Posted 29 August 2013
Flanked by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Secretary of State John Kerry said last week (Tuesday) that the United States will play the role of facilitator in final status talks between the parties that he hopes will lead to an agreement in nine months.
“The parties agreed here today that all of the final status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues, are all on the table for negotiation,” Kerry told journalists at a press appearance with Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saab Erekat at the State Department Tuesday.
“And they are on the table with one simple goal,” Kerry continued. “Our objective is to achieve a final status agreement over the course of next nine months.”
Describing the atmosphere in two days of talks as “constructive, positive,” Kerry said the parties had agreed to “remain engaged in sustained, continuous and substantive meetings” on the core issues over the next nine months, beginning with a meeting in two weeks in either Israel or the West Bank.
Kerry is projecting that a final peace accord will be reached in nine months from July which is April 2014 which is when the first “Blood Red Moon” is set to occur on Passover April 15th!
Remember the Moon Tetrad to occur in the 2014–2015 time period — [See my article “The Dawn of Blood Red Moons”]
* First Day of Passover, April 15, 2014
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 8, 2014
* First Day of Passover, April 4, 2015
* First Day of Sukkoth, Sept. 28, 2015
The following is based on two articles by David Dolan a journalist based in Jerusalem.
According to NASA charts, only the final total lunar eclipse of the upcoming Tetrad will appear in the skies above Israel. That will begin on September 28th 2015 just after midnight and reach its peak at 4:48 AM local time.
However it will also be one of the longest total eclipses that ever occur, with full darkness lasting for over one hour. The other three eclipses will only be viewable further to the east in Asia, in Australia, over the Pacific Ocean and in the Americas, meaning Jews in Europe and Africa will also not be able to see them. Could this mean that the large Jewish community in North and South America (which when combined contains many more Jews than currently reside in Israel) and the substantial community in Australia might be the prophetic focus of the upcoming string of full moon eclipses until the very last one takes place? Only time will tell.
You don’t need to gaze at the moon to know that the tense Middle East is gearing up for another major eruption.
While Israel itself has not been directly involved with the violent revolutions that began in Tunisia over two years ago and then spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, and have also deeply affected many other countries including Jordan, it has been the object of existential threats emanating from Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and from the besieged Syrian Assad regime. Given that the intense and spreading Syrian conflict is now raging right next to Israel’s northern Golan Heights border with the country, and that Hizbullah says it is ready to ply Israel with thousands of deadly rockets at any time, as does Iran which continues to enrich uranium at an escalating pace, it is not hard to imagine that a major war is looming. Of course, Israeli government and military leaders are not just imagining such a scenario, but are busy preparing for it.
ISAIAH 17 AND PSALM 83
As I wrote before, I suspect that the next major regional war will begin with the fulfillment of Isaiah 17, which speaks of the total destruction of Damascus along with great suffering for Israel. This may well coincide with or ignite a conflict with Iran and other allies of the embattled Assad regime. It is true that the ancient Assyrians, who are spoken of extensively by the great prophet, conquered the Syrian capital city in his era. However historians say it was not the utter destruction of Damascus that is described in verses 1-3: “It will be for flocks to lie down in, and no one will (be around to) make them afraid.”
I suspect a war between Israel and Syria and its allies would probably be followed, either quickly or after a short period of time, by the fulfillment of the conspiracy involving several regional Arab neighbors that is foretold in Psalm 83. There we are told they will join together in an attempt to “wipe Israel out as a nation” (vs. 4), which is of course precisely what Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and others have stated many times is their ultimate goal.
Syria has already threatened attacks on Israel if the United States sends missles into the streets of Damascus.
A key to the fulfillment of that prophecy is the country of Jordan, which at this time still has a functioning peace treaty with Israel (unlike the collapsing treaties with Egypt and the Palestinian Authority). Several of the 10 Arab countries or tribes that are listed in Psalm 83: 6-8 resided in what is today territory under Jordanian control.
Of course, nobody can say for sure that the coming Tetrads will prove to be anything more than just a series of interesting celestial events with little or no prophetic or historical significance at all. Some of the Tetrads that took place on Jewish feast days in the last 2,000 years cannot be clearly traced to any important events in the Jewish world. However the last three certainly can be. I also find it quiet interesting that we have had seven Tetrads since the time of Yeshua that occurred on Passover and Succot. Seven is obviously a significant number in the Bible, so this next one will be number EIGHT, a significant biblical number signalling completion and fulfillment.
Are we about to witness some shattering events on planet earth?
As most of you will already know, Isaiah’s prophecy begins with the total destruction of Damascus, which the seer foretells will become completely uninhabited with only “flocks” of animal wandering around in its ruins (17:1-2). Located fifty miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea east of Lebanon, the historic city is home today to nearly two million people, with another half million living in its suburbs.
Isaiah’s stark prophecy goes on to speak of Israel suffering greatly during the same time frame, implying that an intense war between the two long time enemy countries stands at the heart of the jarring oracle. It mentions that while Damascus will be “removed from being a city” and “sovereignty” will disappear from it as well (17:1,3), the “glory of Jacob will fade, and the fatness of his flesh will become lean” (17:5). As bad as that sounds, the Hebrew prophet is foretelling that Israel will NOT be destroyed as Damascus will be, but instead “gleanings will be left in it like the shaking of an olive tree” (6). So many “olives” will be shaken off the Tree of Israel, but by no means all of them. Isaiah uses the olive tree analogy later on in Chapter 24, which speaks of the final judgment of the world, giving further evidence that Isaiah 17 is also an “end time” prophecy.
Although historians say the renowned Syrian capital city has been conquered at least 17 times during recorded history, it has never been destroyed and abandoned as Isaiah foretold would one day take place. So why did the prophet write that the city’s demise was “about to” take place? Many scholars believe, as I do, that this is what is widely known as the “prophetic tense.” This occurs elsewhere in prophetic biblical literature when something extremely important and life changing is described as either being imminent when it is not actually looming in an historic timeline, or as if it had already occurred, which is an even more dramatic prophetic voice to employ.
The potential for a massive armed conflict between Israel and Syria at this time is quite obvious.
Therefore it seems mighty strange that John Kerry is the voice of reason for peace in Israel, as well as intervention in Syria?