The Coming Blood Red Moon
By Victor Sharpe
The eve of the Jewish festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) coincides this year with the rare celestial event known as the Blood Red Moon.
This will be the fourth lunar eclipse within the last two years - an event known to astronomers as the tetrad - and will occur on the first night of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles) taking place on September 27.
Blood moons are full lunar eclipses in which the sun’s rays entering through the earth’s atmosphere make for a red, or blood-like, appearance. The moon will be the closest to the Earth at this time and will be seen in many parts of the world including in both Israel and the United States.
Coincidentally, the first three instances of the current tetrad have already occurred on Jewish holidays; on April 15, 2014 (Passover) and October 8, 2014 (Sukkot) and April 4, 2015 (again on Passover).
According to popular American evangelical pastor, John Hagee, the blood moons are historically linked with a time period “that begins with a tragedy and ends with a triumph” for the Jewish people.
Pastor John Hagee
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pastor Hagee claimed that in each era, “there’s a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way.”
The Catholic Church in forcing the expulsion of the Spanish Jews in 1492, and the subsequent discovery that same year of the New World; the miraculous rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, and the equally miraculous Israeli victory during the Six Day War in 1967 against immense and overwhelming odds, are other times the blood moon tetrad occurred.
Pastor Hagee narrates the history of the phenomenon of the Blood Red Moon and the possible future in his book “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” which has been turned into a motion picture in honor of the event.
But much earlier tragic and glorious events in millennial Jewish history have occurred during Blood Red Moon occurrences.
"It will be quite exciting and especially dramatic," according to astronomer Sam Lindsay of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. "The Moon will be brighter than usual, bigger than usual."
In fact, the Moon will be at its closest orbital point to Earth, while also in its brightest phase. The resulting "super moon" will look 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger.
The eclipse will be visible over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas on Sunday, September 27.
Max view in Seattle and Portland
Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7:47 PM
Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse
Begins: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 5:11 PM
Maximum: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 7:47 PM
Ends: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 10:22 PM
Duration: 5 hours, 11 minutes
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and author of several published books including The Blue Hour and the acclaimed trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. He is a frequent guest on Pastor Dave McGarrah’s Preacher and Teacher radio program.
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