Friday’s eclipse of the Sun will be very partial in Israel, with no more than 7 percent of the sun blacked out by the moon, according to local astronomical experts.
But that doesn’t mean that Jews around the world, including in Israel, aren’t taking it seriously.
Bob O’Dell, co-founder of ecumenical website Root Source a pro-Israel Christian, pointed to the significance of an eclipse visible from the North Pole at this particular time.
“The North Pole can’t really be called the territory of any particular nation or people,” O’Dell said. “This is likely a message from God to the entire world.”
Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons” sees a heavenly warning in the consequences of the eclipse, especially for the northern Europeans, who will be most affected. “In Jewish tradition, a total solar eclipse is a warning to the Gentiles and a sign of judgment on the nations,” Blitz said in an interview with WND.
“When we look at where the darkness will be, it will be in northern European countries like England and Sweden where we see the rise of Islam and anti-Israel sentiment. Europeans especially should take heed.”
Biltz also sees significance in the timing of the solar eclipse. “An event of this magnitude at the very beginning of the religious new year demands attention. As the Bible tells us, there will be signs in the heavens on the feast days, and this is a very significant sign on a critical day.
While we believe nothing of significance will happen tomorrow, the trick is that such ‘experts’ will find something and attribute that very something to their faulty predictions.
The red flag is Biltz’s use of date setting. Many false teachers throughout history have used the premise of date setting to try to cement their false predictions. Biltz further concluded that the future tetrad of 2014-2015 will herald in major Biblical events fulfilling Joel 2:31. Joel 2 is referring to the Second Coming of Jesus. But since the theology of most of these Christians who signed up for one of the three theories on the Rapture, we are at least seven years away from the Second Coming. And since nothing happened in this 2014-2015 prediction (unless tomorrow we are hit big time), as it seems that folks like Blitz and John Hagee should be very concerned: they were left behind.
Their problem compounds when we visit the verses they use to back up their silly theories. The Bible discusses the sun, moon and stars at the end of the age. In other words, there are other events that coincide with the moon turning to blood:
“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth,” Rev 6:12
There were no stars falling in 2014. Will they fall tomorrow? No. I assure you.
The army in Joel 2 is also regarding a very specific event:
Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark, And the stars lose their brightness. Joel 2:10
In addition, the tetrads which these amateur prophecy teachers talk about, that supposedly matched the Inquisition, Jewish Independence and Six Day War actually happened months or years after the events. In other words, the poor readers who do not examine the evidence are left with a minus on their credit cards buying worthless books.
The trick to sell such nonsense is simple. Since Jewish feast days are already set up to be on days of, or following, full moons, it is not uncommon for a tetrad to land on a Jewish Feast day.
When someone comes up with a grandiose prediction, the two things to ask are: what exactly will happen and where is this in Scripture? They will never provide specifics. This is a sign of a false prophet. Or the specifics they provide do not happen. This is also a sign of a false prophet.
I recall once I went for an interview at Jonathan Bernice Jewish Voice and the other guest was selling stock shares for Zion Oil saying that oil will be discovered in Israel very soon and its time you jump on the bandwagon. I asked Jonathan to send a message to the crook sitting there selling Zion Oil and to tell him that I said he was a crook. The Zion Oil representative came over to me and asked why I charged him of being a crook? I asked him to show me the biblical evidence that oil will be discovered in Israel. He referred me to Deuteronomy 33:24:
And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
“oil” he says, there you have it. I instantly asked him to look up the hebrew, there I showed that the word for oil in this verse is “shemin” olive oil and not “zepheth” petroleum oil. This man was banking on Americans who lack in Semitic languages and think that the English word “oil” applies to both. Zepheth in fact is predicted in the Bible to be in abundance in Saudi Arabia and it will all burn:
“And the streams of Edom shall be turned to pitch and her soil to sulphur; Her land shall become burning pitch [zepheth]; Night and day it shall not be quenched and its smoke shall go up forever; From generation to generation it shall lie waste; No one shall pass through it, forever and ever”. [Isaiah 34:9-10]
Petroleum in the Bible is never translated in the Bible as “oil” but “pitch”. He then said that there are certain Rabbis who see this verse as petroleum. I instantly asked him for names which he could never provide. I am still waiting. Rabbis who speak and write fluent Hebrew are not stupid.
If one has a look at the Zion Oil chart, one will see just like Blitz and Hagee, they are all found wanting:
This thing has been tumbling ever since it began. Tomorrow nothing will happen.
A wise man always learns from mistakes, but fools, no matter what you tell them, they will always reproach you.