Berginski: Debunking the Blood Moon Prophecy
It’s extremely disheartening to hear that after the panic wrought by the change in the Mayan calendar in 2012, the Y2K scare in 2000 and a host of other events that people are still trying to link random, almost inconsequential things to an impending Apocalypse.
The latest prediction du jour is the “Blood Moon Prophecy”, a mix of hokey referencing of historical events, even hokier referencing – almost bordering on ignorance of the meaning – of certain Bible verses, and a couple head-scratchers with regards to science and common sense.
Let’s first get out of the way what is meant by a “blood moon”. It is a lunar eclipse, or when Earth’s shadow comes in front of the moon. Sunlight reflecting off Earth’s atmosphere then gives the eclipsed moon a reddish hue.
There is supposed to be a blood moon tomorrow evening (It is also a Supermoon, by the way.), and it is the fourth in a series of lunar eclipses, which is called a tetrad. This tetrad began in April 2014, and the other two moons took place in October 2014 and April of this year. These moons also fall on Jewish holidays, mainly Passover and Sukkot.
Proponents of this blood moon theory – and yes, from this point in this column on we’re going to call it a “theory” – point out that tetrads occurring on Passover and Sukkot occurred as a heavenly warning sign for significant events in Jewish history, like when the Spanish Inquisition expelled Jews from Spain; and as a sign of knowledge when Israel became a sovereign state and when Israel retook Jerusalem, a/k/a The Six-Day War. The problem is, the tetrads occurred well after the events in question took place. The Spanish Inquisition started in 1478 and ended in 1834, and the tetrad took place in 1493-94. Israel was formed in 1948, and the tetrad then took place in 1949-50. The Six Day War took place between June 5-10, 1967. While a blood moon did occur in April of that year, the tetrad wasn’t complete as there was another one on Oct. 18, and two more that followed the next year.
And what about tetrads that occurred on Passover and Sukkot, but had nothing of significance happen? It would seem as though proponents tossed those aside out of convenience. In fact, the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, and in the last century alone lunar eclipses on those two holidays occurred 37 times. While such a thing is rare, it’s not extraordinarily rare.
Proponents of this theory say the tetrad is a sign of something significant to happen to Israel, and the world at large. If the message is meant for Israel, then why couldn’t they see some of the blood moons? I’m not saying something significant won’t happen to Israel or the world in the coming years, but giving a blood moon credit for saying such would be like me saying my fantasy football team’s going to win this year because Teddy Bridgewater is my quarterback. (He’s not, by the way, but you get the gist of what I’m saying.)
Proponents of this theory say these moons are sun, moon and star signs heralding the Apocalypse and quote Bible verses, particularly Revelation 6:12-13 and Matthew 24:29. But there’s a lot more to these verses than the moon turning red; at the same time the Sun and the stars go dark, and there is a huge earthquake. They also quote Joel 2:31, which only quotes the sun and moon going dark (despite the preceding 21 verses saying the stars go dark and there’s an earthquake too).
Let’s see, by the sun going dark, do they perhaps mean a solar eclipse – when the moon blocks the sun? How can the Earth’s shadow get in the moon’s way and the sun’s rays reflect off the atmosphere while at the same time the moon is getting in the way of the sun? By applying Occam’s Razor: A solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse CANNOT happen at the same time, unless Earth suddenly gets another moon or something. Also, the sun and moon have very little to do with earthquakes; those happen when two sides of the world move relative to each other along a fault line, causing a massive release of stored energy. Supernatural forces would have to be at play for an earthquake, and the sun, moon and stars going dark to happen at the exact same time.
Do not take any of this, dear reader, as an attack on Christianity. My intention here is to debunk a theory that has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. You see, by focusing solely on the moon turning red four times in a two-year span, proponents of the blood moon theory have contorted scripture to suit it instead of it to suit scripture.
In fact, while were on that subject, it would appear that proponents are also ignoring other scriptures, particularly the ones forbidding Astrology – using the stars to see the future. Leviticus 19:26, Jeremiah 10:2, Deuteronomy 18:10 and Isaiah 47:13-14 come to mind; I’ll let you peruse them at your leisure. They also ignore Matthew 24:36, you know, that one about only you-know-who knowing the date and time of the end.
People used to consider things like eclipses and comets streaking across the sky harbingers of doom, despite disasters occurring after such events to be purely coincidental at best and unrelated at worst. It also understandable that some people want to know when they will die so they can better prepare themselves and their families for it. But taking a rare, but not extraordinary celestial occurrence, let alone four in a two-year span and heralding it as a sign millions, if not billions, will die soon and the world will end is just deplorable.
So just look at the moon on Sunday evening and try not to think about any Apocalyptic thoughts; such things can ruin looking at something so cool.
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