Blood Moon Tetrad Embedded in Muslim and Jewish Feast Days

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I am not one to ignore “coincidences.” In fact, I see most coincidences as providential. When Muslim and Jewish feast days are nearly sequential, and then embedded with the 4th, consecutive, total lunar eclipse in two years (“blood moon tetrad”), it causes me to take notice. If you are a student of prophecy, you are aware of the view of John Hagee and Mark Biltz and many others who interpret the blood moon tetrad as a harbinger for Israel and the world, primarily because of its conjunction with Jewish feast days. Some questions that we will look at:

  1. What is the blood moon tetrad from a scientific perspective? Is it possible that God is truly giving us a divine warning through the blood moon tetrad of 2014-2015? If so, is His message specifically for Israel? For other nations/groups of the world, including Muslims?
  2. What is the view shared by Mark Biltz and John Hagee, two of renown, in this specific area?
  3. Is there any significance to Jewish and Muslim Sequential Feast Days? September – October is a period of several feast/holy days for the Jews and also the Muslims. Is it coincidence that the blood moon tetrad happens to fall in the middle of these high days, each for two people groups historically at enmity with one another?
  4. What are the primary Scriptures on blood moon prophecy? Where can we each look to find God’s direction in this very important and relevant area for us all?
  5. What are some problems with the Biltz and Hagee views? Are they stretching the Scriptures or are their views on solid ground?
  6. What questions might the Islamic paradigm raise that are unique to this astronomical event? If you think about it, both Jews and Muslims are on a lunar calendar. Perhaps the blood moon tetrad has just as much to say to Islam as it does to the Jews– or the world!
  7. The trigger for the end – They have divided my land.

1. What is a blood moon tetrad from a scientific perspective? NASA’s website describes the “blood moon tetrad,” as a natural phenomenon:

The action starts on April 15th [2014] when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America. So begins a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals. The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015.

This NASA video provides a scientific perspective of the blood moon tetrad:

2. What do prophecy experts Mark Biltz and John Hagee say about blood moons (see videos of each in the following sections for description)? According to Mark Biltz and John Hagee, it is not the astronomical phenomenon that makes a blood moon tetrad significant, rather, it is the coincidence of the tetrad with specific Biblical feasts, i.e., Passover or Feast of Tabernacles, both “pilgrimage feasts”1 appointed by God in Leviticus 23. The 2014 pair of lunar eclipses occurs on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, respectively. The 2015 pair of lunar eclipses has the exact pattern; and, a solar eclipse is buried in the very middle of the tetrad, March 20, 2015. “The pattern is not a coincidence but a divine word, a sign,” say Hagee and Biltz, “that something big is about to happen in the world we live in.”

According to Biltz and Hagee, there have been three similar tetrads over the last 500 years that have occurred on a Jewish feast day.  Video here. In addition, both Biltz and Hagee point out that with each tetrad a significant historical event occurred relative to Israel. Hagee suggests that each historical event followed a pattern of “tears then triumph” for Israel. The years of the three historic events are: 1492, 1948, and 1967. Biltz believes that the current tetrad ending with 9/28/15 (which occurs on Feast of Tabernacles) will be a harbinger for Israel and the world.2 John Hagee includes America in the harbinger. Hagee has stated,

“I have said it many times and I say it again: the day America turns its back on Israel will be the day God turns his back on America,” said Pastor John Hagee, who leads Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. “And the day we validate this Iran nuclear deal as signed, sealed and delivered, will be the day we stick our finger in the eye of God.”

Biltz connects the three tetrads with the following events of significance to Israel, by year:

  • 1492 – The Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to convert to Catholicism or face death or expulsion. The Inquisition sought to eliminate “crypto-Jews,” those who pretended to have converted to Christianity but really had not. On March 31, 1492, King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I signed the Alhambra Decree (Edict of Expulsion), expelling all Jews from Spain unless they converted to Roman Catholicism. Biltz connects the blood moon tetrad with the Spanish Inquisition. He connects the forfeiture of property by the Jews as the means of funding Christopher Columbus’ trip to America. Hagee interprets the purpose of Columbus’ voyage as providing transport for the expelled Jews to America, along with the seizure of property to finance the voyage. He then brings America in the prophecy apparently because Jews were brought to America by Columbus.  According to NASA , the blood moon tetrad occurred over the two years, 1493 – 1494.
  • 1948 –  The United Nations Partition Plan brought the British Mandate to a close and established geographical boundaries for a Jewish State and an Arab State. The Plan was never signed by the Arab nations. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared itself an independent Jewish State. On May 15, 1948, the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 began. Israel was successful in defeating the Arabs in the war and signed the 1949 Armistice Agreement with its Arab neighbors, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, over the first six-months of 1949. According to NASA, a blood moon tetrad occurred over the years 1949 – 1950.
  • 1967 – The Six-Day War was fought by Arab – Israeli forces between June 5 – 10, 1967. Israel miraculously defeated the Arabs, and literally tripled the land area under its control, the most significant of which was gaining control of East Jerusalem, comprising the holy sites, i. e., the Temple Mount. According to NASA, the blood moon tetrad occurred over the years 1967 – 1968.

3. Is there any significance to Jewish and Muslim Sequential Feast Days? The fourth consecutive total lunar eclipse will occur on September 28, 2015. It is a “supermoon” which means that its elliptical orbit around earth will be at its closest point to the earth resulting in the moon appearing 14% larger than “normal.” As the earth’s atmosphere filters the sun’s rays, the moon will appear blood red to the viewer (depending upon one’s geographical location, the brightness and size will vary). The supermoon  will occur in the very middle of Muslim and Jewish days of significance. Here is a chronological listing of Jewish and Muslim feast/holy days for September-October:

  1. Jewish – Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year, 1st day of 7th lunar month) – 9/13/2015 – 9/14/2015
  2. Muslim – Hajj3 (annual pilgrimage to Mecca) – 9/18/2015 – 9/22/2015
  3. Jewish – Yom Kippur ((Day of repentance for Jews celebrated with fasting. The only day of the year that the High Priest could enter the HOlies of Holies to offer blood sacrifice for the unintentional sins of the people.)) (Day of Atonement. 1oth day of 7th lunar month. Leviticus 16:29-30, 34.) – 9/22/2015
  4. Muslim – Eid-Al-Adha4 (Feast of Sacrifice) – 9/23/2015 (Read more)
  5. Jewish – Sukkoth ((Celebrated the week after the Day of Atonement for seven days as a feast of joy and thanksgiving for the Lord’s provision for the nation while wandering in the wilderness for forty years following release from captivity in Egypt.)) (Feast of Tabernacles) – 9/27/2015 – 10/4/201
  6. Blood Moon Tetrad – 9/28/2015
  7. Muslim – Muharran (New Year) – 10/14/2015

Is it possible that God is not speaking about Israel as much as He is to those are at enmity with Israel? Both Judaism and Islam are on lunar calendars. Just as Judaism has a significant 7th month with feast/holy days, so does Islam. Perhaps our interpretation should focus on the sons of Ishmael rather than the sons of Jacob?

4. Allowing the Scripture to Speak. There are three primary passages in Scripture to interpret blood moons: Joel 2:30-31, Acts 2:17-21), and Revelation 6:12-17.

The context of Joel 2:30-31 is God’s promise of the Holy Spirit poured out upon all mankind (Joel 2:28). The New Testament points to the time of fulfillment at Pentecost since Simon Peter quotes the Joel 2 passage, at Pentecost, as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) rest upon the disciples, and they speak in tongues, i.e., their words understood by all nationalities present (Acts 2:8-9). The Acts 2 event occurred on the Jewish festival, “Shavuot,  (Feast of Weeks, Exodus 34:22, and there described as a celebration of the first fruits of the harvest), known as “Pentecost” from the Greek word for “fifty,” celebrated fifty days after the 1st day of Passover to commemorate God’s giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai (not explicit in Scripture but from the Jewish Rabbinical laws).

There seems to be little question that Scripture notes the presence of blood and moon together “before the great and awesome day of hte Lord.” However, there is no mention of Biblical feast days as a primary correlating factor in any of the passages. Biltz and Hagee answer this by pointing to Genesis 1:14 which points to God’s use of the heavens as “signs and seasons and days and years” (“Divine billboards” per Hagee). The Hebrew word translated as “seasons” is “moed” which BDB Lexicon states, in part, “a) …sacred season, … set feast or appointed season (…which was only a feast celebrated by a pilgrimage), and b)”It is most probable that in Gen 1:14 (P), where … the reference is to the sacred seasons as fixed by moon’s appearance; and so also … he made the moon for sacred seasons. Psalm 104:19 .”  Thus, they interpret “seasons” as the appointed feast times when the moon will turn to blood to mark the day of the Lord.

 5. Some problems with Biltz and Hagee’s interpretation.

 A. The blood moon tetrad is not supernatural. In the three Scriptures, the phrase “moon turned into blood” is surrounded by characteristics typical of supernatural events, i.e., events that defy the physics of God. Words and phrases such as “wonders” (Joel 2:30), “stars falling to the earth like figs,” and “sky split apart” (Revelation 6:13-14) are present. Very important to interpreting Joel 2:30-31 is an earlier verse that sets the context, Joel 2:10, which states, “Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.” These are all simultaneous requirements that only God can orchestrate.  When four consecutive lunar eclipses occur between 2014 -2015, they will do so by God’s previous design; and, on September 28, 2015, we will only find fulfillment if the sun, moon, and stars are all darkened at the same time, clearly a supernatural occurrence. Otherwise the current blood moon tetrad is not the fulfilling moment described in these passages.

John Hagee likens the blood moon tetrad to three supernatural Biblical events (Video here):

    • The day the sun stood still.  Joshua 10:12-13.
    • The day the shadow of the sun went backwards. 2 Kings 20:11.
    • The day the star stood still over Bethlehem. Matthew 2:9

These events are very different from the blood moon tetrad. They are supernatural.  They defy God’s natural order. The blood moon tetrad does not defy God’s natural order, it is God’s natural order. According to NASA, there have been 12,064 lunar eclipses in the last 5000 years, of which 3,479 have been total eclipses. Of the total eclipses, there have been 110 tretrads (series of four consecutive total eclipses). NASA can predict precisely when the next tetrad will occur and, of course, if one has a lunar calendar with the future feast days, one could also predict the future tetrads that will fall upon a feast day. Yet, NASA cannot predict when the “sun and moon will go dark and the stars lose their brightness.” (Joel 2:10) Supernatural events can only occur on the timetable of God not the predictability of man.

The logical conclusion is this: if the tetrad itself is not supernatural then the alignment of Biblical feasts with it loses its meaning because the Scriptures require a supernatural blood moon not a natural one.

B. If a blood moon tetrad occurs after the historical event how can it be a sign from God?  The blood moon tetrads of 1492 and 1948 occurred after the historic event that Biltz (and Hagee) offer, not before it. Only one of the four lunar eclipses in 1967 fell before the 1967 Six-Day war. If the tetrads come after, how can they be a sign?

According to NASA, blood moon tetrads occurred on these dates in 1493 – 1494 (Gregorian calendar dates):

  • 1493: April 2, September 25
  • 1494: March 22, September 15.

And these dates in 1949 – 1950:

  • 1949: April 13, October 7;
  • 1950: April 2, September 26.

And these dates in 1967 – 1968:

  • 1967:  April 24, October 18
  • 1968: April 13, October 6

Biltz and Hagee offered the Spanish Inquisition as the harbinger for Israel in 1492. They gave the signing of the Edict of Expulsion on March 31, 1492 by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, as the specific proof of the devastation to occur to Israel. How can this event be a proof when it came before all four of the lunar eclipses of 1493 – 1494. Signs must come before, not after.

Biltz and Hagee offered May 14, 1948, the day Israel declared itself an independent state as the proof. The harbinger, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, started the next day. The event is almost a year before the 1st lunar eclipse of the 1949-1950 tetrad, April 13, 1949.

Biltz goes so far as to describe God giving signs in the “moment,” that is, the day, the hour, so we can recognize the event as from God. Video here.  If this were the case, then we should expect the event proving the tetrad of importance to occur on the date of one of the four tetrads or at least before the first of the four lunar eclipses that comprise a tetrad. To suggest the tetrad as God’s divine billboard, inscribed with the wrong date and time, hardly sounds like the God that created the universe and determined the moments in time when the tetrads would occur and the feast days would be celebrated.

Why 1492, 1948, and 1967? If the blood moon tetrads combined with feast days are intended by God to be prophetic, we should expect to see tetrads and feast days on the worst days in Israel’s history. After all, what makes 1492, 1948, and 1967 so special considering all the tragic historical events for Israel that God has available to draw from?

What would you say is the worst day in the history of the Jewish people? The destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians? This occurred on the 9th of Av, 586 B.C. “AV” is the fifth month in the Hebrew lunar calendar and generally the 11th month of the Gregorian calendar. According to NASA, there was no blood moon tetrad in 586 B.C. The second Temple was rebuilt by Herod the Great in 20 B.C. It was destroyed by the Romans on the 9th of Av, 70 A.D. (same day, 595 years later). There was no blood moon tetrad in 70 A.D. Jesus Christ was crucified in 30 A.D. There were no blood moon tetrad in 30 A.D. Lastly, if the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 is so important that a blood moon tetrad is sent to identify it, why wasn’t a similar tetrad sent to identify the expulsion of the Jews from Britain in 1290 A.D. or the expulsion from France in 1306 A.D., or expulsions from Warsaw, Sicily, Lithuania, and Portugal in 1483? According to NASA, there were no such tetrads on any of these dates.

What is my point? If blood moon tetrads on feast days were intended by God to communicate a warning to His people, then a historical event of greater proportions (the destruction of the Temple or the Holocaust (see Mark Hitchcock’s book, Blood Moons Rising, where he makes this same point. See also this for a similar point.) would have included a tetrad on a feast day. They did not. And although someone might say that the Spanish Inquisition is exceptional because Columbus was Jewish and he had Jewish crewmen and passengers that eventually landed in America, and because it was a Shemitah year in 2001 when the Muslims flew planes into America’s idols, America is now going to be judged with Israel — I just don’t see it. (Doesn’t mean America is not about to be judged, however!)

C. Is the blood moon tetrad a harbinger for Israel or a blessing for Israel?

Why would God use a Jewish feast day to communicate a terrible event for His own people in the first place? Feast days are high holy days– Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacles, etc., are all festive celebratory occasions, each celebrating some act of God to save, forgive, or deliver His people (only the Day of Atonement is a holy day of fasting and repentance). Even if God intended to prophesy of coming judgement for His people, why use a feast day previously set aside as a sign of blessing to communicate His message? That seems backwards to me. The context of Joel 2:30-31 suggests the same. The blood moons of Joel 2 and 3 are not harbingers for Israel but promises of blessing. Israel is restored to her land, her city, and her fortunes. Joel 3:1, 20-21. The nations that have enslaved her, taken her property, and sold her children, as well as the looted Temple treasures, are now about to be judged. Joel 3:2, 5, 11-14, 19. War is coming –waged by God against Israel’s foes, and the Valley of Jehoshaphat is the appointed place (Read more). Joel 3:9, 16-17, 21.

6. What about the Islamic Paradigm? Let us turn the coin to the other side– and there we find the descendants of Hagar and Ishmael, and a sole mentioned, distant son, Muhammad and his Islam. If we were to consider just the three dates that Biltz and Hagee offer as harbingers to Israel, I would say these same dates are far more catastrophic to the Arabs than to the Jews.

  • 1492. The Spanish Inquisition included an expulsion of Muslims as well as Jews. In fact, the Muslim emirate in Spain had just been defeated in the Reconquest of 1491 by the Spanish armies of Ferdinand and Isabella.The Muslim “Nasrid dynasty was the last Muslim dynasty in Spain, ruling the Emirate of Granada from 1238 until 1492.5 Following his surrender, all Muslims were expelled from Spain over the next century. Forced converts from Islam were called Moriscos. Muslims were expelled primarily to North Africa. Recently (June 11, 2015), the descendants of Jews that were expelled from Spain were granted citizenship in Spain as an apology by the Spanish government for the expulsion in 1492. Muslims were not granted similar rights, and have protested.  If the Muslim demands for citizenship were granted, Spain would be the largest concentration of Muslims in Europe.
  • 1948. The tetrad occurred over 1949 – 1950. The United Nations Partition Plan divided Palestine into independent Jewish and an Arab states. The Arabs never recognized the UN Partition Plan or signed it. At midnight on May 14, 1948, the British Mandate expired, and Britain forces were withdrawn. Earlier in the evening, the Jewish People’s Council had gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and approved a proclamation, declaring “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.” The 1948 Arab–Israeli War began with the invasion of Palestine by the Arab States on May 15, 1948. A combined invasion by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, together with expeditionary forces from Iraq, entered Palestine, to attack Israeli forces. After ten months of fighting, Israel successfully retained the 1948 Partition Plan area; in addition, almost 60% of the area of Arab state proposed by the 1948 Partition Plan, including the “Jaffa, Lydda and Ramle area, Galilee, some parts of the Negev, a wide strip along the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem road, West Jerusalem, and some territories in the West Bank” were secured.  Around 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from the area that became Israel and have become Palestinian refugees. In the three years following the war, about 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel with many of them having been expelled from their previous countries of residence in the Middle East.” Thus, what the Palestinians lost, the Jews gained.

It is estimated that the Palestinians suffered twice the casualties of the Jews in the war. The 1949 Armistice Agreement signed by Arab nations, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon, with Israel took the first seven months of 1949. Israel gained territories of about one-third more than originally allocated under the UN Partition Plan. Again, what Israel gained, Arabs lost.

Muslims annually remember May 15, 1948, the day after Israel declared itself an independent state, and the day the 1948 Arab – Israeli War began, as the “Day of Catastrophe” (Nakba Day). Jews remember the day before as the day God fulfilled His ancient promise of blessing that the Jews would be gathered to their land, a second time (Isaiah 11:11-16), a land they would never experience shame over again. Joel 2:26-27.

  • 1967 Six-Day War.  The Six-Day War Six_Day_War_Territories.svgbegan on June 5 and ended on June 10, 1967. The dates for this tetrad are: April 24, October 18, 1967; April 13, October 6, 1968.  The Six-Day War was over before the second lunar event occurred. The Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria were soundly defeated in a miraculous victory for Israel. Israel captured the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria (see tan areas in map). More importantly, East Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount and its holy sites, returned to the control of Israel for the first time since the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks in 163 B.C. Jerusalem remained under the dominion of the Romans until Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. and again in 135 A.D. The Jews were scattered to the nations until they returned to Zion in 1948.

In each of the three blood moon tetrads combined with a feast day, the Arabs suffered far greater losses that the Jews. Their losses were so great that Nakba Day, May 15, still commemorates their catastrophes.  The 1967 Six-Day War was similarly decided, and in fact, one might say that Joel 3:2 was fulfilled with the Jew’s victory over the Arabs. Joel 3 is a prophecy of the coming judgment of the nations that have waged war against the Jews. These historical consequences fulfill the prophecy of Joel 2 and 3, not so much as a harbinger for Israel, but rather, as a harbinger for the Arabs, the sons of Ishmael and Esau according to Psalm 83, who are prophesied to forever seek to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Obadiah 1:18. Here is how Joel 3 ends:

Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. 16 The LORD roars from Zion And butters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel. 17 Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more. 18 And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations. 21 And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the LORD dwells in Zion. –Joel 3:12-21 (NASB)

7. The trigger for the end – They have divided my land. This last point will be brief. Joel 3:2 concludes with a statement that cannot be overlooked: “They have divided my land.” This statement follows verse 1 which describes God’s action of gathering the nations for judgment only after He has restored the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem (Joel 3:1-2). This means that judgment will occur after May 14, 1948, and also, after 1967, the time when East Jerusalem was gained by the Jews. Thus after 1967, look for fulfillment. The event for fulfillment is the “dividing of My land.”  When Israel is forced to divide its land with the Palestinians in a “two-state” solution for the Arab – Israeli problem, judgment will toll. And whomever approves the dividing of the land with the Palestinians will bring itself under the judgment hand of God, and Joel 3, Revelation 6, Matthew 24 and other end-of-days passages of judgment.

The blood moon tetrad is not a harbinger for Israel or the world; perhaps, to the Arabs, but still doubtful, in spite of sequential feast days suggesting same. Does that mean we are not fast approaching that point in human history when the United Nations will force Israel to enter treaty with the Palestinians for a “two-state” solution? Absolutely not. We are nearing that time. But don’t look into the sky for a blood red moon to tell you that; just read your news alerts. When we read that the United Nations has passed a resolution to divide Israel’s land with the Palestinians and reverse the decision it made to grant that land in 1948, then the time is upon us.

Forget the blood moon tetrad.

Jesus come quickly.




Footnotes to post:
  1. There were three feasts that Jewish men were required to attend annually at the Temple in Jerusalem: Passover, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and Feast of Tabernacles (also known as Feast of Booths). Leviticus 23:6, 23, 39 also use the Hebrew word “chag,” meaning a “festival gathering, feast or pilgrim feast.” BDB Full Lexicon. []
  2. According to some sources, Biltz initially forecast 2015 as the concluding year of the seven-year period of tribulation, and the year of the return of Jesus Christ, after the fourth lunar eclipse on 9/28/15. Biltz later removed this forecast from his website. []
  3. One of the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimmage to Mecca at least one time in their life, if physically and financially able. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8 – 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, September – October, Gregorian calendar. []
  4. The highest holy day for Islam. Celebrates the obedience of Abraham to place Ishmael on the altar of Sacrifice; and, Hagar’s search for water for Ishmael after being left near Mecca. Hagar traverses between two hills, seven times, and returns to Ishmael near death from thirst, only to be greeted by a well of water (Zamzam well), miraculously provided by Allah. Muslims conclude Eid-Al-Adha by slitting the throat of an animal just as Abraham did after he faithfully obeyed Allah to place Ishmael on the altar. []
  5. The Iberian Peninsula was but the westernmost tip of the Umayyad Caliphate of Damascus and was under the rule of the governor of Ifriqiya. … The conquest was followed by a period of several hundred years during which most of the Iberian peninsula was known as Al-Andalus, dominated by Muslim rulers. Only a handful of new small Christian realms managed to reassert their authority across the faraway mountainous north of the peninsula.The Nasrid dynasty rose to power after the defeat of the Almohad Caliphate in 1212 at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. Twenty-three emirs ruled Granada from the founding of the dynasty in 1232 by Mohammed I ibn Nasr until January 2, 1492, when Muhammad XII surrendered to the Christian Spanish kingdoms of Aragon and Castile. Muslims had controlled Spain until the Emir of Granada, relinquished the last Muslim-controlled city in the Iberian Peninsula to the expanding Crown of Castile, and signed the Treaty of Granada. []

Hezbollah welcomes Russian buildup in Syria, says U.S. has failed

Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah on Friday welcomed Russia’s military buildup in Syria in support of common ally President Bashar al-Assad, saying it was the failure of a U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State that had forced Moscow’s hand.

Source: Hezbollah welcomes Russian buildup in Syria, says U.S. has failed

The relevant Scripture:

And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog [modern-day Russia], the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal [all in area of modern-day Russia]. … 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops– many peoples with you. 7 “Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. … 15 “You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north [Russia is directly north of Israel], you and many peoples [Islamists of the Middle East and Iran] with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army;  16 and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog [the leader of Russia].

How does Shia Iran fit into the picture? Ah, for that, you need read chapter 4 of my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist. If you click here, I will send it to you free for the cost of the shipping! But send me an email  at, so I can know where to ship it and set up a special sale price for you!

Jesus come quickly.



The Hajj and Eid al-Adha – Islam’s search for a lamb continues

The following post is a repost of last year’s post on the holiest day in Islam, the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which is celebrated at the conclusion of the Hajj, Islam’s annual pilgrimmage to Mecca. All the points are the same, the only change is to the dates. This year’s Feast of Sacrifice occurs on Thursday.


As I write these words, Muslims have just completed the Hajj, their annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj occurs during the twelfth and final month of the Muslim lunar calendar, the month, Dhu al-Hijjah. Over 2 million pilgrims from all over the world (down from last year’s 3.1 mill due to the threat of the MERS virus ) congregate at Mecca to worship at the Kaaba, Islam’s black-cubed structure located in the center of the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual gathering this year was on the 13th– 18th days of Dhu al-Hijjah (October, this year). The pilgrims encircled the Kaaba seven times, counter-clockwise (called “circumambulation”), in imitation of angels encircling the heavenly throne of Allah.  On the seventh time, the pilgrims caress or kiss the Black Stone, a meteor-like object, located in the eastern corner of the Kaaba (Muslims believe the ancient stone was brought to Abraham by the Angel Gabriel while constructing the Kaaba with Ishmael).1 Upon contact with the Black Stone, pilgrims believe it somehow absorbs their sins.  According to tradition, the stone was originally white but turned black after absorbing the sins of the many pilgrims who have touched it.2 The ritual is completed with a salute to the stone demonstrating renewal of covenant with Allah.

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Footnotes to post:
  1. “Kaaba.” In The Islamic World: Past and Present., edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, []
  2. Ibid. []

Hagee walks back blood-moons ‘discovery’

WASHINGTON – A spokesman for mega-pastor John Hagee insists in a letter to WND that he never claimed to be the discoverer of the blood-moons phenomenon, but, he concedes no wrongdoing in his new movie, “Four Blood Moons,” releasing Monday and apparently won’t issue a public statement to that effect or recut a scene in […]

Source: Hagee walks back blood-moons ‘discovery’

ISIS – the modern-day expression of “Muhammadanism”


Khaled Assad; Credits – International Business Times

Verily a week goes by that we do not witness the destruction by ISIS of a  churchmonastery, temple, or ancient artifact.  Read more. One of the most disturbing such events happened in Palmyra, Syria, recently. ISIS beheaded Khaled Asaad who had served as head of antiquities at Palmyra for over forty-years. Palmyra is the site of a plethora of Roman-era ruins, and its archaeological finds date back to the early second millennium BC. Khaled Asaad was 82 years old, and according to reports, was tortured to death rather than reveal the location of ancient artifacts that had been hidden before ISIS overran Palmyra. Khaled had been a captive for over a month before he was beheaded. As a final testament of its ideologue, ISIS hung his headless body on a column of a building near the town square which Assad had laboriously worked to restore. Khaled was the father of eleven children. When he retired in 2003, his son Walid took over his work at Palmyra. They both were reportedly detained by ISIS in August 2015. The fate of his son is not yet known, but if the fate of the father was torture untill death, the son is likely to experience the same– his youth has likely worked to his detriment. Death was a mercy to the father; may it come sooner than later for the son. The Economist reports that Khaled was a supporter of Bashar al-Asaad’s government. Bashar al-Assad is Alawite Shia. ISIS is Sunni Salafi– they consider Shias as unbelievers, infidels.

ISIS’ specific charges against Khaled Assad are as follows:

A board in front of the body set out the charges against him, which accused him of loyalty to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, maintaining contact with senior regime intelligence and security officials and managing Palmyra’s collection of “idols.” Read more.

It is incredulous that a human being is beheaded because he restores, protects, and preserves ancient art.  This thought is echoed by historian Tom Holland, who recently stated:

Historian Tom Holland said the news was distressing. “For anyone interested in the study of the ancient world, it comes as – to put it mildly – a shock to realise that ideologues exist who regard the curating of antiquities and the attendance of international conferences on archaeology as capital offences.” Read more.

An hadith of Sahih Bukhari has this to say about pictures or images and what the great Muhammad has to say about them:

Um Habiba and Um Salama mentioned a church they had seen in Ethiopia and in the church there were pictures. When they told the Prophet (ﷺ) of this, he said, “Those people are such that if a pious man amongst them died, they build a place of worship over his grave and paint these pictures in it. Those people will be Allah’s worst creatures on the Day of Resurrection.”1 (Emphasis supplied)

We must remember the historical context when Muhammad received his revelation and first began to preach and teach in Mecca, the city of his ancestors.  Meccans were polytheists, i.e., they worshiped multiple pagan deities in the pre-Islamic society. Hubal was the chief god among many of the pagan deities of Arabia, and thought to be the “moon god,” one of 360-plus deities of the Arabian tribes in the seventh century a.d. The most common symbol of Hubal was the crescent moon. It is out of this polytheistic culture that Muhammad had his vision from Allah via the angel gabriel.2 Muhammad’s revelation went “against the grain” of his day– Islam is a monotheistic religion, i.e., based upon a one-god belief system. When a monotheistic, one-god religion, encounters a polytheistic many-gods religion, the stronger of the two will prevail. Muhammad’s forces prevailed against the polytheists of Mecca in A.D. 630. Here is the account of what Muhammad did to Hubal, the moon-god, along with 360 other idols:

At the Kaaba the idol of Hubal was made of red agate, and shaped like a human, but with the right hand broken off and replaced with a golden hand. When the idol was moved inside the Kaaba, it had seven arrows in front of it, which were used for divination. According to Karen Armstrong, in her book Islam: A Short History, the Kaaba was dedicated to Hubal, and contained 360 idols which probably represented the days of the year, and Hubal’s was said to be the grandest of the idols. As an infant, Muhammad was brought before Hubal by his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib, at-Tabari records in “The History of the Prophets and Kings” 1:157. When Muhammad conquered Mecca in a.d. 630, he ended the Quraysh’s tradition of idol-worship by smashing the statue of Hubal along with the other 360 idols at the Kaaba, and re-dedicated the structure to Allah, the one God.

What might drive a Salafi Islamist to smash the ancient art of Palmyra, including the removal of all Christian symbols from churches? Why behead an 82 year-old defenseless man, whose life was dedicated to recovering, preserving, and recording these same artifacts for human history?

Because Muhammad did in his day. And Muhammad is the perfect, supreme messenger of Islam who must be emulated by all Muslims. What Muhammad did in the 7th century, ISIS is doing in the 21st century. It is the root of Islam and it goes very deep.

Dr. Timothy Furnish states, in part, quoting Historian Marshall G. S. Hodgson:

Thus, “Shar’iah-minded Islam” eventually “banned all figural imagery … on the ground that it might tempt the weak to idolatry. … it is from this particular Islamic interpretive ideology that most of the world’s terrorists now come—including the al-Qa`idah-linked killers in Paris, and the ISIS destroyers of any and all art which they can get their bloody jihadist hands on.

And since Khaled Asaad restored such “idols,” he was cut-off from his work, literally, and the hanging of his headless body on a column in the city square was to have the same effect upon the witness as the visible ruins of a bulldozed church.  Islam is supreme; and there is none like Allah and his Muhammad. Khaled’s death is a statement, a testament to Islam’s need to protect Allah, as defined by the model prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and emulated by his followers.

In Islam, if someone goes apostate, he is liable to death. Why does Allah protect his numbers by directing his followers to kill the apostate? How is it that there is no “compulsion” in Islam when the death penalty greets the apostate (Qur’an 2:256)? If one insults the messenger of Islam, or Allah, or the Qur’an, why is death the penalty? On what basis does the threat to Allah, Muhammad, or the Qur’an warrant the death penalty? Witness the burning of the Qur’an several years ago by American soldiers who did so without intent to slander or impugn the Qur’an. Witness the Pam Geller event wherein people were invited to “draw Muhammad.” Why is a Muslim moved to kill because someone drew a cartoon of Muhammad? Can Allah not deal with the insult to his messenger by an infidel? Why must Allah instruct a suicide bomber to don an explosive to kill the blasphemer only to offer him sex with 72 virgins as a reward? Is Allah telling us that we will have physical bodies in heaven? How does that work since Allah is not flesh and blood nor any of us will be either in heaven (or hell)? At least that is what the Scriptures teach about the after-life. Why must Allah deny an old man his last years with his grandchildren because he restored art? To me, the insult is to Allah. He cannot take care of his own image so he causes his followers to commit the gratuitous violence in his name. I wonder how many “Allahu Akbar’s” were declared on the day that Khaled al-Asaad was hung headless on a column?  It is as if death in Islam is the solution to every threat to Allah; and, in death, not life, Allah is glorified. That is satanic. There are no rights in Islam but those of Allah; free speech, free will, is non-existent. There is only submission– and death.

This is one of the many differences between Islam and Christianity. In Christianity, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life …  (John 14:6). In Jesus, there is life, and that life is the light that draws us out of darkness (John 1:3-4). Jesus is the life-giving Spirit, the last Adam, who redeems Adam’s sin passed down through the ages through the actions of the first Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Jesus is truth and there is no lie in Him. Muhammad is death; and the truth that is in him is only a half-truth (which explains the schizophrenia we find so prevalent in Islam). It is this half-truth that accepts Jesus as a prophet but denies Him as Son of God (1 John 2:22). It is this half-truth that denies the God-proving resurrection (Acts 17:31 NASB) by eliminating the cross altogether– for in Islam, Jesus was never crucified, only one who looked like him (Qur’an 4:257). In the process of proclaiming and teaching these half-truths, Islam guts the gospel of everything in it that gives it meaning, Islam commits the unpardonable: it makes God a liar since He has declared these things to be so (1 John 5:10). If we had to point to a Scripture that might properly describe the role of Islam in hardening the hearts of Muslims it would be this passage:

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. –John. 8:44 (NASB)

ISIS is the modern-day expression of Muhammadanism. As a Salafi Islamist sect it seeks to emulate every action of Muhammad (and his Companions). Its actions also are an emulation of the prince of darkness, satan. Compare the actions of the two and they will fit hand-in-glove. Muhammad lives through the beliefs and actions of ISIS. Revelation 13:15.

There are many of us writing about the Islamic paradigm these days. We may differ on who the Antichrist will be, or which nation/group he will rise from. Our differences may be even greater– whether Rome or Islam will be the revived beast and empire through which satan will rise. We may differ on specific and narrow interpretations of Daniel 2, 7, 9, 11, 12 or Revelation 12, 13, 17 & 18– but what we do not differ on is that Islam is rooted in darkness and in lies. In that root, this writer interprets that satan will wage his end-of-days war against the world.

Jesus come quickly.



Footnotes to post:
  1. Sunnah 63.99, Sahih Bukhari, Narrated by Aisha. []
  2. Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, p 29, quoting  Ira M. Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies, 15. []

Iran – Stealth Takeover of the Middle East is Underway. Daniel 7 & 8 Being Fulfilled?

I encourage you to read the article linked below. Jonathan Spyer’s assessment of Iran and the danger it poses not only to the Middle East but also to the world is significant; and for those who believe the Bible foretells of the unfolding of actual events in the end-of-days, Spyer’s article is another in a growing line that predicts that Iran will be the key player in the end-of-days, and quite likely, the trigger to WW3.

Dispatch from Iraq: the Stealth Iranian Takeover Becomes Clear

by Jonathan Spyer
PJ Media
July 31, 2015

… An Iranian stealth takeover of Iraq is currently under way. Tehran’s actions in Iraq lay bare the nature of Iranian regional strategy. They show that Iran has no peers at present in the promotion of a very 21st century way of war, which combines the recruitment and manipulation of sectarian loyalties; the establishment and patient sponsoring of political and paramilitary front groups; and the engagement of these groups in irregular and clandestine warfare, all in tune with an Iran-led agenda.

With the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and thanks to the cash about to flow into Iranian coffers, the stage is now set for an exponential increase in the scale and effect of these activities across the region.

Read more.

Spyer goes on to discuss the ineffectiveness of the Iraqi army which plays into Shia Iran, and allows an intertwining of government forces, Shia militias and local police. The result is that the only barrier between Baghdad and ISIS are the Shia militias– of which, Shia Iran is the deep pocket.  The Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani is regularly deployed throughout the area. Spyer states, “So this is Tehran’s formula. The possession of a powerful state body (the IRGC’s Quds Force) whose sole raison d’etre is the creation and sponsorship of local political-military organizations to serve the Iranian interest.”

But what is it that allows this multi-pronged, diverse, attack to be an imposing force against the religious fervor of ISIS? We must remember that ISIS is Sunni Salafi Islamist – violence is the means whereby this puritan Sunni force gains ground, and its religious fervor, is but the fuel for the growth of this cancerous tumor in the Middle East. Iran (and Shia Islam) is the one opposing force that matches religious fervor with ISIS. Shias are the progeny of Muhammad by the line of Muhammad’s only surviving child, Fatima, and her husband, Ali (also Muhammad’s cousin). Shia is the short form of the phrase “Shi-a-Ali,” meaning “followers,” “faction,” or “party” of Ali. Shias believe Ali was Muhammad’s only legitimate successor upon Muhammad’s unexpected death in A.D. 632. Sunnis, particularly Salafi Sunnis (ISIS), consider Shias as infidels, unbelievers. Shias are referred to by ISIS as “Rafida,” “those who reject,” because Shias do not recognize the first three caliphs of Islam, Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman as the legitimate successors of Muhammad. These three are considered by Sunnis to be the first three caliphs of Islam. Shias reject these three believing Ali was the legitimate successor.

One cannot ignore how the Shia uniquely fulfill Daniel 7:7-8

“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts. –Daniel 7:7-8 (NASB)

Here is my interpretation of this passage: A leader considered caliphsforbookportrait.revised.2.pdf“little” will arise among the original ten leaders. This little one will usurp three prior kings. (Ali was rejected by Muhammad’s successors because he was too young.) It will be as if they did not exist. The text tells us that he will “pull out three” of the ten “by the roots.” Historically, Shias and Sunnis divided at the Battle of Karbala, 680 A.D., into two sects, Shias, the minority, persecuted sect (10%), and Sunnis, the majority sect (90%). From the Battle of Karbala forward, Shias considered Ali and his male descendants to be the only legitimate successors to Muhammad. Ali was, for Shias, retroactively made the first successor to Muhammad, effective with Muhammad’s death in 632, thereby eradicating the first three caliphs of Islam for Shias. This retroactive appointment by Shias was made even though Ali was already dead (Ali was assassinated in 661, and the irrevocable divide between Sunnis and Shias did not occur until 680 at the Battle of Karbala). Shias literally rewrote their history by electing Ali as the first legitimate successor to Muhammad. Hence, Sunnis refer to Shias as “rafida,” “rejectors” of the first three caliphs. Biblically, Shias fulfill Daniel 7:7-8 in an almost irrefutable way by the rejection of these three “kings,” caliphs. The chart to the right diagrams what happened historically for Islam.

I find myself in a conundrum these days. I began writing my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, in the year 2006 and published it in 2011. My conclusion before I penned the first word was that Iran (and Shia Islam) was the glove through which satan would launch his end-of-days holy war (Revelation 13:7-8; 12:17). At the time I began, other writers were making similar conclusions but not that Iran (and Shia Islam) was the key player, but Turkey (and an Assyrian, prophesied by passages such as Isaiah 10:24, Micah 5:5-6). Although none of us can be dogmatic, I cannot help but see how Iran should be the line of Islam that we should be focusing on, not Turkey.

For a review of Daniel 8 and Iran’s fulfillment of this passage, read this post: Iran’s Nuclear Agreement – Is Daniel 8 about to be fulfilled?

Jesus come quickly.