Debunking the Four Blood Moons Theory

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A majority of people who I’ve received comments from recently have reacted to a couple of articles about the four blood moons theory that I wrote a few years ago (back then I called it the “Blood Moon Rapture Theory”). For those unfamiliar with the theory, it posits that a very important event, such as the Rapture, could take place in 2014 or 2015 when there will be a tetrad (four consecutive, total lunar eclipses without an intervening partial lunar eclipse).[i] Proponents claim that these total lunar eclipses will coincide with major feasts on the Jewish calendar in 2014 and in 2015: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). Here are the major dates below:

The Next Set of Total Lunar Eclipses
Eclipse Date
Potential Feast Day
April 15, 2014
Passover
October 8, 2014
Sukkot
April 4, 2015
Passover
September 28, 2015
Sukkot

The significance of this according to proponents is that a tetrad does not coincide with four Jewish feast periods that often (the next time may be over a hundred years from now) and that important events impacting the nation of Israel tend to happen when it does. Proponents tend to link the three most recent tetrads that have coincided with four Jewish feast periods with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the creation of the state of Israel, and Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem.

The reason the Rapture is often brought up as the event that could transpire during the time of the next tetrad is that there are verses like Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2:19-20 that describe the moon turning to blood before the coming of the Lord.

“And I will shew 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 great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:30-31)

“And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:” (Acts 2:19-20)

I’ve already written two critiques of the theory previously, but I believe I can do a better job of critiquing the theory in a third article. I intend this article to be my definitive critique of the four blood moons theory.

The Severity of the Upcoming Persecution of Antichrist’s Enemies

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Introduction
I recently got the idea to write an article about the severity of the persecution to come while replying to a reader question. The reason why I think it would be a good idea to write about the persecution to come is that I think it is difficult to grasp how severe the persecution will become. Today there are parts of the world where people face persecution for their religious beliefs, but I don’t believe today’s persecution gives us an adequate picture of how severe persecution will be in the future worldwide. Therefore, I will attempt to provide some sense of how severe the persecution will be in the future, mainly in the end times.

Recommendations for People Who Want to Start Studying Bible Prophecy

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People who read my articles come from all over the world and have different levels of familiarity with Bible prophecy. Some of my readers have spent decades studying Bible prophecy closely while others have recently developed an interest in the topic. Some of my readers are young-even younger than me when I began as a teenager-while others are old enough to be a grandparent of mine.

I consider my most recent Bible prophecy articles, including articles on the fulfillment of Psalm 83 and articles on the fulfillment of Isaiah 17, to be articles aimed at advanced students of Bible prophecy. Those who have read these articles may not think these topics are that difficult to comprehend, but I can tell you from experience that these topics are not easy to understand. Each of these articles took me several days to compose as I had difficulty trying to convey my findings into articles that people might be able to understand.

I thought it would be a good idea to do something different in this article… I thought it might be useful to write an article aimed at people who have just begun to learn about Bible prophecy or are interested in learning about Bible prophecy but unsure where to start. I was once in this position, so I know how cumbersome it is to start with no knowledge about the topic of Bible prophecy. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide some (hopefully) useful tips to people who have just begun to study Bible prophecy or are interested in starting.

Why Isaiah 17 Unlikely Will Be Fulfilled During the Current Syria Conflict

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I wrote an article over a year ago about how the situation in Syria could resemble a proxy war, which is a conflict where major powers on opposing sides utilize a third party/parties to fight on their behalf.  I mentioned that a major risk in a proxy war is the potential for a conflict to escalate over time. The recent introduction of chemical weapons in Syria has now escalated the conflict to the point where we may possibly soon see countries like the United States directly intervene militarily.

I recently published an article where I attempted to pinpoint the general timeframe of Isaiah 17’s fulfillment. I attempted to demonstrate that the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 most likely will come in the latter portion of the end times near the time of the end time siege of Jerusalem, the coming of the Lord, and the arrival of the fullness of the Gentiles. I asked near the end of that article the following question:

What will motivate a significant military force comprised of troops from many nations to attack a presumed ally of Antichrist (Syria) on their way to Israel?

A reader pointed out in a comment to my article about Isaiah 17 that the use of chemical weapons could draw a significant number of nations against Syria. I imagine there is great concern about the current situation in Syria and the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 now regardless of what I wrote about the timing of Isaiah 17’s fulfillment. Therefore, I will again address the topic of Isaiah 17 by discussing why I think it is unlikely for the current Syria situation to result in the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and what I think could happen if military intervention does occur in Syria.

A Possible, Future Referendum on Mideast Peace in Israel and Daniel 9:27’s “Covenant With Many”

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Many of you are probably aware that the Israeli government is attempting to pass a new bill in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) that would require practically any peace deal reached to be subject to a referendum (a nationwide public vote).[1] The following video summarizes the Israeli government’s current efforts to get this bill passed in case there are some people who have not heard about this recent development.

  • You can view the video at the following link if you cannot see the video below: Link



The purpose of this article is to discuss the implications that a referendum may have on the future fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, particularly the "covenant with many".

Psalm 83 Revisited: The End Time Siege of Jerusalem & Ezekiel 39

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I apologize for the lack of articles recently. I have been working on completing some in-depth Bible prophecy studies which I hope to share the results of someday soon. These studies include the composition of the empire of the Antichrist, the location of Babylon the Great City, and the Millennium.

I wrote a couple of articles about Psalm 83 a few years ago where I attempted to define my position on the chapter at that time. Psalm 83 is a chapter that many people believe is prophetic and a chapter whose events will be among the next prophecy events to be fulfilled. Although I took the position that the events of Psalm 83 will not be among the next prophetic events to transpire in those articles, my position on Psalm 83 has evolved enough recently that it is time to write a third article on the subject.

  • I will present my current position on Psalm 83 in this article, including where I think the timing of its fulfillment will occur and how it may be related to the events of Ezekiel 39 and the end time siege of Jerusalem. To avoid any confusion, the findings presented in this article will supersede the previous two articles.

Isaiah 17: Pinpointing the Timing of Damascus’s Destruction

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Isaiah 17 is a chapter that contains a prophecy about the total destruction of the city of Damascus and several other Mideast locations. Damascus is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, if not the oldest, so the prophecy appears to be unfulfilled as of the time of this writing. Many people believe the events of Isaiah 17 will be some of the next prophetic events to occur. Some speculate that Damascus will be nuked by Israel when the events of Isaiah 17 transpire. Given the ongoing turmoil within Syria and the ongoing tension between Israel and Syria, it would be useful to examine when the events of Isaiah 17 might be fulfilled.

  • I will attempt to pinpoint the general timeframe when the events of Isaiah 17 will transpire in this article.

Exploring How Psalm 76 May Relate to the End Times

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I have been busy the past few weeks studying and writing about Bible prophecy topics that I plan to present in the future. Two of the topics I have worked on recently include the 144000 and a “new” way to define the Day of the Lord. I also spent time constructing a new, detailed timeline of end time events that should help me figure out how to eventually present a massive amount of information that I have yet to present.

Last year I wrote an article about how the Book of Psalms is one of the Bible prophecy-rich books in the entire Bible. In that article I shared a list of chapters in the Book of Psalms which likely had end times implications. One chapter from the Book of Psalms that I did not list in that article was Psalm 76.

Psalm 76 is a chapter that has stood out to me over the past few weeks of studying and writing. I’ll attempt to explain why I believe Psalm 76 is a chapter that has end time relevance and explain which end time event(s) it may relate to in this article.

Defining the “End of the World”

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It’s been awhile since I last posted an article. The reason I haven’t posted an article lately is that I needed to devote a lot of time to carefully study and reexamine a lot of Bible prophecy passages and work on writing future articles. For instance, I spent a lot of time this past week working on an article about the “everlasting gospel” of Revelation 14, a topic that I’ve wanted to write about for a few years.

You often hear the expressions “it’s the end of the world” or “the world is coming to an end” when a startling event or series of events take place. As I worked on an article about the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14, I noticed that the Bible literally talks about “the end of the world”. There is a lot of misconceptions about the “end of the world” so I thought it would be a good idea to write an article about the “end of the world”.

  • I will attempt to provide a conception of “the end of the world” that is consistent with the Bible in this article.

Micah 5 & The End Times Siege of Jerusalem?

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Micah 5 is a well-known chapter as it prophesized that Christ would come from Bethlehem.

Mic 5:2  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Mat 2:5  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
Mat 2:6  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Joh 7:42  Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

Although many people know Micah 5 for prophesying that Christ would come from Bethlehem, the chapter is much more than that.

Micah 5 is actually one of the most challenging Bible prophecy chapters in the entire Bible. The chapter is so challenging that I have not seen many Bible prophecy commentators seek to account for Micah 5 in their analysis of prophecy events. I have been asked to share my thoughts on Micah 5, but I haven’t shared my thoughts on the chapter until now because I have not had a viewpoint about the chapter that I’ve felt comfortable enough to share until now.

Today I will share my current thoughts on Micah 5; including where I currently think the chapter may fit in the end time prophecy puzzle.

  • Please note that my opinion of Micah 5 is subject to change as what I discuss today is only preliminary.