The astrological phenomenon, which takes place every 500 years, is called “tetrad” and involves four consecutive lunar eclipses, among which there will be six full moons.
Lunar eclipses happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the sunlight is refracted, giving the moon bright red color, like blood.
It is “one of the most unusual and beautiful moons of the night sky as the total lunar eclipse on Tuesday will paint the moon red”, says NASA.
Why is it called so?
This phenomenon is called “blood moon” and is the first of a cycle of four consecutive eclipses. The moon turns red because during the eclipse it passes through the Earth’s shadow, which has the color of the desert at sunset.
The 4 blood moons
The 4 blood moons will be possible to observe on April 15 and October 8, 2014, and on 4 April and 28 September 2015.
NASA experts argue that “about two lunar eclipses a year take place, and most of them are not total, so they go largely unnoticed.”
Christians and the Second Coming
The “blood moon” phenomenon is considered by many Christians to be a sign of the Second Coming.
The prophet Joel writes in the Old Testament: “The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the day of the Lord, the great and glorious.” Joel 2: 31
The last three “tetrads” coincided with historical events of enormous importance. In 1493, the persecution of Jews by the Inquisition of Spain took place, which changed entirely the population distribution in Europe. The next tetrad occurred in 1949, simultaneously with the establishment of the State of Israel.
The last phenomenon occurred much sooner than expected by scientists and was observed in 1967, i.e. during the same period as the Arab-Israeli Six Day War took place…
John Hagee, pastor and author of the book «Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change», states that the tetrad has signs of the Second Coming:
“It’s a series of prophetic events, which are predicted by the Bible, but no exact order of events or date are given. The Bible only says that when we see these signs, such as four blood moons, we need to get ready for the approaching end of the world.”
At the same time, NASA is sceptical about the claims of pastor Hagee, just as professor of theology at the University of Aberdeen Gary Sjogren, who said: “Whoever deals with apocalyptic predictions will never run out of customers and money“…