Article By: Todd Leopold
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 4th & final eclipse in a tetrad — 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by 6 lunar months — fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse. (The 1st 3 in the series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; & April 4, 2015.)
In promotion for his 2013 book “Four Blood Moons,” Christian minister John Hagee claimed that the tetrad was a sign of the end.
“The coming 4 blood moons points to a world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 & October 2015,” he said.
“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 7 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.”
Hagee’s assertion was quickly debunked by scientists & skeptics. After walking through some of Hagee’s theories — including the blood moons coinciding w/Jewish holidays (which is logical, since Jewish holidays are based on the lunar calendar) & significant events in Jewish history — Patheos’ Bob Seidensticker noted that the minister was vague at some points & credulous at others.
“I predict that John Hagee’s prediction will fail in 2015 & 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 1st century, follow natural cycles & are easily calculated. Moreover, 3 of the 4 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, 1 poster said. On the other hand, some Twitterers weren’t impressed.
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