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Blood moon update: Mars, Earth, Sun align; events revive apocalyptic theories

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The blood moon phenomenon is fast approaching and the upcoming event has caused many to question whether this is a sign that the apocalypse is near. According to multiple bible verses, the blood moon is indeed a sign that the world is coming to an end. As reported by Space.com via Yahoo! News on April 5, the blood moon will be proceeded by another astronomical event, called an opposition, which is set to occur on April 8. On Tuesday, Mars, Earth and the Sun will align and Mars will be exactly opposite the Sun in the sky in a rare cosmic alignment, the report states.

On April 15, the moon will be seen in a deep blood red color and it will be completely immersed in Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse, giving rise to a religious phenomenon called the "Blood Moon."

Since ancient times, the blood moon has been considered as a signal of dire events. According to dozens of bible verses, the blood moon event is a sign of the apocalypse. Jesus declared that the Sun, Moon and the stars would give signs before his 2nd coming and the following text below is just a few bible verses regarding the blood moon event.

Revelation 6:12-14 ESV

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Acts 2:20 ESV

The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.

Joel 2:31 ESV

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

Although this phenomenon is simply due to sunlight refracted and scattered by the Earth's atmosphere by illuminating the moon, many Christians, along with other religious groups, see it as a sign of fatal events.

This unique lunar eclipse will begin at 21:20 GMT when the moon begins to enter the Earth's shadow and forms a straight line with the Sun, RT.com reports.

Fred Espenak, a NASA expert, said the eclipse will last approximately 78 minutes and it will be visible in North America and western South America (to the Pacific).

The unusual thing about this is that it will be the first of four total lunar eclipses that can be observed from Earth in the next two years, an event called a lunar tetrad, and this phenomenon has not happened in years.

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Each of the four eclipses occur about every six months: the second on October 8, the third on April 8, 2015 and the fourth on Sept. 28, 2015.

Myths and legends

In ancient times, when people could not explain the science behind this event, it was considered a bad omen. Yet even now, some religious groups consider it to be a negative signal. Pastor John Hagee suggests in his book, "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change," that the tetrada fulfills the Biblical prophecy and the event is directly linked to the apocalypse.

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