Is The Apocalypse Near?

On the 15th April 2014 the Sun, Earth and Moon aligned This cast the full moon into the Earth’s shadow and caused it to appear blood red, in what we call a lunar eclipse

Whilst lunar eclipses usually occur around twice a year, the blood moon on the 15th of April caught the attention of astrologists, conspiracy & religious theorists alike, for this blood moon was to be the first of a tetrad, a rare occurrence of four consecutive lunar eclipses within just 18 months, all of which coincide with a Jewish holiday With a total solar eclipse also set to cast the Earth into darkness, between the four blood moons, Christian ministers like Mark Biltz and John Hagee have interpreted these astronomical occurrences as a religious omen, referring to the Biblical passage from the Book of Joel that warns ""the sun will turn into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes"" (Joel 2:31) Hagee and Blitz both believe that the date of the final lunar eclipse, the 28th September 2015, marks the end of days In 2008 Blitz began to preach that the second coming of Christ will occur in the fall of 2015, after claiming to discover an astronomical pattern that predicted the next tetrad of blood moons would coincide with the end times

Blitz warned that this would be preceded by 7 years of great tribulation, where famine, war, pain and suffering will wipe out more than 75% of all life on the earth However, when this didn’t happen, Blitz simply pulled the prediction from his website But the Blood Moon prophesy lived on and has gained new momentum since 2013, when pastor Hagee, founder of the largest pro-Israel group in America, publicised the idea in his book In his book, Hagee explains that the tetrad indicates that a specific event will occur in the nation of Israel He states that throughout the last 500 years of history, previous tetrads have coincided with tragic and triumphant events in Jewish and Israeli history

He cites the tetrad of 1492, the year both the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher Columbus discovered America, now home to an estimated 68 million Jewish people He also points out the tetrads of 1948, the year the modern state of Israel was established and 1967, the year Israel won the Six-Day War against United Arab Republic and annexed the historic city of Jerusalem Consequently, Hagee believes ‘something dramatic [will] happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history’ Specifically, he cites the increasing tension between Israel and Hamas, the rise of IS in the Middle East and the increase of anti-Semitism in Europe as evidence

Further to this, Hagee preaches the religious significance of the tetrad by emphasising the fact that the four blood moons each occur during the Jewish holidays, Passover and The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot Hagee says that ‘every time a tetrad occurs on Jewish feast days, something traumatic and “world-changing” happens to Israel’ However critics of the Blood Moon Prophecy dismiss Hagee’s portents as mere coincidence They point out that the Jewish Calendar revolves around the lunar cycle and therefore one sixth of all eclipses will naturally occur during Passover or Sukkot, which by definition always take place on a full moon Additionally, other critics have pointed out that three of the four eclipses in the tetrad will not even be visible in the biblical homeland of Israel, casting further doubt on Hagee's interpretation

Since the 1st century there have been 8 tetrads which have coincided with both the feasts, however this time Hagee warns that on September 28, 2015, the date of the last Blood Moon, a Rapture will occur where Christians will ascend to heaven, Israel will go to war in Armageddon and Jesus Christ will return to earth Significant public interest in the Blood Moon tetrad has led NASA to issue a statement dismissing the suggested rarity of a tetrad, explaining that there will actually be another eight sets occurring before the year 2100 Former pastor Professor Gary Shogren explains Hagee’s insistence on preaching the Blood Moon prophesy with the concept that, ""You’ll never go broke predicting the apocalypse” – incidentally, the American Prospect reports that Hagee is one of America’s richest pastors His book, Four Blood Moons, has sold more than 390,000 copies and, with an increasing congregation and requests for television appearances, he is able to raise more money as the dooms day date approaches, However, Christian website Got Questions warns against embracing the Blood Moon Prophesy, warning that even as a theory, it comes close to doing what the Bible explicitly warns against doing; that is, setting dates for the coming of the Lord, for “about that day or hour no one knows”

(Matthew 24:36)

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