JEWSNEWS – In the Tanach, the prophet Yoel states, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Yoel 2:31)
Sun turned to darkness = moon directly between the Earth and sun in a total solar eclipse. Moon turned to blood = Earth directly between the sun and moon, Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a total lunar eclipse. What is the significance of four blood moons coming over the next two years – on the Jewish Passovers on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015, and Sukkot on Oct. 8, 2014, and Sept. 28, 2015. The last three times this phenomenon occurred were right around seminal moments in Jewish history. For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years. And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War. Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but the added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the religious calendar New Year according to the Torah, it is our first month as Jews. Be’ezrat Hashem, the upcoming blood moons will bring more miraculous events for our Jewish people and the Land of Israel…hopefully Moshiach is on his way to bring us all together again as a united Jewish people in our Homeland!
WHAT DOES THE BLOOD MOON MEAN FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE: Author: Rabbi Ari Enkin, United with Israel It’s happening this Tuesday! There’s going to be a total lunar eclipse! The moon will amaze the skies – be prepared! The result of a total lunar eclipse is that the moon will appear reddish-orange in color, a phenomenon known as “Blood Moon.” The intriguing color is the result of the moon passing through the earth’s shadow. In fact, this Tuesday’s blood moon is merely the first of four additional blood moons within the next year and a half: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. This close interval frequency is a very rare event. In fact, before the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were no such eclipses. In the words of NASA, “getting four umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.” What does the Torah and Jewish tradition have to say about blood moons? Well, for starters, this Tuesday’s eclipse coincides with Jewish holiday of Passover, a pivotal event that commemorates the ancient Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt. As those familiar with the Torah (or late American actor Charlton Heston, for that matter) know, God unleashed ten plagues upon the Egyptians when they refused to follow God’s command to free the Jewish people. The first plague was: BLOOD! The 10th and final plague was Death of the Firstborn (at which time the Egyptians literally kicked the Jews out of Egypt!). Death is always associated with blood. Not only that, but the Israelites were commanded by God to paint lamb’s blood on their doorways so that the plague of the Firstborn would pass over their homes. As you can see, there was a lot of reference to blood.
But there’s more! Get this: ALL four blood moons will occur on major Jewish holidays! This week’s blood moon occurs on Passover 2014, followed by the holiday of Sukkot 2014, then again on Passover 2015 and then again on Sukkot 2015. This has happened only eight times in all of history! And there’s even more! Major events of significance to the Jewish people happened on each of the last three recorded times that these rare blood moons occurred. They were events that changed the course and direction of Jewish history for all time. A blood moon coincided with the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel liberated Jerusalem; Jews were able to return to Jerusalem after 2000 years of Exile. Sadly, Jewish blood was spilled during this war. There was also a blood moon on the eve of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, following a bloody war that took place only a few years after the Holocaust, when Six Million Jews were murdered! And finally, there was a blood moon in 1493, when Tomas de Torquemada, the first Spanish Inquisitor, began slaughtering Jews. Here too, Jewish blood was spilled. For the rest of the article, click UNITEDWITHISRAEL.ORG