The Coming Blood Moon Signifies the End of the World, Apparently
Some doomsday preachers believe Friday’s blood moon signifies the end of the world, as noted in the Bible in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.
Apparently, it’s the end of the world again this Friday. So prepare accordingly, I guess.
This particular apocalypse – not to be confused with all the other apocalypses that have seemingly come and gone – will be heralded by the coming blood moon, which will doom us all on Friday, July 27. The blood moon will accompany a fairly long lunar eclipse lasting 103 minutes, and sadly it won’t be seen in North America (the best views will be in eastern Europe, southern Africa, south Asia, and the Middle East).
Of course, since it marks the doom of humanity, it probably won’t matter all that much whether you see it or not.
The doom and gloom stems from an interpretation of Biblical verse. A few would be online prophets, including Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Blitz, are claiming that the coming lunar eclipse is part of an ongoing “tetrad,” which consists of four consecutive lunar eclipses. The first of the four was on April 15, 2014, the next on October 8 in 2014, while the third was on September 28, 2015.
The theory cites both Acts 2:20, which states “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come,” and Revelation 6:12, “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.” Both are pretty basic apocalypse 101 verses.
To add another sprinkling of apocalypse, the theory goes on to include the Book of Joel, which states, “The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
Just a couple of quick points:
To start with, this is far from the first time we’ve had four consecutive lunar eclipses, and blood moons aren’t all that rare. They are caused by a common effect known as Rayleigh scattering, which disperses sunlight through the atmosphere – it’s the same thing that causes red suns in the morning, which sailors do not, in fact, need to take warning from.
But who knows. Maybe CNN will finally get to air its end of the world tape.
The world does seem to be a little bit on fire these days, so maybe Friday will mark an end to it. So go out and have some fun or something. Just don’t neglect your bills or forget to turn off the iron.