He Is Coming Back Sooner Than You May Think

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This presentation was inspired by a video by Steve Hadley who mentioned Mark Biltz’s discovery of the eclipses. While the video does not provide some of the more detailed technical information provided in this presentation, there are some things that are discussed in that video (like solar eclipses) that are not covered here. The video is listed under “Credits and acknowledgments” at the end. Other videos, directly linking to interviews with Mark Biltz, are available at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsevideos.html.


When God created the earth, He set in motion the orbits of the various celestial bodies. The sun, moon, stars, and planets – including the earth – all rotate at specific rotational speeds. It is these rotations that lead to solar and lunar eclipses.

When Jesus was crucified, there was a solar eclipse, in which we read, “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.” (Luke 23:44-45) God has used eclipses to “line up” to specific biblical, prophetic, events in the past, and the Bible tells us that He will do it again in the future. That future seems to be fast approaching!

Scientists have been able to accurately predict when these eclipses have occurred in the past and in the future, right down to the minute (and even more accurately than that), and data is available which accurately charts these eclipses on the NASA website.

A 5000-year summary of solar and lunar eclipses, dating from 1999 BC to 3000 AD is available at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Schematic diagram of the shadow cast by the Earth. Within the central umbra shadow, the Moon is totally shielded from direct illumination by the Sun.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse

Lunar eclipse of May 15, 2003 taken by Loyd Overcash of Houston, Texas.

Source: science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/13oct_lunareclipse.htm

“A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon travels completely into the Earth’s umbra, which is the shadow of the earth in which there is no direct solar radiation. The Moon does not completely disappear as it passes through the umbra because of the refraction of sunlight by the Earth’s atmosphere into the shadow cone. The red coloring arises because sunlight reaching the Moon must pass through a long and dense layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, where it is scattered. This resulting light we perceive as red.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse)

Genesis 1:14 reads, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.'” Thus, one of God’s intentions for the sun and moon is for “signs”. A “sign” is an indication of something that is going to occur. As we have seen in Luke 23:44-45, a solar eclipse happened at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. Solar and lunar eclipses will also occur during the time frame of Christ’s return.

The prophet Joel describes an event known as “the day of the Lord” which will happen around the time of the Lord’s physical return to the earth. In fact, many other prophets, including Isaiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, and Zechariah, have also described this same event. It is described as a time of “destruction” (Isaiah 13:6), a time when God comes “with fury and burning anger” (Isaiah 13:9), “a day of clouds” (Ezekiel 30:3), a time of “darkness and not light” (Amos 5:18), a day in which God’s vengeance will be displayed (Obadiah 1:15), a day which will come “like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

To be perfectly clear, this “day of judgment” does not apply to all those who have made their peace with God. For we read,

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)

And again, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)

What this means is that there are two distinct groupings of individuals — those who are “sons of light” and those who are “sons of darkness.” Judgment will be rendered unto the sons of darkness. But those who are of the light will be redeemed or saved.

There is some debate as to exactly how long this “day” represents — whether the prophets are referring to a single day or a span of months or perhaps even years — but regardless of exactly how long that is, we read the following compelling words (highlighted for emphasis):

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.” (Joel 2:31)

What is God telling us? In short, it appears that He is telling us to watch for the eclipses as a sign that this day is very close. Two types of eclipses are mentioned here – both solar and lunar. The solar eclipses (one or more) is represented by the expression, “The sun will be turned into darkness.” The lunar eclipses (one or more) is represented by the expression, “The moon (will be turned) into blood” (a lunar eclipse is often referred to as a “blood moon”). The verse is very short, but is very significant. God does not seek to tell us “all of the details” in this one particular verse. However, He is telling us to pay close attention to the solar and lunar eclipses. Thus, those who do will be blessed.

Although both solar and lunar eclipses are significant, this presentation will primarily deal with the lunar eclipses, since the bulk of the scientific analysis that I have performed lies with these. You may want to watch the videos listed above for more details still.

A total solar eclipse.

Source: www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/


Warning: When trying to observe a solar eclipse, please observe proper safety precautions so that your eyes are not damaged. NASA has a web page devoted to that, which you can find at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety2.html. If this URL is not reachable, please do a search on the following words and you should be able to find it: “NASA Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses”.

For the purposes of this presentation, we are going to consider all dates that fall within the modern or Gregorian calendar. These are all dates from October 15, 1582, onwards (Great Britain did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752 but all of the data presented here goes back to 1582). We could go back even further, but there is no need as the results would amount to the same thing, except with yet more data to support it, and it is slightly more complicated to work the numbers. The following numbers have been carefully worked using numbers from the NASA website. Note that the numbers are worked all the way up to the year 3000, which is as far as the NASA data provides. You will be amazed at the results and you can freely verify the data. Since the data amounts to more than 60 pages in written format, it is included via a link, instead, available at www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.html or via a downloadable PDF file at www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.pdf.

Data Analysis

Between October 15, 1582 and December 31, 3000 there are a total of 3478 lunar eclipses.

Of these, there are 974 total eclipses.

Of these, there are 37 tetrads. A tetrad is when 4 total lunar eclipses occur consecutively, at a rate of two per year (kind of like slow-motion “fireworks”). There are 148 total eclipses that fall into this category (37 tetrads x 4 total eclipses per tetrad = 148 total eclipses).

Of these 37 tetrads representing 148 total eclipses, there are only 5 tetrads that fall into yet a smaller grouping still (that’s a total of 20 total eclipses). Here’s why they are so special. They fall on specific Feasts of the Lord. But what are the Feasts of the Lord?

The Feasts of the Lord

In Leviticus 23, God commanded that His people observe 7 specially appointed times, which are often referred to as the “Feasts of the Lord.” However, one of these days is not a feast at all, but a fast! This is the sixth specially appointed time, the “Day of Atonement.” It is a very somber day.

God commanded that these feasts be observed at specific times on the Jewish calendar. They do not line up with our Western “Gregorian” calendar. However, they do line up perfectly with the Jewish calendar, which is based on the lunar cycle (the rotation of the moon). Our “Gregorian” calendar is an “alternate” calendar, but when Jesus Christ returns to the earth, it’s virtually certain He will not be using it at all! The world will revert to God’s lunar calendar, which lines up perfectly with the appointed festivals.

Each of the 5 tetrads happening between October 15, 1582 and December 31, 3000 represents 4 total lunar eclipses which are spread out over the span of less than two years. The first and third of these eclipses lands on the first of these “Feasts of the Lord,” called Passover. The second and fourth of these eclipses lands on the last of these feasts, called Tabernacles. When 4 total lunar eclipses occur in this fashion, they are known as a “Messianic Tetrad.”

Who has the power to set the earth, the moon, and the sun in motion so as to line up perfectly with these appointed festivals? This is something that only an all-powerful God could have done. Only the Creator of the Universe could have set this all up.

Let’s briefly cover the Feasts (note they are called “Feasts of the Lord” as opposed to Jewish feasts; thus, they are God’s feasts, and thus all people, whether Jewish or not, should pay very close attention to them). To be sure, they are called “The feasts of the Lord,” or “The festivals of the Lord,” or “The Lord’s appointed times” depending on which translation you are using. The are also called “Holy Convocations”. However, we must always remember that one of these days, the day of atonement, is not a feast at all, but a solemn 24-hour fast. It is a time of humbling and repentance before God. These seven “Feasts” are as follows:

  • Pesach (Passover)

  • Feast of unleavened bread

  • Feast of Firstfruits

  • Shavuot (Pentecost)

  • Feast of trumpets

  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

All of these feasts have specific meaning before God. For example, Jesus was crucified on Passover. This was not by accident but by God’s design. The Feast of Unleavened Bread followed, which symbolizes purification (leaven was removed from all bread, which was a symbol of sin). Jesus purified us from our sins by His shed blood on the cross. All who trust Him as Lord and Savior receive forgiveness of sins. Jesus was risen from the dead at the time when the Feast of Firstfruits was being observed. Jesus is the “firstborn” from the dead, which is an expression meaning that He is the first to receive His glorified body. Others will eventually receive their glorified (special, indestructible) bodies, as well — all those who have trusted in Jesus and have received Him as Lord and Savior.

It was on the day of Pentecost that God “gave” (poured out) the Holy Spirit to believers. Thus, we can see that when Jesus Christ came the first time, that the first four Feasts were represented by specific activities which God had planned ahead of time. This was all by God’s design!

Could it be that the remaining three feasts will also line up with specific events which God has prepared ahead of time? The answer is “yes!” We may not know exactly how they will line up until they happen, but one suggestion is that one of the feasts will line up with the day when God calls His people to Himself at the “end of days”. Some believe that the Day of Atonement (the solemn day of fasting) may relate to a time during, or at the end of, the great tribulation (a great time of trouble on the earth lasting three and a half years). The Feast of Tabernacles (the last feast) is a victorious celebration, and it should be remembered that the Scriptures indicate that God made His dwelling with man when Jesus came to the earth the first time. The Bible says that Jesus “tabernacled” among us.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

This passage refers to Jesus Christ as the “Word” who “became flesh, and dwelt among us.” From e-Sword.net, we get the definition of the word translated “dwelt” here. The word is the Greek word, “skēnoō”.

skēnoō; skay-no’-o; From G4636; to tent or encamp, that is, (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specifically) to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion): – dwell. (www.e-sword.net)


Thus, Jesus “tabernacled” among us when He came the first time. But centuries before that, God told the Israelites to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the last of the seven feasts. Though Jesus came once, and went to heaven, the Bible says (and Jesus Himself said) that He is coming back! This is found in numerous places in the Bible (for example, John 14:3). In that passage, Jesus said He is coming back to “receive” us to Himself. The Greek word for “receive” is paralambano. Here is what e-Sword has to say about paralambano.

paralambanō; par-al-am-ban’-o; From G3844 and G2983; to receive near, that is, associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy to assume an office; figuratively to learn: – receive, take (unto, with). (www.e-sword.net)

Curiously, there is another very interesting passage that uses the word “paralambano” which is found in a classic “end time” passage of Scripture, where Jesus talks about His second coming. It is in the following verse — but notice how it is translated in the King James, not as “received” but as “taken”.

“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken [paralambano], and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40, KJV)

There is a lot of controversy about the word “taken” in this passage, and it is mainly because people use the English translation. But when we go to the Greek, we find out the word for “taken” in Matthew 24:40 is the same as the word for “receive” in John 14:3.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive [paralambano] you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3, KJV)

Thus, who is “taken” in Matthew 24:40?

“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken [paralambano], and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40, KJV)

It should be noted that some Christians believe that this passage is a reference to judgment on the one who is taken. Thus, they believe that “taken” means “taken to judgment” while the “other” is “left” to enjoy the favor of the Lord. However, a very strong case is made for a much different interpretation, which would be that the one who is “taken” is “taken” [paralambano] at the event which is sometimes called the “rapture”. The word “rapture” is not actually found in the Bible, but it is the anglicized Latin of the words “caught up” which are found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, which reads,

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Christians vary in their opinion as to exactly how this is going to work out, but one thing is for certain, a day is coming in which Jesus Christ will come to get His people. It will be a day of rejoicing for those who have trusted in Christ, but a day of bewilderment, frustration, perplexity, and possibly even judgment for those who have not trusted in Him. I am not saying God will not judge those who have not trusted in Him. Eventually, He will. However, the manner, time and place of this judgment is subject to some debate. It can be very complex to try and explain the various scenarios, but one thing is certain: you should trust Christ now, while you still can.

And now, with this information covered, we can now move on to the upcoming eclipses!

To recap, thus far, first, Jesus Christ came the first time, and at that time, four of the seven “festivals” or “feasts” of the Lord had a literal counterpart in the events that transpired. However, the remaining three feasts have not yet seen a similar counterpart.

Second, Jesus Christ is coming back, and it will be a time of “redemption” (blessing, victory) for those who have trusted Him. But it will be a time of perplexity and possibly even judgment for those who have not. Thus, you should trust Him today before it is too late. One of the “signs” that God gives in His word (the Bible) concerning the return (or, “second coming”) of Christ is the sign of the eclipses.

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.” (Joel 2:31)

The First Messianic Tetrad

To recap, between October 15, 1582 and December 31, 3000 there are a total of 3478 lunar eclipses. Of these, there are 974 total eclipses. Of these, there are 37 tetrads (4 total lunar eclipses in a row) representing 148 total eclipses. Of these, there are only 5 tetrads that fall into yet a smaller grouping still (that’s a total of 20 total eclipses), because they fall on specific feast days, namely, the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Passover again, and the Feast of Tabernacles again. This occurrence is known as a “Messianic Tetrad.” This is where the math becomes extremely interesting and you will be sure not to want to miss the seemingly obvious significance of this.

1949-1950: First Messianic tetrad in more than 450 years occurs. Thus begins our first Messianic Tetrad since before the year 1500!

The very first of the five tetrads came within one year of the nation of Israel becoming an independent nation. Specifically, 334 days after Israel gained her independence on May 14, 1948, the Lord put on His first perfectly synchronized “light show” to line up with the festivals and as an apparent indication that the prophetic countdown had indeed begun. A link to the tabulated data from NASA is available after each Messianic Tetrad is presented, in which you can verify these dates. These dates have been lined up with the Jewish calendar which is available at www.hebcal.com. Please note that in terms of a Jewish calendar, there is a small percentage within Judaism who do not subscribe to this calendar! More complications still! One of the reasons in favor of believing that the calendar is accurate (at least in terms of the days and the months, but not necessarily the year) is that it does line up quite well with the First and Second Messianic Tetrads, which occurred in 1949-50 and 1967-68, respectively, and which shall be demonstrated. Mark Biltz and many other Jewish believers in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach) subscribe to this calendar and believe it is accurate. I have no reason to doubt it, but I thought I would mention it just in case someone comes along and says to you that that calendar is not accurate. Only a very small percentage of people believe that. It is not the predominant position. I believe there is every reason to believe that the traditional Jewish calendar is accurate, in terms of the day and the month, seeing as though the first and second Messianic Tetrads line up so beautifully (as shall be noted). The following, then, is the first Messianic Tetrad (since the start of the Gregorian calendar).

May 14, 1948

Israel becomes a nation.

Apr 13, 1949

Start of Passover (first feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Oct 7, 1949

Start of Feast of Tabernacles (last feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Apr 2, 1950

Start of Passover and a total lunar eclipse again.

Sep 26, 1950

Start of Feast of Tabernacles and a total lunar eclipse again.

* See full data at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.html.

This, then, was the first of three series of eclipses, or “Messianic Tetrads” that God began to do when He lined up the elements perfectly to be synchronized with the rebirth of the nation of Israel.

By the way, when Jesus said, “I am the first and the last,” it’s an expression which is used to symbolize not only the first and the last, but everything in between. It’s a statement of His all encompassing authority. In the same way, we see these total lunar eclipses landing precisely on the first and last of the Lord’s Feasts. This reasonably symbolizes the totality of all seven feasts, starting with Passover and ending with the Feast of Tabernacles. Mark Biltz, in his teaching on the Feasts of the Lord, calls them “bookends”.

To recap, in His word, God tells us to pay attention to the eclipses so that we can understand the season in which the Lord Himself will return to the earth (Joel 2:31). Joel describes this as “the great and awesome day of the LORD” and, even though no one knows the day or the hour, the Scripture tells us we should be able to discern the season (Matthew 16:3). We can do that by paying close attention to God’s word and what God has shown us.

The Second Messianic Tetrad

If then the first great “light show” (that is, Messianic Tetrad) happened at the rebirth of the nation of Israel, when did the second occur? As it turns out, the second one also occurred at a very significant time in world history, which was around the time when Israel recaptured East Jerusalem.

Jun 10, 1967

Israel wins the six day war.

Apr 24, 1967

Start of Passover (first feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Oct 18, 1967

Start of Feast of Tabernacles (last feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Apr 13, 1968

Start of Passover and a total lunar eclipse again.

Oct 6, 1968

Start of Feast of Tabernacles and a total lunar eclipse again.

* See full data at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.html.

What significance could this possibly have, that the second set of historic eclipses occurred around the time of the six day war, when Israel recaptured East Jerusalem?

Mount Zion, otherwise known as Mount Moriah, is where the Jewish Temple was built. It is located in Jerusalem just outside of the walls of the Old City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Zion).

In the Bible, we read, “Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.” (Psalm 48:2) Thus, the city of the great King is Jerusalem. This is further stated in Matthew 5, where Jesus said, “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.” (Matthew 5:34-35)

If Jerusalem is the city of the great King (Jesus, the King of Israel), and if Israel is His chosen nation for the purposes of government, then obviously Jerusalem must be in the hands of Israel so that Jesus can govern from there. When Israel was captured, and brought back under the control of Israel, it was approximately then that the second set of Messianic Tetrads appeared in the sky! This seems to be highly symbolic and not coincidental. But how would God have even known that the war would be fought for East Jerusalem in 1967 when He established the earth and the orbits of the earth, the moon, and the sun at the time of creation? Only an all-powerful, all-knowing, God could have done that!

This then is only the second such Messianic tetrad in the entire Gregorian calendar! It’s a sign from the Lord that we need to pay special attention.

The third in this series of “Messianic Tetrads” is about to occur!

The Third Messianic Tetrad is about to occur!

We could be forgiven for not catching on in 1949 and 1950, when the first Messianic Tetrad occurred. And we could also be forgiven for not catching on in 1967 and 1968 when the second Messianic Tetrad occurred. But what about the third? We should not miss it! This third Messianic Tetrad is coming up very soon!

Apr 15, 2014

Start of Passover (first feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Oct 8, 2014

Start of Feast of Tabernacles (last feast) and a total lunar eclipse.

Apr 4, 2015

Start of Passover and a total lunar eclipse again.

Sep 28, 2015

Start of Feast of Tabernacles and a total lunar eclipse again.

* See full data at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.html.

Even though other Messianic Tetrads will be coming in the future, the next one after the 2014/2015 Messianic Tetrad will occur more than 500 years later! Because other prophecies are simultaneously being fulfilled in these last days that we find ourselves in, it would seem reasonable to conclude that what the prophet Joel was referring to when he wrote, “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes” (Joel 2:31) is indeed related to one or more of the eclipses found in this third set (this would include the solar eclipses, too, which are not covered here).

If this Third Messianic Tetrad is related to the return of Christ, why did God do it?

For one, it’s a warning to those who are not ready for His return. You need to get right with God now, before it’s too late.

Second, it’s a sign of God’s faithfulness, to those who are expecting God’s return. It is a testimony to God’s power, and His ability to save. Some people may need to know this, as they enter into a time known as The Great Tribulation.

Third, it is God’s light show in the sky, as it were, as you might expect on a much lower scale, when attending a party or celebration of some high profile figure. Who is the highest profile but God alone? He is highly exalted. God Himself deserves our complete praise and adoration. There is no one who even comes close to His greatness. His greatness, the Bible says, is above the heavens. It seems fitting, then, that the eclipses should be “in the heavens.”

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)

It is fitting that a great and spectacular announcement should be made for the Greatest One of all, who is our Lord and our Creator God. Man may be able to light up a room. But our God lights up the sky! This is the God we serve, this is His power, and this is the authority that He wields. Our God is a consuming fire, the Bible says (Hebrews 12:29). In another passage, we read, “He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.” (Psalm 104:4). Since He is so great, what have we to fear, as long as we seek to live our lives in accordance with His will?

The Lord is returning very soon!

The Lord is returning very soon. Of that day and hour, no one knows, but He is coming, and His reward is with Him, to render unto each person according to what they have done. For we read the words of Jesus, who said,

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12)

Thus, if you have done good, you will be rewarded for it. But if you have done evil, you will be rewarded for that, as well. What then are we to do, if we have done evil? We are to repent and ask God for His forgiveness. The Bible tells us that God can only forgive us based on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those who fail to trust Him will be lost.

Salvation and the forgiveness that comes with that, comes as a result of trusting in Jesus as your only Lord and Savior, for we read,

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Receiving God’s forgiveness means trusting in what Jesus did on the cross as being fully sufficient to pay for your sins, not based on anything you have done, or will do, but solely in what Christ did for you in shedding His blood on your behalf.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Much more can be said in this regard. And if you need more information, please avail yourself of the information, and the many recommended videos and websites that are posted on the www.fcet.org website.

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)

“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

In Conclusion

The following is essentially a summary of what has already been written.

Event/Messianic Tetrad

First Messianic Tetrad

Second Messianic Tetrad

Third Messianic Tetrad

What is the significance?

The rebirth of the nation of Israel, which happened on a single day, and fulfilled Isaiah 66:8.

The recapturing of East Jerusalem, required so that Jesus can reign from Jerusalem, the “City of the Great King” (Psalm 48:2, Matthew 5:35).

The Lord is coming soon! Of that day and hour, no one knows. But we are commanded to be ready! “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40)

Event Date

May 14, 1948

June 10, 1967

See comments.

Eclipse 1 (Passover)

April 13, 1949

April 24, 1967

April 15, 2014

Eclipse 2 (Tabernacles)

October 7, 1949

October 18, 1967

October 9, 2014

Eclipse 3 (Passover)

April 2, 1950

April 13, 1968

April 4, 2015

Eclipse 4 (Tabernacles)

Sept 26, 1950

October 6, 1968

Sept 28, 2015

The time from the event date to the first total lunar eclipse.

Eclipse occurred 334 days after the fulfillment of the event.

Eclipse occurred 47 days before the fulfillment of the event.

Based on the 1st and 2nd tetrads, we see that the eclipses point to a time frame, not an exact day or hour.

For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not thinkHe will.” (Matthew 24:44)

Are you ready for His soon coming?

“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

Credits and Acknowledgments

Great care has been taken in the production of this presentation to ensure that all data is accurate.

As per the NASA website from which the lunar eclipse data was taken, “All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy. Some of the information presented on this web site is based on data originally published in Fifty Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses: 1986 – 2035.”

The Hebrew Calculator at www.hebcal.com has been in use since 1992 with no known flaws or defects concerning the precision of the Jewish festivals and the dates on which they occur.

The data provided by both of these has been compiled by the author using custom designed computer software written in Perl. The compiled data constitutes a synchronization of the lunar eclipse data with the Hebrew festival dates. To view this data, please visit http://www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.html or in downloadable format at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsedata.pdf.

Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC

Hebrew festival dates provided by hebcal 3.7 for UNIX, Copyright © 2006 Danny Sadinoff. All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise noted, Bible references are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The inspiration for producing this presentation was originally derived from the following video:


“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12)

Latest revision date: April 2, 2014