Religion News: 'Blood moon' a sign of the end times?

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Mount Shasta Herald

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Tuesday morning’s lunar eclipse, which because of its color was called a “blood moon,” has set off debate among some Christians. Could the eclipse and others slated for this year and next be connected to the return of Jesus and the apocalypse?

Usually there are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA. Including Tuesday’s meteorological event, four blood moons are expected within the next 18 months. Astronomers call this a tetrad, and all of them happen during Jewish holidays.

Several new books have been published surrounding the event with the authors referring to a doom-laden passage from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Joel: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come,” according to the Religious News Service.

A New Testament passage, Acts 2:20, is similarly gloomy: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”

Some of the books include “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” by Washington state author Mark Biltz; “Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel and the Four Blood Moons” by Oklahoma pastor Mark Hitchcock; and ”Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change” by Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee. Hagee’s book is No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list.

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