Joel- The Blood Moon Prophet
Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders will be glory
Since the summer of 2014 we have posted multiple articles on the significance of Blood Moon Tetrads over the last 200 centuries during the Age of Grace. We have made references to the Joel’s Prophecies concerning the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar eclipses on Hebrew feast and Holy days, but in order to understand the scope of these prophecies, we need to take a closer look at the Biblical context of Joel’s Prophecies. A study of the four main Biblical usages of the Hebrew word [moed- H4150], will supply and establish the missing Biblical evidence of the Blood Moon Tetrads on Hebrew Feasts. We will also consider how some prophecies from Isaiah, as above relate to this study. With this in mind, lets begin by considering the second chapter of Joel to see what God’s Word can tell us, since the Scripture always defines its own terms in how individual words are utilized within the Word of Truth, on any given subject addressed.
Joel 2 (KJV)
1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
The first verse of Joel 2 sets the context for the Blood Moon Prophecy later in the chapter. Zion represents God’s Holy Mountain, and God dwelling among His people in these last days, and forever. This refers to both Judeans and Gentiles who are followers of Christ, starting with Israel in the OT. God is clearly SOUNDING the ALARM in His Holy Mountain becausethe Day of the Lord, the long awaited Day of the Second Coming of Christ is “nigh at hand.” This sets the context and the tone for the Blood Moon Prophecies following in Joel 2 & 3.
A primary key to the entire Blood Moon dialogue is found in a basic section of Scripture relevant to Biblical Astronomy, in Genesis 1.
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; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 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.
For a more detailed Biblical Astronomy discussion of the verses please refer to the Introduction of The Calendar of the Biblical Patriarchs.
Pastor Mark Biltz was one to point out that the word for “seasons” in verse 14 is [moed- H4150] in an appointed time or season. It has specific Biblical references to Hebrew feast and holy days; [Levi. 23:2-4, 37 & 44], or the seven primary feasts on the Hebrew Calendar. The heavenly signs involving the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses on Hebrew feast days, is a primary defining aspect of Blood Moon Tetrads in the last 2000 years of the Age of Grace. This Genesis record lays a foundation for Biblical Astronomy, and although we have seen many media references in the hoopla over the Blood Moon mania, to Joel’s Prophecies of the “Moon turning to blood,” we have not seen specific Biblical evidence of Blood Moons on Hebrew Feasts days! This is probably one reason why the majority of headlines associated with Blood Moons end in question marks or vague predictions, instead of exclamation points! God says what He means, and means what He says in His Word, and the integrity of Scripture is beyond reproach, so we just need to ascertain what His Word says and do it.
Since this is a basis of the idea for Blood Moons relating to Israel, we need to be clear on this point, removing any conjecture linked to the Blood Moon Phenomena. A deeper view of the context of Joel’s “Blood Moon Prophecy” will show us what we are looking for. The Hebrew word for “seasons” has 4 different Biblical usages, the first one as an appointed time or season, is evident and the most popular, since it provides a direct link to Hebrew feasts. According to Gesenius,1 this word is also used in reference to not only the assembly, but also the place of assembly. In the OT, this is the place God chose to reveal himself to His people, the Tabernacle of Congregation for example; [Exod. 27:21, 33:7, 11, 40:22-24, Num. 7:89] was this place, as Moses lead Israel in the Exodus through the wilderness. Later when a permanent Temple was built in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, this became the central point of Hebrew spiritual life. Isaiah provides more detail on this;
Look at Zion, the city of our appointed festivals. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation, a tent that won’t be removed. Its stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken.
The reference above in Isa. 33:20 speaks to Zion in the same breath as the appointed festivals, referring Feast and Holy days on the Hebrew Calendar, linking the place of feasts with the feasts themselves. This seems obvious on the surface, but when we realize the context, of Joel 2 and his Blood Moon Prophecies in the next few verses, we can see the direct links between the Blood Moons on the Hebrew Feasts which set these Blood Moon Tetrads apart from Blood Moons that don’t take place on these feasts, over the last 200 centuries. There are hundreds of Blood Moons to chose from in the Age of Grace, but only a relative few coinciding with Hebrew Feast and Holy days.
[Joel 2:1] provides the setting of the trumpet blast in “Mountain of God’s Habitation,” the location of the Holy Temple, so that Joel is Sounding the Alarm for the Day of the Lord in Zion, telling us God is starting with the faithful of Israel, His nearest and dearest so to speak, letting us know that the trumpet blast in Mount Zion is not to be ignored, but must be heeded with urgency. God has many more people on earth than those of Israel, as many have come to God through Christ, and those who believe His Word will heed the warnings, but the truth isn’t for everyone. There are generally four reasons that trumpets were blown in Israel [Num. 10:1-10]. One was a call to war, which fits with the armies coming to surround Jerusalem leading to a final battle in Joel 2:2-9. Another was for a call to assembly as seen in the following verses from Joel 2 below.
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
Isa. 33:20 also tells us to Look at Zion, the city of our appointed festivals! The Hebrew for appointed festivals here is [moed- H4150], showing the same direct link to the Hebrew Feast days, proving the context for Sounding the Alarm in Zion-the place of assembly for God’s people, on the 7 sacred feasts. The nation of Israel even as the Church of God must be a sanctified congregation as Joel 2:15 states, because the pure holiness of our Heavenly Father requires a pure and holy people for Him to dwell in their midst. These feasts like Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement, to mention a few, are the holy days marked by Blood Moon Tetrads of the Age of Grace, prophesied not only by Joel, but also by the Apostle Peter in his Sermon on the Day of Pentecost opening the Age of Grace, [Acts 2:19-20]. Our post on the Biblical Blood Moon Calendar summarizes the Blood Moon Tetrads over the last 2000 years. Joel’s Prophecy in [Joel 2:28] below, was also fulfilled on this long sought after Day of Pentecost when God’s people first spoke in tongues.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Isa. 33:20 goes on to reference Jerusalem, reclaimed by Israel in 1967 for the first time in nearly 2000 years, in the 6-day war with Egypt-marked by the Blood Moon Tetrad of 1967-68. In the context of this Jerusalem reference, we find the “tent” or place of the congregation where the Temple of God will be rebuilt in the end-times, on Mount Zion, the Mountain of God’s Habitation.
In verses 2-9 of Joel 2, the armies who gather themselves against Israel in the last days are starting to materialize, and the preliminary aspects for this battle are being set on the world stage as we speak. The political pacts forming the armies surrounding Israel in these verses, are being formed as a result of current international alliances in the news. Verse 10 below not only provides a reference to the Sun, Moon and Stars wherein Israel keeps its Calendar, but it also references the darkening of the Sun and Moon leading up to the specific warning of the Blood Moon prophecy later in this chapter, [Joel 2:31].
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
Verse 10 prophesies of the darkening of the Sun and Moon as we are seeing with the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar eclipses in the current Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015. Verse 11 states the time of these heavenly signs is part of the final warning in the run-up to the Day of the Lord, and the end time battles that accompany the Return of Christ. We have already noted 2 of the Biblical usages of [moed-H4150] in this article, and the third will nail down direct Biblical evidence of the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses on the Hebrew feast and holy days, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Not only are the Lord’s Feasts emphasized in the assembly of God’s people, along with the Place of the Assembly-like the Tabernacle of the Congregation, but also the annual nature of these feast days take place in recurring prophetic years, as another important Biblical usage of moed.
A great example of this is the recent March 20th, Total Solar Eclipse on Nisan 1. As the opening of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew Calendar, along with Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets divides their calendar in half according to the sacred and civil years. Since we have the darkening of the Sun on both sacred feast days during the Blood Moon Tetrad in 2015, we find the annual nature of these feasts marked by these prophesied heavenly signs between the Blood Moons. The prophetic aspect of the Hebrew Calendar is unique among all timekeeping systems in history, because Almighty God has spun the celestial bodies in their orbits according to His sacred timing, Who sees the end from the beginning. Even as heavenly signs marked the first appearance of Christ on Earth, that came in 2 phases, even so the heavens will announce the Second Coming of Christ. He will return first FOR His Saints, followed in the Second Phase when Christ Returns WITH His Saints. We must keep these phases straight in relation to the heavenly signs marking the general period of His Return. As the Second Coming of Christ grows nearer, the persecution of the enemy becomes more intense.
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. He who believes shall not act hastily.
Christ is returning Quickly – Bing images
Joel 2:11-13, 23-27
11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executes his word: for the Day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Those of us with true spiritual strength know that this strength is not of us, but it resides in the completed works of what Christ was accomplished in destroying the works of the devil, [I John 3:8]. As we stand on the Rock Solid foundation of Christ in us, each believer can rest assured that no weapon the enemy brings against us will prevail, until the great and wonderful day, now fast approaching when Jesus Christ returns to put down the enemy and his minions for all time.
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
God’s Will is that all should be saved and come unto a knowledge of the truth, and as the days grow shorter to the Second Coming of Christ, the Heavenly Father is pleading for all people to repent of their evil ways, and turn their hearts unto Him, our merciful and most loving Almighty God, Who is waiting with open arms to forgive us our sins and make us whole in Jesus Christ.
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knows if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?
When our hearts turn completely to God with nothing held back, He showers His abundance upon us in every category of Life, that He is the Master of- the Author of Life. This is the true basis of Joy and rejoicing in our Heavenly Father, as we turn everything over to Him, He gives us more than we could ever ask or think; [Eph. 3:20].
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Blood Moon over Jerusalem
Psalm 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down.
As the Psalmist tells us above; The Almighty is the One Who appointed the Moon for Seasons! The Hebrew word for appointed [asah-H6213] is used of God’s creative activity, but is also used of Man in keeping the Passover [Ex.12:48], and man’s faithfulness, [Gen. 32:11]. God set the Moon in its synchronized orbit around the earth to to mark the “seasons” [moed-H4150], or the feasts of His Sacred Calendar. These prominent heavenly signs are ingrained into Hebrew timekeeping practices for thousands of years going back in the OT. This sets the groundwork for the Blood Moons since the lunar cycle has been tied to Hebrew Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles since their inception. The 4th Biblical usage of [moed-H4150] is found in the category of signs [Ex. 13:8-14] or signals, [Deut. 16:6] including heavenly signs! This brings the context of Joel’s Blood Moon Prophecies full circle in the Biblical usage of moed, and the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses we have already seen in [Joel 2:10, 31], also linked with the 2015 Eclipses on “recurring prophetic years,” in Tishri and Nisan 1. These heavenly signs and wonders from the Hand of the Creator are shown beyond a shadow of doubt, to be sent for our warning and edification in these last days of the Age leading to the Second Coming of Christ. As we have laid out the four Biblical usages of [moed-H4150] we have seen undeniable Biblical evidence for the Blood Moon Tetrads on Hebrew Feast and Holy days throughout the Age of Grace, even into our current day. Our contextual view of Joel 2 and related verses has shown us that God is the One backing up His Word in the heavenly signs that include the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses of 2014-2015. God’s Word establishes this idea in verse 30 below.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
God says He is The One showing the wonders in heaven and earth! Its not by chance or natural coincidence that these Blood Moons took place on Hebrew feast and holy days, it is by the design of the Hand of the Almighty… The series of Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses during the Age of Grace is an example of these kind of heavenly wonders God is displaying for us. The prophecy in verse 31 below is the one getting most media attention, but we cannot understand it fully without the context of God’s Word in Joel 2. This verse provides more information for us narrowing the time frame of these solar and lunar signs to before the Great and terrible Day of the Lord comes! The “Last days” technically include the entire Age of Grace, but we are now in the end times since Israel has been reformed as a nation, for the first time in over 2000 years, marked also by the Blood Moon Tetrad of 1948-1949!
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
But whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be delivered, and those that heed these dire warnings from the Hand of God will share in the glory of the Lord…
In a previous Blog post on the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse at the North Pole, we pointed out the celestial mechanism of the precession of the poles, where the pole star has receded from its former position at the star Thuban in Draco the Dragon to Polaris, in the tail of Ursa Minor, the current star at our celestial North Pole. This represents another celestial prophecy of our Coming Lord and Redeemer-Jesus Christ
Isa. 52: 1-8.1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: Behold, it is I. 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! 8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
As the decan of Andromeda is pictured in chains, so these chains will be broken by the Coming Christ, the Redeemer, and the captive daughter of Zion will sit down and reign as Queen. The third decan of Pisces is Cepheus, known as Pe-ku-hor, in Egypt, the one who comes the rule.
The decan of Cepheus the Crowned King
This not only corresponds with Cepheus as the crowned king, but also relates to the pole star Polaris residing between his feet [Eph. 1:20-23], signifying Christ’s dominion over all Creation as seen in the precession of the poles. These realities are taking place as we speak for the wheels of God’s justice are turning more rapidly as we closely approach the Day of the Lord. We rejoice and are glad as we see this day coming quickly knowing that our enemies will be crushed as all they who oppose the One True Living God!