April 4, 2015 4:58 AM PDT, the Earth, Moon and Sun will form a straight line. With the Sun behind Earth, Earth will briefly block sunlight, casting a shadow across our Moon – weather permitting, sky watchers can catch the shortest duration lunar eclipse of this century. Depending on your location, the eclipse will appear as full to partial – those on the west side of North America have front row seats because it will take place before, not after sunrise. Regardless of where you live, if you can see the moon, you’ll see some form of the eclipse.
So why Blood Moon? The answer depends on who you ask. During a lunar eclipse sunlight filters through particles in Earth’s atmosphere resulting in a moon appearing to glow reddish hues. Toss science aside and you land squarely at the feet of biblical prophecy.
Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 – 13, where verse 12 says ” 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”
In recent years “blood moon” has been associated with fulls moons in a lunar tetrad. A tetrad – four consecutive full lunar eclipses separated by 6 months of full moons with no full or partial eclipses. April 4, 2015 is the third “blood moon” in the current tetrad. The first was April 15, 2014, followed by October 8, 2014. After April 4, the tetrad will be complete on September 28, 2015. Biblical prophecy has paid particular attention to this tetrad because two of the “blood moons” fall on Jewish observances of Passover and Tabernacles.
There have been 62 tetrads since the 1st century AD – 8 have corresponded with Passover and Tabernacles.
1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.
In 2008 Pastor Mark Blitz of the El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington found his 15 minutes of fame with a highly public prophecy claiming the 2014/15 tetrad heralded the second coming of Jesus. Blitz faded into obscurity, overtaken by John Hagee – founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas and CEO of GETV – Global Evangelism Television, a vehicle for global distribution (an estimated 150 million viewers) of “John Hagee Ministries”. Hagee penned “Four Blood Moons”, a fire and brimstone warning not to ignore the tetrad. Wisely avoiding the fate of Blitz, Hagee stopped short of proclaiming irrefutable end times. Tempering doom with assertive caution – presenting as fact, every tetrad of the last 500 years coincided with tragic events in Jewish history, followed by triumph. I don’t usually link to Wikipedia, but in this case take a peek at the page on John Hagee..