PRAYER ALERT: On April 2 Western powers struck a nuclear deal with Iran. The US and EU promised to lift sanctions if Iran allowed inspectors to verify it was scaling back its nuclear program. Two days during Passover later a blood moon appeared. It was the third of four blood moons—a tetrad—occurring on biblical feast days in one year. Blood moon tetrads have occurred on biblical feast days only eight times in the past 2000 years. These include the years AD 70, 1492, 1948 and 1967. In each of those years war and persecution was waged against Jews. In AD 70 the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. In 1492 Spain forcibly expelled its Jews, 20,000 of whom died enroute. In 1948 and 1967 Arab nations warred against Israel, and lost.
Mark Biltz, author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs , says we should watch for another war against Jews or against Israel at this time. This is all the more possible considering the rapid rise of antisemitism in Europe and Iran’s oft-repeated vow to destroy Israel. Even while Iran was negotiating its nuclear deal with Europe and the US, Iranian Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi declared that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable.”
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu takes such threats seriously. He warns that the April 2 framework “would not block Iran’s path to the bomb (but) would pave it.” April 2 was Maundy Thursday, the anniversary of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Is the US now betraying Israel, its greatest ally in the region? Does it prefer an alliance with Iran, whose Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei called again for “death to America” in public as recently as March 21?
Europe and the US continue these talks with Iran to their peril. God Himself says in Gen. 12:3, “the one who curses [Israel] I will curse.” In Joel 2:31-3:2, God says He will turn “the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes…Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land” (Joel 3:2).
We must pray that God will hold back His judgment and turn Western powers from their dangerous course. And pray that the next blood moon will not be the one Joel prophesied. The next, fourth blood moon in the 2014-2015 tetrad will be a “super moon.” It will be the most unusual blood moon in history, according to Biltz. A super moon is a full moon at its closest point of orbit to the earth, making it appear enormous. This super blood moon will occur on September 28, 2015.
That date is exactly 7 years after the September 29, 2008 US stock market crash of 777 points, which shook the world. Jonathan Cahn, the messianic Jewish author of The Mystery of the Shemitah, says that we should watch for another economic turning point this September. Specifically, September 13, 2015 is end of the 7th year of the biblical 7-year cycle called the Shemitah, when debts are to be canceled (Dt. 15:1-6). In his book Cahn shows the astonishing impact of this cycle throughout history, especially recently. “The [five] greatest financial turning points of the past forty years [including the 2008 crash] have been connected to the Shemitah or its wake 100 percent of the time” (p.109).
PRAY WITH US: Lord God, You are the Father of lights. You do not change like shifting shadows. But men often do. Shine Your light on Iran’s hypocrisies. It speaks peace in private negotiations, and yet war in public rallies. It promises to disable its weapons, and yet to destroy its enemies. We cannot trust Iran’s negotiators. But we ask You to increase Your peace in spite of them. We ask You to disable Iran’s weapons, as You have done in mysterious ways before. We ask You to destroy the enemy’s works and to magnify Your works.
For by Your mercy Iran is now experiencing the greatest revival in the world. Conversion from Allah to Jesus is against the law of Iran but in accord with the grace of God. Let great grace overcome great deception. Let mustard seeds of faith grow with nation-changing power. Transform Iran from the inside out. Hold back evil plans and nuclear proliferation. Release plans for the spread of the gospel. Deprive weapons-makers of finances. Prosper Your people who pursue true peace.
We declare that the next economic turning point will work to the good of those who love You. We declare that it will frustrate those who hate You, and who hate Your church and Israel. We pray that the next blood moon will be a warning and not an ending. We pray for more signs in heaven and on earth that You are Lord of all. For Your chosen people Israel we pray for favor, that the US and EU and other nations may bless instead of curse them. And so that those nations be blessed and not cursed in turn. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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