Posted by: Tom Graves | February 5, 2014



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 that is not what God is talking about![2] The Hebrew word translated seasons, both here and in Genesis 1:14 is Strong’s H4150:

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; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed). (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? Have you ever had the privilege to observe a total eclipse of the moon? It can take a couple of hours from the time the shadow of the earth first falls on the moon until the shadow completely leaves the moon. Once the moon is totally in the earth’s shadow, something remarkable happens, the moon turns blood red, hence the term BLOOD MOON. I have had the privilege of seeing this happen once. If you have never seen it happen, there is a YouTube video from a 2010 eclipse of the moon condensed into a little more than two minutes. Here is the link: Take the time to watch it if you have never seen one.

According to NASA there are four total lunar eclipses that will occur in 2014 and 2015. Here is the amazing part! Two will occur on the Jewish Passovers on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015, and two will occur on the Feasts of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014, and Sept. 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.  

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 the moon and the sun. So when does the sun go dark in 2014 or 2015? Pastor Mark Biltz talked with WND about the issue:

“Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but 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,” Biltz explained. “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!” [1] 

Pastor Mark Blitz discovered the connection of all these dates when he compared NASA’s information with the Jewish calendar. “Biltz’s message centers on the fact that the messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled 2,000 years ago, when He came the first time, happened to the very day. Biltz explains how His second coming events will also happen to the very day of the Fall Feasts. Yeshua died for our sins on Passover, Biltz says, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was resurrected from death on First Fruits, and then sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot). If He fulfilled the Spring Feasts to the very day on His first coming, Biltz argues, He will fulfill the Fall Feasts to the very day on His second coming.” [2]

That sounds like a reasonable argument to me. Not to say that we can pinpoint exact dates, because Jesus specifically said in Mark 13:32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”  That is amazing! Jesus Himself doesn’t know! (I guess He chooses not to know!) Why doesn’t Jesus know? Because if He knew the date He would certainly tell us (see John 17: 7&8). Jesus does however put these events that precede His second coming after the great tribulation in Mark 13:24: “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.”

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.” [1] Look for some miraculous events concerning Israel during these times.

This past Sunday, there was an article in The St. Augustine Record, our local newspaper, entitled “Author: China wants the moon – Foresees future battleground.” Jeanie asked me if I had read the article and then reminded me of a conversation we had about twenty years ago. Chris Berman of St. Augustine, a science fiction author, wrote a novel entitled “Red Moon” in 2010. “Berman, a military historian and science fiction author, said space has become a potential battleground that is less science fiction than geopolitical reality. His book describes a future in which China’s People’s Liberation Army secretly builds a self-sustaining military base on the moon’s dark side and blows up a U.S. lunar space station and key Western satellites using stealth missiles. This is a real possibility that has dramatic implications for the United States, he said.” [3]

About twenty years ago, I was pondering the verses we have been discussing, especially Joel 2:31 which Peter quotes in Acts 2:20: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.” The question that came to my mind and our discussion was about, “Does this possibly indicate bloodshed on the moon?” It was so far-fetched at that time that I did not pursue a study in that regard. However, just a cursive look at the Greek and Hebrew words that are translated as blood in these two verses was amazing! Here are the definitions given by Strong’s Concordance on E-Sword:


αἷμα      aima – hah’ee-mah

Of uncertain derivation; blood, literally (of men or animals), figuratively (the juice of grapes) or specifically (the atoning blood of Christ); by implication bloodshed, also kindred: – blood. (emphasis mine) 


דּם           dâm – dawm

From H1826 (compare H119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (that is, drops of blood): – blood (-y, -guiltiness, [-thirsty]), + innocent. (emphasis mine) 

Note that in both cases, the words can be translated as bloodshed! Could it mean there will be bloodshed on the moon before the great and notable day of the Lord comes? Something to think about.

Blessings, Tom and Jeanie

For further study check out the works cited:

[1] Read more at 

[2] Read more at 

[3] From the St. Augustine Record, 1A, Article by Peter Guinta, Sunday 2/2/14

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