March 28-29, 2006
March 28, 2006 saw the Israelis having their elections with the Kadima party winning a majority of the seats in the Knesset. The following day the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. Both of these events were interesting for the following reasons:
Ever since the Kadima party was formed the Jews have been looking at the word "kadima" and here are a few things I have heard on Israeli radio(1) that they've been saying.
The words "hamas" and "kadima" occur together in Habakkuk 1:9:
|Transliteration||ku.lo le.kha.mas ya.vo me.ga.mat pe.nei.hem ka.di.ma va.ye.e.sof ka.khol she.vi:
||English ||They come all of them for violence; their faces are set eagerly as the east wind; and they gather captives as the sand (2)
"Hamas" is "violence; violent crime" in English and "kadima" is "east; an easterly wind."
An alternative reading of this verse was discussed which stated:
"They shall come, all of them, to do violence, their faces set towards the east." In other words Hamas comes to do their violence and their faces are set towards Kadima, that is literally what the words are saying. They are coming to do this violence but they are taking their cues from Kadima, their faces are set towards Kadima. "And they take captives like sand." In other words, everything they are able to get away with, everything they are able to accomplish, it's by gazing at Kadima. And it was in fact Kadima that set the stage for things that are happening now in Israel.
There was also a discussion on how God has always used an "east wind" as an element of his retribution. Exodus 10:13 (kadim is the root of kadima):
|Transliteration|| va.yet mo.she et-ma.te.hu al-e.rets mits.ra.yim va.a.do.nai ni.hag ru.akh-ka.dim ba.a.rets kol-ha.yom ha.hu ve.khol-ha.lai.la ha.bo.ker ha.ya ve.ru.akh ha.ka.dim na.sa et-ha.ar.be:
||English ||And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
They continue by saying that in the Mekhilta (commentary on Exodus) you find that God collected the generation of the flood and the people of Sodom with a strong east wind and so also in Egypt the gathering of the locusts showing that God always chose to use an east wind, a ruach kadim (spirit of kadima) to be the agent of his retribution.
Here is another example which has a little bit of a different take on the east wind. Exodus 14:21:
|Transliteration|| va.yet mo.she et-ya.do al-ha.yam va.yo.lekh a.do.nai et-ha.yam be.ru.akh ka.dim a.za kol-ha.lai.la va.ya.sem et-ha.yam le.kha.ra.va va.yi.bak.u ha.ma.yim:
||English ||And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
The sages are stated as saying that the east wind is the strongest of the winds and God uses it to exact revenge from the wicked. This strong east wind was blowing the whole seventh night of Passover with tremendous power and dried up the sea and according to the sages every body of water in the world split at that time kind of like a testimony to what was going on with the people of Israel. That east wind was salvation to the Jews so who knows what the east wind has in store nowadayshow will it be used by God?how will the Jewish people be able to derive some benefit from it?
There was another radio program on Israeli Radio (3) that stated that a certain Midrash (The Book of Eliyahu) showed that at the "end of days" an earthquake would happen in Israel on the 20th of Marchesvan (no year is specified in the Midrash). They speculated that seeing the 20th of Marchesvan was November 22 in 2005 and that that was the date that the Kadima party was formed that the Midrash's prophecy was fulfilled as this was considered a "political earthquake."
This Midrash also says that the one ruling at the time of the Messiah would be named either Hrmlt or Trmlí. The radio host and her guest were discussing how those two names could be rearranged or read backwards to read "Olmert" who is the person who is head of the Kadima party and is Acting Prime Minister now since Sharon's incapacitation. He will be head of the new government that recently won a majority of seats in the elections and they all should be sworn in very soon. (The fact that Ehud Olmert was positioned in any way to become Prime Minister of Israel follows a very convoluted trail and does seem to be Divine Providence as he shouldn't be anywhere in the picture at this level of government.)
Solar Eclipse over Israel
The day after the elections Israel witnessed an 82% solar eclipse of the sun which hung a huge crescent shaped wedge of the sun over their heads. This crescent shape is commonly associated with Islam and I saw it as an ominous portent of bad things to come for the tiny nation.
Solar Eclipse Envelopes Israel in Brief Darkness
18:31 Mar 29, '06 / 29 Adar 5766
By Ezra HaLevi
An 82% solar eclipse enveloped Israel in sudden darkness Wednesday. The eclipse began at 11:37 AM, peaked at 12:58, and lasted until 2:13 PM. The following are pictures from the eclipse.
As Israel digested the results of Tuesday's election, the sky went dark, the sun was slowly blocked out, temperatures dropped and animals howled, barked and crowed across the Land of Israel. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun during daylight hours, causing its shadow to pass across the planet. Viewed from inside the moon's shadow on Earth, the moon is exactly the right size to completely block the sun. From Israel, Wednesday's eclipse blocked 82% of the sun. The moon's shadow began in Brazil, crossed the Atlantic, Ghana, Nigeria and Chad. The shadow of the moon then passed by way of the Mediterranean across southeast Turkey and continued until Siberia.
1. Arutz7 Radio broadcast of Temple Talk:
a. 013006 hour one 3 minutes inhour two 29 minutes in
b. 020606 hour two - 12 minutes in
2. Serve-A-Verse, The Hebrew Bible Explorer.
3. Link to Tamar Yonah radio show called "Prophecy and Current Events" dated 020706 with guest Dov Bar-Lieb.
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