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But does it necessarily mean anything? Let’s think…
Four Eclipses in one year is call a “tetrad” and in reality tetrads are not rare. There have been 111 tetrads since 1999 BC according to NASA’s computer models. Seven of them since the first century AD (this year is the 8th) have fallen on Jewish holy days. Moreover, astronomers tell us that an orange-red hue is the most common coloration of a lunar eclipse.
In reality, it is mathematically inevitable that a Blood Moon event will fall on these holy days since the Jewish holy day calendar is tied to the lunar cycle. One author writes that there is a 1 in 6 chance that an eclipse will occur on one of these holy days in any given year.
The biblical basis for the significance of celestial phenomena is found in Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12 and Joel 2:31. The Joel passage reads…
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”
Right away we see a problem with the Blood Moon theory in that all the passages mention the darkening of the sun as well as the coloration of the moon. But the sun is not darkened in a lunar eclipse, and the implication of the passages is that these signs in the heavens will be visible to all mankind, while as Astronomer High Ross points out, a lunar eclipse is only visible “to a fraction of humanity.” Indeed, over the course of history most tetrads have not been visible in the Holy Land, even those which fell on Jewish holidays.
Of the seven previous tetrads that have fallen on Jewish holidays since the time of Christ, the blood moon theorists see significance in only three of them. I must say it seems odd that God would be so inconsistent in his supposed warning methodology; what about the other four occurrences?
Of the three that are said to be significant they occur in 1493-1494, 1949-1950, 1967-1968. The events that they are supposedly tied to are the expulsion of the Jews from Spain as a part of the Spanish Inquisition, the creation of the nation Israel, and the six Day War that reclaimed Jerusalem.
However, the dates simply do not work if you say that the Blood Moon tetrads were warnings that presaged these events. Here is why; let’s look at the timing of the tetrads…
The Tetrads of 1493 and 1494 are said to serve as a sign for the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in the Alhambra Decree. However, the decree came March 31, 1492- long before the beginning of this tetrad of Blood Moons which started on April 2, 1493 and ended September 15, 1494, almost two years after the event. Does it make sense that God would send a sign after the event had occurred?
The same problem exists with the tetrad that is associated with Israel becoming a nation. The four eclipse series started on April 13, 1949 and ended September 25, 1950. But the nation Israel was established May 15, 1948- almost one year prior to the start of the tetrad.
The tetrad associated with the six day war in 1967 trends a little better in that at least one of the Blood Moons occurred prior to the event but the series did not end until the war was long over. The Six Day War took place in June, 1967 and the tetrad series of that time period started on April 24, 1967 and ended October 6, 1968. Once again, the series of eclipses ended long after the event that it was supposed to foretell. One author writes that it’s like yelling “Look out for that car!” an hour after the car crash has occurred.
It is also odd that if these celestial events are meant to connect to Israel, only three individual eclipses from this entire sequence was visible as a blood moon in Israel. Astronomer Hugh Ross notes that the current 2014- 2015 tetrad will only be visible as a blood moon in northern Baja California, Mexico.
Finally we should ask the question, “Has there ever been a time in the history of the world since Abraham where events that relate to the Jewish people have not been occurring?” It is not logical or scientific to look back and connect the dots to say that lunar events correlated to those events. After the fact, you may make a case that correlates anything and everything. The supposed significance of this fairly common lunar event that we call a blood moon is simply not there. Rather than getting caught up in this kind of sensationalism, I recommend that we rejoice in the fact that Jesus will return one day and use the time that we have to spread the Gospel message so that more will be ready to welcome him when he comes.
His and Yours,