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Signs of the times?

Four blood moons.

That’s what the red moon that appeared on Tuesday, April 15, was called a part of — for there are three others scheduled on October 8, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015. What makes these especially significant is that they all appear on the Jewish feasts of Passover (in the Spring) and Feast of Tabernacles (in the Fall).

Interestingly, in the last 2,000 years there have only been eight times this cycle of four — called a tetrad — has appeared. And, only three of those happened on the above-mentioned Feasts. Even more interesting is that each time that’s happened something noteworthy has happened to the Jewish people.

In 1492-93 the Jews were expelled from Spain by Queen Isabella. Some have conjectured that Columbus, who “sailed the oceans blue in 1492,” was either secretly a Jew or at least a sympathizer to them and saw the New World as a place to which they could escape.

Israel became a state and returned to her homeland in 1948 and, once again, a tetrad of blood moons aligned with her Jewish Feasts. And, in 1967 the same thing occurred again, which happened to be the year of her Six-Day War and their reclaiming of Jerusalem.

Consequently, some like pastors Mark Blitz of Seattle, Washington, and John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas, have written books about this phenomenon. Both of them are predicting that there will be some earthshaking events happening in Israel between now and September 2015 in Israel.

And, who knows? They may be right.

For some time now Israel has been keeping a close eye on Iran’s desire to make a nuclear bomb. They know (as does the rest of the civilized world) that this rabid Islamic nation hates the Jews and calls them “the little satan.” Thus, it’s very possible that Israel will launch a preemptive strike on their adversaries before the bomb can be completed.

If so, hang on to your seats — for that will unleash a war in the Middle East like we’ve never seen before.

Another interesting, current development right now in the Middle East is the peace agreement U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is trying to put together. He’s been working on this since July 30, 2013, and has given the Palestinians and Israel until April 29, 2014, to formalize the peace pact.

If that happens, we should closely watch what happens with regards to the West Bank, governorship of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount where the Islamic holy shrine, the Golden Dome on the Rock, currently sits. For years the Jews have wanted to rebuild their Temple on this site where their previous temples have sat. So, pay close attention to any future developments in these negotiations—for they are definitely a precursor to the appearance of the Anti-Christ, the Rapture of the Church, an attack on Israel by Gog and Magog, etc.

But, dear Reader, there’s a word of caution in all of this:

Even though Pastors Blitz and Hagee have strong arguments concerning the Blood Moons … how God said He’d use the “lights in the heavens as signs/signals” (Genesis 1:14) … and how their appearance has seemingly coincided with significant events in Israel … we should not place our hope and trust in them or their predictions.

Truly, no one but Jesus is going to be saying “You should have bought my book” when it’s all said and done.

Therefore, we’d do well to heed Jesus’ words to “Watch, therefore — for you know not what hour your Lord does come … Therefore, be also ready — for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:42, 44).

Yes, when it all comes down to it, it’s all about readiness. If you’re ready to meet the Lord, it matters not what the future holds for you know Who holds it. If you’re not ready, then you’d better get that way — for to those who are unprepared, He’ll come “as a thief in the night” and they’ll be like those who didn’t heed Noah’s warnings of the coming Flood and perished.

So, are you ready? Now’s the time to make sure. God bless you.

To contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” write him at P.O. Box 10614, Fort Smith, AR 72917 or e-mail him at pressingon@hotmail.com.

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