The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

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.

Is Tuesday’s ‘blood moon’ eclipse the end of the world?

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.”

More:

NASA’s eclipse home page.

NASA: Beautiful blood moon, when lunar eclipse comes Tuesday – CNN.com.

What’s With the ‘Blood Moon’ On April 15?.

What is a Blood Moon? | Human World | EarthSky.

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  9 comments for “The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

  1. April 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Easily predicted and not at all unexpected omens and portents kind of lack a punch, you’d think. Though I guess it’s easier on the publishing schedule.

  2. Kathy Moyd
    April 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    The fact that the four lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses all occur on Jewish holidays is also being treated as some kind of omen. Of course, the fact that most of the major Jewish holidays occur at full moon (lunar eclipses) or new moon (solar eclipses) is ignored.

    http://redmoonrapture.com/2014-2015.html

  3. Graham
    April 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Which is what Stuart Robbins said on his podcast back in September’13…

    http://podcast.sjrdesign.net/shownotes_085.php

    …I still cannot believe how much this has taken off. I’ve witnessed several total and partial lunar eclipeses over my lifetime and nothing ‘spiritual’ happened after any of them.

    • April 15, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Thanks, Graham, for posting t he link. FWIW, I did a very lengthy follow-up blog post on this topic about 12 hrs ago: http://wp.me/pjMYE-zZ

      Meanwhile, T+48 min and the moon is starting to dim!!

  4. MrClean417
    April 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    They would have been more frequent earlier in history but I’m talking back when the moon was much much closer. Larger moon, more frequent total eclipses, right?

    Not that I’m really adding much to the conversation, just not big enough into the math to work it out. I mean, I could work it out but much like my college paperwork shows, it’d probably be wrong 13% of the time.

    • eddi
      April 15, 2014 at 5:31 AM

      A closer moon would spoil the proportional sizes of Earth , Moon and Sun that make some of the eclipses total. But that was far enough back there was nobody observing them anyway. If my memory isn’t failing, the Earth was rotating a little faster and the Moon would have had a higher orbital speed. Put it all together and we need a mathematician just to figure out how to figure it out.

  5. Lee
    April 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I wondered what made this SO special in that doom sayers are sure an Earth shaking event will occur? They have occurred before and no end of the world. Yes and the last two that occurred on Jewish hoildays found war taking place in the middle east. Wow that never happens! So this prophecy has failed many times before and yet it will hold true this time. I wish Vegas had odds! I have as much belief this is a vampire’s fondest wish. It is as believable.

  6. Bonnie
    April 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    No one has mention the very important event that will happen on April 15 – it’s the last day to get your income tax return in! That must be what the eclipse is all about. :D

  7. busterggi
    April 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Is it mere coincedence that the moon acts as if attuned to the Jewish lunar calendar?

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