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What's With the 'Blood Moon' On April 15?

By April 10, 2014

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"Blood Moon" is a term of folklore with more than one meaning, sometimes referring to any full moon that occurs in October (also known as a "Full Hunter's Moon") and sometimes referring to any total lunar eclipse, during which the moon is likely to turn dark red in color as the earth's shadow crosses its face.

As it happens, there's a total lunar eclipse on April 14-15, 2014, which means we'll experience not only a "Full Pink Moon" (any full moon that occurs in April, per Native American tradition) and a "Paschal Full Moon" (the first full moon after the vernal equinox, per Christian tradition), but also, thanks to the eclipse, a "Blood Moon."

Some Christians attribute prophetic significance to the Blood Moon of April 15, because it will be the first of a lunar "tetrad" — four total lunar eclipses in a row, occurring in 2014 and 2015 — and because each of those eclipses falls on an important Jewish holiday, Passover or Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).

Could this be a sign of the Apocalypse? Most Blood Moon prophecy advocates — Texas megachurch Pastor John Hagee, for one — won't commit to specifics, preferring instead to speak in terms of a "world-shaking event" or "the end of an age." Other Christians aren't so sure the Blood Moon tetrad has any biblical significance at all.

Me, I side with the astronomers: "Just the facts, Ma'am."

Read more about it:
Watch the Moon Turn Red, April 14-15, 2014
What Is a Blood Moon?
Pastor Hagee: Blood Moons Point to 'World-Shaking Event'
Are Blood Moons Biblical Signs?
The Science Behind "Blood Moon Tetrad" & Why Lunar Eclipses Don't Mean End of the World
Is There a "Full Pink Moon" on April 15, 2014?

Comments

April 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm
(1) Observer says:

How many important dates pass by from *other* cultures that go unnoticed?

But since some people are dead-set in believing that Judaism might be superior to other myths/legends… allow us to observe just how, shall we?

Passover (the name of it says it all) is of a tale where people did a blood sacrifice of a sheep to appease an angry god by smearing the blood over their doorframe in hopes that he will only *kill other non-Jewish babies..* And apparently, he could only recognize his kin via the blood smeared on the wall. Imagine this tale as a Pagan myth and I assure you you could appreciate it for how savage and ruthless it really is.

With that said, observing the moon for “signs” is also a Pagan custom. So I don’t understand why Christians would cling to these things. Especially when they reject the Old Testament as “Jews only.” Why can’t there just be a consistency that is loyal and structured? Then we can appreciate these beautiful things without trying to trademark it to your specific god and presenting it as scientific fact. Just saying.

April 11, 2014 at 1:04 am
(2) TJ says:

It doesnt mean that something will happen on that exact day. It never has. It just means that something will happen around the time of this blood moon. It could be within a year of April 15. And it has something major to do with Israel.

Something mIght already be occurring. Russia and Ukraine. That could lead to world war 3? Even Ukraine’s first prime minister said so several weeks ago. Thats a war that would almost certainly involve Israel.

And then again something still could happen on this date. It remains to be seen. But i think its very likely that Russia will try to take over Ukraine whixh will lead to a major regional war that will spill into other countries and become a world war.

Also i might out that latley here therew has been a great deal of friction over Israel Temple mount. That could lead to a war as well. The EU warned about that last week. Once peace talks fail Israels gonna start annexing parts of the disputed land. The Temple Mount might be a part of the annexation. Then Israel can rebuild their third temple.

April 11, 2014 at 1:10 am
(3) TJ says:

Dont forget the celebrated prophecy of Saint Malachy who said that our current pope will be the last pope in world history before the physical return of Jesus Christ back to earth at the end of the world. The last pope in the prophecy is called Petrus Romanus and this pertains to Pope Francis who is the current Pope of the roman catholic church.

If the current middle east peace talks are extended to the end of the year. Its the antichrist who confirms the peace agreement. The blood moon might mean a peace treaty signed by antichrist by the end of the year . a seven year treaty

April 11, 2014 at 1:31 am
(4) Irony Deficient says:

Here’s a thought experiment, TJ:

imagine that there is a group of people that predict some calamity based off a specific star alignment or celestial event. Now imagine people in that group actively inciting such calamity. Does it mean their prediction was Prophesy fulfilled?

April 11, 2014 at 2:23 am
(5) TJ says:

Out of the entire history of the roman catholic church only 150 popes’ out of the 266 popes’ have had their ages recorded. And out of these 150 popes’ only 10 have lived to be to the age of 86 years old or older. This means pope Francis has less than a 7 percent chance to live to be 86 years old.

By the end of next year (12-31-2015) pope Francis will have to live to the age of 86 years old in order to make it to the end of the 7 year tirbulation of biblical prophecy.

This tells me 2014 or 2015 is the start of the 7 year tribulation.

Saint Malachy says this is our last pope

April 11, 2014 at 2:26 am
(6) TJ says:

I think it pertains to a seven year middle east peace agreement confirmed by the antichrist by the end of 2014.

April 11, 2014 at 2:28 am
(7) TJ says:

Irony Deficient —— I believe in these blood moons. Its been on Fox news and my local tv station here in my own town about the blood moons!! How strange!!

Something big is about to occur

April 11, 2014 at 5:39 am
(8) Cheri says:

Love your comments! Did you watch John Hagee’s DVDs? My husband has them, and Perry Stone has a new one that is awesome and explains what’s happening and is going to happen-all from scripture.

April 11, 2014 at 7:27 am
(9) JC says:

Slight correction…Passover leads in to the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Feast of Tabernacles is the fall holy day feast. The blood moons are very interesting – but NO dates are listed in the bible .

April 11, 2014 at 11:46 am
(10) TJ says:

Yes Cheri Ive read John Hagees book, I got John Hagees cd sermon series. Ive watched Mark Blitz on Utube.

Dont forget the extremly popular Prophecy of Saint Malachy that has been written about for centuries.

The blood moons has only been talked about since 1997, saint malachys prophecy has been talked about since 1595. The first english book was written in 1718 about Malachys prophecy.

Were in the last days.

April 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm
(11) EkS says:

Isn’t weather predicted by the signs that are produced in heavens and on the physical earth? Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Snow storms
Aren’t there daily prophecies in the financial markets spoken that are right and wrong?
Forecasting human events are not new phenomena. Secular society does this all day with the lose term of “Facts”. These tactics are a means to dumb down and control personal freedom. As if this writer has full access to all the Facts and can see into the future with all the Facts. The Global view of how certain events can change a society is very far reaching for any human being. But I am for paying attention to these signs that are a prelude to events, and are not a result of a human being creating the phenomena.
Look at some outcomes that were never understood in my lifetime.
World War II forever changed the land scape of the world; Jews are slaughter by the millions; then in 1949 (Tetrad occurs) the Jewish nation is reborn in just a day.

April 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm
(12) TJ says:

24 “Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.[d] 25 Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word went out to restore and rebuild—- Jerusalem— until the time of an anointed prince, there shall be seven weeks (49 YEARS); and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 After the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing, and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city (JERUSALEM) and the sanctuary. Its[e] end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27 He (THE ANTICHRIST) shall make a strong covenant with many for one week (7 YEARS), and for half of the week he shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their place[f] shall be an abomination that desolates, until the decreed end is poured out upon the desolator.”

Jews lose sovereignty over Jersusalem in 70 A.D.

Jews regain Jerusalem in six days war 1967
7 weeks later (49 YEARS) is the time of the blood moons!!!

April 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm
(13) teddyhcraig says:

Do the four blood moons really prophesy trouble ahead?
Yes, they do…

But you have to be able to read to understand that; Genesis 1:14-16, Joel 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Acts 2:19-21, and Revelation 6:12,13 all speak about these things. If you can’t see it, it’s because you’re not listening. Y@hovah God always, and I mean always, warns us before He pours out His wrath; it’s His way of encouraging us to repent so we don’t have to be punished. I just gave you 5 witnesses, in the mouth of 2 or 3 every word is established; what else does God have to do or say before you believe His Torah? Think about it!

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April 12, 2014 at 2:40 am
(14) S Henry says:

The only significant coming event concerning Israel is when their black-ops & Mossad vile crew of nutters …stage a black-flag event on their own country
(lets hope they nuke all their sewer desert sh*thole land)

perhaps thats why they have an identical clone Malaysian aircraft hidden at Tel Aviv airport (the type identical to the missing Malaysian MH370 )

Its normal to expect the Mossad & CIA would set up a scenario to nuke itself… for its wider global agenda

What a pitiful state of the world …were a 300 year old nation of cowboys,..infested with Lard-A$$ Juvenile Roger Ramjets control a military machine…and lecture the world on rights and wrongs – ( Kerry Clinton McCain et al)
Yet cannot put its own kleptocratic …crypto-fascist sh*thole country in order

April 12, 2014 at 3:40 am
(15) Welsh Chris says:

Arguing on the internet is like running in the special olympics. Even if you win, you’re still retarded.

I will look for to seeing this astral event. Mainly cos it will look interesting and remind me how awesome nature is. The significance or otherwise that different people attach to the event is (arguably) interesting, but is completely the prerogative of the beholder, and in my humble opinion, should not be the subject of heated debate.

Whats it got to do with anyone else what you chose to believe about the moon?

April 12, 2014 at 8:13 am
(16) Steve says:

In both science and religion when you make a prophecy (eg that light bends under the influence of gravity) if you cannot make a specific prophecy that can be tested (and almost all of Einsteins have, and have come to pass) then your prophetic powers are not worth a dime.

I have not read Hage’s book because I see no basis for his basic thesis and will not waste my bucks until then.

Nostradamis and The Bible Code are also worthless IMO because they make no future specific “This will happen at this time” prophecies.

Its a human trait to expect that bad things will happen, as people do on Friday 13 – and this just panders to superstition which we must beware of. Is Hage just creating another superstition and giving Biblical prophecy a bad name?

I find Hage fairly entertaining to watch on occasion, but now I find myself having to calm my friends down who are getting excited about what sounds like nonsense that eclipses on Jewish feasts are significant. Jewish feasts are timed to occur on full moons which are the only times that lunar eclipses occur, so whats the big deal?

April 12, 2014 at 8:42 am
(17) ricky agnew says:

@steve..you really believe that hundreds of years ago they new these blood moons would appear..not.!!.there was no way.they knew to schedule their celebrations at the same time of the these celebrations,especially in the 21st century. I think people had better be aware and when the shyte hits the fan ,hopefully they’ll be followers of Christ.

April 12, 2014 at 9:41 am
(18) David Eubanks says:

Yes Rick, people have understood patterns in celestial bodies for a much longer period of time than the Jewish people have even existed. I hope I’m still alive in seven years to watch u all see that Jesus hasn’t returned. There must be some type of ultimate force in whatever reality really is but it isn’t Jewish folklore. And we can argue back and forth all day and get no where…the proof is in the pudding. See ya in 2022.

April 12, 2014 at 9:52 am
(19) Joshua Gaspar says:

Believers..great comments. You can take a horse to the water but cant make it drink. It pains me that people are so proud and think they are too smart to believe the truth. I wonder what their opinion is on how the earth and everything else including them got here.

April 12, 2014 at 9:55 am
(20) David Eubanks says:

Time is nothing more than the change in relative motion between these celestial bodies. What is a day or a year? Movement of the Earth relative to the sun. The only way they could have planned a repetitive celebration is by understanding these patterns of repetition in the sky. People have been here for a long time and have been just as intelligent or unintelligent as we are for hundreds of thousands of years. Just remember that your craziness is claiming to know truth and I am claiming to lack the ability or ego to make such a statement. My statement is based on the observed patterns of the universe that have been consistent for eons and not a human interpretation of how these events relate to a concept that can’t be observed but relies on a BLIND faith. Reminds me of big business rhetoric.

April 12, 2014 at 10:53 am
(21) Charlie Fink says:

The Bible speaks of this in Joel 2:30-32; Acts 2:19-21; Romans 10:13.

April 12, 2014 at 11:38 am
(22) TJ says:

But why would God being the Almighty knowing God who knows the dates and times and celestial events and stars, moon and the sun set it up like this in the modern era when knowledge is super high and knowing so many are expecting his coming and constantly watches for signs?

And this is evident in that it matches up with the Jewsih feasts of Israel. Why would God allow this to happen?
Unless its one of the lying signs and wonders he was talking about in the Bible?

April 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm
(23) James White Sr says:

I’m not going to discuss the significance of ‘blood moons’, yet I will add this:
The Bible say’s': “when satan has accomplished the scattering of the power of God’s holy people. the end will come.” Not his people, but their power. Not God’s power, but their’s!”
When unbelief gets great enough that no one will no longer believe, and repent, then Christ will step off the throne, and come for the church. What reason to stay??
The only sin that will keep anyone from God, Christ, the Church, Heaven, eternal salvation,…..is unbelief!

April 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm
(24) matthew says:

What if it doesnt mean some major world thing but in our own lives. Alot of things this year with all spirituality symbolize change in the individual.

April 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm
(25) Elvis is alive says:

Wow, reading some of these comments I have to say that some of you are completely nuckin’ futs. I sincerely hope the lot of you don’t have access to firearms.

April 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm
(26) Joshua says:

The Bible is the only Holy book in the world that is 100% archaeologically and Historically accurate. It is also the only holy book on the planet that has fulfilled prophecy to a degree that is statistically impossible. This is why the Judeo-Christian Bible is so important to human kind. It does not matter if you choose to be an Atheist, the book has proven itself as prophetically significant by greatly exceeding mathmatical probability.

The real question here is whether this blood moon is any more likely to be a fulfilment of those passages than any other blood moon since it was written. I think a wise person would see that it is possible but not definitive enough to bet your career on. John Hagee treads a little closer than he should in this matter.

April 15, 2014 at 1:24 am
(27) Tobias Karlsson says:

I don’t think anything is going to happen. I was going to throw in a rant on how people shouldn’t take anyone’s word to absolute heart (especially pastors that have proven themselves in it for the money, and people sucker and buy whatever crap they slop on a page and publish)

April 15, 2014 at 1:31 am
(28) rose webb says:

…70 yrs. After Israel becomes a state …2018…Jerusalem, MY JERUSALEM……I did see the red reflection behind the clouds, but now, at 2:30a.m. April 15th, it is quite eerie..quiet..no stellar lights at all from the Buckeye State..

April 15, 2014 at 2:27 am
(29) Nicole says:

Secret knowledge has always been kept away from the masses, instead we have been fed things like religion, and other aspects to keep us brainwashed, in the box and in line…
The exact truths are floating around our incredible universe, and the ancient knowledge is slowly being felt by many that are waking up,..we are waking up that everything is energy formations, and every thought we send out creates a ripple affect, sometimes creating actual events to happen, if there are enough…do you know how to manifest things in your life? Have you ever sent out energy, a thought,..of I wonder how he,..or she is,…then they call, or you receive shortly afterwards news from them,..and so many other stories relating to things like this…the real truth,..are inside our hearts,..and the more pure become, ie detox from foods that toxics your body, the clearer your perceptions will be in this every day life,…I am experiencing many falling apart right now,..it’s because they watch constantly tv, and get brainwashed by the negative input in most tv program’s, media etc…switch it off,..go outside,..into nature, it’s where we all came from. We are not built for cities or are robots, even if you like the city vibe, I’m talking about something much more profound,…if you don’t feel good in the nature, or are scared..it’s because you are so disconnected… You need constant noise..then take a look at your life…is that why your falling apart,…too much drama chaos?? It’s time we are all waking up to our own gifts,..our own energetic output..I suggest one thing….live from your heart….like nothing else matters…that way..your life, choices, everything around will change dramatically..watch your thoughts..if you send out negative energetic though, they will come right back,…if you feel you can’t…..then you really can’t..change your mind set..change your life, it’s starts with you!

April 15, 2014 at 2:29 am
(30) Matti Harbour says:

All I am going to say is that Jesus is coming or is about to resurrected to his former Glory

April 15, 2014 at 6:52 am
(31) Reality Check says:

Let’s say for argument’s sake that Jesus does return to earth. Does anyone know where he will return to? How will we recognise him? Will he look the same as before, ie a goatee and long hair? If some dude was walking around your town claiming to be Jesus, wouldn’t he be locked up in the nearest looney bin? Think about it.

April 15, 2014 at 11:34 am
(32) Beth says:

ok guys chill out! this happens often there’s always a blood moon we had one not to long ago! y’all said the same thing about 2012!!! and were still freakin here!!!! No one knows when our time will come so just shut up already and let it happen if it does. Stop trying to figure it out!

April 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm
(33) USA says:

Every knee will bow when Jesus arrives and we will all know who He is no matter weither you believe or not. Even satan will bow down. All we have to do is learn to love each other for His Mercy and Grace to cover us, regardless of our misbeliefs

April 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm
(34) Eastyer Bunny says:

Just like our own human dead-beat-dad’s, God comes and goes whenever he pleases, no matter how many hardships and catastrophes befall his children. He even allowed his own son (one supposedly free of sin) to die a horrible, agonizing death…but he did it for mankind?
Now, if Jesus and God are finally ready to make physical appearance to us after thousands of years of absence…they’d better not come down with swords drawn, and wrath spewing! I say it’s time God did something around here besides threatening us when we’re bad. I think a bit of help for the many who are just doing the best we can to survive would be a great start.
If it takes a so-called “Anti-Christ” to coax him from the great beyond, then I say bring him on. I’m personally tired of the dead-beat-dad thing, and my main reason for faith is based on ancient writings.

I will say this. I doubt this younger generation of people will pay much attention to clouds opening up with Jesus coming down with an army of angels, UNLESS it disrupts their vehicles, and cellular and television services! I suggest God/Jesus send a mass-text message to Earthlings prior to a return…that’s all most people seem to pay attention to these days!

Yeah, I was raised with Christian teachings, and I still value them. I’m just tired of the hocus-pocus dealt mostly from men who are supposedly teaching the word of God, but who are actually doing all they do for money. Beware the false prophets!

April 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm
(35) TJ says:

Last comment.

If the Ukraine crisis is defused. I cant help but to think that all these sanctions against Russia will cause deep bitterness between Russia and the West.

This could be a stepping stone to the battle of Gog and Magog. The hooks in the jaws could be anger. The sanctions could also bite harder than we expect on Russia.

My eyes is still focused on peace talks and maybe perhaps an extension of the talks there.

And lastly I have to mention Jonathan Kahans book the Harbinger in whcih he predicts calamities in a cycle of every seven years for the USA. 2001, 2008 and maybe 2015?

He hints to 2015 being a year of great financial calamity for the USA on the 29th of Elul 2015.

So these blood moon still have time to prove something.

Also my eyes are on the temple mount and the riots there

April 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm
(36) Elvis is alive says:

Praise the Lord!! I have had a vision!! I saw the visage of Jesus Christ in the face of the blood moon!

I saw the loving face of our Lord Jesus in the reflection of the moon and immediately dropped to my knees and praised the Lord. He was a beautiful vision with tears rolling down his white European cheeks. I asked him “Why do you cry Jesus? Is it for the sins of mankind? Are we beyond salvation?”.

Then he spoke to me and said “I’m not crying, Elvis. These are tears of laughter. I just read the ridiculous comments on the About.com Urban Legends blog about the “Blood Moon” from some of these so called Christians and they’re completely off the f#@$ing wall! I mean seriously, where do these nutbags get this stuff? It’s f#@$ing hilarious!!” And the vision slowly faded and the sound of the Lord’s laughter dissipated into the night.

So apparently God has both a sense of humor and a bit of a potty mouth.

And it’s all completely true!!! And if you disagree with me, you are not a true Christian and are a blasphemer who will spend eternity in hell with Satan and Frank Sinatra.

April 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm
(37) TJ says:

Scoffer of the last days

April 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm
(38) RD says:

Before the anti-Christ can be revealed there is falling away, but he also does away with sacrifices. So, the sacrifices would have to begin again.

With the way technology is going it wouldn’t be far fetched to imagine more people living in space and possibly on the Moon.

Given the timing of the moon turning to blood and the stopping of the sacrifices by the anti-Christ I am thinking this is more literal meaning than just an eclipse. The bible says turn to blood. It doesn’t say change color to red.

It also talks about hail and brimstone mixed with blood thrown down to earth. This sounds like some serious disaster in space. Also Jesus said an earth quake so large not one stone will be left on top of the other.

These stated facts makes turning the moon to literal blood, sound to put it simply… EASY.

May 2, 2014 at 5:11 am
(39) AV says:

Woe unto those who have denied what every single person alive deep down knows to be true. The Truth is not meant for everyone and so there is no premise to make plainer than what is already plain.

Woe unto those who are wise unto themselves and make a mockery of what is ultimately for the best interest of mankind. One need not believe in God to know by faith, already, of His Presence. His Hand is upon all this wonders.

Check conscience if these words are insufficient. Again, we all know the Truth of Christ’s Second Coming, and secretly we believe it. Most will never admit it. Again, the first person to deny this lies to themselves. If any of this is even argued against, as a matter of fact, a guilty conscience spoke up; if conscience was clear, it would have nothing to say.

Do not be lukewarm; be either hot or cold. Do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Stop debating over foolish Biblical or theological interpretations: leave what is unknown or a mystery in God’s care to handle for us by His grace. I write this with love for all.

In sum: Church…WAKE UP. Like it or not, Jesus is coming very soon. Whether its 2015, or in 75 years and a Holy silence, He will come soon.

God loves you. At least my heart can be at peace that I spoke up regarding what I know. May God guide and protect all readers, I pray this blessing for you. Follow the Light.

Oh yes, one last thing. The final blood moon is 18 years from today. The “little horn” will have reached adulthood. Accept Jesus now, while there is still time. God bless and best wishes to all, truly.

Sincerely,
“One who cares”

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