There have been countless claims that the world is ending on this or that date. Hasn’t happened yet. Wanna make a bet this is the one?
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 sign of the end.
“The coming four blood moons points to a world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015,” he said.
Hagee has been on about this since April 2014. You can be sure he has profited off of his kooky predictions and the associated book and documentary. Why you shouldn’t believe this:
- Prophecy isn’t real.
- Hagee is selling a book, encouraging fear to bring people to his brand of religion.
- There is no natural reason why the end of the world has anything to do with this date. There are no signs that we are in mortal danger.
- There have been 62 tetrads since the first century, these are natural cycles and are easily calculated. They aren’t anything special.
- Religion is not science.
Now, the problem is that many people don’t accept those premises. There is nothing I can do about that. But I can call out Hagee as a fear-mongering jackass as scientists, critical thinkers and other pastors have (not in those exact words). What he is doing is gaining power and attention for himself by exploiting people’s faith. When a portion of the public who is prone to this type of scary news, hear such things, they may freak out. The article shows others that buy into the end times scenario encouraging others on social media to be scared. Of nothing. It’s an awful thing.
Tip: Joy “Again?” Harris