Monday, June 16, 2014

Blood Moons by Mark Biltz

I have read two other books on the blood moons (Hagee and Hitchcock) but I wanted to read the book by the man who first identified the phenomenon in 2008.

Biltz begins his book by giving a synopsis of his life story. Then he writes about God's use of signs and signals in the Hebrew language as well as with heavenly bodies. “When God is about to be up to something big, He will send us signals via the sun and moon on His feast days.” (49)

Biltz believes the feasts of the Lord are an important element of Christian faith today and spends quite a bit of his book on them. He sees the feasts as prophetic: “The spring feasts were fulfilled in order: Jesus died on Passover, was buried during Unleavened Bread, was resurrected during Firstfruits, and the Spirit was poured out on Shavuot/Pentecost, bringing in the great harvest. So the fall feasts have to be fulfilled to the very days and in order!” (62) “I believe,” he writes,” the time of trouble, or the Tribulation, will start in some year on the Feast of Trumpets!”(71) He notes that this feast will also mark the resurrection of the dead, although not necessarily in that same year. (75) The Day of Atonement will mark judgment and “is the day of vengeance on God's adversaries, and God Himself is the blood avenger.” (100) During the Feast of Tabernacles, all nations will come to Jerusalem and God will tabernacle among His people.

Biltz sees Israel's formation as a nation in 1948 as fulfillment of prophecy, as was Israel reclaiming Jerusalem in 1967. Referencing Ps. 102:16, of the latter event he says, “The Scriptures say that when this event happens, the Lord shall appear in His glory!” (45) “We have seen Zion built up,” he writes. (46) He believes we are the terminal generation. He later writes of “the generation from 1354 to 1408” and “the generational time period, from 1894 to 1948.” (154) Both of those are 54 years. So, 54 years from 1967 is around 2021.

Biltz believes Christians are “partially blinded … concerning the relevance of the Torah.” (103) He advocates Christians celebrating the Feasts of Israel today. He also says we should pay attention to the Hebrew calendar. “If you come in agreement with the calendar God uses,” he writes, “you will become exceedingly close to the Lord in your walk.” (141)

Biltz argues that Christians are grafted “into Israel, to whom all the promises of God belong.” (103) (I find this interesting since Paul, in Galatians 3:16-22 argued that what was promised to Abraham and his seed was actually promised to Christ – verse 16. Paul ends his argument in verse 22 saying what was promised, through faith, is actually given to those who believe, whether Jew or Gentile.)

Biltz practices some exaggeration and tweaking of Scripture. He writes, “Did you know the early church kicked the apostle John and all the Jews out of the church?” (126) “Even during John's time, the Gentiles were taking over the synagogues and kicking all the Jews out.” (127)

Wow! Doesn't that just sound terrible! Well, maybe the actual event was not quite what Biltz would have us believe. His “proof” is 3 John 9-10 where one person, Diotrephes, would not welcome John nor the “brethren,” and, in fact, kicked out anyone who did welcome them. Biltz says those “brethren” were Jews. Actually, reading the whole letter, it is more consistent to understand the “brethren” were other believers in Christ. So, instead of the Gentiles taking over and kicking out all the Jews, we actually have one man who wanted to be the boss in his church and refused any outside teachers or believers.

Around 140 pages of this book is about Biltz's life, Jewish feasts, and the Jewish calendar. The last 30 pages are actually on the blood moons. He makes much of the last lunar eclipse, September 28, 2015, noting that it will also be a super moon (when the moon is closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit and is full).

Biltz does not insist the blood moons of 2014 – 2015 indicate something significant will happen. “”If nothing noteworthy happens in 2014 or 2015, it just means these are signs of things to come.” (159)

Of the books I've read on the subject, this one has the least hype about it. If you want to read a great deal about the importance of the Jewish feasts being celebrated and the Jewish calendar being followed by Christians today, you'll enjoy this book.

Mark Biltz is the founder of El Shaddai Ministries. He is the first to discover the significance of the blood moons. He lives in Bonney Lake, Washington.

WND Books, 188 pages.

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