015 (listen to audio)
Today I want to discuss a subject that is a hot topic in Christian circles at the moment. I want to talk about the blood moons and signs in the sun, moon, and stars. In certain Christian circles there is currently a lot of discussion regarding signs in the sun, moon, and the stars with extra attention being focused on “the four blood moons.” The point of this study today is to disprove an elaborate end-time scenario full of doom and gloom that is built around the prophetic significance of the “four blood moons.”
The four blood moons are celestial events coinciding with God’s spring and fall holy days. Specifically, these are lunar eclipses. They are so-called the blood moons because the moon tends to get reddish in color during a lunar eclipse. When you have four of anything, you can call it a tetrad, so this is commonly referred to as a significant tetrad. That just means four. It’s one of the four in the last 500 years to occur, and it’s occurring in 2014 and 2015—four lunar eclipses that are called blood moons.
Why do they call them blood moons? In 2014 and 2015 the sequence of four lunar eclipses land on God’s holy days. This all began with Passover in 2014, then the Feast of Tabernacles in 2014, then Passover of this year, 2015, and the Feast of Tabernacles coming up in just a few weeks in 2015. Within those four lunar eclipses—those four blood moons—there is a solar eclipse that takes place. This year it was on March 20th. When the solar eclipse occurs during the sequence of four blood moons, some scholars attach extra biblical prophetic significance to the blood moons. They say that these are signs in the sun, moon, and stars pursuant to Matthew 24 and a few other places which we will be talking about during the course of this study.
Some of the scholars who believe in these things have linked these celestial events to Jewish and world history. Currently we are nearing the completion of this particular tetrad of the so-called blood moons. The last will occur on September 28th of this year, which is the Feast of Tabernacles. As I said on March 20th of this year, we had the solar eclipse.
The supposed prophetic significance is to have massive implications for human beings, for all of humanity, and planet earth. We are not going to go into all the doom and gloom surrounding these scenarios. Most people are familiar with it, but briefly it is the usual litany of wars, often times including nuclear war. There are rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences, disease epidemics, and economic collapse. There is plenty doom and gloom for everybody!
We are told that the prophetic significance also means that these doom and gloom scenarios are signs of the eventual return of Jesus Christ and Millennium to follow. In order to prove this, the scholars who believe in the four blood moons and their prophetic significance take a mishmash of prophetic Scriptures throughout the Bible; and use it to substantiate their own scenario that they have developed surrounding the return of Jesus Christ and the “end of the world” or the “end of the age.” They call these the accompanying signs of Christ’s return.
Supposedly it’s important, they say, to learn about these prophetic signs and heed them, so that one can escape all the problems that are going to fall upon the earth. This knowledge becomes important. You could call it special knowledge or secret knowledge. They say this because most of the people in the world and the countries that do not necessarily believe in the Christian Bible are not too concerned about prophecy in the Bible, so much of the world doesn’t even concern itself with this. But those of us who live in supposedly Christian or enlightened countries where we have the Bible have a strong segment of Christianity that believe in prophecy. They are saying that you need to heed these warnings, so that you can either (A) be raptured and be gone during these calamities or (B) be protected divinely in some sort of place of safety. Often times Petra is referred to as this place of safety.
PEDDLING THEIR TEACHINGS
We are not going to spend any more time in this study talking about the doom and the gloom, death and destruction, and elaborate scenarios that surround the four blood moons and the end of the world. We have talked about that in the past. There is so much out there that if a person wants to get more information in that line of reasoning, it’s easy to either download, buy books, view movies, or get pamphlets. There are so many authors and producers that are literally flooding the earth with that kind of information that it’s readily available. By the way, this makes the authors and the producers of those things very wealthy. There is a lot of money to be had when you scare people out of their wits. That’s the first thing I want to point out.
I want to turn to Proverbs chapter 23. Proverbs chapter 23 is our opening Scripture today. It says something important here and should always make our antenna that links us with God stick out. We are told in Proverbs 23, verse 23: “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
The truth is worth buying. It really is! Who wouldn’t purchase knowledge if you knew it was absolute truth? But the Bible says there is a problem with those who sell it to us. The truth is something we should willingly give to people for free. The gospel is something Christ brought at great personal sacrifice—His death on the cross. He did not charge people money to hear it or to learn about it. That’s the first thing. Who is making the money off all these books, booklets, movies, and novels? That’s what I would have people be aware of. Before you part with your money, make sure it is the truth that you are willing to purchase.
JUST A LUNAR ECLIPSE
Let’s go on to disproving the doom and gloom scenarios that surround the four blood moons—the end of the world or the end of the age. I want to take note of a few things, first of all. Number one: the four blood moons as such are nowhere mentioned in Scripture. They are nowhere! You can’t find the tetrads or the four blood moons. That had to be put together in some way and tried to make sense out of in order to build the scenario on, what I would term, a false premise.
Secondly, as I mentioned earlier, the moon almost always looks reddish during an eclipse, so literally any lunar eclipse could be called a blood moon. It just sounds so much more interesting and frightful and ominous when you call it a blood moon! There is nothing exciting in saying the moon turned a tinge of red, or it looked a bit orangish during the eclipse. It doesn’t have the same impact as if you call it a blood moon.
Thirdly, if the solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, this past March was a sign to the world about what God is going to do, why didn’t God make it visible to more of us? It took place over Scandinavia, northern Siberia, and the Arctic Ocean. If God really wanted to make a sign out of it, why wasn’t it over New York City, Paris, or Tokyo? Why didn’t it go over the heart of the earth where most people live? Instead it was over the vast northern regions where basically it was the polar bears and the walruses who saw it!
Many contend the blood moons have an historical significance. They link it together with various events in Jewish history and world history, such as the pogrom when King Ferdinand of Spain and Queen Isabella sent the Jews out from Spain and various events like that. They say there have been three special events in Jewish history that coincided with four blood moons in the last 500 years. There again I ask, if those were signs of very important events in Jewish history, why were there no four blood moons and no tetrad, before World War II and the Holocaust? Why were there no four blood moons and no tetrad before World War I and the Balfour Declaration in 1917 that created the Jewish state? Going back beyond 500 years, why were there no four blood moons and tetrad before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D.?
Some of the most significant events in Jewish history, since the time of Christ, did not have tetrads. They did not have the four blood moons and a solar eclipse. Why wouldn’t God alert us to something as significant as that? How about the death of Jesus Christ—the most prominent Jewish person to ever live? Why was His death on the cross not surrounded by four blood moons? The sun did go dark that day, but we are going to talk about that in just a moment.
LEARN FROM CREATION
All creation contains the language of God. In other words, through creation we can understand God’s thinking on various subjects, but we have to link it properly to the Bible. Of course, celestial events are part of creation. The sun, the moon, the earth, and the stars are all part of creation. Everything upon the earth is part of creation. God’s handiwork and His thinking are involved with everything that we see out there.
Let’s turn in the New Testament to Romans chapter 1, verse 20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…”
Everything we see out there has God’s attributes in it. We can understand God’s thoughts, even what He is thinking in the Godhead, when we combine creation with the Bible!
Continuing in verse 21 of Romans 1: “…because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
The opposite is true. If we are not properly looking at creation and learning from it in conjunction with God’s word, we can actually have our knowledge darkened. It can be foolishness to God. It is important to understand how creation helps us view God’s plan for humanity. That we don’t disagree with. It’s how it’s applied and how it’s utilized and, of course, how it’s taught to other people. That’s the rub. Is it calming people? Is it helping people draw close to God? Or is it promoting fear and dread of God and the future?
Creation must be viewed through the lens of the Bible, and, of course, that includes the sun, the moon, and the stars and the signs that they represent. Let’s take a few minutes and look at some of the ways that we can understand the signs in the heavens. Let’s turn back to Malachi chapter 4. It is the last book of the Old Testament.
THE SUN REPRESENTS CHRIST
Malachi chapter 4, verse 2: “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.”
When you read that verse, you know it’s talking about Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, but it’s not a mistake that Sun there is spelled with a “u”—Sun, even though we know it’s referring to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. That is showing us in a little way that the sun in the sky is a way to understand Christ’s importance to the earth and humanity, because nothing can live on the earth without sunlight. Without the sun all life would perish on the face of the earth. We need the light of the sun.
Let’s go to John chapter 1, verse 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
This is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, also called the Word, just as His Bible is called the word of God, and it brings light to mankind. We need the light of God—the truth of God—in order to live spiritually. It is typed in creation by the light of the sun. Without the sun’s light, nothing could live on earth. We see the connection here. The sun certainly does represent Jesus Christ. It represents Christ because Christ existed forever, way before the sun ever existed.
God the Father and Jesus Christ said, let Us make the sun something that will help mankind understand Our thinking. Jesus Christ, the Word, said, let there be light, and He made it have significance. Before that He created the sun, the moon, the stars, and the earth.
THE MOON REPRESENTS THE CHURCH
When we look at the moon at night and see a nice bright, clear, beautiful full moon, what are we seeing? We are seeing the light of the sun reflected off the celestial body we call the moon. That is depicting what the Church should do with the light of Jesus Christ in its teaching, in its example, and its education for humanity. The moon as a type of the Church that reflects the light of the sun should be the same way in the Church. We should be promoting and teaching the ways of God and being a good example of utilizing His light to bear fruit in our lives. We can prove that with a number of Scriptures, but I would like to go to Revelation chapter 12. Revelation chapter 12 puts it together very nicely.
Revelation chapter 12, beginning in verse 1: “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.”
You see this sign in heaven that is a woman which is also symbolic of the Church. We know the Church is the bride of Christ. We are told in Ephesians 5 we should let Jesus Christ cleanse us, so that the woman—the Church—is without spot or blemish. But here we see the woman is standing on the moon. She is surrounded by a garland of twelve stars. We know there were twelve tribes of Israel, and there were twelve apostles. We see she is clothed with the light of the sun.
Continuing in verse 2 of Revelation 12: “Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”
It is definitely speaking of Jesus Christ. We know He was born of a virgin woman, Mary. It is also depicting here the first congregation of God—ancient Israel and in particular the Jews—who carried the seed from Adam all the way to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s Father, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit did miraculously conceive Jesus Christ in Mary, but the genealogy goes back through the human side because Mary was part of Israel. It goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. You can trace it.
We see this miraculous event in which a dragon took a third of the stars and threw them to the earth. There is no way a third of the stars could ever hit the earth to kill Christ and still have an earth! A single star would have melted the earth way before it ever got here, so we are starting to see that there is some other significance here. Jesus Christ, of course, was risen from the dead and was caught up to God the Father and His throne.
Then we are told in verse 6 of Revelation 12: “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”
This is speaking now of the Church that Jesus Christ founded through the apostles.
We have this woman who still exists on the earth. We are shown in Revelation 12 at the beginning that she has a garland of twelve stars and the light of the sun—the truth of God—which she is to reflect like the moon when it’s glowing brightly.
STARS REPRESENT ANGELS
Let’s go back in Revelation to chapter 1. We saw in Revelation 12:4 that a third of the stars were thrown to the earth. Stars represent angels. We are in Revelation 1 now, verse 12: “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.”
This is another corroboration of what we just said about Malachi chapter 4. But notice He had in His hand seven stars.
Continuing in Revelation 1, verse 17: “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First, and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.’”
Stars represent angels. The dragon is Satan who took a third of the angels, and he made them become demons. When he did that, he wanted to destroy Jesus Christ. He threw them at the earth to try to move mankind to kill Christ. He tried through Herod. He ultimately succeeded at the cross, but it was too late, for Christ had lived a perfect life. He had never fallen for any temptation that Satan threw at Him.
We can start to understand here that there is a lot more to signs and wonders in the sun, moon, and stars than just what we see celestially. When we build a whole prophetic scenario around them, we have to be very careful that we corroborate creation through God’s word. It has to match the truth of God in the Bible.
When the sun goes dark, it cannot shed its light. When it does not shed its light, the moon goes dark too. It is obvious. If you were to blot out the sun totally, the moon would go dark as well.
Now let’s turn to Acts chapter 2 where there is a prophecy that is often spoken of as something to look forward to at the end of the world. Of course, we are talking about that first Pentecost after Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. We know that at that Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the 120, which included the eleven disciples that were alive at that time. That Holy Spirit brought them light in the form of tongues of fire and wind that allowed them to speak the truth of God. Part of the truth that Peter was explaining to the people, which we are going to read about here beginning in verse 14, was an explanation of signs in the sun, moon, and stars.
We are in Acts chapter 2, verse 14: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.’”
The crowd had gathered and heard the powerful wind come into the upper room on Pentecost. They started to hear the apostles speak in various tongues that they could understand in their own language. They said, these guys have to be drunk! Peter said, no. You’re not seeing drunk men speak.
He goes into verse 16 saying: “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…”
He says you are witnessing what the prophet Joel said would come to fruition, and then he quotes Joel.
Acts 2, verse 17: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Continue reading Acts 2:16-21.
What Peter was saying is before the awesome day that you are witnessing today—Pentecost with the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon mankind—that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Before that the sun would go dark and the moon would be covered with blood.
Verse 22 of Acts 2: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”
He said you are witnessing and have witnessed the fulfilling of the prophecy of Joel.
Keep your finger in Acts, and we are going back to Joel chapter 2 because he was quoting Joel 2. This is the prophecy in Joel 2, beginning in verse 28: “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. Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”
The remnant at that first Pentecost was 120 people. They went on to change the world! To this very day, their impact has spread around the world. That was a sign and a wonder. It was subsequent to the Son of God being killed, putting out the light of the sun, but that covered the moon with blood. The moon being the Church, from that point forward, had the blood of Jesus Christ available to wipe out their sins and to beat Satan at his game!
When one understands that Peter was saying this was fulfilled, then you have lived to see it! There are so many Christian teachers preaching today that this is yet to be fulfilled in some horrifying events at the end of the age. That took place 2,000 years ago!
Anytime in the last 2,000 years when Jesus Christ is displeased with the Church and starts withholding light, the Church can go dark, which is the moon going dark. It is as if the earth—people, human beings—get between God and the truth. They get between God and the truth of His word and the rest of the world, making the truth of God go dark. It is very important to discern that because celestial events can help us understand the mind of God, but that is not the big event. What is important is what they are portraying and what God is showing us in celestial events. We need to reflect the light of the truth. Truth should not cause anxiety and fear. Christ brought peace.
We see the sun represents Jesus Christ, the moon represents the Church, and stars represent angels. We can learn lessons from the heavens. As I said, the earth (teachers of the earth) can block the truth of God, reducing its light.
PROPHECY IS DARKENED
In Acts chapter 2 that very day, because of the understanding of what Peter was saying, 3,000 people repented and were baptized. Now let’s go to Revelation chapter 8. People are fearful when taught the wrong thing about these Scriptures.
Revelation 8, verse 12: “Then the fourth angel sounded: and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.”
Here we see the sun’s light reduced by a third, the moon’s light reduced by a third, and a third of the stars going dark. We already understood that from Revelation 12:4 that’s when Satan took a third of the angels and became dark angels we would call demons. They no longer brought truth to mankind and messages of truth. They were no longer purveyors of God’s way of life. They now became evil. Part of the evil deeds that they do is to confuse mankind on the truth of the gospel of the good news.
The Bible is essentially divided into three equal parts. A third of the Bible is history. If you read the Old Testament especially, but even in the New Testament, you see history. There is a lot of history about ancient Israel and the Jews. In the New Testament you see in Acts the history of the early Church. A third of the Bible is history.
Another third is education. A lot of the gospels and the epistles is how to live like Christ and how to reflect His light. In the Old Testament we read how to keep the law of God—the Ten Commandments—and how to live properly. The book of wisdom—Proverbs—is all about education and so is Psalms.
A third of the Bible is prophecy. When we are told here that a third of the light of the sun and a third of the light of the moon goes dark, the history is self-evident. The education is easily discerned. It is the prophecy where people go off track so easily. When they don’t understand prophecy, that third of the Bible becomes dark. That’s a third of the sun going out and a third of the moon. The ultimate blame is on Satan and a third of the stars who inspire us with erroneous beliefs. But we are the ones who should have enough understanding to sort that out with a prayerful attitude, just like the Jews at that Pentecost who realized they made a big mistake when they helped crucify Jesus Christ. Three thousand repented and were baptized because they “got it.” We should get it as well. If we study God’s word properly and let the Holy Spirit work with us and have a humble attitude, we should get it. Then we should share the good news, the gospel, with other people.
THE SUN AND MOON FOR HOLY DAYS
The sun and the moon and the stars do teach us many things. Let’s go back to Genesis chapter 1. There is a very significant thing for which we are to look to the sun, the moon, and the stars. When Genesis takes place, the actual appointment or the significance that God appointed the sun, the moon, and the stars for does not mean they were created physically at that time. Science has proven the universe is something like 13 billion years old. The sun and the moon and the stars have been out there for billions of years, but God wanted to show us something in Genesis chapter 1. We are looking at verse 14.
Turn to Genesis 1, verse 14: “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
Darkness we know is evil. Light we know is God’s truth. God is not just talking about physical light and darkness on the planet at this time. He is talking about assigning. He said, I set them in the firmament. That Hebrew word for set is nathan (#5414, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means to give or to assign or appoint. He assigned new significance to the sun, the moon, and the stars here in Genesis chapter 1. He said I give you two great lights, and I want them to be for signs and seasons and days and years. We need to understand what these signs and seasons and days and years are.
That word signs in the Hebrew is owth (#226, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means signals to appear literally as a flag, a beacon, a monument, an omen, a prodigy, or evidence. It is evidence of something God is doing. It is a signal to be aware of. Seasons is the Hebrew word mowed (#4150, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means an appointment, a fixed time or season, specifically a festival, meaning a holy day, conventionally a year. The holy days come around each year. By implication an assembly for a specific purpose, technically the congregation and the place of meeting as a pre-determined signal from God.
Putting those two words together we have evidence of a pre-determined signal of God for the Church through His festivals, His holy days. Therefore God has determined something special about the sun, the moon, and the stars. He said they can be used for calendars and timing devices, and there are three calendars spoken of here.
For days and years you can use a solar calendar. The physical sun determines the solar calendar. There is also a lunar calendar. There are many societies on earth that still use the lunar calendar, including the Jewish people. The lunar calendar can be used very accurately to determine the length of a year and the months. You can put the proper days that you want to observe on it and keep track of time.
We are also told here there is a third calendar, and that is the prophetic calendar based on God’s holy days—His festivals. That’s the part that has gone dark for Christianity! Of course it makes it very dark for the rest of the world. Therefore the most important question to ask is, why aren’t more Christians keeping the holy days? Why aren’t Christians keeping the holy days? If that is a calendar of events in order to understand prophecy, we should be keeping them. We should obey God, then we would know how to view creation in the light of God’s holy days. These are His specified times to get together on His holy days.
Let’s go to Leviticus chapter 23. In Leviticus chapter 23 all the holy days are listed. We are not going to read the entire chapter. You can do that on your own, but let’s read verse 1-3 and then comment. Leviticus 23, verse 1: “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: “The feasts [or festivals] of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations [times to get together], these are My feasts.”’”
He starts first of all with the weekly Sabbath.
Verse 3: “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do not work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.”
Then He goes on to outline His holy days that take place each year but mean something prophetic: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (or the Feast of Weeks), Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles, and following that the Last Great Day.
Let’s look at a couple of verses within chapter 23, looking at verse 21. “And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.”
God says keep these forever!
Verse 41 of Leviticus 23: “And you shall keep it as a feast [speaking of the Feast of Tabernacles] to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”
It shall be celebrated every seventh month of God’s calendar which goes by the moon. That’s how you determine these holy days.
God says these holy days are very important appointments where I want you to get together as a congregation to gather on the Sabbath and My holy days. But typically Christianity has set up its own calendar of events. Sunday is considered the Sabbath for most Christians. Christmas is considered the most holy of the days other than Easter, and Christmas and Easter form the big two. The only problem is Easter is nowhere in the Bible! Let’s go to Acts 12:4. The King James Version has Easter written in that verse. Acts 12, verse 4: “So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.”
I am reading the New King James Version, but if I was reading the King James Version, that would say “Easter,” speaking of Christ’s death. That word Easter is nowhere. That is based on a pagan festival. It goes way back to ancient Egypt and beyond that. Why are we on the wrong set of holy days? It’s no wonder we don’t understand prophecy when God says, I give you My moweds (My holy days) to understand prophetic events and to have you get together on those dates to learn about them.
HOLY DAYS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Let’s go to I Corinthians chapter 5. We are beginning in verse 6 where something very significant is hidden in a little passage of Scripture here. I Corinthians 5, verse 6: “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
We are to sincerely preach the word of God, the word of truth. Christ is our Passover. We need to keep Passover, not Easter! Passover lands on various days of the week because you follow the calendar the way you should. It does not always land on Easter Sunday. That’s a convention of mankind. It is a formula that mankind came up with that’s wrong. We need to keep the Passover because Christ is our Passover. That shows you the significance of the holy days.
I want to show you something else back in Acts chapter 2. Let’s go to Acts chapter 2, beginning in verse 1: “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
That’s where the 120 were gathered because it was God’s holy day. What if they had not been there? What if the Holy Spirit had swooped into that room and there was no one there? Christ had told them to gather there and to be there. He had told them that in chapter 1. He said, I want you to be gathered to receive My power in a few days. And they were gathered as they were told on that holy day, because they were keeping the moweds. They knew Jesus Christ was the Passover. He died on the Passover for them. Now they had Pentecost, keeping the holy day as the first Christian congregation, showing us that we are to keep the holy days. Yet about 300 years after the death of Christ, Christianity veered off in a direction adopting pagan holy days and getting off God’s calendar of events. They were getting off the moweds resulting in a third of the Bible getting misunderstood and going dark! It is as simple as that.
TEACH THE GOOD NEWS
Don’t let anyone make you fearful about the end of the age or end of the world. They simply misunderstand the prophecies.
We are just giving you a small taste here of how to view and read the Bible to have the peace of God within and to understand that we should not be in a fearful state at the end of the age. We should be looking up and ready for Jesus Christ. We should be excited about what’s about to happen!
We will have just a couple more Scriptures just before I close. Turn to II Timothy chapter 1, verse 7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
We are to have a spirit of a sound mind and tremendous peace inside. All these misinterpretations and scenarios of blood moons and doom and gloom and wars and rumors of wars take our peace and our joy from us. God is about to do something special to save this earth, save mankind, and give us a beautiful Millennium. He is not going to let this earth become a nuclear wasteland!
Go to the first epistle of John chapter 4. I John 4, verse 18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
When we get concerned about surviving end-time events, we become selfish and fearful. Our love begins to diminish for other people, and that’s what is dangerous. We need to love our fellowman and realize our responsibility is to help them gain the peace that we should have. We need to be able to teach them the truth of God and reflect the light of Jesus Christ, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun.
There is a wonderful future ahead for this earth and for mankind! We need to teach people about that. That’s the gospel. That’s the good news. Christ wants His light to shine in you and me to help this world gain a peace that is beyond human understanding. He wants to dwell in you and me and accomplish a great work here at the end of the age. We could go on and talk all day about that, but we have given you enough information to help you understand the signs and wonders. This will help you dispel the fallacy of the doom and gloom of four blood moons and a lot of other false prophecies that have come along.
In the last number of years, since the year 2000, it seems as if every year there is some sort of doom and gloom about the end of the world prophetically speaking. They come and they go. This will come and go this year, too, but let’s learn from celestial events. We do not want to be among those who darken the light of the truth, who darken the sun for the rest of mankind. We want to be among those who reflect the truth of God brightly, so the world can indeed get a glimpse of the marvelous future that lies just ahead for the human race and for the entire earth!