"The voice of one crying in the desert, 'Prepare the way of YHVH; make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim. And the esteem of YHVH shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see it. For the mouth of YHVH has spoken." Isaiah 40:3,5
The New YorkTimes is reporting that President Trump revealed classified information provided by Israel regarding ISIS to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the White House last week.
If The Times report is true, this could have serious implications to national security and even international relationships.
It is unclear at this time exactly what information Trump revealed to the Russians, however.
One claim made by The Times’ report alleges Trump revealed the city where allied spies infiltrated, cultivated a network of intelligence gathering and collected information which prevented attacks on civil aviation.
Compounding Trump’s troubles are statements made by officials within the Trump administration which seem to contradict the president’s statements on the issue.
The National Security Advisor, the Deputy National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State initially denied the claims Trump revealed any classified information and later flipped their rhetoric when Trump tweeted he did reveal some information to Russia in order to aid the fight against ISIS.
While the president is correct that what he revealed was not illegal, the president can choose to declassify any information at any time, there’s no denying what he did was reckless and could have far-reaching consequences.
By revealing in which city this intelligence was gathered, Trump revealed which city has a network of spies that have infiltrated adversarial and terrorist groups. By revealing their location, Trump endangers the network of intelligence gatherers and puts their lives at risk.
Russia is a key ally to Syria, where many of these terrorist networks are rooted. By revealing this information to Russia, Trump put intelligence assets at risk of retaliatory measures from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
This not only compromises our security assets but those of our allies as well.
Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East. Without their support and collaboration we cannot hope to win the fight against terror. But if Israel feels they cannot trust the President of the United States with sensitive information, it could jeopardize our relationship – just as it was strained during the Obama administration.
Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., reaffirmed the relationship between the U.S. and Israel by issuing the following statement yesterday.
“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Dermer told TheTimes.
And the concern is that Israel won’t be the only one to cease sharing or limiting intelligence shared with us.
If countries around the world do not feel confident our president or government officials can properly handle information, they could cease to share or limit the intelligence shared.
While many opponents of Trump are using this to paint him as colluding with Russia, I believe it demonstrates Trump is simply politically incompetent and didn’t understand the implications of his actions.
While I don’t think this excuses his actions, it absolves him of any nefarious intent.
But this has been my complaint about Trump from the very beginning.
I did not think he demonstrated the political savvy I wanted in a president – not just in his attitude and behavior, which is severely lacking in presidential quality – but also in his understanding of the political process.
Trump is a very proud man and has little self-control with regards to his opinions and Twitter account. He frequently spouts off the first thought that comes into his head with little regard for the consequences. Couple this with the fact he has little understanding of diplomacy or political processes and we have the potential for very dangerous situations.
Trump should stay quiet on issues he doesn’t fully understand and allow the subject matter experts in his administration to take the lead on these matters.
This week, I am including my Torah Tidbit notes for the blood moons prophecy portion since it was a lot of information and I didn’t get to all of it. If you have any questions, please send me an email or find me on Facebook.
Passover: The Hebrew feast day commemorating the Lamb Sacrifice in Exodus where the Angel of Death passed over Israel while the firstborn in Egypt were slain. It also is the same day the Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), our lamb sacrifice for sins, was crucified.
Sukkot (Tabernacles): The feast of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day of Yom Kippur. It is a joyous feast day while Yom Kippur is one of the most solemn of feast days. Sukkot is a feast day with a festival atmosphere. It marks a season of rejoicing. Sukkot means booths and refers to temporary dwelling places the Jews gather into during this holiday. Most Christian Scholars believe the “Feast of Sukkot” is the feast for the 2nd Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ when he returns with his saints on white horses at Armageddon.
Tetrad: 4 total lunar eclipses that happen back-to-back on the Biblical Feasts of Passover and Sukkot
What is a blood moon and why is it important?
Although single blood moons happen fairly regularly, four appearing so closely together is extremely rare. There have only been a series of blood moons a handful of times over the past 500 years.
So what exactly is a blood moon and what is the biblical significance?
A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon. And the sun is shining through the atmosphere of the Earth and casts up on the moon a red shadow. And so the moon appears to be red.
Such moons appear several times in scripture.
In the book of Joel, God says there will be “wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire…the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
In Acts, the Apostle Peter repeats that verse from Joel. And the book of Revelation says that during the Great Tribulation, “the moon will become like blood.”
Blood moons are set to appear in April 2014, on Passover, and then again in September 2014 during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.
The timing is the same for 2015 — a total of four blood moons, all appearing on Jewish feast days.
The sun, moon, and stars as signs to YHVH’s people
14And Elohim (God) said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years,
15and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it came to be so.
16And Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and the stars.
17And Elohim set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18and to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good.
19And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fourth day.
Four, blood moons on Jewish Feast days within two years in Israel is very rare and has only occurred seven times since the time of Yeshua. There are now four blood moons scheduled to appear in 2014/2015 and then there will NOT be any for the next 100 years.
Every time a blood moon pattern has appeared on Jewish feast days a big event affects the nation of Israel. The event affecting Israel begins just before the actual years of the blood moons. To understand what will happen in the 2014 – 2015 “blood moons” you must understand the pattern of blood moons in the past.
According to NASA – Four blood-red total lunar eclipses will fall again onPassover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015… the same back-to-back occurrences at the time of 1492, 1948 and 1967.
1493 – 1494 Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Trumpets Holidays. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered all Jewish people to leave the country.
1949 – 1950 Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle induring the 1st Arab – Israeli War for Independence just after Israel had become a nation again for the first time in 2,000 years.
1967 – 1968 Four TOTAL lunar eclipses occurred on the Jewish Passover and Feast of Tabernacle in coinciding with the 6 Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. As Israel’s neighbors prepared to destroy the Jewish state, Israel invoked its inherent right of self-defense, launching a preemptive strike (5 June 1967) against Egypt in the South.
At the end of six days of fighting, Jerusalem, which had been divided under Israeli and Jordanian rule since 1949, was reunified under Israel’s authority.
2014 – 2015 The coming Blood Moons of … These four TOTAL lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses WILL occur on the Jewish holidays of “Passover,” the “Feast of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Trumpets.”
This is the only “tetrad” in the near future that aligns itself with the Jewish holidays. One should make mention here that there are other “tetrads” occurring as well. The difference between these “tetrads” and the 2014 – 2015 “tetrad” is that this “tetrad” aligns with the Jewish holidays and the others DO NOT!
Putting everything into perspective…
Mark 13:24 – 46: “But in those days the sun shall be darkened (eclipse) and the moon shall not give its light (eclipse) then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Yeshua (Jesus) told His disciples what would be the signs of the end of the age and some of them involved signs in the heavens he closes commanding them to ‘watch’ 4 times. To be a “Watcher, and observe what is happening in the heavens” relating to the Last Day, when “unusual signs” are seen in the heavens we watch, pray and record.
Matthew 24:29 – I encourage you to read this entire chapter
15“So when you see the ‘abomination that lays waste,’spoken of by Daniel the prophet, set up in the set-apart place” – he who reads, let him understand –
16“then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
29“And immediately after the distress of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
30“And then the sign of the Son of Adam shall appear in the heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Adam coming on the clouds of the heaven with power and much esteem.
31“And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32“And learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near.
33“So you also, when you see all these, know that He is near, at the doors.
36“Watch then at all times, and pray that you be counted worthy to endure all this about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Adam.”
Yeshua spoke those words after He warned us of many of the events that will happen in the end times. They are especially relevant to us today when we consider current headlines are now fulfilling Bible prophecy at an absolutely amazing rate — which is setting the stage for more ominous events to happen at any time. The signs are sometimes obvious, such as rumblings in the Middle East, economic turmoil, shifts in geopolitical policy, earthquakes, signs from heaven, and more. At other times, the clues are more subtle, yet equally astounding to those who know Bible prophecy.
Joel 2:10, 27-32
10 The earth shall tremble before them, the heavens shall shake. Sun and moon shall be darkened, and the stars withdraw their brightness.
27 “And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am YHVH your Elohim and there is no one else. And My people shall never be put to shame.
28 “And after this it shall be that I pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream dreams, your young men see visions.
29 “And also on the male servants and on the female servants I shall pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I shall give signs in the heavens and upon the earth: blood and fire and columns of smoke,
31 the sun is turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of YHVH.
32 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of YHVH shall be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be an escape as YHVH has said, and among the survivors whom YHVH calls.
16“But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17‘And it shall be in the last days, says Elohim, that I shall pour out of My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams,
18and also on My male servants and on My female servants I shall pour out My Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy.
19‘And I shall show wonders in the heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and splendid day of YHVH.
21‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of YHVH shall be saved.’
This passage says there will be a blood moon before the day that the Lord comes. Since it says that the sun will be darkened, we know the blood moon referred to can’t be caused by an eclipse, because it is physically impossible for a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse to occur simultaneously. However, a large fiery comet impact that puts dust in the atmosphere is indicated as being the cause of both the darkened sun and the moon being reddened, since “fire” and “smoke” is mentioned.
12And I looked when He opened the sixth seal and saw a great earthquake came to be. And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.
13And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its unripe figs, being shaken by a strong wind.
14And heaven departed like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
The above does not mean that the Second Coming of Yeshua at Tabernacles has to occur in 2015. But, what the above taken as a whole does show a pattern. The “1493 tetrad”… is tied to the Spanish Government expelling the Jews. The “1949 tetrad” is the nation Israel being reborn” and the “1967 tetrad” is the recapture of Jerusalem. The coming “2014 tetrad”… will be tied to some major event dealing with Israel. We believe that the “tetrad” of 2014 through 2015 will have something to do with Israel for the start. The blood moons show a pattern of Jewish persecution… and then new land for Israel after a time of war!
This means that the blood moons of 2014 – 2015 will be a time of war or persecution for the Jewish people. This may Lead Israel to gain and/or loose land during this time.
It cannot be regarded as coincidence that all four blood moons of 2014/15 occur on religious festivals of Israel, together with two eclipses of the sun also on important days in 2015. A blood moon will occur on Passover 2014. Nisan is the first month in Israel’s religious calendar. On the 15th day of the seventh month (Tishri) when the Feast of Tabernacles begins (Leviticus 23:34) there will be another blood moon.
Exactly the same pattern will be repeated in 2015. Because of Israel’s lunar calendar these dates all coincide with the full moon – on these occasions the moon will become blood-red. Apart from the lunar eclipses there will also be two eclipses of the sun in 2015… on the first day of Nisan and again on the first day of Tishri.
The eclipses of the sun and moon confront us with precise dates which cannot be manipulate! Nevertheless, these signs should not be seen as an attempt to date-setting for the Second Coming of Messiah but rather as a wake-up call to be ready for what may happen in the near future. Now is not the time to lapse into spiritual slumber like the Matthew 25 foolish virgins.