Note: Please see 1 of 5 for introduction. –SB
The Four Blood Moons of 1949-50
I will take you from among the nations,
gather you out of all countries, and bring you into
your own land. . . . Then you shall dwell in the land
that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people,
and I will be your God.
–EZEKIEL 36:24, 28
The second appearance of Four Blood Moons that are significantly linked to Jewish history was reported by NASA during 1949-50. [NASA Eclipse Web site, http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html .] They occurred during the rebirth of the State of Israel, which began in 1948. The mighty right hand of God gathered the Jewish people who, beginning in AD 70, had been scattered across the earth when Titus besieged Jerusalem. The Jewish people of the Diaspora were brought back to Israel, just as the Old Testament prophets had prophesied.
This Tetrad, beginning in 1949, occurred on the Jewish holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles:
- Passover, April 13, 1949
- Feast of Tabernacles, October 7, 1949
- Passover, April 2, 1950
- Feast of Tabernacles, September 26, 1950
BLOOD MOONS OF 1949-50
A total solar eclipse took place on September 12, 1950, before the Feast of Tabernacles on September 26.
What was happening to the Jewish people during this time?
It was in 1948 that Israel was once again declared a nation. There is no greater miracle in human history than the miracle of the ingathering of the seed of Abraham. The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. The Land of Israel was where their spiritual identity was shaped. The Land of Israel is where the Jewish people will reside forever.
After being forcibly exiled by Titus in AD 70 the Jewish people never lost their love and connection to their sacred land. Throughout the Diaspora they never ceased to hope for the restoration of their national identity and freedom. Their constant prayer was, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
Compelled by the Abrahamic covenant and as a result of the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition and Holocaust, the Jewish people endeavored in reestablishing themselves in their ancient homeland more than ever. They returned to the Land as pioneers or ma’pilim, which were immigrants coming to Eretz-Israel (the Land of Israel) in defiance of restrictive legislation. They committed themselves to make the deserts bloom, to revive the Hebrew language, to build villages and towns, all the while ready to defend themselves from the enemies that were dedicated to their destruction.
These were peace-loving people who desired nothing more than independent nationhood which would open the gates of their biblical homeland to every Jewish person scattered among the nations.
In 1897, Theodore Herzl, who is known as the founder of Zionism, convened the First Zionist Congress and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to national rebirth in their own country. This right was recognized in the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 and reaffirmed in the Mandate of the League of Nations, which specifically gave international sanction to the historic connection between the Jewish people and Eretz-Israel (Land of Israel) and to the right of the Jewish people to rebuild their national homeland.
Herzl was motivated by his personal experience of anti-Semitism while studying at the university in Vienna and, specifically, the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1894. Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was unjustly accused of treason, primarily because of the predominant anti-Semitic atmosphere in Vienna. Herzl witnessed mobs shouting, “Death to the Jews” and resolved that there was only one solution: the mass immigration of Jews to a land that they could call their own. This was the genesis of Zionism, the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their covenant homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty. [The Jewish Virtual Library, Establishment of Israel: The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Herzl.html .]
MENACHEM BEGIN—THE WARRIOR
Menachem Begin was a Jewish youth leader in Poland when the Russians invaded during World War II. He was captured and placed in prison, where he was interrogated every night for hours. He slept in a cell infected by fleas. I will never forget him saying to me, “The first flea is considered and invader, and the rest are considered welcomed friends.”
After Begin’s release, he immediately traveled to what was then called Palestine (named after WWI for territories under the British Mandate, which included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan). It was a time when Britain was decidedly pro-Arab. However, due to the Balfour Declaration, the governed body was forced to allow Jews to immigrate to Palestine. But they limited the number of immigrants by creating the harsh White Paper policy of 1939. This policy was decidedly influenced by the Arabs and limited the number of Jewish immigrants into Palestine to a meager ten thousand per year.
Here’s the problem: this was during the Holocaust when Hitler was sending twenty thousand Jews per day to the concentration camps of Europe. The Jews who were privileged to receive immigration documents to Palestine had a ticket to life, those who did not were a first put in ghettos and then sent to the camps where they were treated like animals by the demonized anti-Semitic Nazis. Making matters worse, the British army rounded up any Jewish person without immigration documents who managed to get to Palestine and then sent them back to Hitler’s death camps. [Menachim Begin, The Revolt: Story of the Irgun (Jerusalem: Steimatzky Agency Ltd; 1977).]
When Menachem Begin arrived in Palestine and witnessed the British army put Jews by the hundreds on the trains back to Europe and to Hitler’s death comps, he decided to form the paramilitary group known as the Irgun. The word Irgun in Hebrew means “our group.” The purpose of the Irgun was to teach Jewish men how to fight and liberate their fellow Jews from the trains and ships headed for Hitler’s death camps.
Under the radar of British intelligence, the Irgun imported the machinery to manufacture their own rifles and ammunition. The Irgun also developed a percussion bomb that was placed on the train tracks. When the train, loaded with captured Jews bound for the death camps, would pass over the percussion bomb, it was timed to blow up between the engine and the coal car. It cut the train like a knife. The engine sailed down the tracks, the cars slowed down, and Menachem’s Irgun boarded the trains and liberated their fellow Jews.
The British put out a very lucrative bounty for the capture of Menachem Begin. Begin’s resolve became as steel while he was in the Russian prisons. On one occasion, he hid in the fireplace of his home for three days straight while the British intelligence officers interrogated his wife who was just a few feet away. He may have looked like a bespectacled mild-mannered schoolteacher, but he was a dedicated warrior and liberator of the Jewish people.
The King David Hotel was the command center for the British army with approximately three hundred British officers and soldiers living on the premises. Menachem Begin and the Irgun wired the King David Hotel with explosives. The British commander was then called by phone and given the opportunity to evacuate the hotel prior to the explosion. The British commanding officer vigorously refused to obey the orders of a Jew and believed the call to be a prank. The Irgun then detonated a small bomb in the middle of the street in front of the hotel to demonstrate it was no hoax.
The British still refused to leave the King David Hotel. The explosives were set off and several hundred British soldiers needlessly perished. [“The Bombing of the King David Hotel,” Jewish Virtual Library, http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/King_David.html .]
Menachem Begin was characterized as a terrorist. Not so! He was committed to saving the lives of the Jewish people. He was eventually rewarded by the people of Israel when they elected him prime minister. It was my pleasure to meet with him several times during his very successful administration. . . .
He was a devout man who studied the Torah every day. After his term in office, he taught a Bible class in his home every Friday night. I believe that without Menachem Begin and his Irgun organization the British would not have left Palestine and thousands more Jewish lives would have been lost to the Holocaust. . . .
DAVID BEN-GURION—THE DIPLOMAT
Ben-Gurion was a Zionist statesman and political leader, the first prime minister (1948-53, 1955-63) and defense minister (1948-53, 1955-63) of Israel.
It was Ben-Gurion who delivered Israel’s declaration of independence in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948. His charismatic personality won him the adoration of the masses; he was revered as the “Father of the Nation.”
In 1906 the twenty-year-old Ben-Gurion immigrated to Palestine and worked as a farmer in the Jewish agricultural settlements for several years. As the Jewish settlement strengthened and deepened its roots in Palestine, anxiety mounted among the Palestinian Arabs, resulting in violent clashes between the two communities.
Ben-Gurion reacted to the British White Paper Policy of 1939 by calling upon the Jewish community to rise against the British and on May 12, 1942, he assembled an emergency conference of American Zionists in New York City where the convention decided upon the establishment of a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine after the war. [British White Paper of 1939,” Jewish Virtual Library, http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/paper39.html .]
At the end of World War II, Ben-Gurion again led the Jewish community in its successful struggle against the British mandate; and in May 1948, in accordance with a decision of the United Nations General Assembly, and with the support of the United States, the State of Israel was established. The Declaration of Statehood read in part:
ACCORDINGLY WE, Members of The People’s
Council, Representatives of The Jewish Community of
Eretz-Israel And of The Zionist Movement, Are Here
Assembled On The Day of The Termination of The
British Mandate Over Eretz-Israel And, By Virtue of
Our Natural And Historic Right And On The Strength
of The Resolution of The United Nations General As-
sembly, Hereby Declare The Establishment of A Jew-
ish State in Eretz-Israel, To Be Know As The State of
Israel. . . .
Placing Our Trust In The Almighty, We Affix Our
Signatures To This Proclamation At This Session Of
The Provisional Council Of State, On The Soil Of The
Homeland, In the City of Tel-Aviv, On This Sabbath
Eve The 5th Day Of Iyar, 5708—14th May, 1948. [The Jewish Virtual Library, Establishment of Israel: The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.]
Ben-Gurion viewed the newborn state as the direct continuation of Jewish history that had been interrupted two thousand years earlier when the Roman legions had crushed the Hebrew freedom fighters and banished the Jews from their land. He saw the Jews’ period of exile as a prolonged interlude in the history of Israel and declared that they had now regained their rightful home. David Ben-Gurion believed that Israel was “a country built more on her people . . . the Jews will come from everywhere . . . from France, from Russia, from America and from Yemen . . . their faith is their passport.” [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/60297/David-Ben-Gurion .]
Israel was reborn in the month of Iyar—the “second month” has always held great biblical significance. It was in the second month that King Solomon began to build the First Temple (1 Kings 6:1); it was in the second month, on the same exact day, that Ezra began to rebuild the Second Temple (Ezra 3:8). And it was in the second month on the 5th day of Iyar, that Israel was reborn as a nation.
Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
than she gives birth to her children.
(ISAIAH 66:8 NIV)
The first permanent Israeli government took office on January 25, 1949. During the next several months, a series of four Israeli War of Independence truce agreements were signed; with Egypt on February 24, with Lebanon on March 23, with Jordan on April 3, and with Syria on July 20. All of these agreements created armistice demarcation lines, which established Israel’s borders. [The Jewish Virtual Library, Establishment of Israel: The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.]
It was during this process of Israel’s rebirth and the establishment of her borders that on Passover 1949 God splattered the heavens with the first Blood Moon of the second Tetrad. The Jewish people had endured the severe tribulation of the Holocaust, the trials of rebirthing a nation, and now it was a time of triumph; they were officially home and home forever.
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