Blood Moon Tetrad Kicks Off April 15, 2014: Series of Lunar Eclipse Point to Apocalyptic Bible Prophecy?
A mysterious blood moon will be visible on April 15, marking the beginning of a lunar "tetrad," and, some think, the beginning of the end of the world.
April 15 will kick off the "Blood Moon Tetrad", a rare series of four blood-red lunar eclipses, each followed by six full moons. The celestial events will finish on September 28, 2015.
The first total lunar eclipse, coinciding with Passover, is set to turn the moon into blood red as the sun's rays reflect off the Earth's atmosphere.
"This is the first eclipse of the year and is well placed for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere," a spokesman for NASA said. "It will occur at the lunar orbit's ascending node in Virgo."
Starting at 3:07 a.m. (EDT) next Tuesday, the blood moon will last around 30 minutes while the entire eclipse lasting around over an hour.
To watch the spectacle, stay away from city lights and stare into the night sky for around 30 minutes to get accustomed to the darkness. The blood moon should be visible to the naked eye. Its redness is decided by temperature, humidity, and the amount of dust particles in the atmosphere.
Some Christians were quick to relate the rare event to the apocalyptic prophecy in Joel 2:31, which reads, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes." (KJV)
If history is any indicator, the tetrad may indeed bring some significant change. The last three "Blood Moon Tetrads" have all coincided with a globally significant religious event, according to Express.
In 1493, the first Tetrad since the Middle Ages occurred when Jews were expulsed by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition in Europe.
In 1949, the State of Israel was established following thousands of years of struggle.
In 1967, the earlier-than-expected Tetrad coincided with Six-Day Arab-Israeli War.
"According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically," says John Hagee, Pastor and author of "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change," Express reports.
"To get four blood moons you need something absolutely extraordinary in astrological terms."
"Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad is remarkable. The first of the four blood moons will come on April 15 this year, during Passover. The second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacle," he explains.
"On April 4 2015, during Passover, we will have another blood moon. Then finally, on September 28, during next year's Feast of the Tabernacles, the fourth blood and final moon will dawn."
"To have four and have them fall on these exact dates is something that has to be beyond coincidental. What is so remarkable about these blood moons is that they specifically fulfill prophecies set out in the Bible," he said, pointing to Joel 2 where it says the "Day of the Lord will be as when the sun refuses to shine."
"The really significant fact is that between these four blood moons there will be a total solar eclipse," he continued.
"Even Jesus himself, in the Book of Luke, states there 'will be signs in the sun, moon and stars' and to 'lift up your heads for redemption draws nigh'."
"There's a sequence of prophetic events that the Bible says will happen. It does not, ever, give a timeline. It just says 'when you see these signs' - and four blood moons is a very significant one - 'the end of this age is coming."
Evidently, not everyone is convinced about the apocalypse. After all, Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, and by definition, Passover and the Feast of Tabernacle both coincide with a full moon.
"In any year, it's inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri). Nissan and Tishri are the first and seventh months of the Jewish calendar, respectively," according to EarthSky.
"It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible – even in part – from Israel."