If it's a coincidence, it's an astounding one. An ominous "Blood Moon" appearing at the same time the Obama administration is boasting of a nuclear agreement with Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says endangers the very survival of the Jewish state.
And experts warn that Barack Obama's actions could herald disastrous consequences not just for Israel, but for the world.
Pastor Mark Biltz, the discoverer of the Blood Moons phenomenon, says current events in the Middle East are "totally tied to these Blood Moons."
"A number of rabbis have said this, that Obama comes across as a kind of Haman figure. Haman we recall was a Persian official who wanted to kill the Jews living within that empire. Of course, the modern heir of the Persian Empire is Iran, now the Islamic Republic. And we have Iranian generals openly saying that they want to destroy Israel. God is clearly sending us a sign reminding us of these parallels."
WND reported only this weekend that one Jewish rabbi in Israel is asking for special prayer because of the alignment of the Blood Moon, in the skies early Saturday.
And he issued an ominous warning.
Rabbi Amram Vaknin, described as a "mystic rabbi living in southern Israel," urged all Jews to pray and repent as the third Blood Moon of a tetrad cycle approaches, according to a report in Breaking Israel News.
Vaknin is not easily dismissed because he reportedly predicted the events of the Gaza flotilla and the Carmel forest fire in 2010, the Operations Pillar of Defense of 2012 and Protective Edge of 2014.
He warns that Israel is facing great judgment and potential danger at this time, according to the report.
The Saturday event was during the Jewish festival of Passover and on the day leading up to Christians' Resurrection Sunday.
But Biltz, author of "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs," points to more amazing correlations.
"Here our 44th president has signed off on a nuclear agreement with Israel's arch enemy who has declared in no uncertain terms they will destroy Israel. Rabbi Vaknin was recently quoted in Breaking Israel News to the effect that the numeric value of the Hebrew word for blood, dam, which is 44, alludes to the 44th president of the United States, and that he would bring bloodshed (dam) to the Jewish people."
"But more than that, here, on Passover, when you put blood on the doorpost you have the Hebrew letter Dalet meaning door and is also the number 4 with a blood moon over it on the date of 4/4."
Biltz believes this is no coincidence. But even those who are not looking skyward foresee great danger of the Jewish state as a result of Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran.
According to a Tweet from his official spokesperson Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a nuclear deal with Iran based on the current framework a threat "to the survival of Israel."
Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the end times bestseller "Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation," says Obama has proved himself untrustworthy and Americans should be skeptical about any deal with Iran.
Gallups told WND, "There appears to be a fundamental disagreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama concerning the United States and its negotiations with Iran concerning Iran's nuclear program. I am inclined to side with Netanyahu on this matter. Obama's track record on 'truth telling' is not that stellar. Does anyone remember, 'If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor?'
"Obama's odious, and well documented, history of dealing with Israel and Netanyahu is one of the glaring weaknesses of his administration according to many of his most serious critics. Also, Obama's obvious proclivities to lean in the direction of all things 'Islamic' also has a large number of politicians, pundits, and even mainstream media on edge – especially as he 'deals' with radical Islamic regimes in the matters of nuclear weapons proliferation.
"The matter of Israel's survival is a serious one and a biblical one. This is a matter, in my opinion, that must be dealt with – as Netanyahu put it – by 'standing firm and increasing the pressure on Iran until a better deal is achieved.'"
Joel Richardson, author of the theological blockbuster "When a Jew Rules The World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God," says Barack Obama is not just endangering Israel's strategic position, but possibly enabling genocide.
"We have reached a tremendously dark and sad moment in the history of the United States. President Obama is acting in a way that compromises not only the general security of Israel, but her actual existence.
"In the final phase of his presidency, Barack Obama is confirming the worst suspicions of his critics. Not only is he is openly working in ways that benefit the Islamist dictatorship of Iran, a regime which is openly calling for the extermination of the Jewish state, but at the same time, he is functioning in an openly hostile and adversarial manner toward Israel, the only shining beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East."
But Richardson says it is not just Israel that is at risk but the United States. Barack Obama, he suggests, has done nothing less than open the nation to the risk of divine judgment.
"More than any other name, the creator of Heaven and Earth, the God of the Bible calls Himself, the God of Israel. Through His prophets, He has repeatedly warned that a tremendous punishment awaits the vessels through which tribulation falls upon the Jewish people. (Isaiah 10:5-12).
"It is the duty of Christians throughout the earth to warn our president that such actions will result in the most severe punishment when Jesus returns. As much as we all love the various images of Jesus the Messiah gently cradling a baby lamb over his shoulders, the Scriptures also speak of the fact that when Jesus returns, 'He will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth' (Psalm 110:5-6).
"While the global atmosphere of increasing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist sentiment may be make it quite fashionable and hip to treat little Israel as our president is doing, the fact remains that the day is looming where Barack Obama, along a host of leaders from Muslim nations and the UN will look into the very Jewish eyes of their creator and judge, and He will render to them the righteous punishment for how they have treated His brethren, the Jewish people," he said.
"As a Bible believing Christian, we are called to pray for our leaders. Today my prayer for President Obama and the majority of our present government leaders is for repentance. At this point, only a genuine and deep repentance will spare them from the wrath of Jesus, who is coming back to restore the Jewish Kingdom, exactly as He promised (Matthew 19:28)."
Biltz also clearly has wrath on his mind. When asked what specifically he expects, Biltz compared the situation to a dust cloud gathering in the distance.
"When you see a dust cloud coming, you don't know exactly what it is, but you know it is something. I do think a major war is coming to Israel, as other Blood Moons have been involved with those kinds of events. I also believe economic collapse in our own country is a real possibility."
As they look skyward, Biltz says people need to look inwards as well. "People need to pray and people need to be prepared. A storm is growing for sure."