This extremely rare event occurs both on the first day of spring and on the first day of the Jewish religious calendar, the beginning of the month of Nisan. It is so rare that it only takes place once every 100,000 years, experts said. The rare eclipse will darken the sun just in time for the sunrise at the North Pole, where it will be visible for two minutes.
Historically, it is also the very day the dedication of the Tabernacle occurred that we just read about in the Torah portion. In Jewish tradition, the Jewish people are likened to the moon, and the goyim or nations of the world are likened to the sun. Therefore a lunar eclipse is construed as judgement upon Israel, while a solar eclipse is seen as judgment upon the nations.
This astronomical event is followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse or Blood Moon on Passover, part of a tetrad of Blood Moons that began last Passover and culminates later this year during Succot or the Feast of Tabenernacles.
Gidon Ariel, an Orthodox Jew and co-founder of Root Source, is calling for people around the world to pray for two minutes starting at 10:18 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Ariel will be praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem at a time of day that Jewish tradition reserves for prayer in the Temple.
It will come about after this, that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams,Your young men will see visions.Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, there will be those who escape. As the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.
Take time during this event to pray that the knowledge and devotion to God will cover the entire earth – Isaiah 11:9.