Solar Eclipse of 135 AD

This solar eclipse was seen in Israel four months before the Battle of Betar. The Romans likely interpreted the meaning as justification from the heavens for the destruction of Israel. Simon bar Kochba was killed on Tisha B'Av, late July/early August 135 AD. The Bar Kochba Revolt was likely one of the most costly rebellions of the Roman Emprie. It resulted in the destruction of Ancient Israel by the Roman Empire and a genocide of the Jewish people.

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.