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by J. R.



As you may know, this year is a Sabbatical
Year in the Jewish Calendar. Starting next September 29, 2008, a new Sabbatical
cycle will commence. It will run for seven years and conclude with another
Sabbatical Year in 2014/15.

Also, you may know that Daniel’s seventieth
week will be a seven-year Sabbatical cycle. Students of biblical prophecy have
long compared Daniel’s seventieth week with the Tribulation Period as laid out
in the book of Revelation.

Intrigued with the Scriptures that repeat over
and over again that our Savior’s Second Coming will be heralded with signs in
the heavens, in which the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into
blood, Pastor Mark Biltz went on the Internet, to a U.S. Government web site, to
see if he could find any solar or lunar eclipses over the next few years that
might be significant.

To his surprise, he found four lunar eclipses
and two solar eclipses in the Sabbatical Year of 2014 and 2015. Also, he noticed
that they all appear on Jewish Holy Days!

Lunar Eclipses


The four lunar eclipses will occur

Passover, April 15, 2014
The Feast of
Tabernacles, October 8, 2014
Passover, April 4, 2015 and
The Feast of
Tabernacles, September 28, 2015


This is most unusual. It is a rare occurrence
for four lunar cycles to happen on successive Passover and the Feast of
Tabernacles (Sukkot) observances. It will not happen again for hundreds
of years. However, Mark found that a series of four lunar eclipses on these
particular holy days did occur in the twentieth century — not once, but twice!
The first set occurred in 1949-1950, the year after Israel became a state! The
second set happened in 1967-1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem! Such a
phenomenon is nigh unto impossible, unless it was set up by Divine design. Mark
looked back in history and noticed that the last time this set of four lunar
eclipses occurred on Passover and Sukkot was in 1493, the year after
Columbus sailed the ocean blue and Spain expelled all Jews.

Mark is convinced that God was telling the
beleaguered Jews that He was fully aware of their circumstances! In that case,
we wonder what is God telling the Jews in the 1949 and 1967 lunar eclipses? And,
as we look at the next seven years, we wonder, “What is God telling Israel
through the upcoming lunar eclipses?” Is it possible that these are fulfilling
biblical prophecies?

Solar Eclipses


In addition to the four lunar eclipses in
2014-15, Mark also found two solar eclipses. They will occur

29/Nisan 1, March 20, 2015
The Feast of Trumpets, September 13,


These two dates are quite significant because
they are special days in the Jewish calendar. For example, it was on
Nisan 1, the first anniversary of the Exodus, that Moses raised up the
tabernacle for the first time and the glory of God descended. Two weeks later,
the Chosen People observed their first Pentecost since the Exodus.

Nisan 1 marks the
beginning of the religious festival cycle. Six months later, on Tishri 1,
the Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. This day is highly
prophetic, because it is said to be the anniversary of the Creation of Adam. It
is Adam’s birthday. And, even though it is a Jewish observance, it is
prophetically significant as a day for Gentile nations.

It is the day when God will sit down upon His
throne of Judgment and take the books in his hand. That is when He will begin
the judgment of the world. So, a solar eclipse on Rosh Hashanah could
precede the Second Coming of Christ in power and great glory, and fulfill the
biblical description.

The Solar Eclipse This Year


Coming up this summer, there will be the first
of three solar eclipses on the day that introduces the first of Av
(August 1, 2008). That’s right, all three solar eclipses will be on the biblical
date of Av 1, for the next three years — 2008, 2009, and 2010. Our
Gregorian calendar dates are:

Av 1 – August 1,
2008 – partial eclipse
Av 1 – July 22, 2009 – partial eclipse
1 – July 11, 2010 – partial


In the Jewish calendar, they are all on the
first of Av, the day when Jews lament the destruction of their temples.
As the story goes, Moses caught the people worshiping the Golden Calf on
Tammuz 17. Therefore, the three weeks from Tammuz 17 to Av
9 are called “the dark time” and “between the straits.” It is the most sorrowful
time of the year for Jews. From Av 1-9, no bathing is allowed; no
comforts; no clean clothes; the Jew takes his shoes off; sits on an overturned
chair and reads the book of Lamentations.

However, there will come a time when God will
reverse the fast days and turn them into feast days. Zechariah said:

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the
fourth month
[Tammuz 17], and the fast of
the fifth
[Av 9], and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the
tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts;
therefore love the truth and peace”
(Zech. 8:19).

Mark Biltz seems to think that the solar
eclipses on Av 1, could change the course of history, because solar
eclipses are designed for Gentile nations, whereas lunar eclipses are designed
for Israel. Therefore, he thinks that God could begin judging the nations this
summer. Will there be a war in Israel this summer? It is entirely possible. If
so, then the solar eclipse could be announcing judgment upon the world — a
sobering thought!

Bible Predictions
About the Sun and


Now, let’s look at the places in the Bible
that speak of the sun being darkened and the moon not giving her light. First of
all, Isaiah wrote:

“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel
both with wrath and fierce anger … the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

“And I will punish the world for their evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud
to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible”
(Isa. 13:9-11).

We are told that this will occur in the
“day of the LORD.” It is the time when God will punish the Gentile
nations for their wickedness. We are not talking about ordinary everyday living,
but gross wickedness against God and His Chosen People. God calls them arrogant,
proud and haughty. He says that they are terrible, evil and wicked. It seems to
me that he is referring to the nations that are trying to destroy Israel. Again,
Isaiah said:

“Then the moon shall be confounded, and the
sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem,
and before his ancients gloriously”
(Isa. 24:23).

Since neither the sun or moon has a
conscience, the references to being confounded or ashamed seem to be metaphoric
of the condition of man on earth. The darkening of the sun and moon, therefore,
are signs of man’s condition. These conditions will prevail at the time of the
Lord’s return to judge the wicked and establish His kingdom. Isaiah was the
first prophet to write about solar and lunar eclipses, but Joel’s passages are
the most widely quoted. Joel wrote:

“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:

“And the LORD shall utter his voice before his
army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for
the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide
(Joel 2:10,11).

Again, Joel said:

“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 terrible day of the LORD
(Joel 2:30,31).

Finally, Joel said:

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of
decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and
the stars shall withdraw their shining”

Isaiah and Joel are the only Old Testament
prophets that mentioned solar and lunar apparitions in the day of the LORD. In
each case, however, it is apparent that they are referring to events that
precede the messianic kingdom. Joel adds earthquakes, blood, fire and pillars of
smoke. I think he is describing the battles that attend the Tribulation Period,
especially the final Battle of Armageddon.

Passages From the New Testament


In the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, Jesus

“Immediately after the tribulation of those
days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the
stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of
man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall
see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
(Matt. 24:29,30).

In His Olivet discourse, Jesus described His
glorious appearing at the close of the Tribulation Period. My guess (and its
only a guess) is that the darkening of the sun and moon could be eclipses. Stars
falling from heaven could be missiles used in the war. Powers of the heavens
being shaken could refer to many nuclear explosions around the world, disrupting
the atmosphere. The “sign” of the Son of Man, could be His actual appearance in
“the clouds of heaven.” The clouds may be an ancient description of celestial
vehicles, rather than simple clouds. The only clouds that prompt fear today is
the kind with a twister coming out of them. Therefore, I think the term “clouds”
is used to describe something that flies in the sky.

The Gospel of Mark repeats the Savior’s

“But in those days, after that tribulation,
the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her
(Mark 13:24).

Luke also records the occasion:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in
the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with
perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of
heaven shall be shaken.

“And then shall they see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and great glory”

On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted Joel’s

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and
the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”

(Acts 2:20,21).

In the book of Revelation, John enlarged upon
the prophecy:

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth
seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as
sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,
even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty
(Rev. 6:12,13).

“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third
part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part
of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not
for a third part of it, and the night likewise”
(Rev. 8:12,).

The idea that a third of the sun is smitten
may be a reference to a partial eclipse, similar to the one that will occur on
Rosh Hashanah in the Jewish year 5775 — September 13, 2015.

These are the biblical passages that deal with
the subject. We cannot tell you that the solar and lunar eclipses that will
occur in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015 are the fulfillments of Biblical
prophecy, but they are fascinating enough to issue, not a warning, but a watch.
As we have said for years at the close of each of our telecasts, “Keep looking


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3 Responses to Prophecy In The News Articles List

  1. armsupdove says:

    Hmmm…Holy book written 2000 to 3000 years ago. Lunar, Earth and Solar orbits started Billions of years ago. I find it hard to believe that the holy books are predicting anything.

    • n7qvc says:

      I’m sorry and I pray for you that your eyes be opened and you learn the truth. The earth and universe were created by God. This world is passing away and the return of Jesus is eminent The Holy Bible has thousands of prophecies in it and all have either come true or shall in the future. I would ask you to listen to these messages from Dr. James McDonald He is a true authority on the bible and its origins. Once you learn the Holy Bible is true and accurate you may understand that its contents are not flawed in any way.

  2. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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