And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh...
In Part 1 of this series, we examined the importance of seeking to understand the signs in the heavens, and we looked at the first Blood Moon of this unique tetrad.
Let’s now turn to the second Blood Moon and see what God has written overhead.
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Oct. 8 2014 4:54 AM Mountain Time
Eve of Sukkot (“Feast of Tabernacles”)
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.
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.
Denver Snuffer said the following in 2013 when he spoke in Centerville on covenants. He was not speaking about the Blood Moons at the time, but I find what he said very instructive in this current scenario:
When the Lord hung on the cross, and the sun was darkened at noon, if you had looked up in the sky to see what was overhead, you would see the sacrificial sheep in the pattern of the stars; what we call Aries today. Proceeding forth from under the forefoot of Aries, we have renamed it “the bands of Pisces,” but it should be more appropriately rendered as the net of Pisces. Because from under the fore leg of the Lamb, was cast out a net.
This is the New Testament pattern or church. That net gathers in at least two kinds of fish. The larger one that is gathered in the net is forever circumnavigating the ecliptic, and will do so eternally. The larger group in the star field, though caught in the net cast by the Lamb, will never rise up to the North. The smaller group, the smaller star field of Pisces, which also is caught in that same net, is pointed to the sides of the North, where the Throne of the Father is to be found; that place around which all things revolve and where the Father presides and sustains all of His creations. (Lecture 4, p. 19)This symbolism refers to Matthew 13, where the Savior said the following:
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:So according to Christ, at the end of the world, angels will come and sort through the catch, severing the wicked from among the just. The symbolic number 40 represents this purge, and the number 7 indicates it will be complete.
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
As you can see from the picture, the Moon and Uranus are severing the bands between the two fish. The upper fish is then free to rise up to where the Father is, and the lower fish remains on the ecliptic, forever circumnavigating, round after round.
Not surprisingly, we find ourselves back in 3 Nephi 20 (where the first Blood Moon led us), listening to the Savior quoting Isaiah's prophecy of Zion's redemption:
Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. (3 Nephi 20:37)The bands are cut. The sorting has begun.
Said the Lord through Joseph (regarding Isaiah 52):
What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?
We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles. (D&C 113:9-10)
The Gospel Net
I'm eternally grateful for the LDS Church. It has filled a vital and wonderful role in the Father's plan. The Church, through its missionary efforts, has cast the gospel net far and wide throughout the earth, catching many millions of people, who have learned of Christ's gospel, the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. This foundation has led some few hungry souls to seek for themselves greater light and knowledge than what is now offered by the church. Sadly, these are the souls most likely to be cast out of the church.
The net had to capture many millions to ensure a large enough population from which the angels might pluck a few hundred or a few thousand to build Zion. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to assist in casting that net as a missionary. It was a privilege to serve Christ as a fisher of men.
The foundation given me by the LDS Church is a priceless treasure, a pearl of great price, that has led me to seek the Lord. Words cannot express my gratitude for what I have received from the Church, and where that foundation has led me.
Ties that Bind the Blind
But sadly, the LDS church is now fulfilling another part of its divinely appointed role by casting out and persecuting true followers of Christ. In so doing, they disappoint church members who expect something better from the Lord's church. The changes in the church teachings and the persecution of believers are bothering some members enough to awaken them as well. Those so awakened are loosed from their bands so they can rise up to God.
And thus, Elder Nelson's statement in General Conference, just three days before this Blood Moon, is particularly appropriate. In speaking of sustaining the President of the Church, he said the following (emphasis mine):
Our sustaining is an oath-like indication that we recognize their calling as a prophet to be legitimate and binding upon us.Yeah, he said that. He spoke the truth, too. Make the oath to a man, and remain bound.
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)This is happening now. The angels have already started gathering those who will come. In case it wasn't in your church bulletin, God wrote it in the sky last October.
Please seek Him while there's still time.
Note: For some of this content, I owe a debt of gratitude to good friends who pointed my face skyward with eyes to see. They know who they are, and are gratefully acknowledged.