Are you going to watch the total lunar eclipse tonight? This particular type of lunar eclipse is called a “blood moon” because of its color.
The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad and Israel
What makes this eclipse particularly rare is that four of these total eclipses will occur six months apart and all will be visible over much of North America. We might normally have two lunar eclipses per year, but not all would be total eclipses! These blood moons also coincide with Jewish holidays. The dates are:
- April 15, 2014 (Passover)
- October 8, 2014 (Feast of Tabernacles)
- April 4, 2015 (Passover)
- September 28, 2015 (Feast of Tabernacles)
Numerous Bible passages predict signs in the heavens associated with the soon-return of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 24:29, Jesus predicts:
Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
The first lunar eclipse of the 2014 – 2015 tetrad will occur on April 15 and the Jewish festival of Passover will begin tonight, after the sunset of April 14. Previous tetrads coincided with significant events in Jewish history. A tetrad occured:
- in 1493: coincided with the expulsion of the Jews by the Spanish Inquisition
- in 1949: on the eve of Israel’s declaration of independence
- in 1967: coincided with the Six-Day War
Opposition of Mars
Another unique aspect of the blood moon tonight is that we’re in the midst of an alignment with Mars. Throughout April, you can get a good look at bright-orange Mars as it passes “close” to the Earth (92,000,000 km). April 8th was the actual alignment, or opposition, but April 14th is when Mars is closest to Earth in its orbit. See Awesome alignment: How to See Mars, Earth, sun line up (USA Today video) for more information.
Good Friday and Easter
Because Good Friday occurs just a few days after this lunar eclipse, I thought I’d mention that some unsuccessful “attempts have been made to establish the exact date of Good Friday by assuming the darkness described at Jesus’s crucifixion was a solar eclipse… Good Friday is recorded as being at Passover, which is held at the time of a full moon… the darkness lasted from the sixth hour to the ninth, or three hours, which is much, much longer than the eight-minute upper limit for any solar eclipse’s totality.” (Source: Wikipedia on Solar Eclipse)
Are you watching the blood moon tonight? More importantly, are you watching for the soon-return of Yeshua, Israel’s Messiah?
- If tonight is cloudy or you aren’t in North America, NASA’s Ustream channel has planned a live feed of tonight’s total lunar eclipse (or you should be able to view the recording on Ustream Tuesday or later).
- Also, see my post from the blood moon of December 20, 2010, The Blood-Red Moon and Revelation 6.
- The image of the blood moons on the calendar is taking from a video from NASA explaining the tetrad. I recommend Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15: Complete Coverage of the Blood Moon for more details about tonight’s event.
- If you were standing on the surface of the moon at the time of the eclipse, the earth would appear to be rimmed in red light from every sunrise and sunset. (Read more…) This light reflects on the surface of the moon and back to us.
- See Solar and Lunar Eclipses Worldwide – Next 10 Years for more dates.
The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad and Israel by Sus Schmitt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.