The Mumbo Jumbo Train

Christians are being encouraged via Christine Darg and ‘orthodox’ Jew Gidon Ariel to investigate the spooky matter of apparent coincidents between predictable phenomena of the planetary movements and the weekly parsha! Apparently:

The total solar eclipse will take place over the North Pole on Friday, March 20, coinciding with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the Biblical calendar year. The particular timing of Friday’s solar occurrence has never happened before in human history.


The weekend Torah portion read by millions of Jews around the world describes the Tabernacle dedicated on the first of Nissan designed by master craftsman Bezalel. According to Gidon Ariel, Orthodox Jew and co-founder of Root Source, the connection to Friday’s solar eclipse runs even deeper.

“The Torah portion describes God choosing the chief architect Bezalel: ‘And Moses said to the Children of Israel, ‘See, God has proclaimed by name Bezalel.’” What’s amazing is that, in Hebrew, the name Bezalel literally means ‘in the shadow of God,’” Ariel told Breaking Israel News.

The connection between the Torah portion and this week’s solar eclipse is clear to O’Dell. “It just goes to show how much higher are His ways than ours. God is truly incredible and the ultimate hero of every story.”

And the ‘orthodox’ Jewish approbation by non other than Gidon Ariel:

The sign of the Blood Moon and solar eclipse are, for Ariel, a sign of greater things to come between Jews and Christians. “In our generation, we are noticing an outpouring of teshuva (repentance) on the part of many righteous Christians, recognition of the historical crimes perpetrated by Christians against Jews, and attempts to right those wrongs.”

Wake up and smell the $tarbuck$ folks!!

Now this is where they tell Menashe to shut up. The problem is that this week’s parsha coinciding with 20 March 2015 is Parshat Vayikra which does not have a mention of Bezalel, in fact the whole of Leviticus (Vayikra) does not have a mention of Bezalel either! It was in fact last week’s parsha which included mention of Bezalel.

Christians currently being confused by the superstitious mumbo jumbo which relegates the Torah to the level of a pack of Tarot cards are blissfully unaware that several ways of reading the Torah have been utilized by Jews in centuries past! Included in the several ways of reading the Torah was to read the entire Torah over a 3 year period. Now how about that? How is that going to be abused by Christians and those who erroneously encourage them for the sake of a profit?

We may say with respect to the profit currently being derived from the latest matching up of the Torah portion also adds to and is currently married with the previous deception of blood moons:

Ariel believes that the Christian fascination with the Blood Moons is particularly instructive and a lesson God is using to teach the Jews.

Well profit Gidon Ariel our book and even the Christian New Testament says otherwise.

The fly in the ointment or the elephant in the room is that even the New Testament actually discredits and disproves[see Rev 6:12-13, Mat 24:29] missionary celebrities’ claims about blood moons. Even Christians with lesser bulging waistlines and/ or multi-million dollar budgets are not blind to the nonsense that plops out of the organs of the missionary celebrities’ agenda to love and ble$$ Israel.

The elephant in the room of course is the often glossed over principle of understanding a passage with respect to immediate context and wider context. If you are averse to immediate context and wider context and do not want facts to get in the way of what you want to believe stop reading here, otherwise:

Immediate context:

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. .. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD…. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. Joel 2:10, 31, 3:15

Wider context:

7 When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light. 8 All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezek 32:7,8

From the above verses it is patently clear that any kind of blood moon and the coming messianic age and the dreadful day of the LORD is accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. Present day blood moons (lunar eclipses) are not a fulfillment of biblical prophecy because absent are the accompanying earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark etc…

Scientifically during a blood moon or lunar eclipse, the earth’s atmosphere scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet) leaving mostly longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the earth’s umbra. This is why sunsets and sunrises generally are red, and why most lunar eclipses ‘blood moons’ are red.

Mark Blitz and John Hagee use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of a ‘very rare’ ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) which began on the night of April 14-15, 2014 followed by next Blood Moon eclipse of October 7-8, 2014. In attempt to hype things up and increase book sales thereby, Darg, Ariel, Hagee and Blitz ignore that lunar eclipses are not that unusual or ‘rare’; there are in fact 39 lunar eclipses in the twentieth century that coincide with Passover or Sukkot which is approximately one-sixth (39/230) of the twentieth-century lunar eclipses.

In sum the most glaring omission of Hagee and Blitz and now with profits Ariel and Darg is that the blood moons of the Jewish Scriptures, in the context of the approaching day of the Lord are accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. That nothing like this has happened so far means that the blood moons (lunar eclipses) we presently experience are part and parcel of the predictable and observable pattern of the effects of natural movements of the sun, moon and the earth. Given that the eclipses of April 14-15, 2014 and October 7-8, 2014 have already passed without incident and that the solar eclipse does not match up with the current parsha of Vayikra, what else needs to be said?

About the Author
Menashe Walsh is an Orthodox Jew who made aliyah with his family in 2006. Now works in intellectual property dealing with Israel hitech companies. Formerly a senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering in the UK.
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