Just three days after the Israeli elections, the world will be witnessing an eclipse of the sun, something traditionally understood among rabbis as a portent of coming judgment on the nations.
Of course it’s an unusual phenomenon, and this one will be all the more remarkable as it comes bang in the middle of what is known as a tetrad – a very rare sequence of four successive blood-red moons falling on the main Jewish festivals, specifically Pesach and Sukkot 2014 and 2015.
Blood moons apparently relate to Israel, and the three previous occasions when they made their appearance in this way over the past 500 years or so – 1492, 1948 and 1967 – were all harbingers of both good and bad news for Jews, starting with their expulsion from Spain at the time of the Inquisition followed by the discovery of America by the Italian Jew Christopher Columbus, while the more recent tetrads coincided with the birth of modern Israel following the Holocaust and the restoration after 2,000 years of Jerusalem’s Old City following the Six-Day War.
It is clear that something momentous is about to take place. Speaking of the last days, the prophet Joel wrote: “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 2.30-32)
As you will notice from reading the verses immediately preceding the passage quoted above, God would at the same time pour out his Spirit – and many people would respond.
I was recently told how a high-level Israeli government official was amazed by the words of Yeshua (Jesus), foretelling the terrible times we are witnessing today, quoted to him over the phone by a friend.
American entrepreneur Mike Evans said the diplomat wanted to discuss the condition of the planet, with natural disasters and human conflicts filling the news.
“My dear friend,” I told him, “let me read you the words of the most famous Jew that ever lived. From the holy city of Jerusalem, he described the very day in which we are living. I turned to Matthew chapter 24, and as I read the words to him, he kept saying, ‘I’ve never in my life heard that. I can’t believe that’s in the New Testament. It’s amazing.’
“My diplomat-friend is not a believer, and when he described the condition of the planet, he said, ‘All hell is breaking loose.’ But I responded, ‘No! There’s some good news on which you can focus: All heaven is breaking loose.’ ”
Mike, a Jewish follower of Jesus, went on to outline the wonderful future in store for believers, as described in the Bible. “I have the rare privilege as a journalist and confidant of leaders, to see the signs of the times and correlate them with the Scriptures. The Bible says, ‘When you see these things, look up, for your redemption draws nigh.’
“Yes, it’s true… Jesus is coming soon! Many in the world are desperately trying to move in the direction of the Temple site (in Jerusalem), wanting to divide the Holy City. Every devil in hell has tried to keep prophecy from being fulfilled. Hitler thought he had succeeded when he had six million of my people murdered; but he did not.
“The prophecy in Ezekiel (chapter 37) about the valley of dry bones and the Spirit of God breathing on them was fulfilled. The prophecy of Isaiah proclaiming that a nation would be born in a day (Isaiah 66:8) was fulfilled (in 1948). God has kept every promise to my people.”
Legendary 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, speaking of the valley of dry bones long before the emergence of modern Israel, declared: “Israel is to be restored… as from the dead… They shall again walk upon her mountains, shall once more sit under her vines and rejoice under her fig trees.”
Ezekiel also predicts that the nations would seek to take possession of the “mountains of Israel” (Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank) whereas it is generally perceived as being the other way round – that Israel are the illegal occupiers! (See Ezekiel 36)
Quite incredibly, US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group on Israel’s failure to forge a peace deal with the Palestinians. Yet who are the real Palestinians, as one confused commentator has asked? Israeli leaders Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, Yitzhak Rabin and Ezer Weizman were all born in the ‘British Mandate of Palestine’ (as Israel was known pre-1948). Whereas Yasser Arafat was born in Cairo, Saeb Erekat in Jordan, Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini in Iraq – and so it goes on.
Yet Israeli leaders are called ‘settlers’ or ‘occupiers’ while Palestinian Arab leaders born in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Tunisia are called ‘Native Palestinians’. We live in a gullible media-controlled world which is easy prey to the sort of propaganda which turns truth on its head.