'Blood moon' peaks interest of astronomers and Christians
POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:32pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The heavens are putting on a celestial show Monday night into the early hours Tuesday morning known as the ‘blood moons.’ They are part of a what’s known as ‘tetrad,’ a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that turn the moon a sunset red hue. These series of total lunar events will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015.
But some say these atmospheric events have a divine meaning. Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over North America are evidence the biblical second coming of Christ.
According to NASA, seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare. But in the 21st century, there will be many for everyone to feast their eyes on.
Hagee’s book explains how these tetrads line up with monumental events in Jewish history, such as the Jewish holiday of Passover and Sukkot. Hagee, founder of Texas’ Cornerstone Church, thinks this is no coincidence. For him, it's a sign of the end times.
The 73-year-old preacher has been preparing for the tetrad for years. He released a book about the blood moons last October and will go in depth about his speculations during a special TV event on April 15 on the Global Evangelism Television channel.
East Texas Pastor Sam Deville of Flint Baptist Church points out one of the biblical scriptures that aligns with Hagger’s theories, Acts 2:19-20 reads, “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord,” one of many he says.
However one East Texas Astronomy buff, Tom Hooten; Director of the Earth and Space Science center at Tyler Junior College, disagrees, “Hagger cherry picks his data... I've lived through the Myans, I've lived through Harold Camping making two different predictions of the end of the world, all of these have one thing in common and that is they are 100 percent wrong."
To see the full lunar “blood moon” eclipse, weather permitting, you can feast your eyes to the sky between 1 a.m. — 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.