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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
4 blood moons and Israel's future
Christian evangelicals seem to take this stuff seriously but it is interesting.
What is a blood moon?
What is a blood moon? A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon. In a blood moon, the moon is full, and as the sun’s light passes through the earth’s atmosphere, it casts a reddened shadow on the moon. Full lunar eclipses are rare, and blood moons even more so, but neither is unheard of. So what’s so special about this tetrad?
Each of these four blood moons occurring in a two-year period also coincides with major holy days on the Jewish calendar. In April of last year, a blood moon occurred at Passover. In October, the Feast of Tabernacles, known as Sukkot, also fell on a blood moon. In 2015, blood moons again accompany each of those holy days.
Now we are talking about a rare occurrence. In fact, a tetrad occurring on Jewish holy days has only happened three times in the past 500 plus years. And one more thing; in this tetrad, a solar eclipse also will take place. That compilation of events—four blood moons, Jewish holy days, solar eclipse—will never occur again.
Two blood moons have already appeared in 2014 and they coincided with major events in the Middle East and the world:
A war between Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014
The rise of ISIS and the emergence of a new caliphate in Syria and Iraq
Terrorism increasing around the world to a staggeringly noticeable level
And anti-Semitism on the march in Europe to rates unseen since the 1930’s
What major events occurred during history that add credence to this most unusual celestial event?
The last three “Blood Moons” are very important as they affect ISRAEL as we know it today:
Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets Holidays in1493 – 1494. Only months after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the country (after about 200 AD, Spain became and remained a second Jewish homeland for well over a millennia. So deeply woven into the fabric of Spain are the Jews that neither history can be fully studied without considering the influence of the other).
“In the same month in which their Majesties (Ferdinand and Isabella)] issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies.” So begins Christopher Columbus’s diary.
The expulsion that Columbus refers to was so cataclysmic an event that ever since; the date 1492has been almost as important in Jewish history as in American history. On July 30 of that year, the entire Jewish community, some 200,000 people, were expelled from Spain. Tens of thousands of refugees died while trying to reach safety. In some instances, Spanish ship captains charged Jewish passengers exorbitant sums, then dumped them overboard in the middle of the ocean. In the last days before the expulsion, rumours spread throughout Spain that the fleeing refugees had swallowed gold and diamonds, and many Jews were knifed to death by brigands hoping to find treasures in their stomachs.
1492 was the same year that the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher Columbus ‘amazingly’…. discovered America which is home today for more than 5 million Jews outside Israel. Like Mordecai said to Esther – “help will come in another way!” And America was blessed by G-d. More important we believe thatAmerica’s purpose was to protect Israel and offer a safe haven for the Jewish people. However, the question is… how long will America still continue this in our day?
Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Sukkot in 1949 – 1950during the 1st Arab – Israeli War for Independence just after Israel had become a nation again for the first time in 2,000 years. It should be noted here: that even though Israel declared themselves a nationin 1948, the first permanent government took office on January 25th, 1949. Israel had a transitional government in 1948. In this way the “(Tetrad) four blood moons” can tie to the year 1949 for the first elected office of that year and the birth year could still be 1948.
On 14th May, 1948 – Israel proclaimed its independence. Less than 24 hours later, the regular armies ofEgypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded the country, forcing Israel to defend the sovereignty it had regained in its ancestral homeland. In what became known as Israel’s War of Independence, the newly formed, poorly equipped Israel Defence Forces (IDF) repulsed the invaders in fierce intermittent fighting, which lasted some 15 months and claimed over 6,000 Israeli lives (nearly one percent of the country’s Jewish population at the time).
During the first months of 1949, direct negotiations were conducted under United Nations auspices between Israel and each of the invading countries (except Iraq, which refused to negotiate with Israel), resulting in armistice agreements which reflected the situation at the end of the fighting.
Accordingly, the Coastal Plain, Galilee and the entire Negev were within Israel’s sovereignty, Judea andSamaria (the West Bank) came under Jordanian rule, the Gaza Strip came under Egyptian administration, and the city of Jerusalem was divided, with Jordan controlling the eastern part, including the Old City, andIsrael the western sector.
The war over, Israel focused on building the state which the people had struggled so long and so hard to regain. The first 120-seat Knesset (parliament) went into session following national elections (25 January 1949) in which nearly 85 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots.
Two of the people who had led Israel to statehood became the country’s leaders: David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency, was chosen as the first Prime Minister; and Chaim Weizmann, head of the World Zionist Organization, was elected by the Knesset as the first president. On 11 May 1949, Israel took its seat as the 59th member of the United Nations.
“The gates of the country were thrown open, affirming the right of every Jew to become a citizen.” David Ben-Gurion
Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Sukkot in1967 – 1968coinciding with the 6 Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. As Israel’s neighbours prepared to destroy the Jewish state, Israel invoked its inherent right of self-defence, launching a pre-emptive strike (5 June 1967) against Egypt in the South.
It was followed by a counter attack against Jordan in the East and the routing of Syrian forces entrenched on the Golan Heights in the North. At the end of six days of fighting, previous cease-fire lines were replaced by new ones, with Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights under Israel’s control. As a result, the northern villages were freed from 19 years of recurrent Syrian shelling; the passage of Israeli and Israel-bound shipping through the Straits of Tiran was ensured; and Jerusalem, which had been divided under Israeli and Jordanian rule since 1949, was reunified under Israel’s authority.
The coming Blood Moons of 2014 – 2015… These four TOTAL lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses WILL occur on the Jewish holidays of “Passover,” the “Feast of Tabernacles” Sukkot
This is the only “tetrad” in the near future that aligns itself with the Jewish holidays. One should make mention here that there are other “tetrads” occurring as well. One tetrad occurred in 2003 – 2004. Future ones other than the2014 – 2015are found in 2032-2033, 2043-2044, 2050-2051, 2061-2062, 2072-2073, and 2090-2091…The difference between these “tetrads” and the 2014 – 2015 “tetrad” is that this “tetrad”aligns with the Jewish holidays and the others DO NOT!
Putting everything into perspective…. The “1493 tetrad”… is tied to the Spanish Government expelling the Jews. The “1949 tetrad” is the nation Israel being reborn” and the “1967 tetrad” is the recapture of Jerusalem. The coming “2014 tetrad”… will be tied to some major event dealing with Israel. We believe that the “tetrad” of 2014 through 2015 will have something to do with Israel for the start. The blood moons show a pattern of Jewish persecution… and then new land for Israel after a time of war!