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The Blood Moons: Part One - The Breastplate of Judgment

Posted by Stephen Pidgeon on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM

 

Mark Biltz’s discovery of the timing of the lunar eclipses on biblical feast days is an important one.  Although the question of when and the prophecy’s applicability to modern prophecy is much discussed, the meaning of the eclipses – and in particular the sequences within the time of the restoration of the nation of Israel (ha’tikkun adamah ha’qodesh) – is not understood.  Instead, we have a great deal of speculation about the meaning of a lunar eclipse, compared to the meaning of a solar eclipse. Let us explore that meaning now. 

Yo’el (Joel) 2:28-32

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out את eth-my RUACH upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out את eth-my RUACH. 30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of YAHUAH come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YAHUAH shall be delivered: for in Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim shall be deliverance, as YAHUAH has said, and in the remnant whom YAHUAH shall call. 

As is the case with all scripture, we should take the time to see if there is a second witness, allowing those with discernment to seek sound doctrine.  In the case of this verse, we have just that.

Ma’aseh (Acts) 2:17-21

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says YAHUAH, I will pour out את eth-my RUACH upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my RUACH; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and terrible day of YAHUAH come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YAHUAH shall be saved. 

With these foundations having been laid, let us consider these eclipses called the Blood Moons. Before we look at the sequence, let us revisit the discussion of the calendar from the previous blog as set forth in the Scriptures.

Bere’shiyth (Genesis) 1:14

And ELOHIYM 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 for appointed feasts, and for days, and years: 

As you can see, the lights in the heavens which divide the day from the night (i.e., the sun and the moon), are to be for signs, appointed feasts, and for days and years

Do you see anything in this discourse concerning rabbis?  Is the barley being in aviv mentioned here?  The cycle of the moon is discussed in the Cepher Chanok.

Chanok (Enoch) 77:5-20

When the moon rises, it appears in heaven; and the half of a seventh portion of light is all in it. 

This means that the moon is a half-moon on the seventh day of the month.

Chanok (Enoch) 77:6-7

In fourteen the whole of its light is completed. 7 Three quintuples light is put into it, until fifteen its light is completed, according to the signs of the year; it has three quintuples. 

This verse tells us that the fifteenth of the month is the full moon, after the waxing of the moon and before the waning of the moon.  This is an important marker.  Bear in mind that the 66 book bible is almost completely silent as to the establishment of the first day of the month, or for that matter, the determination of the first month of the year.  Only Psalm 81:3 gives us a clue, and even that is the subject of wide debate.  Yet the book of Chanok reveals the completed story of the calendar.

Chanok (Enoch) 77:8-9

The moon has the half of a seventh portion. 9 During its diminution on the first day its light decreases a fourteenth part; on the second day it decreases a thirteenth part; on the third day a twelfth part; on the fourth day an eleventh part; on the fifth day a tenth part; on the sixth day a ninth part; on the seventh day it decreases an eighth part; on the eighth day it decreases a seventh part; on the ninth day it decreases a sixth part; on the tenth day it decreases a fifth part; on the eleventh day it decreases a fourth part; on the twelfth day it decreases third part; on the thirteenth day it decreases a second part; on the fourteenth day it decreases a half of its seventh part; and on the fifteenth day the whole remainder of its light is consumed. 

In the thirty-day month, the moon cycle is completed.  But Chanok is going to tell us of the difference within the cycle.

Chanok (Enoch) 77:10-20

On stated months the moon has twenty-nine days. 11 It also has a period of twenty-eight days. 12 Uriy’el likewise showed me another regulation, when light is poured into the moon, how it is poured into it from the sun. 13 All the time that the moon is in progress with its light, it is poured in the presence of the sun, until light is in fourteen days completed in heaven. 14 And when it is wholly extinguished, its light is consumed in heaven; and on the first day it is called the New Moon, for on that day light is received into it. 15 It becomes precisely completed on the day that the sun descends into the west, while the moon ascends at night from the east. 16 The moon then shines all the night, until the sun rises before it; when the moon disappears in turn before the sun. 17 Where light comes to the moon, there again it decreases, until all its light is extinguished, and the days of the moon pass away. 18 Then its orb remains solitary without light. 19 During three months it effects in thirty days its period; and during three months it effects it in twenty-nine days each, in which it effects its decrease in its first period, and in the first gate, in one hundred and seventy-seven days. 20 And at the time of its going forth during three months it appears thirty days each, and during three months it appears twenty-nine days each.  

Chanok is telling us that the first day which is called the New Moon, is marked by the moment light is received by the moon, which is to say the termination of the dark or zero moon. More importantly, this verse establishes the full moon as the fifteenth day of the month. 

Of the seven feasts of YAHUAH, Pecach (Passover), Matstsah (Unleavened Bread), Bikoor (First Fruits), Sheva’oth (Pentecost), Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Atonement), Sukka’oth (Tabernacles), only two are scheduled on the 15th day of the month: the first day of Matstsah is set on the 15th day of the first month, the month of Aviv (Nisan); and the first day of Sukka’oth, which is set on the 15th day of the seventh month, the month of Ethaniym (Tishrei). Given the terms of Chanok, the first day of Matstsah and the first day of Sukka’oth will always be on a full moon.  From time to time, when a total eclipse occurs over the moon, these eclipsed full moons will be blood moons. 

Since the creation of the modern state of Israel, there are several years when there have been blood moons on the first day of Matstsah, and the first day of Sukka’oth for two years in a row.  A sequence of two blood moons for two years in a row is called a tetrad.  Let’s consider the tetrads which fall on feast days during the tenure of Israel:

Bear in mind that there have been other Tetrads during the tenure of Israel, but these tetrads did not appear on Appointed Times; the feasts of YAH as set forth in Scripture. If you count these blood moons, you will find that there are twelve of these, or three sets of four, which fall on these feast days during the first seventy years of the rebirth of Israel.  This will become important as we discuss the meaning of these moons.

Why should we limit our review to just seventy years?

Daniye’l (Daniel) 9:24

For seventy Shavua, cut off are the people from the holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Holy of Holies.

Which people are cut off from the holy city?  The answer is: the whole of the house of Yisra’el.  There is an exception to this, which is the repatriation of the house of Yahudah (the Yahudiym, or Jews).  The return of the Yahudiym first is critical to that which is predicted at the end of this passage; namely the anointing of the Holy of Holies. 

Tsephanyahu (Zephaniah) 2:6-7

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. 7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Yahudah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashqelon shall they lie down in the evening: for YAHUAH ELOHAYHEM shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.  

Zakaryahu (Zechariah) 12:7-8

YAHUAH also shall save את eth-the tents of Yahudah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim do not magnify themselves against Yahudah. 8 In that day shall YAHUAH defend the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as ELOHIYM, as the angel of YAHUAH before them.  

Let’s unfold the rest of this story, shall we? 

Shemot (Exodus) 28:4-5

And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a turban, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aharon your brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. 5 And they shall take את eth-gold, and את eth-blue, and את eth-purple, and את eth-scarlet, andאת eth-fine linen. 

So, the instruction is, to make a breastplate.  Let’s see if there is anything more to these instructions.

Shemot (Exodus) 28:15-21

And you shall make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod you shall make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shall you make it. 16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. 17 And you shall set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. 18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 19 And the third row a ligure, an agote, and an amethyst. 20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. 21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Yisra’el, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; everyone with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.  

So this was the instruction, and in Chapter 39 of the same book, we find that the breastplate was made:

Shemot (Exodus) 39:8-14

And he made את eth-the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. 9 It was foursquare; they made את eth-the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled. 10 And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row. 11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 12 And the third row, a ligure, an agote, and an amethyst. 13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings. 14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Yisra’el, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, everyone with his name, according to the twelve tribes. 

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