I … A lunar eclipse will occur December 19, 2010, to some it might appear as blood red.
II … A lunar eclipse occurred on Friday April 3, 33, the day of Christ’s Crucifixion
Colin J. Humphreys and W.G. Waddington in PDF article The Jewish Calendar, A Lunar Eclipse and The Date Of Christ’s Crucifixion relate: Astronomical calculations have been used to reconstruct the Jewish calendar in the first century AD and to date a lunar eclipse that biblical and other references suggest followed the Crucifixion. The evidence points to Friday 3 April AD 33 as the date of the Crucifixion. This was Nisan 14 in the official Jewish calendar, thus Christ died at precisely the time when the Passover lambs were slain. The date 3 April AD 33 is consistent with the evidence for the start of Jesus’ ministry, with the gospel reference to 46 years to build the temple and with the symbolism of Christ as our Passover lamb.
The new evidence concerns the meaning and significance of the moon being ‘turned to blood’, referred to in the Bible and elsewhere. In Acts 2:14-21 it is recorded that on the day of Pentecost the apostles were accused by a crowd of being drunk. Peter stood up and said, ‘No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my spirit on all people. . .I will show wonders in the heavens above . . .The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before that great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”’
Commentators are divided upon whether Peter was claiming that all the prophecy quoted from Joel had recently been fulfilled or whether the words refer to the future. We will investigate the former interpretation further, and demonstrate that ‘the moon turned to blood’ probably refers to a lunar eclipse, and show that this interpretation is self-consistent and enables the Crucifixion to be dated precisely.
The Lunar Eclipse on Friday, 3 April AD 33: Calculations show that the eclipse on 3 April AD 33 was visible from Jerusalem at moonrise. (All times quoted below are local Jerusalem times as measured by a sundial.) The start of the eclipse was invisible from Jerusalem, being below the horizon. The moon rose above the Jerusalem horizon at about 6:20 p.m. (the start of the Jewish Sabbath and also the start of Passover day in AD 33), with about 20% of its disc in the umbra of the earth’s shadow and the remainder in the penumbra. The ancients, however, made no distinction between the umbral and penumbral shadows and to a casual observer about 60 per cent of the moon’s disc would have been perceived as being ‘in eclipse’ at moonrise. The perceived eclipse ended at about 7:10 p.m. The 60 per cent ‘bite’ out of the moon was positioned close to the top (that is, leading edge) of the moon. Thus most of the visible area of the rising moon would initially have been seen as fully eclipsed.
The majority of lunar eclipses pass unnoticed, occurring when people are asleep or indoors. This eclipse, however, would probably have been seen by most of the population of Israel, since the Jews on Passover Day would be looking for both sunset and moonrise in order to commence their Passover meal. Instead of seeing the expected full Paschal moon rising, they would have initially seen a moon with a red ‘bite’ removed. The effect would be dramatic. The moon would appear to grow to full in the next hour. The crowd on the day of Pentecost would undoubtedly understand Peter’s words about the moon turning to blood as referring to this eclipse that they had seen.
III … Article Update
John Cave of Strollerderby reports: A total lunar eclipse, which appeared blood red, happened in the early morning hours of 12/21/2010 eastern time
Dan Nosocwitz of Popsci reports: A lunar eclipse fell on the winter solstice; the last such event occured 372 years ago.
IV. Blood Red Moons and Jewish High Hold Days
Johnny relates Mark Biltz says, “You have the religious year beginning with the total solar eclipse, two weeks later a total lunar eclipse on Passover, and then the civil year beginning with the solar eclipse followed two weeks later by another total blood red moon on the Feast of Sukkot all in 2015.”
“The fact that it doesn’t happen again in this century I think is very significant,” Biltz explains.
Writing about the amazing discovery in the May 2008 issue of Prophecy in the News, J. R. Church declares, “This is most unusual. It is a rare occurrence for four lunar cycles on successive Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) observances. It will not happen again for hundreds of years.”
With this amazing sequence, we need to keep in mind Joel’s prophecy, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” Joel 2:31
The ancient Jewish calendar only went to the year 5775, counting from creation.
It has been reckoned that the Rabbis reconciled the calendar after Yeshua’s death to conceal the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70 year prophecy as pertianing to Him as the Messiah. In doing this their calendar is said to be 240 years out.
On this basis, adding 240 years would bring their calculations to 6015 which parallels our dating system for the year 2015.
Considering the fact that the Rabbis understood that there would be a 1,000 year milleniun to follow this age totalling 7,000 years for mankind on this earth, the end of their calendar does not indicate the end of the world as some might think as the Mayan calendar seems to indicate.
When the Mayan calendar is adjusted to the Jewish calendar, the end date comes to 2015 and not 2012. The Mayans, Aztecs and the Chinese calendars all finish on the same time.
However, they lack the illumination of the revealed will of Almighty God as given in the scriptures upon which the Jewish calculations are made.
We have seven “days” of 1,000 years before this earth is dissolved to create a new heaven and a new earth. Praise His Name! (Baruch HaShem).
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