In the early hours of Tuesday, North American residents will be treated to a unique astrological phenomena-a blood moon. So named because the refracted light gives the moon an eerie red glow, the eclipse is one of four that will be visible in the night skies over the next year.
“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak explained about this unusual occurrence.
According to at least one mega-church pastor, though, the blood moon is more than a rare and amazing spectacle in sky. It is a sign from God that the end is near.
On Tuesday, John Hagee plans a special live broadcast to preach on the importance of the convergence of the blood moon and the Jewish Passover holiday.
“Over the last 500 years, blood-red moons have fallen on the first day of Passover three separate times,” Hagee noted in his promotional materials to the event, which just so happens to also help promote his new book about the lunar eclipses and the End Times. “These occurrences were connected to some of the most significant days in Jewish history: 1492 (the final year of the Spanish Inquisition when Jews were expelled from Spain), 1948 (statehood for Israel and the War of Independence) and 1967 (the Six-Day War).”
He then insisted, “Every heavenly body is controlled by the unseen hand of God, which signals coming events to humanity.”
Hagee has also talked about the significance of the blood moon in his sermons recently, where he has predicted that in the next year, God will bring about a “world-shaking event,” signaling the end of the world as we know it.
“God sends plant Earth a signal that something big is about to happen! He’s controlling the Sun and the moon right now to send our generation a signal, but the question is, are we getting it?” Hagee preached in the video-taped messages.
While it is not surprising that scientists like Espenak question the validity Hagee’s claims, even among biblical literalists, Hagee’s prophetic views have been dismissed as a misinterpretation.
Answers in Genesis, famous for its staunch new creationist views and literalist views of scripture, thinks Hagee, while basing his interpretation on scripture speaking of a moon turned to blood, is wrong.
“The timing of the eclipses…while interesting, falls far short of the sort of signs that will cause the heavens to shake,” the creationist site pointed out, emphasizing that if God intended to warn humankind the end was near, as Hagee is preaching, the sign would be much, much scarier to us all.
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