The following video links various signs in the heavens, the earth, and through
the activities of the nations. It is eye-opening for 2015 and our generation!
A SUMMARY of the two parts of the above video (not a transcript) is produced below.
Decoding the Imminent Signs (PART 1) ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’
Mark Biltz has put together a video on the Biblical calendar and its links with heavenly and earthly signs which are occurring in our day. IFC have looked into this, including the scriptures, and feel it is an important teaching for our times and for the Church. It follows on from the phenomena of the ‘four blood moons’ which swept the Church last year, and did happen, though the fourth blood moon is yet to come at Tabernacles this year. It is sobering and factual. A summary of the teaching from the video is below and this is the video link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUMM96hsmJA
a) The Biblical Calendar – heavenly signs. Biblically, the sun and moon were created not only to give light (and the sun’s heat) but also for signs in the heavens to mankind: Genesis 1:14-15: And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so.
In the Hebrew language, the word we translate as ‘signs’ is actually ‘signals’, and the ‘seasons’ means ‘divine appointments’. These relate not only to summer, winter, autumn and spring, but also to the biblical seasons, marked by the annual feasts given to Israel, (see Leviticus 23) and governed by God’s biblical calendar…based on the sun and moon.
‘Days’ and ‘years’ refer to particular times, such as Jubilee years, Sabbath years, and holy days. Genesis 1v14-15 is saying that God speaks to us through heavenly signs, giving us signals to make us aware of His seasons of special activity, to be recognised on His holy days and special years. Astrology, forbidden in the Bible, is the study of the heavenly bodies in relation to us, to help us read the future, whereas astronomy is all about the glory of God! Psalm 19:1-4: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
God allowed Joshua to prolong a battle in order to gain the victory, marked by the sun standing still, (Joshua 10v13; Habb 3v11) and gave Hezekiah 15 extra years to his life, marked by the shadow of the sun reversing (2 Kings 20v1-11). These were unusual signs in the heavens beyond our comprehension! They remind us that God is in control of the universe. He is on His throne.
God works according to His biblical calendar not our western Gregorian calendar, based on the sun, or the Eastern Islamic calendar based on the moon. The Jewish calendar is based on both the sun and moon inter-relating. It is God’s time clock of appointments with us. The key is to understand the biblical calendar, the feast days and the signs God uses.
The four blood moons of last and this year are called a ‘tetrad’, very rare in history, and when they fall on biblical feast days, they are of great significance. There was a tetrad in 1493/4 after the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal, occurring on the same day biblically as the day the spies brought a bad report of the land of Canaan to Moses. It became a day regarded as cursed, in Jewish history. Also there was a tetrad in 1949 following the restoration of the state of Israel…God’s seal on the matter. In 1967, Jerusalem was captured by the Jews in only 6 days, and became restored to the Jewish nation. This was also at the time of a tetrad….again, God’s seal on the matter. The four blood moons of 2014 & 2015 each fall on a biblical feast day, Passover then Tabernacles on both years, with the final blood moon being a ‘super blood moon’ according to astronomers.
We will return to the significance of this later.
b) Why are Israel & Jerusalem important?
God has placed His name in Jerusalem, where His throne will be, His rule and reign. Jerusalem will be a ‘cup of trembling’ to the nations (Zechariah 12v2 KJV). In Zechariah 14v4 we have the earthquake at Jerusalem and His feet will be set upon the Mount of Olives. Why are the Palestinians so desperate to get Jerusalem? Why are the Muslims? Because Satan wants Jerusalem! Israel, the West Bank, Samaria….it is all God’s home, hence the attacks.
The Allah of Islam is NOT the God of Israel, who is Yahweh. (Hallelujah, spoken the same in every language, is all about praising Yah(weh). Allah wants to kill the Jews, God does not. Islam speaks of Jihad and ‘death to Israel. Our God is the God of love, Islam’s god is evil.
According to the Talmud (Jewish writings) total blood moons means judgment upon Israel. A total eclipse of the sun would mean judgment on the nations. God is very mathematical, hence NASA’s ability to trace 5000 years of eclipses past and future. Four total lunar eclipses in a row (2014-2015) have and will occur on Passover April 15th 2014; Tabernacles October 8th 2014; Passover April 4th 2015; and Tabernacles October 28th 2015. Revelation 6v12 speaks of this: I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red…
This was in the context of the seals and of judgment. Also on the biblical calendar date of ‘Nisan 1’, i.e. March 20th 2015 there was a total solar eclipse. Nisan 1 is the beginning of the Jewish religious calendar. It was the day when fire fell from the Lord at the grand opening of the ark in the tabernacle in the time of Moses. There will be a partial solar eclipse on September 14th, Rosh Hashanah, where the central act is the sounding of the shofar trumpet, calling for repentance. (God is calling Israel and the nations to repentance).
The Divine Appointments.
The feasts of Leviticus 23 are a dress rehearsal of what is to come. These ‘holy convocations’ or assemblies (heb: ‘micrah’ means ‘dress rehearsal’. For 1500 years the Passover lamb was sacrificed at Passover according to these laws, right up unitl the time of Jesus (Yeshua). Then Jesus died on the cross on Passover. He was bound to the cross at the third hour, (9am) which was the time of the morning sacrifice. At the 9th hour (3pm) He died on the cross at the time of the central passover lamb sacrifice, and was entombed. The next day was the feast of unleavened bread, and Jesus’ body was the sinless, unleavened sacrifice to be prepared for burial. On the tird day, the feast of Firstfruits, Jesus rose from the dead on that day as the firstfruits of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15v20). Revelation 13v8 reminds us that Jesus was the ‘lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ (KJV). God was working to fulfil His calendar, and Jesus was on God’s calendar from the foundation of the world. Wow!
50 days later was the feast of Pentecost (‘Shavuot’). Again it had been celebrated for 1500 years since Moses time. They celebrated the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. The Jews were the first Pentecostals! At 9am the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, so the law was now written on the hearts of the early Jewish believers. Hebrews 13v8 tells us that, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ Jesus fulfilled all the Spring and Summer feasts to the day of His first coming. He will fulfil the Autumn feasts to the day in His second coming, whatever year that will be.
One year, on the Feast of Trumpets, the Tribulation will commence. Some years after that, on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) Israel will be atoned for…they will recognise the One who died for them and mourn for the one they have pierced (see Zechariah 12 & 13). Then on Tabernacles one year, the fulfilment will be the beginning of the Millennial reign of Christ (see Zechariah 14 & Revelation 20).
Decoding the Imminent Signs (PART 2) ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’ (Psalm 19 verse 1)
The sign of the Hebrew language:
In ancient (and to some extent modern) Hebrew, every letter portrayed a picture, every word and number meant more than the actual. For example, the word we translate as ‘Zion’, King David’s ancient city representing Jerusalem. It means ‘fishers of men’. The ‘Z’ letter (called tzadik) looks like a fish and a hook when written, and means fish hook. The ‘N’ letter (called Noan) means a fish, moving through water, portraying life. (the bait). The ‘I’ (called Yood) means hand, and the ‘O’ (called vav) means nail. King David, when he established the name Mount Zion, as his fortress and palace, was therefore prophesying all four elements to occur at Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, of which Mt Zion was a part. Jesus was the bait to hook fish, to impart eternal life. Another example would be the word we translate as ‘law’, is ‘Torah’, which means ‘instruction’. The letters mean ‘cross’ ,’nail’, ‘head’, and ‘reveal’. Prophetically, the law would reveal the One who is head, bearing a cross, nailed to a tree. Finally, the word we translate as Jehovah, is ‘Yahweh’. The letters mean ‘hand’, ‘reveal’, ‘nail’, ‘behold’. …..Behold His hands and side.
Why support Israel?
In 1948, Israel became a nation again, having lost its place in the nations for 2000 years following the overall rejection of its Messiah. The United States ensured the vote at the UN was passed in Israel’s favour. Genesis 12v3 makes it clear that any nation standing with Israel, God’s chosen nation’ would be blessed. "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (cf Genesis 18v18; Numbers 24v8-9; Galatians 3v8).
The United States then entered into a great period of prosperity in the 1950’s and onwards. However, in our day, the United States is pushing Israel for a division of Jerusalem and the land given by God to Israel (Genesis 15v18 land covenant). Joel warns those who try to divide up God’s land: Joel 3:1-2. "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. The nations will be judged according to how they have treated God’s people Israel. These blood moons are a warning to the nations, and even to Israel, that they are not to divide up this land.
Patterns from the past, portents for the future.
God works with patterns. For instance, God’s rest years or ‘schmeta’ cycle. God knows best for us, and He wants us to know times to rest. We often want to show what we can do, and forget to enter His rest, getting overtired and stressed, suffering the consequences of ignoring His pattern for rest. God’s biblical calendar for Israel gave the land rest every seventh year. For 490 years the Jews did not honour the rest year therefore God judged them in Babylon for 70 years. (70x7=490).
In the schmeta year according to God’s biblical calendar of 1994, there was a God-event, a signal from the heavens which was noted on the earth. Jupiter was pummelled by 21 fragments of the Shoemaker Levy comet. This occurred on 9th of Av, the same day that the spies gave a bad report on the promised land. A cursed day in Jewish history. The Torah portion for that weekend was from the first three chapters of Deuteronomy, known as ‘Devarim’, meaning ‘these are the words’. Could this mean God was saying that the next 3x7 years would be times of judgment on the nations? It is interesting that 7 years later, in 2001, a schmeta year, the Dow Jones index fell dramatically on the biblical day of Rosh Hashanah, bringing a degree of economic instability in the nation. In 2008, another schmeta year, again on Rosh Hashanah, the Dow collapsed, leading to a degree of economic collapse amongst the nations. The 2015 schmeta year could herald a total economic collapse as nations may default on their debts…including Greece and the US.
In 1948, Israel faced war with nations round about her trying to prevent her being established as a nation. The following year was a tetrad, a time of 4 blood moon, God’s seal on the matter. In 1967, again a year of a tetrad, God put His seal on the result of the six day war, where Israel took over the city of Jerusalem after so many hundreds of years. This in turn could lead to a war with Israel, who seems to get the blame when things go bad for the nations. The way things are going, the prophecy of Isaiah 17, where Damascus in Syria is brought to ruin, is imminent in our day. Then also the scenario of Psalm 83, where local nations attack Israel is also imminent in our day. The scenario for the Ezekiel 38 gathering of all nations against Israel is ripening. Only time will tell how these will play out. We are on God’s biblical timetable.
(TO BE FINISHED SOON)