Many people greatly anticipated Sukkot’s Blood Red Moon between 27th and 28 September 2015 depending on your location. We watched at 3 a.m as the blood red moons appeared closest to earth relating to events of significance for all, especially Jewish people among whom God Chose Jesus Christ for salvation of all mankind. During a full lunar eclipse, the moon turns red to reflect glow from earth’s simultaneous sunrises and sunsets according to NASA. The moon looks much bigger because it is closest to the earth at this time. Some predict this lunar eclipse signals a major earthquake or devastating apocalypse before the return of Yeshua HaMashiach Jesus the Messiah. The prophecy in the Book of Joel is the reason for such predictions. That prophecy states the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by celestial wonders, the darkening of the sun a solar eclipse such as happened earlier this year and a Blood Moon lunar eclipse. “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood-red before that great and terrible day of the LORD arrives according to Joel 2:31. In addition to the sun darkening and the moon turning red, God says He will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke in verse 30. True to Scripture, we must look for all of these wonders and other events identified throughout Scripture to occur before that terrible day of the LORD. The Jewish people take this prophecies seriously and seek God’s face intensely during Yom Kippur. Then during the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles begins and lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present offerings made to the Lord by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work.” (Leviticus 23:34–36) reciting prayers at the Western Wailing Wall with a lulav and etrog in his right hand.In addition to all of these wonders in the heavens. Scripture promised before the Messiah returns and sets up His Messianic Kingdom, Adonai will draw the Jewish People by His Ruach HaKodesh Holy Spirit and they will recognize Yeshua: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son as stated in Zechariah 12:10. How wonderful it would be if this mass recognition of Yeshua, a kind of end-time harvest, begins today and becomes the significant turning point that this Blood Moon signals for the Jewish People. That is certainly in keeping with a season of rejoicing! Indeed, Sukkot, which follows after Rosh HaShanah Day of Judgement and Yom Kippur the day the judgement is sealed, represents renewed fellowship with God by prayer day and night.
And since this holiday is a pilgrimage festival linked to the harvest, it is known as Chag haAsif Festival of Ingathering. A portion of this song has severe words of rebuke against Israel’s infidelity and unfaithfulness to God. The recent nuclear agreement with Iran by the world powers seem to move forward Iran’s ambitions to destroy Israel and could precipitate a major world war with Israel, underscores that significance. Not only would God “hide His face” from His people but He would also render judgement. “I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows on them. They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will send against them teeth of beasts with poison of serpents of dust in Deuteronomy 32:23–24. Israel prays in total solemn humility in repentance before God at wailing wall and synagogues.The recent nuclear agreement with Iran by world powers, which seems to help move forward Iran’s ambitions to destroy Israel and could precipitate a major world war with Israel, underscores that significance. Although these rebukes seem quite harsh, they reveal the discipline of God for our good and will ultimately end in our final redemption. God’s Jealousy was seen in grafting in of Gentiles boldly into His Presence with full assurance through the blood of Jesus. The flesh of Jesus crucified was the veil that created the time of the Gentiles to follow the example of Christ to worship God in spirit and in Truth. The new covenant in Christ supersedes the old Abrahamic covenant. Moses’ song foresees that the people of Israel will make God jealous with their worship of other false gods and idols and that God in turn will provoke His people to jealousy with those who are called “not a nation.” “They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. God gives time to Gentiles to provoke Jews to jealousy by acceptance of Jesus Christ in fulfilment of the new covenant to Jews who prefer old covenant as children of Abraham to accept Jesus God’s only way.God provokes Jews to jealousy who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation in Deuteronomy 32:21; see also Romans 11:13–15. This reference to not a nation is in Hebrew loh ami It is found again in the Book of Hosea: “I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my nation,’ loh ami ‘You are my nation’ and they will say, ‘You are my God in Hosea 2:23; Romans 9:25. Who are these people who were once “not a nation” and are now God’s people? These are the Gentiles who have come to join themselves with the commonwealth of Israel through the Jewish Messiah: “Once you were not a nation, but now you are the nation of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy in 1 Peter 2:10. MILLIONS of Jewish people in Israel all prayed to their Powerful God in greater depth similar to prayers held during kidnapped teens. On Yom Kippur, for nearly 26 hours, we “afflict our souls” in the following five ways We don’t eat or drink; We don’t wash; We don’t use lotions or perfumes; We don’t wear leather footwear; and We abstain from marital relations. The observance of this day is characterized by a sense of peace because of our confidence in our relationship with God and His provision for atonement. Jewish people weep before God at the Wailing Wall praying for forgiveness. Before the sun set, the Jewish People gathered in synagogues to hear the cantor chant Kol Nidre All Vows and recite penitential prayers at wailing wall. Israel depends on God’s Mercy like they did during kidnap of teenagers.
These are the very people who God has called to salvation to provoke Israel to jealousy. “They stumbled in order that they might fall through their trespass so salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous in Romans 11:11. What makes Jewish People jealous of Gentiles? Is not it the other way around that the Gentiles are jealous because God blessed many Jewish people with favour as the chosen ones tio be the role model to all nations in spiritual and material prosperity. These blessings seem to be the cause of at least some of the world’s anti-Semitism. So when and how will the Jews become provoked to jealousy by Gentile followers of Yeshua? It will be when they see the true love, joy, fellowship, and peace that these Believers possess in Yeshua, even when the entire material world around them falls apart. Likewise, it was this ability to sing in the face of apparent tragedy that set Moses apart from the others. All but a few of his generation had died in the wilderness because of their unbelief. Moses himself was about to die, having never entered the Promised Land. But he still praised God in song reminding Israel of God’s power, love, and faithfulness. The Rock and His Righteous Judgement metaphor of God as Rock means steadfast, strong, immovable and unchanging. It is for these particular qualities this chosen a verse from Parasha is the opening line of the Jewish burial service called Tziduk haDin in Righteous Judgement. The prayer begins with Deuteronomy 32:4: “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” In contrast to all wondrous qualities of God the Torah portion describes mankind as corrupt, perverse and crooked to the point of being compared to Sodom and Gomorrah. “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter. Their wine is the poison of serpents, and the cruel venom of cobras in Deuteronomy 32:32–33. There is no way to bridge the wide chasm between the corruption of man and the holiness of God except for one through the narrow gate that leads to life is through Yeshua HaMashiach Jesus the Messiah. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father but through Me in John 14:6. In addition to being compared to a rock, Moses also likens God to an Eagle the bird of great strength and vision who took the children out of Egypt on His outstretched wings. “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings so the LORD alone led him. There was no foreign god with him in Deuteronomy 32:11–12. God’s message and significance of the red blood moon is that our actions have consequences for good or evil and our very survival depends on our faithfulness to God our Rock. As Israel as a nation humbles themselves on the Holiest Day in Judaism the day of Atonement like Nineveh, so God ensures the saved elect’s names are sealed in the Book of Life forever in heaven! After Kol Nidre Services at night, the next day is completely quiet in Israel with many people in the synagogues in the morning and early afternoon. In mid-afternoon many people left synagogues to take a sleep in the heat of the afternoon while still fasting return to their local synagogue in a few hours for additional prayers. In the morning, returned to our synagogues for the Morning Prayer service in which several sections of the Torah portion are read. The entire Book of Jonah will be read during the afternoon service. This service concludes shortly before sunset with the Ne’ila Closing of the Gates prayer, which is the last moment for repenting before God seals His judgements in His Book. Yom Kippur ends at nightfall with the blowing of shofar, and return home to enjoy a festive meal. Many begin building Sukkah for holiday of Sukkot, which is just four days after. Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement Biblically speaking, is the holiest of the year. In Israel and Jewish communities around the world everyone is in local synagogues. Many secular Jews who do not observe Jewish holidays consider theme of atonement and repentance, significant. “It shall be a statute to you forever: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls and shall do no kind of work, the native-born or strangers who lives as foreigners among you in Leviticus 16:29. We all look forward to the future fulfilment of this Day of Ingathering when the Jewish People are gathered and Messiah will reign on the earth in Isaiah 27:12–13; Jeremiah 23:7–8. It will be a momentous time for all people. The Bible tells us the nations will come before the Lord during the Feast of Sukkot to worship Him here in Jerusalem. And we know that time will come only after one more significant event a major war between these nations and Israel: “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.” according to Zechariah 14:16. God’s loving kindness and faithfulness toward Israel ends with a promise of vengeance, redemption and atonement for God’s land and people. “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people in Deuteronomy 32:43 in the Bible. It is not only the people of Israel who will rejoice with this final redemption. The Gentiles will rejoice together with God’s people. God’s salvation is for all people of every tongue, tribe, race and ethnic background. All Jews and Gentiles can rejoice together in unity at the goodness of God. The significance of blood moon is two-fold. First, this includes spiritual significant effects on Israel plus all nations in relation to Christ for Jesus’ rapture event and later second coming. The 2nd significance is that the blood moon’s closeness to earth means the blood moon’s centrifugal force impact’s earth’s gravitational force physically through electromagnetic wave pull so clashes with earth’s atmospheric pressure. These affects weather conditions, intensify climate changes, causes avalanches, extreme giant waves, storms, tsunamis, flash floods, typhoons, mud slides, landslides, earthquakes, fires, droughts etc. These intense natural phenomena some think reveal the subtle relationships between human behaviour and the cosmic environment which cause emotional distress, dust particles affect asthma related conditions, turmoils, some consider ozone, moonlight, gravity, tidal force, geo-magnetism, elecuomagnetism, weather, ions affect mind of mentally disturbed previously called lunatics because lunar moon changes are supposed to affect mental health, environmental toxic elements from air particles, birds and dogs exhibit changes as signs of warnings of physical upheaval, damage and loss of lives. As tragedies unfold it is important those directly affected need to be adequately prepared in advance if possible for minimal loss to avoid the results of aerosol propeller man-made causes of ozone structural damages and loss of lives. God’s end-time birth pangs require all to be in right relationship with God through Christ Jesus as events unfold to be saved in Christ eternally.