Astronomy enthusiasts are getting ready to observe one of the most spectacular celestial events, a Super Blue Blood Moon. This is the first lunar trifecta throughout the last 25 years and more. However, this event doesn’t seem to be as spectacular to everyone. Different conspiracy theorists see this event as a prophecy and omen which will lead to the end of the world as we know it. So, what is the blood moon prophecy?
The first time that the blood moon prophecy was mentioned was when the author of the book “Four Blood Moons,” by John Hagee, in order to promote his 2013 book, said that the Sept. 27 full moon, which was a supermoon with a slight reddish hue from a lunar eclipse, would represent the sign of the apocalypse or Armageddon, according to CNN.
Hagee is a Christian minister from Texas and he said that the four upcoming blood moon eclipses (April 15, 2014, Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28 2015) would result in a “world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.”
Hagee had cited a passage from Joel 2:31 in the King James Bible which, according to him, predicts the end of the world once the blood moon arrives. “The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.”
Also, an often-cited verse was from Revelation 6:12 which states, “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.”
It wasn’t too long before NASA scientists debunked the conspiracy theory by Hagee regarding the blood moon prophecy. At that time, the space agency said that there was “no scientific basis -not one shred of evidence” that the blood moon, which in this spectacular trifecta stands for the lunar eclipse.
Two and half years later, we are encountering another blood moon, which is actually joined by two other celestial events, a supermoon, and blue moon. The Blood Moon prophecy conspiracy theory has again appeared online, with conspiracy theorists saying that the current blood moon could be the final sign to warn about the end of days.
However, NASA said in its statement that there is more scientific explanation to the super blue blood moon.
“The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”
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