Well, what does all this mean? A lot I think. Lunar eclipses are relatively common, but they almost never coincide with the Hebrew feasts in a way that is so blatant and long lived. You can research this stuff on your own, because others have done the hard work of looking at past conjunctions between eclipses, hebrew feasts, and what happened on planet earth. Just a quick “google” will show you that this is very, very significant. Also, there is a clear link between the goings on in Israel and these astronomical markers. But before we go on, let me make this really, really clear. These lunar eclipses, and the lone solar eclipse, are extremely important. If you’re thinking of the firmament as God’s sign post for the world, then this is like a blinking, hot pink, neon sign in the sky for all those willing to pay attention. 4 lunar eclipses...all on major Hebrew feasts…broken up by a solar eclipse...this just doesn’t happen.
What I’d like to do now is give you a sense of what I think is happening, but I’d like to stress that these may be more peripheral issues. Again, if you look at what others have said, it seems that lunar eclipses are directly related to major shifts and judgments concerning the nation of Israel, and that solar eclipses have more to do with major shifts and judgments coming to the rest of the world. Those shifts and potential times of judgment are likely the major issues here. But, when I look at what’s in the sky this Passover in particular (which will host the first blood moon of this series), I see some minor – but interesting – phenomenon.
Just as we’ve begun to see meaning again in the constellations, we also need to pay attention to the other lights in the firmament, namely, the moon and the planets. The word “planet” means wanderer, because these lights meander through the constellations at different rates. Mercury whizzes through its path, and Saturn takes it’s sweet time moving from one sign to the next. Keep in mind that all the lights in the firmament are radiating their influences on the earth. Just check out Job 38: 31 – 33 for one example. So, it’s safe to reason that the planets, or wanderers, also have an influence. In other words, those wandering stars are speaking to us too! (Psalm 19:1 - 4)
What’s interesting to me is that on the night of April 14th, the first day of Passover, there will be a lunar eclipse (technically, it occurs early Tuesday morning for us, around 2 a.m.), and the planet, Mars, will be right next to the eclipsing moon. That’s two very red celestial markers in the sky. A red moon is strange. A red moon and a red planet together are even stranger. That’s two wandering lights that will add a red glow to the sky that night. Historically speaking, each planet was thought to have a certain influence on the affairs of earth. And this makes sense. If you read the verse in Job I mentioned earlier, you’ll see that a certain group of stars, called the Pleadies, exert a “sweet influence” over the earth. So what does the red, wandering star (commonly known as Mars) radiate down on the earth? Probably something very different than the sweet influences of the Pleadies. In fact, it is likely a war-like, contesting, and confrontational influence.
To me, that red star is an indication of heavenly war. The armies of the Lord are definitely being dispersed and commanded to bring about His purposes. So, we have the warfare influence of Mars, and the judgment influence of the blood moon. Now, we need to look at the constellation of the Mazzaroth (Zodiac) in which this cosmic war and judgement are taking place. It's in the constellation Virgo. In the past, I have taught that this constellation, which is a pure, virgin woman, holding a sheave of wheat reaped from the harvest, could be seen as the Church or Israel (or both). I like thinking of her as a picture of the Bride of Christ. So, let’s add that sign to the list of things in conjunction. The pure woman; Warfare; Judgment.
And lastly, we have the Hebrew feast on which this whole celestial show is occurring – Passover. Passover is also a time of judgement. It was when Jesus was crucified, and it was when Israel was released from Egypt. In fact, it is written in Exodus that the Lord described Passover as the time when He would “judge the gods of Egypt.” Just to recap...The Woman; Warfare; Judgement; and Judgement.
I expect this is already playing out in a couple of ways. First, there is a scriptural precedent for judgement beginning with the Lord’s people before it happens in the rest of the world. Therefore, I would expect many of us are feeling this judgement. I know I have. Don’t be afraid. Judgement is not punishment. It is the wonderful act of identifying and assessing those parts of you that cannot inherit eternity, followed by the sometimes painful moment of separation from those mortal parts. But, be encouraged! If you have felt the judgement of God, it is simply making you a more eternal and glorious vessel. It is the casting away of the corruptible so that all that’s left are the incorruptible things of your heavenly destiny.
You might be feeling the fierce, internal battle being waged inside of you this next week, and you also might feel the armies of God waging a war for you as well. I think the presence of Mars in the constellation, Virgo, might be an indicator that the commander of the Lord’ armies is fighting for us. Maybe we’ll see some victory in things that have previously been blocked. Lastly, we just might see the warfare and the judgement play out on the world stage, although I have no ideas what that might look like. Just saying that it’s possible.
So, let’s consider together that this cosmic incident is more than an isolated lunar eclipse. We need to see the whole picture. Look at the two red wanderers coming together in the sign of the woman. See the relationship between the moon and Virgo, since the moon has always had a feminine connotation. Watch the presence of a fiery, war-like sign piercing the picture. It’s these rare double witnesses that should make us all stop in our tracks. Two judgments (Passover and the blood moon). Two woman signs (Virgo and the moon).
Finally, remember this: the judgements of the Lord are not to be feared by those who love Him, even if they experience the painful separation between the common and the Holy. I can’t shake the feeling that’s what this astronomical event is about. When the Lord wants to get our attention, He tends to say something twice. It’s almost like He’s saying, “Truly, truly, I say unto thee…” Or, “By the testimony of two witnesses is something established…” This Passover, there are two double witnesses. We should definitely be paying attention.