Looking for a Blood Moon

What is it? This was the question that I asked my friend Wade, and he tried to explain. Remember, he was the Valedictorian of his high school class. I had to do further research and get pictures. And now I will try to share the information with you.

October 2014 eclipse from a North Carolina perspective

October 2014 eclipse from a North Carolina perspective

Before I attempt to answer a complicated question and draw suspicion and scorn, I will reveal that my religious background is varied. Not spotty, just broad. Raised in the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches, almost every Sunday, I raised my children in the Methodist faith, almost every Sunday. And the last twenty years I have spent a lot of time in the Assembly of God and Baptist pews. Most recently, I added five more years with the Methodists in a different state. To me, it’s not the church. It is all about worship.

In every Christian denomination, Genesis 1:14 reads the same in the New King James version: “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’;”

Typical of man’s perspective, we complicate things as we focus on ourselves. We cannot agree on a calendar, even though we say one rotation of earth equals a day for everybody. In general, one rotation of the moon around the earth equals a month. And one rotation of the earth around the sun equals a year. But we record it differently, and it is confusing to mere mortals.

The western world timekeeping is based on the Julian solar calendar from a pagan Roman ruler. Pope Gregory made a few changes in 1582 for the celebration of Easter, and the rest of the world adopted the Gregorian calendar for the convenience of trade. To align this calendar periodically with the movement of the sun, “leap years” were added by extending the month of February. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

I understand that the Muslim calendar is based totally on the moon which explains why their Ramadan celebration can be in different months.

The Hebrew calendar follows both the moon and the sun and uses a 29 or 30 day month and either a 12 or 13 month year. Every fiftieth year is a Jubilee year when captives are set free, all debts forgiven and all land returned to previous owners. I mention this because 2015 has a special significance. This is a Jubilee year. (Info from Blood Moons by Mark Biltz)

The World Jewish Congress keeps track of “shemittah years” when the land in Israel remained fallow for a year every seven years. The farmers and the land got to rest but some folks probably didn’t like the extra work to prepare ahead. When the Israelis were taken into captivity 2600 years ago, their land went to the victors. Some might say this was punishment because they did not observe the shemittah years: Shemittah Year 2014 to 2015 – Jonathan Khan – YouTube But then nobody else did either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmXGOlz4AYQ)

They got a second chance in 1948, when Israel was returned to them by the United Nations after the Holocaust of WWII.

Stay with me here. We are looking up at the sky, preparing for Blood Moons, right? It is so easy to get distracted with facts that seem to relate. For example, in addition to being a special Jubilee year, this is a shemittah year which runs 9-25-14 through 9-13-2015.

On March 21, 2015, when Jews celebrated setting up the first tabernacle on the first day of Nissan, there was a total solar eclipse. Two weeks later, there was a total lunar eclipse on Passover. Very unusual. Especially since it also happened in 2014.

Now then, it has come to my attention, again, that on the Jewish calendar, the ninth of Av is a big deal. In 587 BC and in 70 AD the temple(s) in Jerusalem were destroyed by enemies on the ninth of Av which doesn’t correspond to either the Muslim or Christian calendars. Jews were expelled from England in 1290 AD on the ninth of Av. Christopher Columbus set sail on the ninth of Av. There is speculation that he was Jewish and avoiding the Spanish Inquisition of 1492. Germany declared war on Russia on that day, putting into motion WWI which arguably continued until the Holocaust. http://www.chabad.org What Happened on the Ninth of Av

This year the ninth of Av is July 25, which was very close to the signing of the much touted Iran nuclear deal. The Jewish day starts at sundown, so the ninth of Av went from sundown on July 25th to sundown July 26, the day that there were enormous Stop Iran rallies. The outcome is not yet part of history. But this event occurred in 2015 in the shimittah year, (which is also in the Jubilee year.)

Three Hebrew feasts coming up at the end of this shemittah year, during this Jubilee year, according to my own Jewish calendar are (Repentance) Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, on September 14; (Redemption) Yom Kippur, on September 23; and (Rejoicing) Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, celebrated September 28 to October 4.

Blood Moon in April 2015 Courtesy of NASA website

Blood Moon in April 2015
Courtesy of NASA website

What does NASA say about another blood moon? A partial solar eclipse is predicted on Sunday, September 13, and a total lunar eclipse on September 28. According to http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html, a total lunar eclipse is when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow and turns blood red. Four consecutive total lunar eclipses in a row, as in 2014 and 2015, without partial eclipses in between are rare and called a tetrad. Even more rare is the event coinciding with a Jewish holiday.

You might want to investigate signs and seasons.

 

Copyright 2015 Georgia Wilson

 

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