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The Truth About The Blood Moon

Updated on October 15, 2014

Blood Moon is a religious term that referrers to a total lunar eclipse that results in a moon that looks coppery red in color.

A total lunar eclipes is nothing out of the ordinary but what has got people talking this year is that over the next two years there will be four separate ones. Each one occurring six months after the last. This phenomenon is known as a lunar tetrad. This kind of event is less common and what makes it even more unusual is that each of the eclipses will coincide with two important Jewish holidays: Passover and Tabernacles. This is not the first time this has happened but it has got people talking about Biblical prophecies. Some think that the tetrad signals the start of events in Revelations.

The Blood Moon in Religious Text

Revelation 6:12-14

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

In revelation it seems that the Blood Moon signifies the end of the world. The reason that this tetrad is causing a stir is because of the total solar eclipse that is due to happen a month or so before the third lunar eclipse. This to some matches what the passage above is saying.

The Scientific Bit

A Blood Moon of a Total Lunar Eclipse is caused by the earths shadow and the scattering of light rays. It is the same reason that we often see a red sunset.

When the sun sets the light that hits the point in the atmosphere that you see gets scattered. During the day this scattering of light still happens but the sky looks blue due to it being the Blue wave length that is scattered about the most.

Due to the angle of the light hitting the earth at the point of the sun set it is the red wave length that gets scattered the most. It is the same during a Total Lunar Eclipse. The light that gets to the moon is bent around the Earth as it casts its shadow on the moon causing the moon to look red.

What does the Four Blood Moons really mean?

The last tetrad was witnessed in the 1960's and this never gave rise to the end of the world.

What the tetrad event over the next two years really means is that we get a chance to see a Blood Moon four times. They will all be great events to watch for everyone. There is no proof that the Biblical Prophecy will come true and even if it did we don't really know what it means unless it really does happen.

When will they Occur?

Date
Visible
14-15 April 2014
North and South America and Austraila
8 Oct 2014
North and South America, Asia and Australia
4 April 2015
North and South America, Asia and Australia
28 Sep
Most of the world but not Austraila or Asia

If you live in Europe you will have to wait a while before you will get to see one for yourself, but if you are interested take a look at:-

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