Blood moon has some expecting end of the world

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Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday. April 15, in all its splendor. The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.

There will be blood in September — literally, according to the Internet postings of end-times believers.

The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the copper color the moon takes on during an eclipse, but to some Christian ministers, the fourth and final eclipse in a tetrad — four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months — fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse. (The first three in the series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.)

In promotion for his 2013 book “Four Blood Moons,” Christian minister John Hagee claimed that the tetrad was a signal being sent by God.

“The coming four blood moons points to a world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015,” he said.

The reference to the impact is most direct in Joel 2:30-31, which reads, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

There’s also a reference to a blood moon in Revelation 6:12 — part of the passage about the Seven Seals — which reads, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.” Lunar Eclipse

Hagee’s assertion was quickly debunked by scientists and skeptics.

After walking through some of Hagee’s theories — including the blood moons coinciding with Jewish holidays (which is logical, since Jewish holidays are based on the lunar calendar) and significant events in Jewish history — Patheos’ Bob Seidensticker noted that the minister was vague at some points and credulous at others.

“I predict that John Hagee’s prediction will fail in 2015 and the end will not come,” he wrote in late 2013.

The astronomical site EarthSky.org added that tetrads, of which there have been 62 since the first century, follow natural cycles and are easily calculated. Moreover, three of the four most recent eclipses were not visible in Israel itself. (“What good is a blood moon if God’s chosen can’t see it?” wrote Seidensticker.)

Nevertheless, the coming of the September “blood moon” was making folks on Twitter jittery. Some had watched a documentary based on Hagee’s book.

Tuesday morning’s bumpy financial markets fed into the story, one poster said.

On the other hand, some Twitterers weren’t impressed.

So, will September 27 bring on the end? If nothing else, it’ll be the end of predictions based on tetrads for a while. After the eclipse is over, the next tetrad isn’t due until 2032.

8 comments

  • Bob

    Yeah, the same idiots that buy into talking snakes and rebuilding “biblical” Israel because “gawd” said so and chopping the heads off of roosters and swinging them around and wearing burqas and that they will someday be gawds of their own planets because they played dress up in a “temple” really eat this garbage up. Maybe the rest of us will get lucky an the whole lot of them will be poofed somewhere else at the end of this months so the rest of us can clean up this rock and move civilization forward.

  • Megan

    In the Bible, it says, (and I quote), “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36

    No one knows when the Lord God, will come. Just because the media says that the above date will be the “end of the world”, doesn’t mean its true.
    Only God knows, and when He comes, let us all hope and pray that everyone is ready.

    But to prepare for that day that only God knows, we need to pray everyday, ask God for forgiveness, and repent. Give everything in your power, and put that into prayer.

    May God Bless You All!!!

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