Blood moon, sounds ominous doesn’t it? So much more mysterious than boring old lunar eclipse, don’t you think? A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and the next total lunar eclipse is due to occur on April 15, 2014. We should have a very good view in the western hemisphere and it will last a total of 77 minutes. I’ve heard that binoculars are an excellent way to view this event which will start around 1:07 am (mountain time).
This type of eclipse is referred to as a blood moon because the moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. Umbral-what, you say? Time for some science, YAY SCIENCE!
The Earth’s shadow is actually made up of two cone-shaped pieces, one nested inside the other. The outer or penumbral shadow blocks only part of the Sun’s rays. However, the umbra or inner shadow blocks all the sunlight from reaching the moon. The umbral shadow is usually tinted orange or red by light passing through the atmosphere thus giving the moon a red appearance.
No total eclipses were observed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Five total lunar eclipses have been observed in the last century. In our current 21st Century astronomers are stating that eight will be observed. The eclipse that’s happening on the 15th will be the first of four total eclipses predicted to happen in the next 18 months (consecutive total lunar eclipses are called a lunar tetrad).
Signs and wonders in the sky usually get us to think about what it could mean, if anything. I am not a biblical prophecy or eschatology expert by any means but have found some thoughts on this event interesting.
There are some who think the coming tetrad is linked to the biblical passage of Joel 2:31, the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord come, ushering the second coming of Jesus Christ. With earthquakes, land slides, wars and rumors of wars this is not a stretch for many believers to make.
There is another school of thought that the tetrad is a sign that something important will happen to or regarding Israel. These upcoming blood moons coincide with the Jewish holidays of Passover and The Feast of Tabernacles. There have been other tetrads that have fallen on Jewish holidays, according to Mark Biltz in his book Blood Moons there have been eight tetrads in total that have fallen on Jewish feast days since the time of Christ. He holds that the last three of those eight occurred when something significant was happening in Jewish history.
1. 1493-1494 tetrad – expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492
2. 1949-1950 tetrad – re-establishment of Israel in 1948
3. 1967-1968 tetrad – right before the beginning of the Six Day war in 1967
So, what does all that mean? I don’t know. And I make it a personal note to run away as fast as I can from anyone who claims they are the only one who unequivocally knows. Some experts say it is not surprising that blood moons (they can only happen on full moons) coincide with Jewish holidays, the Jewish calendar is after all a lunar calendar. However, think on this, it is ironic that three of the four total lunar eclipses that are coming will not be visible from Israel, at all.
Could this just be another 2012 Mayan calendar, or Y2K computer thing? Like I said before, I don’t know. I’m going to do my best to be up at 1:07 am and view this thing. It remains to be seen if this event has deeper meaning.
Until then Never Turn Off the Lights because the blood moons could just mean that the werewolves are rising.