Yesterday, I wrote about the intriguing coincidence of dates, Jewish holidays and total lunar eclipses that showed up when I explored the idea that the first Blood Moon in Passover of April 2014 was on the Medjugorje anniversary of the middle Passover of Jesus’ public ministry. In particular, I found that in both cases, the April and Nisan dates matched exactly and there was a Blood Moon at the beginning of both Passovers. (See my blog “April/Nisan Matchers” @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/aprilnisan-matchers/.)
Today, I discovered that the second Blood Moon in Sukkot of October 2014 also has a Blood Moon matcher in the Sukkot of 32 CE. The events of Sukkot 32 CE are recounted in John 7-8; the Medjugorje anniversary of these events is Sukkot 2014 CE.
Note that the days/dates of the 1st c. Hebrew and Roman calendars match the days/dates of the 21st c. Hebrew and Roman calendars. E.g., Thursday, Tishri 1, was Thursday, Sept 25, in both centuries.
Note also that both centuries feature a Blood Moon occurring shortly before the beginning of the Festival of Sukkot and centering over the Pacific Ocean.
God commanded Moses on the Festival of Sukkot in Leviticus 23:34ff (excerpted here): “When you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate for a whole week. For SEVEN days you shall offer an oblation to the Lord. You shall dwell in booths for SEVEN days, that your descendants may realize that, when I led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, I made them dwell in booths. The first and the eighth days shall be declared holy days, days of rest. On the eighth day you shall offer an oblation to the LORD. It is the festival closing.”
The events of Sukkot in 32 CE are recounted in John 7-8. The last two days are of particular interest.
Tishri 21 (Hoshana Rabba):
The seventh day of Sukkot is known as the Great Day or Hoshana Rabba. Hoshana means SAVE US. On this day, the priests processed around the altar seven times, singing the Great Hoshana prayer. Then they poured living water over the altar with great pomp and ceremony. (“Living water” came from the spring-fed Pool of Siloam.)
John 7:37-38 says, “On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’” In other words, after the priests had poured out the libation of living water and begged God seven times to “SAVE US”, Jesus stood up and claimed before everyone there that He was the source of the living water of eternal salvation.
Tishri 22 (Shemini Atzeret):
Shemini Atzeret is the mysterious eighth day of the seven day festival of Sukkot. During the seven days, 70 sacrifices were offered for the nations of the world, which symbolized the universalism of Sukkot. On Shemini Atzeret, only one sacrifice was offered, which symbolized the need of each person for personal forgiveness.
John 8:1-11 says it was on Shemini Atzeret that the scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. When Jesus challenged those who had never sinned to cast the first stone, “they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.'”
To understand what I mean by “Medjugorje anniversary”, see my April 20, 2014 blog “Is Mary’s Medjugorje timeline related to Jesus’ First Coming?” @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/is-marys-medjugorje-timeline-related-to-jesus-first-coming/ and my April 30, 2014 blog “Dating the Medjugorje Anniversaries of Jesus’ Public Ministry” @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/dating-the-medjugorje-anniversaries-of-jesus-public-ministry/.
- NASA’s catalog of lunar eclipses in 1st c. CE @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE0001-0100.html
- Oct 7, 32 CE lunar eclipse path @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0032-10-07T.gif
- Apr 14, 32 CE Blood Moon @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0032-04-14T.gif
- About Sukkot @ http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday5.htm
- About Sukkot @ http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html
- About Sukkot @ http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/v06-n07/sukkot
- About Hosana @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosanna
- About Shemini Atzeret @ http://www.angelfire.com/pa2/passover/shemini-atzeret/customs.html
- About Shemini Atzeret @ http://www.betemunah.org/shemini.html