“God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” (Genesis 1:17-19)
Christian leaders are hoping to channel the Passover 2015 Blood Moon fever into a time of fervent prayer for Israel.
Pastor Mark Biltz, who first popularized the Blood Moon tetrads, and Bob O’Dell of Root Source, who discovered unique insights connecting the recent solar and lunar eclipses with the modern State of Israel, are calling for Christians everywhere to pray for four minutes and forty four seconds during the upcoming Passover Blood Moon.
“Bob and I were influenced by the rarity of this coming Blood Moon – the shortest lunar eclipse ever recorded in human history on the night of Passover, and the fourth shortest of all eclipses in the last 4,000 years,” Biltz told Breaking Israel News.
The imminent total lunar eclipse, known as a Blood Moon, will take place on the fourth day of the fourth month, April 4th, and will last for exactly four minutes and forty four seconds.
“Iran’s impending nuclear threat in the region has Israel very concerned. So we believe it is both important and urgent that Christians everywhere pray for the peace of Jerusalem on 4/4 for just 4 minutes and 44 seconds,” explained Biltz.
The number four has Biblical significance, according to Root Source co-founder Gidon Ariel. “Not only does God’s name have four letters, but it was on the fourth day of creation that God created the sun and the moon, establishing them as signs to mark sacred times, such as the Festival of Passover. It is incredible to see Christians putting aside centuries of anti-Semitism and coming towards Israel in friendship and prayer this Passover.”
The number four also holds special significance during the Passover seder as there are four cups of wine which correspond to the four expressions describing Israel’s redemption in the Book of Exodus (6:6).
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.’”
Ariel explained to Breaking Israel News that the Jewish significance of the number four goes further. “The fourth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is ‘Dalet’ which also means door. It is the door post that has profound significance on Passover, as the Jews spread the blood of the Passover sacrifice on their doorposts causing God to pass over their homes during the Exodus from Egypt.”
Biltz and O’Dell have organized a special prayer event scheduled for 11:58 AM GMT and is a response to a similar call issued two weeks ago by Ariel. For the corresponding time in your area, click here.
Ariel, an Orthodox Jew, called on Jews and Christians to pray together on behalf of the entire world, during the two minute long shadow over the North Pole during the recent solar eclipse on March 20.
According to Biltz, “If a Jew from Israel calls for prayer for the entire world during the solar eclipse, then we Christians should return the favor and call for prayer for Israel, and the reading of Psalm 122, during the lunar eclipse.”
Ariel explained the reason for the two calls to prayer.
“In Jewish tradition, the nations of the world are likened to the sun, and the Jewish people are compared to the moon,” he told Breaking Israel News. “The prayer offered during the North Pole solar eclipse was for the benefit of the entire world. It is especially moving that two Christians are now calling for prayers for the peace of Jerusalem during the lunar eclipse.”
The recent outpouring of interest in the Blood Moons has been covered widely by mainstream media such as Fox News and the Washington Post. Pro-Israel Pastor John Hagee released a documentary last week entitled “Four Blood Moons”, which sparked another round of interest.
“The Blood Moons have erupted a controversy within the Christian community about the nature of eclipses, their meaning, and whether they can signal future events,” O’Dell explained to Breaking Israel News. “For this prayer event, Mark Biltz and I were willing to put our personal views aside and leverage the occasion for a cause we can all agree upon – to communicate our strong desire to be a blessing to the Nation of Israel.”
For optimal viewing times of the Passover 2015 Blood Moon around the world, click here.