The Prophecies About Our Day Are Certain-

When the eclipse happens worldwide

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.
The times displayed might be a minute or two off actual times.
Event UTC Time Time in Provo* Visible in Provo
Penumbral Eclipse begins Sep 28 at 12:11 AM Sep 27 at 6:11 PM No, below horizon
Partial Eclipse begins Sep 28 at 1:07 AM Sep 27 at 7:07 PM No, below horizon
Full Eclipse begins Sep 28 at 2:11 AM Sep 27 at 8:11 PM Yes
Maximum Eclipse Sep 28 at 2:47 AM Sep 27 at 8:47 PM Yes
Full Eclipse ends Sep 28 at 3:23 AM Sep 27 at 9:23 PM Yes
Partial Eclipse ends Sep 28 at 4:27 AM Sep 27 at 10:27 PM Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends Sep 28 at 5:22 AM Sep 27 at 11:22 PM Yes
* The Moon is below the horizon in Provo some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.
Total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 11 minutes.
Total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 8 minutes.
Duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 12 minutes.

The prophecies about our day are certain. The signs and warnings are right above our heads. "It becometh every may who hath been warned to warn his neighbor." (D&C 88:81

And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. (D&C 45:39)
And the Gods organized the lights in the expanse of the heaven, and caused them to divide the day from the night; and organized them to be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years; (Abraham 4:14)
The heavens are signs, and in fact they are ordinances, having been ordained by God from the beginning. They are there to teach us of Him.
Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. (Jeremiah 31:35-36)
This Tetrad is Significant

A tetrad of lunar eclipses (Blood Moons) is by no means rare. This happens on a rather regular basis. You'll have about 300 years with no tetrads and then 300 years with about 15 or so tetrads. We are in a tetrad cycle now.
But this particular tetrad has many unique features that have caught the notice of the world. Here are a few:
  • All 4 moons in this tetrad occur in a short period of 17.5 months. 
  • All 4 moons in this tetrad occur on Jewish holy days. This won’t happen again for over 500 years.
  • The last time a series of Blood Moons coincided with Jewish holy days was 1967, when Israel won the 6-day war. Other notable times were when Israel gained statehood and when the Savior was crucified.
  • In fact, Blood Moons falling on Jewish holy days appears to generally indicate something significant is happening for Israel.
  • This tetrad is perfectly symmetrical, as you can see from the illustration. 
  • All four Blood Moons will be visible from America, which is a significant indicator of the people being warned.
  • And, of course, many current world events coincide with the Blood Moons, including LDS General Conferences, Middle East events, and political maneuverings. Books have been written about these things.
You’ll note that most of these unique features I’ve listed have to do with the calendar. By that, I mean holy days, symmetry, and coincident events, all remarkable in this instance, are also all recognized by consulting a calendar. 

And though I believe the calendar events ought to certainly draw our attention to these Blood Moons, I don’t believe the calendar will tell us what these events mean. God speaks, but he’s not primarily doing so through the calendar. Remember, the lights in the heavens are there for signs. The calendar is just to keep track of them. There is an astonishing warning written in the heavens, not on the calendar. Let's look up.

The First Warning

Let’s examine the first Blood Moon of the tetrad.

The Time:

April 15, 2014 1:46 AM Mountain Time
First day of Passover

The Location: 

As you can see from the picture, this Blood Moon appeared in the constellation Virgo, as did the planet Mars. In fact, the moon was directly between Mars and Saturn, nearly covering the star named Spica in the constellation Virgo.

The Players:

Spica is the 15th brightest star in the night sky. It is actually a binary star system, with the two stars so close together they cannot be separately resolved through a telescope. The name Spica derives from Latin spīca virginis, which means "the virgin's ear of wheat.” 

Virgo: The Constellation Virgo derives her name from Latin for “the virgin.” She is traditionally drawn with a sheaf of wheat in her hand, represented by the star Spica. The virgin is sometimes identified as the virgin goddess Iustitia or Astraea, who is drawn holding the scales of justice in her other hand. The scales are represented by her neighboring constellation, Libra.

Libra: Depicted as a set of scales, representing justice and judgment.

Saturn: Named for the Roman god of agriculture, founder of civilizations and of social order

Mars: Named for the Roman god of war and bloodshed, whose symbol is a spear and shield. Mars is also the ruling planet of the constellation Aries.

Aries: The constellation Aries represents the Ram. Coincidentally, 2015 is the year of the Ram in the Chinese Zodiac.

The Message:

In this eclipse, the moon is almost directly between Saturn, representing civilization and social order, and Mars, representing war and destruction, but much closer to Mars. The warning is that the world is headed for the loss of social order and the coming of widespread war, violence and destruction. Or in scriptural language, the world is ripening in iniquity, and waxing old as a garment. Many prophecies testify of this coming destruction, and the moon’s placement ought to remind us of these prophecies. Here’s an example:
And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations; (D&C 87:6)
As the moon is situated between Saturn and Mars, it is touching the star Spica (ear of wheat) to remind us that in preparation for the coming destruction, the Lord will gather out the wheat from among the tares, and leave the tares to be burned.
Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned. (D&C 86:7)
The harvest of wheat has already begun as people awaken to their awful situation, arise from their slumber of complacency, shake off their binding chains of unbelief, and earnestly seek to know the Lord. As the destruction becomes imminent, those who are prepared will be physically gathered by the angels sent for that purpose. (D&C 77:11) Those who are not prepared to be gathered by angels will be left to the burning.

Note that Virgo is a female; she is holding the gathered wheat in her hand. This ought to remind us that when the Lord speaks of gathering his people, it is a hen, not a rooster, who gathers the chicks. The male divine (Mars) orchestrates destruction, but the female divine accomplishes the gathering:
For, behold, I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if they will not harden their hearts; (D&C 10:65)
The moon is a symbol of the Terrestrial kingdom, “which excels in all things the glory of the Telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.” (D&C 76:91) We currently inhabit a Telestial world, but those gathered by the angels—the wheat—will build a holy city that will become Terrestrial in nature, as will its inhabitants. The moon touching Spica therefore reminds us not only of the wheat gathering, but also of the Zion to come.

The presence of Mars reminds us of the constellation he rules: Aries, the ram. The horns and hoofs of this animal ought to bring to mind the Savior’s prophecy in the Book of Mormon, regarding the destruction of the Gentiles by His covenant people:
For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it. (3 Nephi 20:19)
The ram, like Mars, symbolizes the coming destruction of the Gentiles by the Lord’s covenant people. 

In Summary, this first blood moon warns us of the following:
  • We Gentiles (particularly in America) are ripening in iniquity and heading for destruction
  • We are being weighed in the balance on the scales of justice
  • The Lord has begun the gathering of the wheat from among the tares
  • The gathering will eventually form Zion
  • The times of the Gentiles are fulfilled 
  • The Gentiles will soon be overrun and destroyed by the Lord’s covenant people

**Let’s now turn to the Second Blood Moon and see what God has written overhead.

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The Time: 

Oct. 8 2014 4:54 AM Mountain Time
Eve of Sukkot (“Feast of Tabernacles”) 

The Location: 

This Blood Moon appeared in the constellation Pisces, covering the planet Uranus, as you can see in the picture. The green, dotted line is the ecliptic plane.

The Players: 

Pisces: This constellation is portrayed as two fish, connected together by a band. As you can see from the picture, one of the fish remains on the ecliptic, while the other rises up.

Uranus: The is the ruling planet of the constellation Aquarius. Unlike the other planets, which are named for Roman gods, Uranus takes its name from Greek and personifies the heavens and the night sky. Uranus represents the “Father Sky” or Father of Heaven.

Aquarius: Traditionally displayed as a man carrying a water pot, this constellation's earliest known identification was with the Babylonian god Enki—"Lord of the Earth," the God of intelligence and creation. His symbolic number is 40.

40: Interestingly, this eclipse took place on the last day of the 40th week of 2014, which is to say, exactly 40 weeks, or 280 days (40 x 7), from the first day of 2014. The number 40 appears repeatedly in scripture, and is usually associated with purging or purification.

The Father's Work

It's important to note the Father's symbolism in this Blood Moon. The planet Uranus and the constellation it rules, Aquarius, both symbolize the Father of Heaven and the God of all Creation, pouring out His spirit on all flesh at the time of these signs in the heavens:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. (Joel 2:28-30)
As you may recall, these are the very verses quoted to Joseph Smith by an angel, with the promise that they would soon be fulfilled. (JSH 1:41)

Look up. Do you have eyes to see? The Father's hand is in the events now happening, just as was prophesied:
For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them. (3 Nephi 21:9)
The gathering and restoration of Israel are the specific work of the Father. In fact, Jesus refers to His Father 19 times in 3 Nephi 20, and another 19 times in 3 Nephi 21 while explaining the events we're now beginning to witness. For example:
And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem. Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name. Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance. (3 Nephi 21:26-28)
Angels Gathering

Even the angels' work of gathering out the good is performed with the specific purpose that the Father's covenants may be fulfilled:
And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men. For behold, they [the angels] are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness. And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him. (Moroni 7:29-31)
The angels gather the good out from the net, teach, empower and prepare them, then send them forth to declare the word of Christ and bear testimony of Him, that the remnants may be gathered and the Father's covenant fulfilled. The Book of Mormon makes this abundantly clear.

And now, let's recall the message of the first Blood Moon. The wheat is being gathered from among the tares. As with the fish, the separation is underway. The repetition of the message underscores it, lest there should be any doubt.

More than just His spirit will be poured out. Destruction and burning await, yet the Father's work will triumph.
And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose founder is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who are of the house of Israel. (1 Nephi 14:17)

Here's some information to get you started:

The Time: 

April 4, 2015
6:00 AM MDT

  • 1st day of Passover

  • 1st Day of LDS General Conference 

  • Day before Easter Sunday 

  • This eclipse had an exceptionally short peak, only lasting 4 minutes, 43 seconds

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The Location: 

Like the first Blood Moon, this moon appeared in the constellation Virgo, but this placement put the moon between the stars Spica and Porrima.

The Players: 

Spica is actually a binary star system, with the two stars so close together they cannot be separately resolved through a telescope. Unlike most star names, which are Arabic, the name Spica derives from Latin and means "ear of wheat.”

Porrima is also a binary star and also happens to carry a Latin name; it is named for the ancient Roman goddess of prophecy, specifically dealing with the future.

Virgo derives her name from Latin for “the virgin.” She is traditionally drawn with a sheaf of wheat in her hand, represented by the star Spica. The virgin is sometimes portrayed holding the scales of justice in her other hand, represented by her neighboring constellation, Libra.

Libra: Depicted as a set of scales, representing justice and judgment.

Arcturus: The moon appears directly below Arcturus, which is the brightest star in the northern sky, and therefore usable for navigation. Arcturus is part of the constellation Boötes, and was anciently associated with Enlil, the Sumerian God of breath, wind, loft and breadth (height and distance).

Boötes: This constellation represents the plowman, plowing the field, making it ready to sow.

Izar: This binary star in Boötes carries the Arabic name for "veil."

Princeps: This binary star in Boötes carries the Latin name for "prime" or "prince."

Corona Borealis: The “northern crown,” representing a crown or diadem.

The Message:

This is the second Blood Moon of this tetrad to appear in Virgo, serving as a second witness and second warning of what the Lord has underway. God follows the law of witnesses.

 Virgo is often portrayed with wheat in one hand. But she is also anciently identified as the virgin goddess Iustitia or Astraea, who is portrayed with the scales of justice (Libra) in one hand. And what's in the other hand?

A sword.

 -When examining the first Blood Moon, the referenced was, 3 Nephi 20:19. Here's the very next verse:
And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles. (3 Nephi 20:20)
And in the Lord's introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants, we find the SAME Warning:
And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth. (D&C 1:13)
He's pointed to Virgo twice. The WARNING should be clear.

 - The First Blood Moon,  in Virgo touched Spica, reminding us of the Lord’s promise to gather the wheat from among the tares before the destruction and burning. It also reminded us of the prophesied Gentile destruction.

This second witness Blood Moon gives greater context and depth to these ideas with much more detailed information. Notice the moon in this appearance moves closer to Porrima, representing prophecy, and turning our minds to events long Isaiah.

The Signs

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And now, what do we see overhead? All the following references are from Isaiah 28:

Boötes, the plowman, directly above the Blood Moon, is preparing the fertile ground:

Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground? (23-24)
The wheat will be separated from the other plants, and planted in its prepared place.
When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him. (25-26)

Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, testifies of the Lord's reward for the faithful, and directly contrasts the fading crown of glory claimed by Ephraim's failing leaders, who will fall prey to the overflowing scourge and coming destruction. (v. 1-3)

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The Lord will indeed sit in judgment, as attested by Libra, the scales of justice:
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. (6)
Lest we take these things lightly, the Lord refers back to the previous Blood Moon, which appeared in the bands of Pisces:
Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. (22)
The destruction is coming. The warnings have been written overhead.

 The Sign of Hope

Notice the alignment between the Moon, Arcturus, Izar and Princeps in the picture to the right. Let's review what each represents:

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Arcturus is the brightest star in the Northern sky. Izar means "veil." Princeps means "prince." And, just to the left, Corona Borealis is a crown.

 Arcturus is the brightest star in the Northern sky. Izar means "veil." Princeps means "prince." And, just to the left, Corona Borealis is a crown.

And thus we see, there is a pathway laid out in a straight course before us if we will rise up. If we look to the heavenly light of the brightest star, we can rise up the straight path through Arcturus, pass through the "veil" and meet the "prince" who waits for us on the other side of the veil with a crown of righteousness. This is not a warning; it is an invitation. Christ is the Prince and He wants us to come to Him.

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
—1 Thessalonians 2:19

Therefore, having so great witnesses, by them shall the world be judged, even as many as shall hereafter come to a knowledge of this work. And those who receive it in faith, and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life;
—D&C 20:13-14


Desiri Wightman said…
This is an amazing article. Thank you for your insights and for opening my eyes to the parallels between astronomy and scriptures. This is the type of wisdom the Wise Men must have had when they looked to the heavens for signs of Christ's coming. Really insightful. Please write more like this.

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