BLOOD MOON THREE
What is a BLOOD MOON? Why is it important? Read on and you will find out! God declared in Psalm 104:19a that, “He appointed the moon for SEASONS…” We read the word SEASONS and have a tendency to think of the four seasons, spring summer, fall and winter. But it is much more that that! When God created the heavens, Genesis 1:14, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS, AND FOR SEASONS, and for days, and years.” The Hebrew word translated SEASONS, in both verses is Strong’s “H4150: מועדה מעד מועד – mô‛êd mô‛êd mô‛âdâh – mo-ade’, mo-ade’, mo-aw-daw’ From H3259; PROPERLY AN APPOINTMENT, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival…”(emphasis mine) 
Notice that first of all it is an appointment with God. And those appointments are God’s feast days. Leviticus 23:2 says, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even THESE ARE MY FEASTS.” Both times the word FEASTS is used in this verse it is the same Hebrew word, H4150, used in both Genesis 1:14 and Psalm104:19!
So then, what is a BLOOD MOON and what does it have to do with God’s feast days? A BLOOD MOON is simply a lunar eclipse where the moon turns a deep dark red during the total eclipse. So far, in the last year, there have been two lunar eclipses. And both occurred on God’s feast days! The first occurred on Jewish Passover, April 15, 2014, the second occurred on the Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014. BLOOD MOON THREE will occur on Jewish Passover on April 4, 2015. The fourth BLOOD MOON will occur on the Feast of Tabernacles on September 28, 2015. Is this just a coincidence or is God trying to tell us something? Remember, the moon is for signs on feast days, of which Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles are major feast days.
This is not the first time in history that this grouping of BLOOD MOON events has taken place. “Such events have occurred only three other times in recent centuries, and each time they were linked to significant events for the Jewish nation…For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years. And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.” 
Think about all that has happened in Israel and the Middle East in the last year, the Gaza war, the rise of ISIS and Iran on the verge of having the nuclear bomb. Some of the news sounds like it is right out of the Book of Revelation, “…and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God…” (Revelation 20:4b).
A BLOOD MOON AND A SOLAR ECLIPSE
Joel 2:31 states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” This is quoted by Peter in Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, another of God’s Feast days. Here, God talks about happenings in the sun and moon, just before the coming of the Lord! So when does the sun go dark and does it happen on a feast day? The next solar eclipse will be on March 20, 2015, just a few days from now!
The “…added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year according to the scriptures… This date was the grand opening of Moses tabernacle in the wilderness. This is the day a great sign came and fire fell to light the burnt offering. So here we have a total solar eclipse beginning the religious year followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse/blood moon on Passover followed by the next solar eclipse (partial) on Sept 13th which just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah!”  God is definitely trying to get the world’s attention.
THE FEAST OF PURIM
I hope you heard Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today (March 3, 2015). As he spoke about the threat from Iran, he mentioned Haman and Queen Esther whose story is told in the Book of Esther in the Bible. In the Gaza war, I was struck by the similarity of the name Haman with the terrorist organization Hamas. Both had the same goals, the destruction of Israel. The feast of Purim celebrates the victory of Israel over Haman’s plot to completely destroy the people of Israel. It is celebrated from sundown, March 4th to sundown March 5th. That is the day after Prime Minister Netanyahu made his speech! Coincidence? I don’t think so.
FROM HAMAN TO HAMAS BY WAY OF IRAN!
Listen to Psalm 83:1-8: “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, THINE ENEMIES MAKE A TUMULT: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, COME, AND LET US CUT THEM OFF FROM BEING A NATION; THAT THE NAME OF ISRAEL MAY BE NO MORE IN REMEMBRANCE. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites (these are the Arab nations of today); of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek (HAMAN was a descendant of Amalek, we will see him in a moment); the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre(these are the inhabitants of Gaza); Assur (this is the nation of Assyria which is modern day Iran) also is joined with them: they have holpen (helped) the children of Lot. Selah.”
Is it simply an amazing coincidence that these nations and peoples who are today calling for the destruction of Israel were called out in this Psalm about 3000 years ago? This is no coincidence, rather it is the prophetic Word of God! Iran’s leaders have been repeatedly calling for the complete destruction of Israel as a nation. But that is nothing new. Some 2500 years ago the city of Shushan, which was the capital of the Medes and Persian Empire, was located in what is today modern Iran. There was a man that lived there by the name of HAMAN. HAMAN’S story is found in the Bible in the book of Esther which I encourage you to read in its entirety.
To set the context, about 100 years earlier, the Assyrian Empire under King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled from ancient Babylon, conquered the nation of Israel and burned Jerusalem and carried away most of the well-to-do Jews. He took them into Babylon which was in modern day Iraq. Then the Medes and the Persians (Iran) conquered the Assyrians (Iraq) and that is where our story begins. (The same battles between Iraq and Iran are still being fought in modern times!)
HAMAN had a hatred for a man by the name of Mordecai who was a Jew. But HAMAN’S hatred did not stop at one man. HAMAN’S hatred for the Jews was so intense that he wanted to see them all destroyed. HAMAN was promoted to second in command under King Ahasuerus and he saw his chance to get his diabolical plan put into action. Esther 3:8-10 &13: “And HAMAN said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them. If it please the king, LET IT BE WRITTEN THAT THEY MAY BE DESTROYED: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries. And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto HAMAN the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy… And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, TO DESTROY, TO KILL, AND TO CAUSE TO PERISH, ALL JEWS, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, LITTLE CHILDREN AND WOMEN, IN ONE DAY, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.” Sound familiar?
Listen to these comments based on excerpts from HAMAS’ Charter:
“1.) Hamas isn’t looking to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. It wants to destroy Israel. Quoting Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the charter reads: ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.’”
“2.) Actually, Hamas’ charter goes beyond destroying Israel. It longs for Jewish genocide: ‘The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”
“3.) The international community may love the peace process, but Hamas makes it clear in its charter that it doesn’t believe in peace conferences. As its charter states: ‘Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.’” 
The same demonic spirit that was ruling over the Persian Empire and that drove HAMAN is also driving the organization of HAMAS and is still ruling over and driving the nation of IRAN in calling for the extermination of the Jews. The exciting part of HAMAN’S story is that God delivered the Jews from the order of extermination written by HAMAN, and HAMAN was ultimately hanged on the very gallows that he had prepared to hang Mordecai (you must read the book of Esther to find out how God did it).
Make no mistake about it, God is also going to deliver Israel from the threats of HAMAS and IRAN before it is all over and it is not going to be pretty! War never is!
Zechariah 12:2: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.”
Zechariah 12:8-10: “In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: AND THEY SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED, AND THEY SHALL MOURN FOR HIM, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Romans 11:26: “AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”
Zechariah 14:12: “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” That sounds like the result of a nuclear weapon going off. Could it be like the bomb maker that gets killed by his own bomb as he is working on it? That is certainly something to think about. We are living in exciting times! Jesus is coming soon!
Blessings, Tom and Jeanie
For further study check out the works cited:
 Strong, James. The Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible. McClean, Va.: Macdonald, n.d.
 Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/blood-moons-expert-watch-2014-and-2015/#mlwyaz7hQz8cT1KH.99
 Link: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/22/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-hamas-straight-from-its-charter/ There is a link in this article to the full charter of Hamas.