I will keep this brief. You will have to do further research for more. I only supply lead-in thoughts. While I believe that this eclipse is auspicious, I am not saying that this day marks anything more than what might have been — on God’s calendar. Not everything that could have been — happens!
There is a partial eclipse of the moon tonight — almost total (97%). It is very rare in that it is the longest such eclipse in over 500 years. In half a month — the middle of Hanukah– this rare lunar eclipse will be followed by a rare solar eclipse that will appear to “move backward”.
It’s the timing of this lunar eclipse that’s important. It occurs on the anniversary of the “abomination that causes desolation”. And with 3.5 years more until the 70th jubilee from when Israel entered the Promised Land — it seems to me to be noteworthy. I would have passed it by without mention were it not that providentially this afternoon our Bible study just happens to be on Daniel 8, which is the chapter about the “abomination that causes desolation”.
Seven years ago I wrote a lengthy article about the total lunar eclipse that occurred during the actual (initial) fulfillment of this prophecy when Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the temple in 167 BC (or 168 BC) on Kislev 15th. (This event is directly related to the festival of Hanukkah.)
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?”
14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.” (Dan. 8)
“Now the fifteenth day of the month Kislev, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Judah on every side.” (1 Maccabees 1:54)
Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),—Matthew 24:15
Before I repost the Menorah Chart that contains this event (as explained seven years ago), please read over the below Wikipedia article about this subject. Wikipedia is a secular source but nevertheless, it supplies an adequate overview.
Wikipedia: Book of Daniel
Chapters 1–6 of the Book of Daniel originated as a collection of folktales among the Jewish community in the late 4th to early 3rd centuries BCE. At that time a lamb was sacrificed twice daily, morning and evening, on the altar of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, but in 167 BCE Antiochus IV, the king of the Greek Seleucid dynasty which then ruled Palestine, put an end to the practice. In reaction to this, the visionary chapters of Daniel, chapters 7-12, were added to reassure Jews that they would survive in the face of this threat. In Daniel 8 one angel asks another how long “the transgression that makes desolate” will last; Daniel 9 tells of “the prince who is to come” who “shall make sacrifice and offering cease, and in their place shall be an abomination that desolates”; Daniel 11 tells the history of the arrogant foreign king who sets up the “abomination that makes desolate”; and in Daniel 12 the prophet is told how many days will pass “from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that desolates is set up…”
One of the more popular older views was to see in the “abomination” a contemptuous deformation (or dysphemism) of the Phoenician deity Baal Shamin, the “Lord of Heaven”; Philo of Byblos identified Baal Shamin with the Greek sky god Zeus, and as the temple in Jerusalem was rededicated in honor of Zeus according to 2 Maccabees 6:2, older commentators tended to follow Porphyry in seeing the “abomination” in terms of a statue of the Greek sky-god. More recently, it has been suggested that the reference is to certain sacred stones (possibly meteorites) that were fixed to the Temple’s Altar of Sacrifice for the purposes of pagan worship, since the use of such stones is well-attested in Canaanite and Syrian cults. Both proposals have been criticized on the basis that they are too speculative, or dependent on flawed analysis, or not well-suited to the relevant context in the Book of Daniel; and more recent scholarship tends to see the “abomination” as a reference to either the pagan offerings that replaced the forbidden twice-daily Jewish offering (cf. Dan 11:31; 12:11; 2 Macc 6:5), or the pagan altar on which such offerings were made.
This ends the quotation from Wikipedia.
In the Bible, the 3.5 year period directly relates to both the jubilee system and the abomination that causes desolation. It happens that in 3.5 years (half-seven) is the 70th jubilee from 1406 BC when Israel entered the Promised Land and the jubilees began. (Coincidentally, according to CNN, this eclipse will last “3.5 hours“.)
24 “Seventy ‘sevens’[a] are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish[b] transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.[c]
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,[d] the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.
26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.[e] The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.
27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’[f] In the middle of the ‘seven’[g] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple[h] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.[i]”[j]
This sign of the lunar eclipse ties into another sign mentioned in the comments section about a week ago — the sign of the anointing oil for Messiah that is about to be made by the Sanhedrin — perhaps this very month! It has not been officially made since the abomination that caused desolation in AD 70 when the temple was destroyed by the Romans.
Click on this link to read that comment. I also refer to this comment in the previous post about the sign of the flood of scorpions in Egypt.
- Why Egypt was just plagued with darkness, hail & scorpions November 16, 2021
SANHEDRIN BEGINS TO PREPARE OIL TO ANOINT KING MESSIAH/KOHEN GADOL
Well, it’s 2 PM, Nov. 18, 2021 — time to go upstairs and begin the Bible Study that coincidentally is on Daniel 8 — about the abomination that causes desolation. (We have been going through the book of Daniel for about 6 months now, every Thursday.)