Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years.
The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015. But some of the more apocalyptic minded folks are hyping it as doom to humanity. Ha! Gee, haven’t we heard all this before? And we’re all still here.
The short and long answer is no. NO. Now stop listening to kooky apocalyptic evangelists who are NEVER right.
Megachurch pastor John Hagee is warning that there will be a “world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.”
Texas televangelist pastor John Hagee sees the four blood moons as evidence of a future “world-shaking event,” possibly the beginning of the end of the world.
The controversial 73-year-old founder of Texas’ Cornerstone Church says he has been preparing for the tetrad for years. The preparation includes a book — Blood Moons: Something is About to Change and an online TV special April 15.
He cites Acts 2:19-20 as a sign: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
Hagee, who sees the tetrad as particularly meaningful for Israel, says previous tetrads, in 1492, 1948, and 1967, coincided with such events as the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the Inquisition,statehood for Israel, and the Six-day War.
Pastor Mark Biltz also has a book: Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, calling this phenomenon the “Super Bowl of human history.”
Oh, pish posh! (I’ve always wanted to say that.) What a pile of nonsense and a nifty way to hype your book and ministry of fear. Frankly, I’m sick of people with religious agendas pushing their hellfire on the public. When has this ever happened, Hagee? Never. Prophecies are superstition. Belief that eclipses herald some disaster has been proven over and over again to be false. It was reasonable for the ancients to believe that the heaven reflected when God was speaking. But it’s not reasonable now when we can accurately predict eclipses and have sound explanations for them. Does God schedule catastrophes now? That would be nice. But it it’s ridiculous.
Will there be a big event between April and October as Hagee predicts? Probably. Big things happen and the world is a volatile place. It has nothing to do with the lunar perambulations. But you have to be quite out of sync with reality to buy into more of the “end of the world” stuff we are barraged with all the time. There is absolutely no need to get worked up over blood moons, except if you are trying to sell something like a book or advertising.
Let’s go to the science, instead.
“During the 21st century, there are 8 sets of tetrads, so I would describe tetrads as a frequent occurrence in the current pattern of lunar eclipses,” says Espenak. “But this has not always been the case. During the three hundred year interval from 1600 to 1900, for instance, there were no tetrads at all.”
NASA’s eclipse home page.
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