A PERFECT storm of religious prophesy, astronomical phenomena, global conflict, financial instability and natural disaster is conspiring to make this month’s “blood moon apocalypse” the most dreaded doomsday ever.
On September 28, God and science will collide in spectacular fashion with the fourth lunar eclipse in just two years — a series known as a “tetrad” — each coinciding with a Jewish holy day. The current tetrad of blood moons has fallen on April 14, 2014 (Passover), October 8, 2014 (Feast of the Tabernacle), April 4, 2015 (Passover) and September 28 marks the first day of this year’s Feast of the Tabernacle.
According to the mongers of doom, this tetrad — the ninth to coincide with Jewish holy days since Jesus Christ — bears the signs of Old Testament prophesy heralding the end of times. And the fourth and final of the lunar eclipses will also be a Super Moon, making it appear larger than usual and probably even more frightening to those convinced they’re about to meet their maker.
THE BLOOD MOON PROPHESY
The Blood Moon Prophesy has been largely propagated by two enormously influential Christian ministers, Mark Blitz and John Hagee, both of whom have written books on the subject. Mr Blitz, who leads the El Shaddai Ministries in Washington wrote a bestseller calledBlood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, is regarded as a modern prophet his thousands of followers.
According to his book, Jewish tetrads have always coincided with events of great historic significance, the most recent examples being the establishment of the nation of Israeli in 1948 and the six-day battle for Jerusalem in 1967. Mr Hagee, founder and senior pastor of the Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, Texas, claims credit for the Jewish tetrad doomsday theory in his own bestseller, Four Blood Moons, which has been made into a documentary-style movie of the same name.
“The heavens are God’s billboard,” Mr Hagee says in the book.
According to Wikipedia, the “idea of a blood moon serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written ‘the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes’.
“This phrase is again mentioned by Saint Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts, although Peter says that date, not some future date, was the fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy.”
Mr Blitz agrees the asteroid story was rubbish; he says the end will instead be heralded by the mother of all earthquakes.
“The number has more than doubled over the last 10 years,” he told his devotees recently.
“It was prophesied that there would be earthquakes at increased levels before the return of the Messiah and they were to be likened to birth pangs.
“With the increase in activity and the increase in magnitude I definitely see it as being but another sign along with the signs in the heavens that we are at the door.”
Mr Blitz uses another blood moon reference that appears in Verse 12 of the Book of Revelation, to support his theory: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood …”
Both ministers warn that it will be on this day that the dreaded Four Horsemen of the Acocalypse reveal their individual missions.