If you’re into premillennial headline eschatology, this one might be for you. Former blogger Mitch Guthrie recently passed along a recent GodTube.com video (~30 minutes) of a rather enthusiastic presentation by Steve Hadley of Harvest Family Fellowship Reno Nevada regarding the extremely rare alignment of solar and lunar eclipses (“blood moons”) with the major Jewish feasts in 2014-15.
For those who don’t want to watch, I’ll summarize: taking his cue from Joel 2:31, Hadley describes the upcoming alignment of the lunar calendar with the Jewish feast calendar in 2014 and 2015. Essentially there will be lunar eclipses or “blood moons” on Passover (Pesach) and Tabernacles (Sukkot) in both 2014 and 2015. This coincidence of four lunar events and Jewish feasts has reportedly only happened three times before in the last 600 years or so… in 1948, 1967 and in 1492. The importance of the former dates to Jewish state history should be well known; the latter coincides with the explusion of the Jews from Spain as part of the Spanish Inquisition. Hadley also identifies two solar eclipses that will land on important Jewish dates in 2015.
To make a long presentation short, the start of the Jewish New Year on September 29, 2008 is the start of a new Levitical “week”, the repeating seven-year cycle that ends with a Shmita year of rest; this new seven-year cycle will end in 2015. Hadley conflates all of the above (and much more, especially related to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur) with the eschatological 70th “week” of Daniel, such that he sees the blood moons and solar eclipses of 2014/15 as fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy and announcing the Day of the Lord at the end of Daniel’s 70th week.
Working backwards from 2015 through a seven-year tribulation, Hadley effectively equates the start of the Great Tribulation with the start of Rosh Hashanah next month, when he believes the Church will be raptured and the chains binding Satan are removed, allowing the supposed Gog-Magog conflict between Russia, Iran and Israel to begin.
This is clearly a premillennial, pre-tribulation interpretation of end times, so holders of other viewpoints will find plenty of holes to poke, not least that it depends on the insertion of a non-literal “gap” between weeks 69 and 70 in Daniel’s prophecy.
If nothing else, I guess this would be one way for Dr. James Dobson to avoid voting for Senators Obama or McCain… asssuming any or all of them are raptured next month.