The lunar eclipse this week will be the first of four "blood moons" and because significant events have occurred in history around the time of blood moon tetrads, many are wondering whether the biblical prophecy of the coming apocalypse is near. “Conspiracy websites draw parallels between lunar eclipses and historical events, like the fall of Constantinople and the founding of the State of Israel,” reports CTV News on April 13.
The link between the astronomical event of lunar eclipses or “blood moons” and the biblical prophesy of an apocalypse was sparked by the publication of the book “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change." In the book, which was published in October of 2013, author John Hagee connects the rare alignment between Mars, Earth and the Sun to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of the world.
"There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:25a, 28) Similarly, the King James Bible's Book of Joel, 2:31, states that "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come."
The occurrence of a lunar eclipse is also referred to in the biblical verse from Revelations 6:12: "There was a great earthquake. The Sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair. The whole Moon turned blood red."
On Tuesday, April 15, the first of four blood moons will be visible in most parts of the United States and will be followed by three more blood moons on Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015, as reported by NASA. The series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses is called a “tetrad.”
During the event on Tuesday, the Moon, Earth, and Sun will be perfectly aligned. Since the Earth will be blocking the Sun’s light, which usually shines on the moon, the only light visible from the Moon will be the light reflected from the edges of Earth's atmosphere. The refracted light coming from the Earth will cause the Moon to appear red.
In response to Hagee’s book and other conspiracy theorists who claim that the lunar eclipses fulfill the biblical prophecy of the end of the world, Chris White published the above video and has written the text to his video on his website. In his video titled “The Blood Moon Theory DEBUNKED (2014-2015),” White examines closely the biblical references to lunar eclipses and the coming of an apocalypse. He also discusses in detail the connections between the blood moon tetrads and significant events in Jewish history.