The confluence of the unusual eclipse occurring on the second anniversary of Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president has some Christian leaders predicting bad news for the world as well.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Sunday night marked the second appearance within a year of a “super blood wolf moon,” and a Jewish Kabbalist says it’s a sign that diaspora Jewry should move to Israel.
“When nature does something unusual, like a solar eclipse, we certainly have to pay attention,” Rabbi Yekutiel Fish said in an interview with Adam Berkowitz on Breaking Israel News. “A lunar eclipse over North America carries a message for the United States and the Jews.”
The United States, as the leader of the Western, Christian world, is identified in Jewish thought with the Edomite Kingdom, in whose name the Jews were sent into their current exile some 2,000 years ago.
“According to the prophets, the End of Days will signal the end of the Edomite Kingdom, a period we are now entering, in which great tragedies will occur that will topple governments and bring great human suffering,” he said. “The only way to prevent or minimize the tragedies will be by doing God’s will. Non-Jews can do this anywhere. For Jews who are still in the Diaspora, the only way to avoid tragedy is to move to Israel.”
Fish’s website discusses world events and their possible relationship to the End of Days, including the rise of China as a world power, the meeting last year between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and others, much of it based on gematriya, which is the assigning of number values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. His book, Sod HaChashmal (Secret of the Electricity), is a well-known tome for beginners in the study of Kabbala (Jewish mystical thought), which received many approbations from leading rabbis and kabbalists.
The confluence of the unusual eclipse occurring on the second anniversary of Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president has some Christian leaders predicting bad news for the world as well. The British Daily Star reported that preacher Paul Begley believes that “America is going to have to deal with some kind of disaster… something that will be engraved in history.” Meanwhile, a pastor named Mark Biltz tied the super blood moon to the Jewish calendar as well, noting that the eclipse will occur on the holiday of Tu B’shvat, the new year for trees.
These and other signs “show that war will break out in the Middle East this year… which Israel will win,” although this doesn’t necessarily portent the end of the world, Blitz said, “It’s possible that we’ll merit a declaration about the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.”
Sunday night’s eclipse is unusual because it is a “super” moon, meaning that it is at its closest point to Earth, which will make it look larger and brighter than usual. It is also a “blood” moon in that it will be tinged red because the Earth will move between the sun and the moon for an hour or so. As the sun’s light passes through earth’s atmosphere, it filters and refracts in such a way that the moon becomes redder.
It is referred to as a “wolf” moon because the eclipse is taking place in January. All these factors existed in last year’s January’s eclipse as well, although then it was also called a “blue” moon since it was the second full moon of the month.