The fourth lunar eclipse in just two years, known as a “tetrad,” is supposed to take place on September 28, which is making many people fear the end of the world.
This final fourth eclipse is expected to make the moon appear red and is therefore called a “blood moon.” It will also be a supermoon, which is when the moon is at it’s closest point to the Earth and therefore appears much larger and as much as 30 times brighter than usual. So expect a huge red orb in the sky that night.
Lunar eclipses turn red when the Earth crosses between the sun and the moon. Instead of turning dark from being in the Earth’s shadow, the moon turns red. “It’s a projection of all the Earth’s sunsets and sunrises onto the moon,” explains Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter deputy project scientist at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Many Christians believe the blood moon eclipse marks the beginning of the end, based on this Biblical passage: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.”
To further fan many Christians’ fears, all of the four blood moons in this tetrad have fallen on Jewish holy days: April 14, 2014 (Passover), October 8, 2014 (Feast of the Tabernacle), April 4, 2015 (Passover) and September 28, the first day of this year’s Feast of the Tabernacle. In the past, blood moons have been followed by significant changes in the lives of the Jewish people, often (but not always) darker times.
In 1493, for example, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition. The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded and the most recent one (1967) happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.
John Hagee, a Christian pastor, has written a book on the Tetrad called Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. He believes this tetrad marks the dawn of a hugely significant event for the world again, which may be dark. In the book he says:
“God’s been sending signals to Earth, and we haven’t been picking them up. Two blood moons, in 2014 and 2015, point to dramatic events in the Middle East and, as a result, changes in the whole world.”
We’re not sure if we believe any of this stuff about the world coming to an end on Septemeber 28, but we’re certain we’ll see a huge red moon in five days. Some say that the blood moon prefaces a huge asteroid that is supposed to hit Earth and cause death and destruction. We want to hear what you think: Do you think this eclipse will signal a new beginning or the end? Let us know below.