Bibles for Israel has put out an article on the recent blood moon solar eclipse and how it coincided with a PA-Hamas unity deal. This is another reminder of the critical need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem during these times!
PA-Hamas Unity Deal Coincides with Solar Eclipse During Tetrad Cycle
(Article copyright, Bibles for Israel)
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Joel 2:31)
Numerous Bible verses reveal that the last days will be characterized by celestial signs. For instance, the Prophet Joel states that a solar and a lunar eclipse would occur in the last days before the “great and dreadful day of the LORD.”Just yesterday, as the deadline for the peace talks ended without an agreement being reached, this year’s first solar eclipse made the sun look like a spectacular ring of fire in the eastern Antarctica sky, and like a blazing crescent in Australia and Southern Indonesia. This particular type of eclipse, called an annular eclipse, is rather rare, especially since it is non-central, and will not occur again until May 2032.
This solar eclipse fell just two weeks after the first of a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, popularly called Blood Moons since the moon appears red during a full eclipse. A partial solar eclipse will also follow the second Blood Moon later this year after Sukkot. This series of Blood Moons occurs on the first night of Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in 2014, and the second nights of Pesach and Sukkot in 2015.
Previous series of four Blood Moons (scientifically called tetrads), with six full moons in between and no intervening partial lunar eclipses, have seemed to signal significant events for the Jewish People. These include the formation of the modern-day state of Israel and the ensuing war, as well as the 1967 Six Day War and the resulting reunification of Jerusalem. We confidently believe this current tetrad of Blood Moons signifies that important events are about to unfold… perhaps the nations coming up against Jerusalem – a major war, and laying the foundation for the future rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Indeed, something big is happening here in Israel.
Last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the terrorist group Hamas announced that the two leading Palestinian political organizations had reached an historic unity agreement. They announced that a new government would be formed in five weeks, with elections to follow six months later. While Fatah has somehow managed to present itself as the moderate force in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas has repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction and rejected peace talks. As recently as two weeks ago, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya called for further abductions of Israeli soldiers. He has also condemned the killing of Bin Laden. (JPost) Because Hamas, which is a recognized terrorist organization, has regularly attacked Israel and refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, Israel suspended peace talks with the PA.
Coincidentally, in 2007 when a “Blood Moon” was visible in Israel and Gaza in March, Hamas gained the governance of the Gaza Strip, under the leadership of Ismail Haniya. Hamas took over the Strip following a short battle with Fatah (the leading Palestinian political party and the largest faction of the confederated multi-party Palestine Liberation Organization) in June of that same year. This new agreement between Abbas and Haniya is set to end a seven-year split between the two that began when Hamas drove Fatah out of the Gaza Strip.
Following a meeting of Israel’s security cabinet last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for Israel’s destruction, whose covenant calls for Muslims to wage Jihad against Jews.” “Anyone who chooses the terror of Hamas does not want peace,” he emphasized. (JPost) Only a few hours after Netanyahu’s announcement, US Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as saying, “We will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities” of Mideast peace. US President Barack Obama also weighed in, placing blame on both sides saying, “The fact that recently President Abbas took the unhelpful step of rejoining talks with Hamas is just one of a series of choices that both Israel and the Palestinians have made which are not conducive to solving this crisis.” “There comes a point at which there just needs to be a pause and both sides need to look at the alternatives,” he added.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, however, called Israel’s rationale for suspending peace talks with the Palestinian leadership “understandable”. “Israel feels it is tremendously problematic to have peace negotiations with a group that now may include people who believe in the destruction of the state of Israel and have supported terrorist attacks against the civilian populations,” he said.
Yesterday, Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, addressed the Security Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. In November 2012, the PA sought and won Observer State status from the UN. Shortly afterward, it was allowed to self-identify as the State of Palestine at the UN, despite not yet having negotiated statehood. Meanwhile, the Palestinians are continuing their bid to achieve recognition as a nation through unilateral moves instead of through bilateral negotiations with Israel. Indeed, on Sunday, the Palestinian Liberation Organization announced that it would pursue joining some 60 international organizations, further threatening the possibility of extending peace talks. And because Fatah is joining forces with Hamas, an organization that actively encourages resistance over negotiation, another possible outcome might be an Intifada (or civil uprising) against Israel.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.'” (Psalm 122:6)
(Copyright, Bibles For Israel.)