SIGNS OF THE GATHERING:
PART 4, BLOOD MOONS
Within the last few months, the Internet has lit up after the Pastor of a small church in Washington State,
Mark Biltz and the pastor of a large church in Texas, John Hagee and finally Billy Graham, announced
the most powerful sign from God since the harbingers of the birth of Christ. This is a sign that Christ
told us to watch for and already there is much speculation about what it portends.

This essay is in several parts: What Wise Men Say, The First Message, The Second Message, The Blood
Moons In History, What The Feast Days Mean, The Passover To Tabernacles Tetrads, The 2014, 2015
Tetrad, The Passover To Atonement Tetrads, The Passover To Trumpets Tetrad and Conclusions.

What Wise Men Say.

In fact, this harbinger is such an amazing sign that Billy Graham believes that it is an omen of the
Second  Coming of Christ.

“There’s a great deal to say in the Bible about the signs we’re to watch for and when these signs all
converge at one place we can be sure that we’re close to the end of the age... And those signs, in my
judgment, are converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions...”

“God keeps his promises, and this is why we can be sure that the return of Christ is near... Scripture
tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are
evident today.” ("Billy Graham sounds alarm for 2nd Coming," WND Exclusive, Oct 20, 2013).

John Hagee had this to say about the four blood moons, so rare they have occurred, "Three times in
over 500 years, this is confirmed by NASA... this is something that you can check on the Internet...

"It starts April the 15th, 2014, next spring, and it happens on Passover, the second blood moon next
year will be October the 8th, on the Feast of Tabernacles. And then in 2015, it will happen again on
Passover, and then it will happen the last time... that will be on the Feast of Tabernacles. The irony of
what it takes to get the sun, the earth, the moon in a perfect alignment to have a blood moon and then
for these blood moons to be on this exact date is something that is just beyond coincidental. The Bible
very clearly says, Joel the second chapter says, The day of the Lord will be as when the sun refuses to
shine. The significant thing is that between these four blood moons will be a total solar eclipse and the
moon will be turned to blood.

"That is exactly repeated in Acts the second chapter. It is repeated by Jesus Christ in the Book of Luke
21st chapter when He said, You will see... signs in the sun, the moon and the stars and when you see
these signs, lift up your head, your redemption draweth nigh...

"We are reaching that point in time when world history is about to change. We are entering that zone
and it's going to change forever, it's going to change dramatically, and it's going to involve Israel,
because it has involved Israel in 1492, 1948, 1967 and each time it has gone from tragedy to triumph.

"(In) 1492... the Jewish people were kicked out of Spain with the Edict of Expulsion by King Ferdinand
and Queen Isabella. America was discovered and the Jewish people had a home until Israel became the
state. In 1948,49, Israel was a state. The thing that preceded that was the Holocaust... (in) 1967 was the
Six Day War and then Jerusalem became a part of the state (of Israel).

"There is a sequence of prophetic events that the Bible says will happen, but it does not give a when. It
just says, when you see these signs... the end of this age is coming and the Messianic Age is going to
appear. How long is that, no one knows... This is something that the Bible using the sun, the moon, and
the stars as a communication system to humanity says something is about to change and world history is
going to change forever." (Christopher Snyder, "Is the cosmos telling us the end is near?" FoxNews.
com, October 16, 2013, full comments by Hagee on the embedded video).

The story of the four blood moons began in 2008 when Pastor Mark Biltz made an astounding discovery
by comparing NASA data on eclipses with the High Holy Days of the Jewish calendar. Here are a few of
his comments.

“Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but the added significance
is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the
religious New Year according to the scriptures...

“So here we have a total solar eclipse beginning the religious year followed two weeks later by a total
lunar eclipse/blood moon on Passover followed by the next solar eclipse (partial) on Sept 13th which
just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah...

"This is also begins a shemittah year 7th for the land to rest. The last two shemittah years on Rosh
Hashanah, there was global economic catastrophe. In 2001, the Dow fell 7 percent. In 2008, the Dow fell
7 percent. In 2015, could this be our third strike and a major collapse of the global economy?”

“The eclipse of the sun signals danger to the nations and of the moon danger to Israel, this is then
followed by the total lunar eclipse/blood moon on the Feast of Tabernacles. Not only that, according to
NASA, this total blood moon on 9/28/15 will be at perigee meaning it will be a super moon and seen in
Jerusalem during the feast of Sukkot while the Jewish people will be dwelling outside in their sukkahs
looking up toward the heavens.” ("Blood moons expert: Watch 2014 and 2015," WND Exclusive, Oct 19,
2013).

Without even understanding Mark Biltz fully (and most Christians won't), it is obvious that God is trying
to herald something important. (There is an excellent comprehensive explanation of the sign of the
blood moons and eclipse at http://www.pray4zion.org/TheComingBloodMoons.html. Search Pray4Zion.)
Instead of explaining further, I will be speculating about what the signs mean.

The First Message.

Before I begin speculating about what events are foretold by the eclipse and the blood moons, there is
also an essential message in these celestial events. Mark Biltz is part of the message.

Mark Biltz pastors a Hebrew Roots congregation, teaching the Feast Days of the Old Testament. He
discovered the blood moons and their significance in 2008. Quite obviously there is no mention of
Christmas or Easter. The blood moons don't fall on those days. The sign of the blood moons only makes
sense in the context of a church that keeps the Old Testament Feasts. So they were discovered not by a
famous preacher, but in a church with a true Bible message.

The blood moons glorify the Hebrew Calendar, particularly the Feast Days that Leviticus 23 calls "a
statute forever in your generations." (Lev. 23:41). The sign of the blood moons is important to all
Christians, but it is particularly important to the Seventh Day Adventists and the Davidian Seventh Day
Adventists. It could close their probation, signal the end of grace and the beginning of judgment for
their churches. Why?

Ellen White, founder of the Seventh Day Adventists and V. T. Houteff, who founded the Davidian SDA,
preached the Bible Feast Days, but did not make keeping them mandatory. Back in the fall of 1955 and
spring of 1956, Ben Roden began admonishing both Davidians and Seventh Day Adventists to keep the
Feasts of Leviticus 23. He based his message to Davidians and the SDA on a call from God.

So the fall of 2015 will mark over 100 years that the Davidians and Seventh Day Adventists have ignored
Ellen White's prophetic statement that it would be well for them to keep the Bible Feasts. Davidians
have ignored similar statements by V. T. Houteff for at least 70 years. The best advice I can give you
Davidians and Adventists is this, make sure that you are out in a field living in your temporary dwelling
under the super moon of Sukkot, aka the Feast of Tabernacles, by 2015 at the latest. The angels will be
taking names.

As Ben Roden told you: "Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in
Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." (Mal. 4:4).

Consider other scriptures as well, particularly this order to keep Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.

"Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened
bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the
month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) and the feast
of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering,
which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field." (Ex. 23:14-16).

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17).

I know that there are millions of righteous people in these two churches. God has given you a huge sign
glorifying His Feast Days. Please do not ignore Him.

Pastors as well need to carefully consider their salvation and the salvation of their flocks. Pastors know
God's Law, even if their flocks don't. The simplest way to bring your flock to the true Sabbath and Feast
Days is to set up a Saturday Sabbath Service for those who want to keep the Biblical Sabbath without
finding a new church. Then preach the Sabbath and Feast Days to your congregation. Don't push them,
let your words gently tug them.

The Second Message.

There is also a second message in the sign of the blood moons and solar eclipse. By using the Jewish
Calendar and the history of the Jews in conjunction with signs in the heavens to send messages to
mankind, God has glorified the calendar prepared by the Jews.

There are competing calendars of the Feast Days. My own church, the Branch Davidians uses the
Creation Calendar. However, in the joining of the two sticks of Ezekiel 37, (God's purposed union of the
Messianic Jews and the Feast Keeping Christians into one church in His hand), the Jews, by ancient
means or modern, will establish the calendar for the times of worship.  

The Blood Moons In History.

And now, some speculations about what the omens in the sky portend. There have been seven
combinations of four blood moons falling on the Feast Days since the Crucifixion of Yeshua.

"When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a tetrad.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles in 162 - 163 AD,
coinciding with the worst persecution of Jews… and Christians in the history of the Roman Empire.
Within 3 years the Antonine Plague killed eight million people, a third of the population.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 795 - 796 AD
while King Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire established a DMZ buffer zone between France and
Spain, ending centuries of Arab invasions into Western Europe.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 842 - 843 AD.
Shortly after the eclipses the Vatican church in Rome was attacked and looted by an Islamic invasion
from Africa.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 860 - 861 AD.
Shortly after the eclipses the Byzantine Empire defeated Arab armies at the Battle of Lalakaon in Turkey
and permanently stopped the Islamic invasion of Eastern Europe...

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets Holidays in
1493 – 1494... King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the
country (after about 200 AD, Spain became and remained a second Jewish homeland for well over a
millennia...) 1492 was the same year that the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher
Columbus…. discovered America...

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1949 - 1950
during the 1st Arab - Israeli War for Independence just after Israel had become a nation again for the
first time in 2,000 years... On 14th May, 1948 - Israel proclaimed its independence. Less than 24 hours
later, the regular armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded the country... In what
became known as Israel's War of Independence, the newly formed, poorly equipped Israel Defence
Forces (IDF) repulsed the invaders in fierce intermittent fighting, which lasted some 15 months and
claimed over 6,000 Israeli lives...

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1967 - 1968
coinciding with the 6 Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. As Israel's neighbours prepared to
destroy the Jewish state, Israel invoked its inherent right of self-defence, launching a pre-emptive
strike (5 June 1967) against Egypt in the South.

"It was followed by a counter attack against Jordan in the East and the routing of Syrian forces
entrenched on the Golan Heights in the North. At the end of six days of fighting, previous cease-fire
lines were replaced by new ones, with Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights
under Israel's control..." (Alf & Julie Saunders, "The Coming BLOOD MOONS," PRAY4ZION, March 15,
2013).

What The Feast Days Mean.

There are four Jewish Feast Days mentioned in these seven occurrences of the blood moon tetrads on
Feast Days; Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the Feast of
Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah). Because the Passover occurs in every one of these occurrences, let's look
at what it symbolizes first.

The Passover is a memorial of the death angels passing over the dwellings of the Israelites and smiting
the Firstborn of Egypt and also of Israel's Exodus from Egypt, the deliverance of the House of Israel
from bondage. Is also stands for Christ, who died on the cross as our Passover Lamb, our perfect
sacrifice, to deliver us from the Bondage of Sin and Death.

The Wave Sheaf Offering is part of the Passover, it is a symbol of the start of the Harvest. During the
Exodus from Egypt, this symbol was fulfilled by the Innocent Firstborn of Egypt, taken to heaven by God
as He began the physical harvest of Israel. In the time of Christ, this symbol was fulfilled by the opening
of saint's graves at Christ's death. The resurrection of Christ and His ascent to heaven with the saints
was the Wave Sheaf Offering that started the spiritual Christian Harvest.

In summary, in Passover, we have a symbol of freedom from physical bondage, freedom from spiritual
bondage and the start of both physical and spiritual harvests.

Blood moon tetrads in the Feast of Tabernacles have already occurred three times. The Feast of
Tabernacles is a memorial of dwelling in improvised structures in the wilderness of Egypt for 40 years.
Tabernacles takes place at the end of harvest, it is a symbol of completed harvest.

Blood moon tetrads in the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) have occurred three times. The Day of
Atonement is a memorial of God's mercy in cleansing away the sins of His people. It symbolizes personal
and congregational forgiveness of sin.

Blood moon tetrads occurred once in the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial of the
Battle of Jericho, a battle which was fought primarily by spiritual means and which gave possession of
the Holy Land to God's people. The Feast Of Trumpets also symbolizes God's Announcements.

The Passover To Tabernacles Tetrads.

Counting the tetrad of blood moons to come in 2014 and 2015, there are four tetrads which start at
Passover and end at Tabernacles in consecutive years. The tetrads in these years portend a complete
harvest, starting with the Wave Sheaf Offering during Passover and ending with the Feast of
Tabernacles. Since these tetrads have the most in common with next year's tetrad, let's look at them
first.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacles in 162 - 163 AD."
(Ibid).

In 161, Marcus Aurelius became the Emperor of Rome and he persecuted Christians. In this time of fear
and trouble, the blood moons were a sign to hearten and strengthen the Christians. Additionally, the
tetrad of blood moons denoted a great harvest of souls, because they spanned the entire harvests in a
two year period.

Since the early church was keeping the word of Christ, the Sabbath, the Feast Days and all the Law of
God, it is hardly surprising that God sealed the vast majority of them as saints. During the period, the
Christians preached the blood moons that occurred on their Feast Days as a sign from God of His
approval of their ministry and their message caused many Gentiles to join them.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1949 - 1950
during the 1st Arab - Israeli War for Independence. On 14th May, 1948 - Israel proclaimed its
independence. Less than 24 hours later, the regular armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq
invaded the country." (Ibid).

The tetrad of blood moons strengthened the Israelis during this time of dire trouble. By the end of the
Holocaust, the Jews had atoned for the blood of Christ which their ancestors had taken upon
themselves and their children while demanding the Crucifixion of Christ.

"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and
washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to
it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children." (Matt. 27:24,25).

When God saw that the Israelis intended to set up a State that reverenced His Law and wait in faith for
the fulfillment of His promises, He judged them with the Judgment of Abraham. So there was a great
sealing of servants of God during this tetrad also.

"And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him (Abraham) for righteousness." (Gen.
15:6).

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but
with God all things are
possible
." (Matt. 19:26).

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in 1967 - 1968
coinciding with the 6 Day War..." (Ibid). Egypt, Jordan and Syria amassed armies on the borders of Israel
and Israel destroyed their air forces and tanks...

Once again the tetrad of blood moons strengthened and heartened the people of Israel. Because the
Israelis believed the Lord's promises, once again He judged and sealed the righteous among them
according to the Judgment of Abraham.

The 2014, 2015 Tetrad.

The holy things of God occur in units of seven, as in the Seven Seals, the seven pillars of wisdom, etc.
So the symbolism of the number "Eight” in the Bible is "New Beginnings." The tetrad of blood moons
which is to occur in 2014 and 2015 is the eighth tetrad to occur in the Holy Days since the Crucifixion. As
such, it should be most like the first, in many way a repeat of the first, just as all Sundays are in some
ways similar.

Were it not for the embedded eclipse, the coming tetrad would also simply be a great harvest, sealing
Feast Keeping Christians and Messianic Jews during rising persecution of Christians and Jews. (An
estimated 100,000 Christians are killed each year for their faith.) The tetrad would strengthen and
hearten the faithful and empower their ministry.

But there is an embedded eclipse. The combination of blood moons and eclipses is dire for the world
and indeed, it could herald the start of the tribulation. The Lord knows the time. I do not.

"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day
of the Lord come." (Joel 2:31).

The Passover To Atonement Tetrads.

That leaves us with three tetrads in the early Christian era unexplained.

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 795 - 796 AD...

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 842 - 843 AD...

"Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Yom Kippur Holidays in 860 - 861
AD..." (Ibid).

Note that none of these tetrads stretches to a full harvest. All fall blood moons occurred on the Day of
Atonement (Yom Kippur), which falls shortly before the Feast of Tabernacles.  By 600 AD, the Catholic
Popes had changed the Sabbath to Sunday and Easter and Christmas had replaced the Feast Days of the
Bible. As a result the ritual of purification of the flock could not occur. Salvation during this period was
individual, saint by saint.

During this time a warrior king, Charlemagne rose to power and became the emperor of a turbulent
Rome in 800 AD. Charlemagne spent much of his time at war, holding a vast European Kingdom
together. He forced conversions of conquered peoples to Christianity.

On the death of Charlemagne’s son and successor, Louis the Pious in 840 AD, three of Charlemagne's
grandsons contested the succession. In 843 AD, they agreed to divide the empire into three kingdoms.
The power of the dynasty faded and it ended in 877 AD.

In summation: during a turbulent era, with a church full of apostasy, God showed signs in the heavens
to hearten His people and try to bring them back to His Feast Days. Perhaps a few diehards were sealed.

The Passover To Trumpets Tetrad.

There is one more tetrad to explain. "Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and
the Feast of Trumpets Holidays in 1493 – 1494" (Ibid).  King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain
ordered all Jewish people to leave the country in 1492 and Christopher Columbus discovered America
in 1492.

Because the Jews were still suffering God's vengeance for refusing Christ, this was not a full harvest.
Again the fall blood moons occurred just before the Feast of Tabernacles...

"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words
in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him."
(Deut. 18:18,19).

As the Jews faced the catastrophe of being forced from their country and being forbidden to take gold,
silver or money with them, God gave them the blood moons as sign that He had not forgotten them. The
fall blood moons on the Feast of Trumpets indicates that God had chosen a place in the wilderness
outside the Holy Land, where the Ten Lost Tribes would be called and gathered for their ceremonial
return to Israel. Discovered in 1492, that place was America.

Conclusions:

1. The history of the seven former blood moon tetrads in the Feast Days show that there is nothing at all
random about blood moon tetrads in Feast Days. Just as the Creation, they show the Hand of God.

2. The embedded eclipse in the 2014, 2015 blood moons is an omen of dire circumstances to come. Time
to get right with God. Time for prayer ministries.

3. The blood moons are used to glorify the Feast Days of the Old Testament. Ellen White, V. T. Houteff
and Ben Roden have recommended or demanded observance of the Bible Feast Days with little effect
on Christianity, BUT this is a call for obedience coming directly from God.

4. The blood moons of 2014, 2015 with their embedded eclipse are a warning from God that the war
between Christ and Satan is about to go nuclear (God told me to say that). Get out of the cities! If you
are in the country, help your family and friends to get out of the cities.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden