Beginning in 2014 a Blood Red Moon Tetrad (4 BRMs) began and carried over into 2015. It was only the eighth time such an event has occurred since Jesus hung on the cross, eight being the number of new beginning. What makes this tetrad so special is the blood moons occurring on the first and last Feast Days of Passover (Heb. Pesach) and Tabernacles (Heb. Sukkot).
The seven feast days of the Lord were called appointed days because they were times the Lord appointed to meet with the people. Each one has a rich history and prophetic meaning associated with it. These 4 blood red moons were a sign to get our attention. God was reminding us that there is only one way to meet with Him and that is through the blood of atonement which was fulfilled by Jesus, the sinless Son of Man that died on the cross for our sins. It was also reminding us that there is a time when the Lord is returning to ‘tabernacle’ with His people – so get ready now.
God even went so far as to provide a calendar for us to rehearse and prepare for the fulfillment of His plan. It consists of 12 thirty-day months and every 13 years a 13th month is added. But this calendar is just the framework for seven yearly appointed times when God makes a special effort to meet with His people, those who have covenanted with Him. These appointed times are called The Feasts of the Lord. Four of them occur in the Spring of the year: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks (Pentecost). The last three occur in the Fall, in fact in the seventh month of the year; Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. These seven feasts remind God’s people of the most important aspects of our covenant with Him –
- Passover – we have failed to meet God’s standards and need a Redeemer to help us, One who is without sin who is willing to pay the price for our sin which is death.
- Unleavened bread – to walk in this covenant relationship we need to embrace God’s holiness and purge worldly sin from our lives.
- First Fruits – we must put God first in all that we do as our Redeemer did.
- Pentecost – we are to bear fruit for the Lord but we need a heavenly endowment of power to do it so, God will send a Comforter to be with us forever.
- Trumpets – we are watchmen for the lord and are always to be on alert against the enemy. God also warns us of His soon appearing to make sure we are ready.
- Day of Atonement – we need to remember there is a day of judgment coming and we are responsible to prepare our lives. Only we can do it through repentance and belief.
- Tabernacles – to remind us that God is faithful and He is coming to dwell with His people. He will rule on the earth for a thousand years to show all what God’s Rest looks and feels like.
These feasts are not only times of remembrance and preparation but they also act as a prophetic clock telling the time of God’s moving to fulfill His plan. When Jesus came to earth the first time, His ministry fulfilled the first four Feasts exactly on the appointed time of each feast.
- He was ‘cut off’ on the cross at the exact time the Passover Lamb was being offered in the Temple.
- He had no sin and was the ‘unleavened bread’ for three days in the tomb.
- On the third day, He arose as the ‘first fruit’ offering to God.
- 50 days later, He sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost as He promised.
Now, if He fulfilled the first four Feasts exactly with His first coming, it is probable that He will fulfill the last three Feasts with His second coming. This is even more likely as we have been warned by the rare Biblical Blood Red Moon Tetrad occurring on the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in the previous years, 2014 and 2015 ( only the eighth one since Jesus was hanging on the Cross 2000 year ago). This is further accentuated by the fact that this also announces a Jubilee year, just as the year Jesus began His earthly ministry so long ago.
As we enter 2018, the first of God’s appointed feasts is approaching, that of Passover which occurs on the Biblical Calendar of Nisan 14 or March 30-31 on our calendar. The modern Church has substituted Easter for the feast of Passover. They did this early on because of persecution by Rome against anything that had the appearance of Judaism. But, for the first 100-150 years the Church celebrated Passover which is what Jesus commanded us to do –
“Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; … do this in remembrance of Me.” – Luke 22:14-19
I believe 2018 marks a time of returning to the Church’s roots – a new beginning. So, I believe we should begin re-learning what these feasts were all about.
Now I have nothing against celebrating Easter – we could celebrate every day as a gift from God – but, it is Passover that God has appointed to meet with His people on. Since we as Christians have been grafted into the ‘root of Jesse’, we should at least learn about Passover and its many blessings to us.
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Gal. 3:29
Prophetically, Passover is the beginning of God’s Countdown to the end. I encourage you all to learn about it and what it means for you. Passover had to do with the blood of an atonement painted on the doorposts of your house which delivered that house and all who were in it from the Destroyer, who was passing over Egypt killing the firstborn. It is a special word to fathers, who as the head of the family were responsible to apply the blood to the doorposts. Also remember, the blood could have no effect if it was not applied – knowing about Jesus cannot save you. You must personally meet Him.
Passover also has many other necessary truths embedded in it, such as watching and praying, cleansing the leaven of sin, and covenanting your life to serve God – offering the first-fruits of your life always to Him. It is a faithful call of God to each of us to renew our vows to God and give thanks for His provision for our salvation. We all stumble and fail to measure up to God’s requirements but we need to remember Proverbs writes “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” – Prov. 24:16
Passover is the foundation of the Lord’s Supper and it is the beginning of our walk with God. Take time to learn of it.