Note: Research on the tetrad eclipses has become more widely known through the works of Mark Biltz; and I believe the information within this article can contribute to his.
Deciphering the meanings of eclipses requires the application of a secret known only to a few “Magi”—those who actually look at the heavens and do not rely mainly (or solely) on computer simulations and planet charts. The secret is to observe what is going on in the rest of the heavens while Earth’s shadow dims the Moon’s reflective light. During that time, which can last a couple of hours, the observer can read other parts of the heavens; and this is a significant key to interpreting a lunar eclipse. The actual location of the Moon is important, but the full message of the eclipse can only be understood by observing the movements and locations of other celestial bodies.
This is especially interesting now since there are a series of four lunar eclipses lined up on the recurring Feast Days of Passover and Tabernacles in 2014 and 2015 (not to mention two solar eclipses in 2015). These are total lunar eclipses providentially occurring on these Jewish holy days; and according to Colossians 2:16 and 17, the holy days are shadows of things to come. In other words, the feast days are already prophetic indicators and these eclipses are marking them and drawing our attention to them.
A major part of the message of the tetrad eclipses can be gleaned from retrogrades of Mars and Venus that will occur during the first and last eclipses. Both retrogrades will occur in highly significant locations: Mars’ retrograde will be in Virgo, the first constellation in the scroll of the heavens, during the first eclipse; and Venus’ retrograde will be in Leo, the last constellation in the scroll of the heavens, in the last eclipse. These point out the first and second comings of the Messiah—the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega—as well as the Bright and Morning Star represented through Venus.
Lunar eclipses only happen on full moons—when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun and its path takes it through the Earth’s shadow. Typically, the night of a full moon is the worst night of the month for reading the heavens since its reflective light outshines all the other celestial bodies. This is what makes a lunar eclipse so significant—when the moonlight diminishes, the other lights can be seen and their messages read. So, when each eclipse of the tetrad occurs, the deeper message pronounced in the rest of the heavens will be like a hidden mystery to decode. It will be like God putting His hand over the Moon and asking us, “Okay, what can you see now?”
Anyone can observe a lunar eclipse; but noting the movements and placements of the stars and planets during the eclipse, e.g., retrogrades, requires a deeper understanding that is not generally known by those who rely mainly upon computer simulations and charts. There are astronomers and even Christological astronomers who focus their study on man’s simulations and written records; but to be a Magi, one must read the actual celestial “manuscript” (night sky) and get in touch with its Author. This is how we will gain the necessary understanding to interpret the message that God is sending out through the tetrad eclipses. We must spend time in the celestial cathedral reading the astrologos as we observe the retrogrades of Mars and Venus during the first and last eclipses if we truly want to know what they are announcing.
These two major retrogrades wrap the tetrad eclipses together like the opening and closing chapters of a book. The overall message is not necessarily that the Messiah is coming at any specific time; but it is a huge celestial announcement for those who have eyes to see. Although we do not know what exactly will happen during these times, there is still much to learn from taking note of where these planets are retrograding and the objects they pass. I believe some earthshaking news may be revealed about the coming of Messiah.
The First Eclipse of the Tetrad (April 15, 2014)
To decipher the message of a lunar eclipse, we must take note of its location. The first tetrad eclipse, which will occur on April 15, 2014 (Passover) around 2 am EDT, will be located in the constellation of Virgo. Mars will be immediately next to it; and as the Moon begins to eclipse, it will pass directly in front of the star Spica, occulting (hiding) it until the eclipse is done. All the while, Mars will be “drawing” a circle around Spica and the Moon in the process of its three-month retrograde.
This simultaneous occurrence of Earth’s shadow hiding the Moon while the Moon hides Spica is very, very rare. The timing of these two events coinciding with Mars’ retrograde is enough to send a chill up your spine—especially when you realize the significance of Spica. Of all the stars on the ecliptic path (the Sun’s path), it is perhaps the one that most clearly announces the coming of Messiah. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo, the promise of the coming One. Spica is its more modern Latin name; but in Arabic, its name is Al Zemach, and its Hebrew name is Tsemach, both meaning “the righteous branch” or “the offspring of God.” Spica announces the coming of the King or the Offspring of God. This should be enough to make a Magi or even a Christological astronomer stand up and take notice. The Moon will be in total eclipse at exactly the same time it moves in front of the most messianic star of the heavens—all while Mars is encircling them both! We do not even have to be a Magi or a rocket scientist to realize that now is the time to “lift up your eyes because your redemption draws nigh” (Luke 21:28).
So when the moonlight dims during its eclipse, we will be able to clearly see the message in the rest of the heavens. Since Mars will be right next to the Moon during this first tetrad eclipse, it will be hardly visible at first because of the reflective light that is still escaping around the Moon’s edges. However, as the eclipse proceeds to its fullest point and the light decreases, it will become more visible. The Hebrew word for Mars is Madim, meaning “the red one.” As this red planet is observed closely, it will appear to move in a circle around the eclipse as the Moon hides Al Zemach (Spica), the righteous branch.
The ancient Magi read and interpreted retrogrades; and that can be seen in their understanding of the sky’s announcement of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The planet Jupiter was in retrograde in Leo during Jesus’ birth and this, in part, signified to the Magi the birth announcement of the King of the Judeans. The present Mars retrograde will encircle the messenger star hidden behind the lunar eclipse on Passover 2014—Spica, “the righteous branch” or “the offspring of God,” that says Messiah is coming. This eclipse, this occultation, and this retrograde are all happening at the same place and at the same time in the heavens on a major holy day that is a prophetic indicator.
The present retrograde of Mars began on March 6th and will gradually backtrack westerly until mid-May when it will appear to turn around and head back around Spica. I have written two separate articles on the retrogrades of Mars and what they have meant to the nation of Israel, which can be read at http://www.lmci.org/PDFs/EpiskoposMar2012.pdf and http://www.lmci.org/PDFs/EpiskoposDec2013.pdf The Christological meaning of Mars is “Messiah the Warrior,” and it appears He and His angels are ready to fight for the kingdom that belongs to Him.
If someone told you that Mars was drawing a circle in the sky, would you think that was important? Would you think that where it is drawing a circle is significant? The fact that it is drawing its circle around one of the most poignant stars announcing the coming of Messiah and in tandem with the encircling the eclipsing Moon while it (the Moon) occults that same star is huge! This emphatically shows that Messiah will fight for the kingdom of God and His people. Watch out for war; and the enemies of Israel had better beware because history shows that Messiah is on Israel’s side.
I have been on several radio interviews about the celestial Word of God where I discussed the significance of these eclipses, and all of those programs are interested in end-time events being prophesied. Si Robertson would probably say, “Hey Jack, pay attention!” Lunar eclipses and circles being drawn by planets on feast days should be enough to get our attention. The heavens are declaring that Messiah is coming.
The Last Eclipse of the Tetrad (September 27/28, 2015)
As already mentioned, there is another retrograde happening during the last eclipse of the 2014–2015 tetrad. Do you think it is significant that Venus will be drawing a circle in the sky during the last tetrad eclipse? Venus will be drawing a circle in Leo, the last constellation in the scroll of the heavens. In the first of the eclipses, Mars will draw a circle in Virgo, the first constellation on the scroll of the heavens; and in the last of the eclipses, Venus will draw its retrograde circle in the last of the constellations on the scroll, Leo. These retrogrades in these specific constellations are like the bookends of the tetrad, and they provide additional insight to the message of the Messiah’s coming. They say that Messiah is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the Bright and Morning Star, and His coming is being announced in the heavens.
This last tetrad eclipse will begin on the evening of September 27 at 11 pm EDT and end around 1 am on September 28. Its location will be in the constellation of Pisces, within the horizontal band of the fish. This band is prophetic of the Gentile nations while the vertical fish of the constellation prophetically represents Israel. This location of the Moon proclaims that Messiah is coming for the whole world and not just to rescue the Jews. The Great Mystery was fulfilled in the heavens on the night of Jesus’ birth, as seen by the planet of Uranus (not visible to the naked eye) abiding in the exact spot where the Moon will be eclipsed—marking the salvation of the Gentiles and the promise of Messiah to come for them too. This is saying to all who have eyes to see—the King of kings is coming for His inheritance.
Venus begins its retrograde in Leo prior to the last of the tetrad eclipses and will be completing its loop in the sky at the time of the last eclipse. The planet will appear to encircle Leo’s front legs, which is the general location of Regulus, the star involved in announcing Messiah’s first coming. Regulus is the brightest star in Leo and means “the King ruling over the enemy.” This retrograde will also be positioned directly over the head of Hydra, which represents Satan as the sea serpent.
As the light of the Moon begins to dim while passing through Earth’s shadow, Venus, the Bright and Morning Star, will finish out its retrograde in Leo. This is the echo of the first eclipse’s message, “you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why”—Messiah is coming to our planet very soon.
Discover the deepest prophetic meaning of a total lunar eclipse by reading the heavens while the moonlight is dimmest. During the upcoming tetrad of 2014–2015, the heavens will brilliantly announce the Messiah’s coming through the retrogrades of the first and last eclipses, wrapping the tetrad into a neat prophetic package that contains a message out of the only accurate calendar we have. The heavens are declaring the coming of the King.
The Bible emphatically states that the day of Lord is a dark day of dread and of wrath and tribulation and anguish (Joel 2). Some may say that the eclipses will herald foreboding announcements of judgment and retribution, and it’s true that these things are scripturally promised to precede Messiah’s coming. Yet, in their truest sense, these eclipses and retrogrades that announce His coming herald much more than impending calamity.
Joel 2:31 and Acts 2:20 tell us that the Sun turning to darkness (a solar eclipse) and the Moon to blood (a lunar eclipse) precedes the day of the Lord. It is not likely that the day of the Lord will occur during the tetrad of 2014–2015, but it will occur sometime in the not-too-distant future afterward. There are many other signs in the heavens that have been announcing, and will continue to announce, the same revelation to all who will look up and take the time to see what they are saying. Messiah is coming!
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.
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