Blood Moon is widely known as an occurrence when the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it. When this happen, the direct sunlight is blocked but the sun’s rays can still light up the moon. The sun’s rays, however, travel through the Earth’s atmosphere causing the moon to get a red glow.
Blood Moon occurs on at least six full moons between two total lunar eclipses in a tetrad. The first three total eclipses in this lunar tetrad occurred on April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4 2015 and the last eclipse of the tetrad will occur on Sept. 28, 2015.
For Christian minister John Hagee, however, the Blood Moon that will take place on September “points to a world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.” A report from CNN noted that Hagee made his references from Bible verses. The first reference he made is in Joel 2:30-31 and the second is in Revelation 6:12.
Joel 2:30-31 states, “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.” While Revelation 6:12 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, meanwhile, is not alone in this belief. Patricia Hughes of the Timaru Messianic believes “something probably will happen” on Sept. 28 Blood Moon. She also noted that that Blood Moon occurred in the month of the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
“I think in September lots of things will happen … maybe financial collapse. I’m trying to stock up a bit of food just in case,” Hughes told New Zealand’s The Timaru Herald.
The tetrad had sparked apocalyptic prophecy because the eclipses in April 2014 and 2015 occurred at the same time as the Jewish’s Passover. The October and September eclipses, on the other hand, occur during the Feast of Tabernacle.
Alan Gilmore, astronomer and former superintendent at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory in Tekapo, offered a scientific explanation behind the Blood Moon. He said the blood moon logically occurs simultaneously on these Jewish religious dates because a solar/lunar calendar was used. Hence, the occurrence of eclipses is dated with high precision up to 3000 AD.
“From time to time we get a run of total solar eclipses. When you get down to finer details, the rotation of the earth is a bit variable so precisely where it (eclipse) will be seen from is a small uncertainty,” he explained.