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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Is the Vatican Really Hoarding 2nd Temple Holy Vessels?

Article Source: israelnationalnews.com







The Vatican is evading questions on whether or not it is holding religious artifacts from the Second Temple, Rabbi Yonatan Shtenzel told Arutz Sheva correspondents Wednesday, in what he calls "diplomatic evasion." 
Talmudic sources, including passages from Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Yossi, note that several of the holy vessels from the Second Temple ended up in the Vatican's hands, Rabbi Shtenzel said. Artifacts said to be transferred to the religious city-state via the Roman Emperor include the shulchan (Showbread table), the menorah (candelabra), several priestly garments, and others.
More than just an 1800 year-old report, there is recent evidence that the Vatican still has these vessels in its possession, he argued, citing the testimony of several 19th and twentieth century Rabbis. 
Rabbi Shtenzel spoke at length about the personal experiences of Rabbi Israel Miller, a Satmar Hasid from Jerusalem who visited the Vatican and stated that he had seen several of the Temple vessels in person, and of former Religious Affairs Minister Professor Shimon Shitrit, who stated several years ago that Italian academics had contacted him about the vessels. The information later led to a diplomatic falling-out between the Religious Affairs Ministry and Pope John Paul II; yet the Vatican still remains quiet over the fate of the vessels.
Rabbi Shtenzel argues that the Israeli government is too passive in its handling of the issue of the vessels, choosing to smooth over relations instead of demanding answers on the objects which could spark the building of a Third Temple. 
The Rabbi also turned to religious leaders, as well, noting that while meeting with the Pope - who, by traditional Jewish laws, represents an idolatrous sect - is problematic, the issue of the whereabouts of the Temple vessels is too urgent to overlook. He stated that if the Vatican continues to deny involvement with the Second Temple artifacts, Israel should turn to more meaningful channels to procure them. 
Pope Francis knows full well where the vessels are, the Rabbi claimed, lamenting that "diplomatic evasion" is the status quo. The Vatican is concerned, according to Shtenzel, that they will be brought to the Hague over the issue and be forced to give the artifacts back to the Jewish people. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas June 8 Praying for Peace at Vatican

Article Source: uk.reuters.com





VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.
In one of his boldest political gestures since his election in March, 2013, Pope Francis invited the two leaders to come to the Vatican and hold a joint prayer meeting with him during the pontiff's trip to the Holy Land last week.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the two had accepted that the meeting would take place on a Sunday afternoon. That morning the pope will be presiding at a Pentacost Sunday service in St Peter's Square.
The pope, who made the surprise invitation at the end of a Mass in Bethlehem last Saturday, told reporters on the plane returning to Rome that he was not getting directly involved in the stalled Mideast peace process, something he said would be "crazy on my part".
But he said he hoped the prayer meeting, which comes after flailing diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, would help create an atmosphere that would help the eventual resumption of talks.
"Courage is needed to do this and I am praying to the Lord very much so that these two leaders, these two governments, have the courage to move forward. This is the only path for peace," Francis said on the plane.
The pope said a rabbi and an Islamic official would be present, without giving details. The meeting is expected to take place in either the guest house where the pope lives in the Vatican or part of the modern complex used for papal general audiences.
When he made the invitation in Bethlehem, the pope said he was offering his "home" for the meeting.
The offer came just a month after U.S.-led peace talks collapsed amid bitter, mutual recrimination.
It was not clear, however, how the unusual prayer encounter could break decades of mutual mistrust.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the key Israeli decision-maker, will not be at the prayer meeting. Furthermore, Peres is due to leave office in July.
"We will work together, Jews, Christians and Muslims to bring an end to the conflicts," Peres said on Monday, speaking alongside the pope in Jerusalem.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pope Francis While in Jerusalem and Stolen Holy Temple Vessels

Source Temple Institute


Found another interesting Facebook Post today from The Temple Institute, which a demand to Pope Francis while he is Jerusalem, to return The Holy Temple Vessels that were stolen by Titus in 70 A.D. Please see below.


POPE FRANCIS: GIVE BACK THE VESSELS!

Today the Pope is in Jerusalem, and we demand: Return at once the Holy Temple vessels stolen by Titus in 70 CE and later hidden away in the Vatican where they have remained for over 1000 years.

In your own words, Pope Francis, the situation is "increasingly unacceptable." Return the stolen vessels at once!

SHARE & LIKE IF YOU AGREE!
 — with Franca De-luca and Juan Jacobo Obando Gomez.

Beyism and Yeezianity Are Anti-Christ Religions


Just in this year of 2014, we have seen the ushering in of the new religions Beyism and Yeezianity.  These religions are based on the musical icons  Beyonce and Kanye West.  These super stars do not directly support these religions that place them at the center of worship.  However, their celebrity status, aided by demonic power, is attempting to usher in the worship of man as god.  And this, people, is the foundation of the eventual religion of The Anti-Christ. In this expose' we will look at how the Beyism and Yeezianity theology is based on New Age Religion, Luciferianism, and Satanism.



Church of Beyonce (Beyism)

Mother Goddess Beyonce

The National Church of Bey was started in Atlanta, GA., by its founder Minister Diva' Pauline Andrews.  She writes that Beyonce is a divine Deity that walks among them. Sunday services usually consist of the Bey congregation singing former Destiny Child songs, and the worship of Queen Bey/Beyonce (source).  Andrews goes on to state that they don't believe that Beyonce is the Creator, but sits among the thrones of Gods.  She also suggested that millions are practicing Beyism.





Yeezianity: Church of Kanye West/Yeezus 


The Church of Yeezus is based on the worship of Kanye West as a god. In fact, we have previously covered in this blog how Kanye West believes that he is a god, and that Yeezus is his god name (here).

Here is the Declaration of Faith for The Church of Yeezus:

I believe I Am a God
I believe Yeezus Is a God
I believe in the creative power of Man
I believe God wants Man to create in his Image
I believe God wants Man to fully express himself
I believe money has become unnecessary
I believe Man has the power to create everything he wants and needs
I believe Yeezus will lead us into a new Age of Creativity
I believe I will help usher in the new Age of Creativity
Faith be in Yeezus
Faith be in God
Amen
    


Beyism and Yeezianity is Repackaged Satanism


In the plain and simple terms of Beyism and Yeezianity, these religions are a  mixture of repackaged New Age, Satanism, and Luciferian beliefs.  

Satanism and Luciferianism are very much similar to the New Age Movement belief that mankind will soon see itself as a god and that man has a divine nature (source).   They both hold the belief that human beings are gods and have mastery of the planet, support creativity, excellence, freedom, individuality, and enjoyment.  Lastly, they reject dogmatic religions (source).

The primary root of these belief systems goes back to Satan himself.   We find the base scripture of this in Genesis 3:5 when the serpent (Satan) lied to Adam and Eve.  It stated that the day they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that they would be gods. Almost 6,000 years later, this lie continues to plague mankind.

With Beyism and Yeezianity we see the foundation being laid out the eventual religion and worship of the Son of Perdition, The Anti-Christ.  This man will be worshiped as God as described in the scriptures 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 and Revelation 13. People are slowly and subtly being conditioned to receive the lie of the soon coming Anti-Christ because they loved not the "Truth of The Gospel of Jesus Christ."  They will believe a lie and receive eternal damnation.  Don't believe the gospel of Bey and Yeezus! There is only one true gospel in this world and that is the Gospel of Jesus of Christ.  It is only way of salvation for mankind!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Red Heifer Reported in Arkansas- Sign of Times

Source: templeinstitute.org







Was just on Facebook, and found the following post by The Temple Institute in Israel very interested, this is in regards to the final Jewish Temple and End-Time Prophecy. Are we really getting close to the end? Please read the post below. (Source/Facebook post


RED HEIFER REPORTED! SHARE THE NEWS!

We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. The note that came with the photo stated that the heifer has never been put to work and has never been yoked. Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle. We are familiar with the region where this heifer is being raised and intend to send an emissary to further inspect and document the red heifer.


https://www.templeinstitute.org/red_heifer/red_heifer_contents.htm

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lessons of False of a False Prophet (Animated Video)


This is a very funny, but true animated video done by Sarah Walker. At the same time, it is sad that we have real life people in ministry, that conduct themselves in this matter.




Friday, May 9, 2014

" Actress Natasha Blasick Sexing It Up With Ghost/Demon Lovers!"





Natasha Blasick: I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost! I just enjoy having sex with ghost!  

Now the latest entertainer claiming she enjoys her sexual rendezvous with a ghost is Ukrainian born actress Natasha Blasick, Blasick states that she had sex with a ghost at least twice. Just recently on the British morning television show called UK This Morning, she states she found her sexual experience with the ghost really really pleasurable(source). Natasha played in the movie ParanoidActivity 2, as the character Vivian, in which three college friends, and a psychic medium summons a ghost. Has Natasha summons a spirit in real life that is now sleeping with her?  Did she really have sex with a ghost or some other type of spirit?  














Ke$ha Sexual Relations With a Ghost!


The first entertainer that made wild claims having sex with a ghost, was singer Ke$ha.  Ke$ha in September 2012 interview,  which  she caused a media frenzy when she went on the Ryan Seacrest radio program on Kiisfm. Ke$ha told Ryan Seacrest she got her inspiration for her song Supernatural, by having sex with a ghost lover, and under going hypnosis for past lives(source/source).



Come On Now Natasha and Ke$ha Sex With a Ghost or With a Demon Spirit?


Incubus(Demon spirit) having sex with a human female 


Both Natasha Blasick and Kesha claim they had a sexual rendezvous with a ghost. In reality both were sexing it up with a demon spirit, which is called a Incubus. An Incubus is male demon spirit that lie upon someone while they sleep especially women in order to have sexual intercourse with them(source). Incubus female counterpart is called a Succubus, which is a female demon that enters the dreams on men, and wishes to have sexual intercourse and seduce men(source).


Normally when a person at feels like something unseen is suffocating them at night while sleeping, it is usually these demon spirits(Incubus or Succubus) at work against an individual(source). Other things that occur when this experience happens to someone, that they feel like their muscles paralyzed, and something is crushing their chest(here).   However, it has been well documented when people that under go this experience either think or call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ this experience stops(here).

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Principality of California and Spiritual Warfare Part 2




In part one of Principality of California and Spiritual Warfare we covered the Principality of the city of San Francisco, and Powers in the San Francisco area. On this election day of California governmental races, where people are putting emphasis on flesh and blood candidates and propositions, we will take a deeper look at the spiritual warfare that is being raged in the state of California.
Spiritual Wickedness in High Places
Proposition 8 gained so much attention that most people didn't even recognize that Proposition 4 did not pass in the November 2008 California Election.  Proposition 4 would have prohibited that an abortion performed to a non-emancipated minor until 48 hours after a physician notified the minor’s parent, legal guardian or alternative adult family member. Had this proposition passed, it would have been added to the California State Constitution. However, it was voted down and minors have the right receive an abortion without parental consent.
California performs more abortions that any other state in America and is one of seventeen states that receives public funds for abortions to low-income women.  The youth in California are deceived into believing that abortion is a form of birth control and not murder. Although teenagers do not require parental consent to have abortions, one needs to be 21 years old to drink in the state and 18 years old to buy cigarettes.
The majority of the votes for no on Proposition 4 and 8 come from region surrounding territory of the San Francisco area( Contra Costa County; Santa Clara County; Santa Cruz County; Alameda County; San Mateo County; Marin County; Sonoma County; Napa County; Yolo County) and Monterey County [source and here]. These are also the areas the Ohlone tribe once occupied.
There has been a connection between abortion and homosexual advocates within the state government of California.  They fight against restrictions on abortions and pass a long list of pro-homosexual measures within the California Assembly [source].
Ironically, the goddess pagan worship has a historical demonic connection between homosexuality and child sacrifice. The goddess worship included the celebration of same-sex relationships, cultic sex (both heterosexual and homosexual), child sacrifice, and witchcraft.  The San Francisco Bay Area has a history of not only homosexuality, but an extensive history of the occult.
The Church of Satan was started in San Francisco in June 6, 1966 by Anton Lavey. It promotes sexual lust over spiritual love and heavily promoted sexual perversion as a practice of Satanism. Lord Egan, a former member of Anton Lavey church, formed the First Church of Satan in the 1990s.    He took up the satanic mantle after Lavey’s death in 1997. Egan admitted on the church’s website that he had a strong interest in pedophilia and subscribed to North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).  NAMBLA represents men who want to have the age of sexual consent reduced so that may have sex with boys. San Francisco also has a well-established witch coven called “The Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco.”  It is 501c3 Non-Profit Religious Organization that promotes the unity of the spirit and politics.  It teaches and makes magic through workshops and classes as well as conducts public rituals. Overall it is estimated that there maybe as many as 50,000 pagans and witches living in the Bay Area.   In addition, Southern California is home to countless psychic and tarot card reader businesses, and botanical stores in both southern and northern California that sell potions and charms.
The occult presence in the Bay Area fuels Spiritual wickedness in high places.  This branch of the kingdom of darkness has charge over the spiritual and religious atmosphere. Child sacrifice (abortion) helps fuel demonic powers.  And the demonic world requires blood sacrifice to invoke the spirits and favor from these demonic beings.  A good example of this is in 2 Kings 3:27 when Moab was in the process of losing a battle against Israel.   When King Mesha of Moab saw this, he sacrifice his eldest son to the Moabite, the god Chemosh.  This was done to aid the Moabite army in winning the battle against the backslidden army of Israel.  After King Mesha sacrificed his son, the battle turned in favor of Moab.
Furthermore the state attempted to legalize marijuana through proposition 19 in 2008 or the personal use of “pharmakeia.”  In the Greek “pharmakeia” means sorcery or witchcraft. In the ancient pagan religious practice and even in third world nations of shamans and witchdoctors use drugs to get in contact with the spirit world . The definition for “pharmakeia” is the use of administering drugs, poisoning, sorcery (magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it).
It is very evident that the Bay Area has a strong atmosphere of the occult practice and these practices set a tone for demonic strongholds that can’t be denied.  If you include all the occulted movies and television shows that come out of Hollywood, California that help assist the public interest of testing out the occult.
Rulers of Darkness of this World
Rulers of darkness of this world are evil spirits that control kingdoms and worldly business. In short, they attempt to control all facets of governments and businesses in the Earth that aren't under the rule of the Almighty God. These rulers of darkness attempt to influence government officials and secular business people to align them with the satanic agenda.
The California state Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opposed Prop 8 and told backers on same-sex marriage not to give up after the November 2008 Elections. Former Attorney/Current Governor General Jerry Brown urged the repeal of Prop 8. Both Schwarzenegger and Brown filed motion on August 6, 2010 that same-sex marriage resume immediately during the appeals of Prop 8 being overturned on August 4, 2010Governor Schwarzenegger has signed California Senate Bill SB 54 which legally recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere between June 16, 2008 to November 5th, 2008. The former governor also signed a bill that honors slain homosexual activist Harvey Milk on his birthday, May 22nd. Milk was one of the first openly homosexual politicians in California.  He served as the city of San Francisco’s supervisor before he and Mayor George Moscone were killed in 1978 by Dan White the former city supervisor who had recently resigned and wanted his job back. It was stated that Schwarzenegger might have felt the need to sign the bill because President Obama’s awarding Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Sean Penn’s Academy Award winning performance in the movie Milk.
While Northern California is pushing anti-Christ legislation, Southern California’s entertainment is pushing its anti-Christ agenda in motion pictures and television. With motion pictures like “The Kids Are All Right”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Avatar”, “The Last Airbender”, “Paranormal Activity”, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” these occult theme motion pictures are all tools used to educate and seduce people into an alternative way of thinking and lifestyle. Within the television industry such show that push the occult theme are “The Gates”, “Vampire Diaries”, “Medium”, “Ghost Whispers.”   They help assist the indoctrination of the occult into unsuspecting people. Television shows also promote the homosexual lifestyle like.  Those are, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Modern Family”, “Nurse Jackie”, and 90210.  The television industry pushes quite a bit of immoral things in front of people. Is it by accident? Anton LaVey stated in his book, “The Devil’s Notebook” that the television set is the satanic family altar because television is used as medium to promulgate Satanism more and more. Satanism in fact, is the worship of man. Lavey interviewed entertainers, newscasters and clergy of TV Religion who use the cathode-ray pulpit to spread the “word.”  Lavey knew the impact that television and the movies played in bringing America’s moral value system down.  The entertainment industry is multi-billion dollar industry in which allows evil people to produce a lot of filth for the kingdom of darkness. But at what cost to only lose their soul? Government is legislating ungodly laws and the entertainment industry is the propaganda machine used to promote ungodliness through the airwaves.
Conclusion
We’re living in the last days and Jesus Christ is soon to come. Just as in the days of Noah  Jesus said these things would happen.  In Noah’s day was the only time other than now; where same-sex marriage was taking place, among sorcery, violence, abortion, murder, and all kinds of gross wickedness was taking place daily. Despite living in a wicked age, we must continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise with love and compassion, praying and fasting, being steadfast in the Word of God, live a holy sanctified lifestyle, and evangelize this dying world till Jesus comes back. The body of Christ must fight the good fight of faith in the name of Jesus Christ, put on the whole armor of God that were able stand against wiles of the devil in these last and evil days.

Final Survey Poll Results: April 15th Blood Moons Fact or Fiction on Bible Prophecy?



Here is the final survey poll results for: April 15th Blood Moons Fact or Fiction on Bible Prophecy? Voting ended on April 30. The poll survey question was: "Do you think the 4 Blood Moons is a prophetic sign for The End-Times/Last Days?"

55%  Yes
20%  Maybe
10% Neutral
20% No

Blood Moon Fulfilled: Four Blood Moons Debunked

Article Source:  holybibleprophecy.org

Please read the article below, and comment if you think the author is right or wrong! We want to hear from our readers on what you think.






The Four Blood Moon Prophecy is a prophetic theory popularized in Four Blood Moons by John Hagee and originated with Mark Biltz, It states that a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses is a sign of significant things to come. Hagee points out that the eclipses in the tetrad coincide with the Jewish Feasts of Passover and Sukkot. Hagee and Biltz argue that the “rarity” of a tetrad is strong evidence a major change is about to happen for the nation of Israel and/or the Second Coming of Christ.
Since the first century AD, there have been 62 tetrads, eight of which have coincided with the feasts of Passover and Sukkot. Since the Jewish Calendar is lunar, their months begin with the first appearance of the crescent of the new moon. From this point, the fifteenth day of the month would coincide with a full moon every month. According to Leviticus 23, Passover is the fifteenth day of the first month and Sukkot begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. Thus, the Jewish feasts of Passover and Sukkot always take place twice each year on a full moon and always six months apart. So the fact that eight out of 62 tetrads coincided with both Jewish feasts is not that abnormal because lunar eclipses can only happen on full moons, one-sixth of which coincide with these two Jewish feasts.
Hagee’s book Four Blood Moons would be less suspenseful if it were called The Four Lunar Eclipses, thus illustrating that these total lunar eclipses are a naturally recurring phenomenon. Total Lunar Eclipses are regularly occurring events, hardly a unique and unusual signal to all the world as Biltz and Hagee imply. In fact there will be 85 total lunar eclipses in the twenty-first century.
April 14, 2015 is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 a series known as a tetrad. A tetrad is when a group of four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, occurring at approximately six month intervals. The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015.
Once again, these total lunar eclipses are normal. These are not rare events. Additionally, these eclipses are not visible from all parts of the earth. Would not God demonstrate an unordinary and universal sign to all if He were communicating to the world?
Before we properly exegete the Scriptures cited by Hagee and Biltz to build their cases, let’s consider the other tetrads of 1492, 1948 and 1967, which they say correspond to the most important dates in all of the history of the nation of Israel:
  • The expulsion of Jews from Spain took place in 1492.
  • Israel’s  War of Independence War took place in 1948.
  • The Six-Day War took place in 1967. (source)
Biltz and Hagee don’t go to the Bible to prove their case about the specific signs of lunar and solar eclipses but they consult the Jewish Talmud. Resorting to the Jewish Talmud demonstrates how unbiblical the Blood Moon Prophecy really is. One article citing Biltz’s work states:
The reason for this can be traced to the Jewish Talmud, an important Jewish text used to define religious Jewish law and Moses’ five books known as the Torah. Tractate Sukkah 29a indicates that if the moon is in eclipse, it is a sign of wrath that will come upon Israel while solar eclipse of the sun is a bad omen for the world. In the case of a blood moon eclipse, the Talmud adds that: “If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.” In summary, Lunar Eclipse = bad omen for the Jewish people and Israel; Blood Moon = sword coming; Solar Eclipse = bad omen for the world. (source)
While the lunar eclipse is described in the Talmud as negative signs for Israel, Hagee and Biltz link them to the 1948 independence of Israel and the Six-Day War of 1967, which are celebrated historic events in Israel’s history, not bad omens. Why are some of the tetrads denoting good events for Israel like the victory of the Six-Day War, while others bad events like the Spanish Inquisition?
Another problem is that the 1493–94 tetrad occurred after the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain and discovery of the New World. Why would God send the sign after the event actually occurred?
Likewise, the 1949–1950 tetrad occurred after the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. In no way do these tetrads serve as signs then as Hagee and Biltz are treating them today.
In addition to these three significant historical events for the nation of Israel, Biltz found other tetrad events which also coincided with the Jewish feast days, but there was no known historical significance attached to them.
Thus, the Four Blood Moon prophecy is very problematic and inconsistent.
Chris White asks the question, “If Biltz and Hagee are really suggesting that God uses these tetrads as a means of communicating to Israel about coming events, where were the warnings about the far greater and far worse events the Jewish people have faced?” White continues,
Why didn’t God warn them about the Holocaust, or 70 AD, or the expulsion from Rome, or the following persecution? What’s more interesting to me is what you have to leave out in order to believe this theory. Why did God pick the Spanish Inquisition to warn them about and nothing else? And if this was a warning, why did it come a year too late for anyone to do anything about it? (source)
Critics have also pointed out that three out of the four eclipses are not even visible to Israel. Dr. Danny R. Faulkner of Answers in Genesis points out that a “sign” which nobody can see is hardly a sign at all! He says,
There also is a question of from what portion of the earth one ought to view these eclipses for them to constitute a sign. One might think that Jerusalem would be a key site, but the first three total lunar eclipses in 2014–2015 won’t be visible from there, and only the beginning of the final eclipse will be. One must ask whether a sign that few people notice is much of a sign.
Though many people have experienced a partial solar eclipse, most of them had no idea that anything was going on. This is because unless a partial eclipse is very close to being total, the sun is not appreciably dimmed. Not actually witnessing these events but instead just knowing that somewhere some sort of solar eclipses are happening seems to fall far short of being specific and spectacular signs of end times. (source)
I spoke to a friend in Israel today who told me he couldn’t even see the eclipse because it took place in the daytime. This supposed sign to Israel was not even visible to anybody in Israel unless they were watching it on the internet or something. How can it be a sign for Israel if it didn’t even show up to anybody in Israel?
It is highly unlikely that the Jewish Feasts would continue to serve as a sign when the New Testament Scriptures clearly demonstrate how they have served their purpose in foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah and have thus been fulfilled. Paul the Apostle always diminished the ordinances and Jewish Feasts of the Old Covenant Law as a shadow. He wrote:
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,  which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. (Colossians 2:16-19)
Paul used very forceful words to the Galatians when he said,
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. (Galatians 4:9-11)
Quoting from Jeremiah 31, Paul said to the Hebrews:
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”  In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:12-13)
That being stated, let’s consider the Scriptures referred to by Hagee and Biltz for their Blood Moon Prophecy. They point to Genesis 1:14 which says,
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 (Genesis 1:14)
This simply means that the lights of the sun, moon and stars are for signaling days, years and seasons such as Spring, Summer, Fall and WInter. But Hagee and Biltz suggest that the coming blood moons are signifying that something is about to change, that it’s the end of the age, that the Rapture and the Second Coming are imminent.
This may be the case. But does the Bible ever point to a series of total lunar eclipses as signs of anything? The Last Day is certainly nearer than when we first believed. But we will demonstrate that God never intended to communicate to the world by blood moons when Jesus would return. Even Jesus said that He did not know the day or hour but only the Father:
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32)
Hagee and Biltz cite Joel chapter 2 and the Apostle Peter’s sermon on Pentecost in Acts 2. Were the prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter prophesying of a future event in 2014 and 2015?
Joel prophesied,
And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
“And I will show 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 coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32)
In the book of Acts, we find the Apostle Peter’s quotation of Joel’s prophesy in context:
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:1-21)
Notice Peter said, “this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.” In other words, Peter the Apostle said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost that Joel’s prophesy was fulfilled. Peter was not forwarding Joel’s prophesy on to our day but said it was fulfilled.
The term “last days” from Joel’s prophecy and reiterated by Peter is interpreted by most evangelical scholars including Biltz and Hagee as the last days when Jesus will return.  But the Bible speaks of the last days as the time in which the apostles lived.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (1 Peter 1:20)
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. (1 Jn. 2:18)
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Corinthians 10:11)
Either the last days refer generally to the church age or more likely to the end of the Old Covenant Jewish era. It is obvious that the apostles Paul, Peter, and John all agree that they were living in the last days, last times, last hour, and end of the age. These phrases are not used in the same way to denote the Second Coming as Biltz and Hagee argue.
More importantly, the Old Testament prophecies of the “last days” pointed to the Messiah and the New Covenant era of the church as the apostles demonstrated under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
A case in point is Joel’s prophecy which also spoke of the “last days” and was declared fulfilled by the inspired Apostle Peter on Pentecost.
It is obvious that Joel and Peter were not referring to the blood moons of 2014-2015 or any other event of our generation. So what exactly was Joel’s prophesy and Peter’s declared fulfillment referring to? Based upon the fact that the fulfillment was in the generation of Christ and the Apostles, a couple interpretations have been proposed.
Some have thought that the sun being turned to darkness was a reference to what happened on the day Jesus was crucified. When Jesus died on the cross, we read in Mark’s Gospel:
Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. (Mark 15:33)
This darkening of the sun is even confirmed in secular history. Dated around 52 AD, Thallus was one of the first secular writers who mentioned Christ. Julius Africanus is one writer who made an offhand reference to Thallus which confirms the Gospel account that darkness fell upon the land during the crucifixion of Jesus. He wrote:
Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun– unreasonably, as it seems to me unreasonably, of course, because a solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it was at the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died. (Africanus. Chronography, 18.1)
While Jesus was being crucified, there was a three hour darkening of the sun, a universal sign visible to all throughout Roman Empire. This had occurred 53 days prior to the day of Pentecost, and all who were present at Pentecost were familiar with that event.
But the accompanying elements of Joel’s prophecy do not all seem to relate to the death of Jesus upon the cross such as, “wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. . . and the moon into blood.”
However, we find the same type of apocalyptic language found in many OT passages which referred to the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian army. In a proclamation against Babylon, the prophet Isaiah wrote his “burden against Babylon” saying:
Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine. (Isaiah 13:9,10)
Jeremiah the prophet also prophesied of Babylon’s imminent invasion of Israel saying,
The whole land shall be desolate;
Yet I will not make a full end.
For this shall the earth mourn,
And the heavens above be black,
Because I have spoken.
I have purposed and will not relent,
Nor will I turn back from it. (Jeremiah 4:27,28)
Ezekiel also prophesied about the judgment of Egypt in his day saying,
When I put out your light,
I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark;
I will cover the sun with a cloud,
And the moon shall not give her light.
All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you,
And bring darkness upon your land,
Says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 32:7,8)
Like these references to celestial calamities, Joel’s prophecy quoted by Peter appears to be the typical figurative apocalyptic language of the OT prophets to describe events of God’s judgment upon nations through physical destruction from invading armies. Notice Joel chapter 2 is full of similar references:
Blow 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 is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations. …
The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1,2,10,11)
Mark Biltz cites some of these same references in the prophets which we have just read in order to build his prediction that the Second Coming of Christ will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad. But in context, the OT prophets were referring to God’s judgments against specific nations during specific times in history.
Once again, Peter the Apostle said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost that Joel’s prophesy was fulfilled. Thus Joel was prophesying that soon after the sign of the Holy Spirit being poured out on “all flesh” Israel would face the judgment of God through the invading Roman armies in 70 AD. This apocalyptic and figurative language is typical of OT prophets when speaking of the imminent judgment of God.
It is possible that the literal darkness that fell upon the land during the crucifixion of Jesus and the supernatural signs in the heavens which took place during the 70 AD invasion of Jerusalem by Roman armies are both in view in Joel’s prophecy and Peter’s declared fulfillment. We will look at this further in a moment, but it is clear that this apocalyptic language is typical for Hebrew prophets when it comes to God’s judgments upon nations through foreign armies.
Hagee also cites Jesus’s predictions that the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. One thing is for certain: It is impossible to have a blood moon total lunar eclipse AND a solar eclipse at the same time as Hagee is treating the passage in Blood Moons sermon. But was Jesus referring to the time of His Second Coming, or the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem? Jesus said,
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. (Mark 13:24-26)
Once again, Jesus using this apocalyptic language like the Hebrew prophets quoted before. When Jesus said, “those days,” to what was he referring? It is clear from the context that Jesus was predicting the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. In the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13, Jesus began His discourse by His prediction concerning the destruction of the temple.
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down (Matthew 24:1,2).
Next, the disciples asked Jesus when these things would be, namely the destruction of the Temple of which Jesus just spoke in the previous verses. Directly following Jesus prophetic statement of the Temple’s destruction, He continued with His discourse warning the disciples of tribulation, false messiahs, earthquakes, famines, wars and persecution.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matthew 24:3).
When shall what things be? The destruction of the Temple and not one stone being left upon another; these are the things Jesus had just predicted. This is what Jesus just said which initiated their question of when it would be. He is talking about the destruction of the Temple. Jesus gave many signs which would signal the coming destruction of Jerusalem such as false messiahs (Matthew 24:4,5), earthquakes, famines and wars (Matthew 24:6-8) and persecution (Matthew 24:9-14). Jesus then told the disciples of the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet (Daniel 9:27):
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. (Matthew 24:15-16).
Matthew and Mark speak of the abomination of desolation just before Jesus tells them in Judaea to flee to the mountains. However, in the parallel verse from Luke’s Gospel, Luke identifies the abomination of desolation as when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies:
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains (Luke 21:20,21)
According to Luke, Jerusalem being surrounded by armies is synonymous with the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew and Mark. This points to the fact that the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel was fulfilled in 70 AD with the Roman destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. This should come as no surprise as Jesus began the discourse by predicting the destruction of the Temple and this very thing.
But many modern evangelicals like Hagee and Biltz apply Jesus’s Olivet Discourse to the end times period immediately prior to the Second Coming incorrectly because Jesus clearly began His discourse with a prediction of the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD.
Finally, Jesus described His coming in the same setting and context:
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 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 shaken: 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 glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:27-31)
Again, a large number of these images such as the sun darkening, the moon becoming blood, and the stars falling are borrowed from the OT when there was not a literal fulfillment but the prophets spoke as though God was putting out the lights of certain kingdoms. But now Jesus speaks of Israel’s demise. Also, in support of the 70 AD fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse is the use of term “coming.” Perhaps Jesus was simply referring to coming in judgment in the destruction of the temple similar to the word of the Lord in Isaiah 19:1 speaking of God coming in judgment against Egypt.
The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it (Isaiah 19:1).
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3).
Both the book of Acts and Flavius Josephus’ Wars of the Jews combined provide historical evidence of fulfillment of all the signs of which Jesus spoke that would lead to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. This period had earthquakes (Matthew 27:51-54; Acts 16:26), false messiahs (Acts 5:36; Acts 8:9-21; Acts 21:38) and famines (Acts 11:28). There were earthquakes in Crete, Smyrna, Miletus, Chios, Samos, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Colosse, Campania, Rome and Judea. Also, the city of Pompeii was damaged by a historical earthquake in 63 A.D.
Not only this, Jospehus also recorded celestial signs accompanying the Roman invasion of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple at the close of the Old Covenant age. Notice how Jesus said,
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-28)
The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus recorded a peculiar event accompanying the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD which could have been the fulfillment of the celestial signs and the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. He recorded,
Thus were the miserable people persuaded by these deceivers, and such as belied God himself; while they did not attend nor give credit to the signs that were so evident, and did so plainly foretell their future desolation, but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them. Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year. Thus also before the Jews’ rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth day of the month Xanthicus, [Nisan,] and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day time; which lasted for half an hour. This light seemed to be a good sign to the unskillful, but was so interpreted by the sacred scribes, as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it. At the same festival also, a heifer, as she was led by the high priest to be sacrificed, brought forth a lamb in the midst of the temple. . . . So these publicly declared that the signal foreshowed the desolation that was coming upon them. Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the one and twentieth day of the month Artemisius, [Jyar,] a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared: I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities” (Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, 6.5.3)
Lastly, Jesus shared the parable of the fig tree:
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:32-36).
Indeed, “this generation” (the generation to whom Jesus was speaking) did not pass away until the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple about forty years later in 70 AD. Once agin, it is exegetically inappropriate to forward these predictions to the end times of the Second Coming when the generation to whom Jesus was speaking were His contemporary disciples, many of whom witnessed the Roman invasion of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, the very judgment He was predicting.
All of this goes to show that when Jesus the Messiah, Joel the prophet, Peter the Apostle spoke about apocalyptic signs in the sun and moon, they were not foretelling eclipses of the 21st century which signaled the Second Coming. But Peter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit found Joel’s prophecy to be fulfilled in his own generation speaking on the day of Pentecost, and Jesus clearly described how the signs pointed to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, not His Second Coming.
Does this mean that Jesus did not talk about His Second Coming? No. Jesus did talk about His Second Coming, but He said it would come as a thief without the supernatural signs characteristic to the destruction of the Jewish nation.
In the next section of the Olivet Discourse, only Matthew recorded what Jesus said. It appears that the next portion does convey the time immediately prior to Jesus’ Second Coming rather than the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem. It corresponds to what Luke wrote in chapter 17 of His Gospel, separate from Luke’s Olivet Discourse account in chapter 21. Remember the question of the disciples was two-fold:
When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matthew 24:3)
Jesus makes a clear distinction in the 70 AD events of the destruction of the Temple and His glorious appearing though the disciples may have been consolidating the events together. There are certain contrasts between the two parts of the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24, the second of which corresponds to Luke 17:20ff separate from Luke’s treatment of the Olivet Discourse in Luke 21.
This remains pertinent to the discussion of Hagee’s blood moons because it is evident from Jesus’s teaching that there would be no signs preceding the Last Day and Second Coming as there were signs prior to the 70 AD destruction of the Temple.
For example, Matthew 24:1-35 portrays the end of the Old Covenant age and destruction of the Temple with specific signs in contrast with the ordinary descriptions in Matthew 24:36-25:46 which portrays the end times and Last Day. For instance, Jesus instructed the disciples to flee when the events happened at prior to Jerusalem’s destructions (Matthew 24:16), but to be ready at all times at the end of the world “for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42). In the first portion applying to the destruction of the Temple, Jesus knew when these things would take place (Matthew 24:4-34) as opposed to the end of the world which Christ did not know the time or hour (Matthew 24:36). He gives warning sings to the destruction of the Temple in the first part of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:4-34) whereas the second part in reference to the Second Coming will come unexpectedly with no signs or indications as in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37); it will come like a thief (Matthew 24:43). The end of the Old Covenant age will have abnormal times (Matthew 24:4-34) while the end of the world will consist of normal buying, selling and weddings (Matthew 24:38). The first part speaks of judgment on earth and second of judgment in heaven (Matthew 24:51).
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:37-51).
Nobody knows the day or hour, not even Jesus. In our day, there is often much confusion within the church concerning eschatological events because most expositors like Hagee and Biltz fail to recognize the context. Biltz has predicted that Jesus will return to Jerusalem at the last eclipse of the tetrad and keep the Feast of Tabernacles according to Zechariah 14. This presentation does not afford us the time to exegete this assertion, but we can with much certainty say that Biltz is incorrect because nobody knows the day or hour, not even Jesus!
Attempts to map out the events of the end times and Last Day prove to be fruitless distraction from the Gospel. But knowing these things will take place, we are exhorted to be stedfast and holy in order that the Second Coming does not come upon us unaware. The apostles Peter and Paul said we could be ready for that Day, not because we knew when it was going to take place by some kind of signs or blood moons, but by holy and stedfast living for Jesus today here and now.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless (2 Peter 3:10-14)
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Rather than eclipses coinciding with Jewish Feasts as a sign, a far greater sign of the times is that people are actually listening to false teachers like John Hagee and Mark Biltz. The Apostle spoke of a great apostasy which would signal the Second Coming of Christ. He said,
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)