A Date to Watch - 14 May 2014 - Second Passover
Before getting to the crux of this letter I would like to thank Luis Vega for the outstanding diagram: The Last Decade: Mathematics of the Solar/Lunar Eclipses 2010 to 2020, and Five Doves for posting the letter from Luis Vega providing a link to this great resource. By seeing the timeline overview, dates for solar/lunar eclipses and Jewish festival dates all in one place, my mind was drawn to the first lunar eclipse in 2014. Vega’s diagram link is:
The coming tetrad of lunar eclipses
The total lunar eclipse on 14/15 April 2014 is the first in the tetrad of lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015. This total eclipse should be a spectacular sight: the Moon will be well within the Earth's shadow and should be deeply (blood red) coloured by the Earth's atmosphere. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon goes through the long shadow cast by the Earth and is blocked from the sunlight that illuminates it. When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a tetrad.
Lunar eclipse - 14/15 April 2014
On 10/11 December 2011 there was a spectacular total lunar eclipse. Previously there had been total lunar eclipses on 15 June 2011 and 21 December 2010. Looking to the next few years, there are two amazing lunar eclipse facts: first, the next total lunar eclipse will not be until 14/15 April 2014, and secondly, after this 31/2 year gap there will be four total lunar eclipses (a tetrad) in 1/12 years! How amazing! The importance of these tetrad eclipse sequences, especially the strong links to major events for Israel, has been well covered by many letters from Doves.
Second Passover on Israel’s Birth Date - 14/15 May 2014
What is of interest is that the 14/15 April 2014 total eclipse could herald a major event for Israel near or soon after the Second Passover on 14/15 May 2014 - just as Israel celebrates its 66th year as a nation - and is entering its 67th year! And between 10 December 2011 and 15 April 2014 (inclusive) there are 888 days! Three weeks after that first lunar eclipse the 47th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem (on 7 June 1967) would be celebrated. Note that while the previous tetrads around 1949 to 1950 and 1967 to 1968 took place on Jewish holidays, as does the 2014 and 2015 tetrad, the historical events may not coincide exactly. For example, the first total lunar eclipse in 1967 was on 24 April - around 44 days before the Jerusalem liberation on 7 June.
What event could the eclipse herald? The seventh day of the six day war?
(At evening time, behold, terror! before the morning, they are not! Isaiah 17: 14 – the Damascus chapter)
I have included some information on the Second Passover below, but would like to move to the important question: what event could this eclipse herald? The 66th year is somewhat of a giveaway, with the Goliath like taunt in Psalm 83:4 ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more.’ God’s response is in verses 9 to 18, including: Let them be put shame and dismayed forever...that they may know that You are the Most High over all the earth.
Isaiah 17 (Damascus) and Psalm 83 (100 combined) may be prophesying the same war/event, a war against Israel’s immediate neighbours with Damascus in Syria as the core of terrorism! In Isaiah 17:1 we read: Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. Despite the current events in Syria, the world is facing a greater threat from Iran (the focus of Isaiah 13). War with Iran is likely to come before Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 and would reshape many countries, possibly unifying the Islamic threat to Israel’s existence. Israel may be blamed for the Iran war and be like David facing a new Goliath - threatened with extinction (and many countries may hold back their support from Israel!). Psalm 83 finishes with a mighty victory for Israel - this is well covered in the Isralestine book (Bill Salus – www.isralestine.net), and many other Five Doves letters. The victory could strengthen Israel’s hand and facilitate, among other things, a new exodus back to Israel from throughout the world (Isaiah 11:11 And in that day the Lord will lift up His hand a second time to recover the remnant of His people which is left)
More of Isaiah 17: 12-14 (edited) Hark, the uproar of a multitude of peoples! They roar and thunder like the noise of the seas! Ah, the roar of nations! The nations will rush and roar...but [God] will rebuke them, and they will flee far off and will be chased like chaff on the mountains. At evening time, behold, terror! And before the morning, they [the terrorizing Assyrians] are not. This is the portion of those who strip us [the Jews] of what belongs to us.
What is the Second Passover? Numbers 9: 5-13 (excerpts below)
The Second Passover is, put simply, a second opportunity to celebrtae the same Passover event. From chabad.org (see link below) A year after the Exodus, G-d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt. Some were defiled and not able to prepare the Passover offering on that day. G-d established the 14th of Iyar as a "Second Passover" (Pesach Sheini) for these persons - the day thus represents the "second chance" achieved by teshuvah, the power of repentance and "return."
5And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month in the evening in the Wilderness of Sinai...6And there were certain men who were defiled by touching the dead body of a man, so they could not keep the Passover on that day; and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. 7Those men said to [Moses], We are defiled by touching the dead body. Why are we prevented from offering the Lord's offering
8And Moses said to them, Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you. 10Say to the Israelites, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of touching a dead body or is far off on a journey, still he shall keep the Passover to the Lord. 11On the fourteenth day of the second month in the evening.