Exclusive: Friday’s Solar Eclipse Linked to Fateful 1492 Blood Moon

“For the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the LORD as the sea is filled with water.” (Isaiah 11:9)

This Friday’s exceedingly rare solar eclipse has an astronomical relationship to the fateful 1492 Blood Moon, according to Root Source, in their second major revelation in recent days.

“Friday’s total solar eclipse is a direct descendant of an earlier eclipse that touched land in the New World during the middle of the 1492 Alhambra decree that ordered the expulsion of the Jews from Spain,” Root Source co-founder Bob O’Dell told Breaking Israel News.

Eclipses run in families, referred to by NASA as the saros cycle, which repeat every 18 years and 11 days. Root Source traced this Friday’s unusual eclipse directly to an eclipse that took place in April 1492.

There has been a growing interest recently in the Blood Moons, which have been occurring uninterruptedly on the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) of 2014 and 2015. The next total lunar eclipse, known as a Blood Moon, will take place on April 4, 2015, the first night of Passover.

A series of four uninterrupted Blood Moons, known as a tetrad, that fall on Jewish festivals have only occurred in 1967, 1949 and 1493, all years of major significance in Jewish history. Prominent Christian leaders such as Pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz have pointed to a pattern and identified possible apocalyptic ramifications for the 2014-2015 Blood Moons.

Critics of the apocalyptic theory claim that the timing of the Blood Moons is off. While 1967 marked the Six Day War and 1949 was the year Israel’s War of Independence concluded, 1493-1494 is far removed from the pivotal events of 1492.

Jews, who had flourished for hundreds of years in Spain, began to be persecuted in what is referred to as the Spanish Inquisition, which began in 1481. The persecution continued until the Spanish monarchy issued the edict of expulsion, known as the Alhambra Decree, on March 31, 1492.

The decree declared that the entire Spanish Jewish population was be expelled by July 31 of that same year, which turned out to coincide with the voyage of Christopher Columbus.

“In the same month in which their Majesties [Ferdinand and Isabella] issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies,” Columbus wrote in the first entry of his diary.

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However, some critics reject any planetary pattern, let alone its prophetic implications.

In a column entitled “A Popular Error in Prophetic Interpretation” in Advindicate, a Seventh Day Adventist newsite, the author argues that, “The first tetrad did not begin until April 1493, but the Jews were driven from Spain on July 30, 1492; they left Spain 9 months before the first blood moon appeared.” As such, there is no pattern and no significance for 2014-2015.

Root Source’s O’Dell, however, has discovered a startling revelation, “a fact that will bolster confidence to all Christians about the significance of the Blood Moons in 2015.”

Since solar eclipses repeat every 18 years in the saros cycle, “If Friday’s eclipse was referred to, say as Generation 30, then Generation 1 would have been the solar eclipse on April 26, 1492, right in between the signing of the Alhambra decree and the expulsion.”

There’s more, says O’Dell.

“My mouth nearly dropped to the floor when I discovered the path of the 1492 solar eclipse.”

NASA has tracked the path of the solar eclipse of April 26, 1492, which began in the Pacific Ocean south of the equator and traveled northeast crossing the thin land bridge where, years later, the Panama Canal would be built. On the Jewish calendar, April 26, 1492 corresponds to the fifth day of Passover (20 Nissan), which the Bible states is two days before the Exodus from Egypt and the splitting of the sea.

Screenshot from NASA website on the path of the solar eclipse of April 26, 1492.
Screenshot from NASA website on the path of the solar eclipse of April 26, 1492.

After then clipping the very top of South America, the path of the 1492 solar eclipse headed southeast in the Atlantic Ocean very close to the shortest crossing point between South America and Africa.

“It is almost like it was a signpost being placed on earth for later generations to see, once the age of computers would arrive,” O’Dell explained to Breaking Israel News.

“God could have been saying to the world, that yes, you can expel the Jews from Spain, but I am going to open up the Americas so they would have a place of refuge until their ultimate homeland was ready to receive them.”

O’Dell, a devoted Christian from Austin, Texas, joined with Gidon Ariel, an Orthodox Jew living in Israel, to start Root Source, a site dedicated to teaching Christians about the Torah and Judaism.

Ariel noted the trajectory that Spain took following the expulsion of its Jewish residents. “History has shown that nations rise and fall based on how they treat the Jews, and Spain never recovered their previous glory after evicting the Jews,” he told Breaking Israel News.

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Root Source is offering a free “Blood Moons 101” eBook and video course to prepare Christians for the upcoming solar eclipse and Blood Moons.

Ariel and O’Dell have issued a global call to prayer for the exact two minutes that the earth will be in the shadow of the sun this Friday. Ariel will be leading a group of Jews and Christians at the Western Wall and is inviting worldwide worshipers to join via the Root Source website.

Root Source has even prepared a specially made two minute prayer for this Friday that can also be accessed through their website, written by Steve Hawthorne, a noted prayer author.

While many consider the Blood Moons to be a sign of judgment upon Earth, Ariel and O’Dell see them as a sign to encourage people to simply turn to God, and take a major prayer cue from Isaiah 11:9, that “None would harm or destroy another on my entire Holy Mountain, for the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the LORD as the sea is filled with water.”

“As Friday’s eclipse seems to be from the finger of God, the most important thing we can do during that event is to pray that the knowledge of God would increase very rapidly for the sake of peace and safety for all,” O’Dell stated.

To download the free eBook “Blood Moons 101” click here.

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