Monday, April 14, 2014
Have you heard about the Blood Moon eclipses? A rare total lunar eclipse series has begun and with it a lot of talk. The term Blood Moon is the look of the full moon during the lunar tetrad, which is four successive lunar eclipses in a row, each separated by six lunar months. The first eclipse in the lunar tetrad occurred on the night of April 14-15. The next three will fall on October 8, 2014, then April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015.
Lunar tetrads aren't super rare or supernatural and you won't find an astronomer who refers to these eclipses as Blood Moons. The moniker may have its roots in the coppery red appearance during a total eclipse. However, there are plenty who believe this particular tetrad is prophetic.
Pastor John Hagee refers to the Blood Moon in his 2013 book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. I haven't read the book but from what I gather, Hagee sees the lunar tetrad as representing the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
For instance, Hagee quotes Joel 2-31 as a reference to the end times. The verse reads, "The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes." That's pretty impressive but we all know there have been many prophets throughout the ages declaring current events are signs of the time, the rapture, and so on. They are also known to take scripture out of context to prove their point.
However, a fact I do find intriguing is the days on which the eclipses fall. The April 2014 and 2015 eclipses align with the feast of Passover and October 2014 and September 2015 align with the feast of Tabernacles. When describing the Jewish calendar, which is lunar, www.earthsky.org writers Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd note, "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."
The writers also seem to think, "it is ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible, even in part, from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015, eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise." If the eclipses are indeed prophetic, then I find nothing ironic about that. I may not be a biblical scholar or theologian; in fact I couldn't quote scripture if you paid me, but the more I ponder what seems to be an insignificant observation by some, the more I contemplate its significance.
Israel will observe the very last eclipse, and only the tail end of that. But maybe that's all the people of God will need. They will be provided the most important piece of the puzzle. Could it be a light in the sky? Genesis 1:4 "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"