Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
On the eve of September 27, 2015, the world will experience its 4th and last in the ‘tetrad’ series of Total Lunar Eclipses since April 2014…
The lunar eclipse will be visible from most of North America and South America. In North and South America it can be enjoyed in the evening of September 27th, occurring after sunset in the greater part of the Americas.. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, it will be visible after midnight- the wee hours of September 28. And since it is a lunar, not a solar eclipse, you can look at it with your naked eye although many will be going to their trusty telescopes for more detail.
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If you’re in a different location, you should make sure of the exact time when the lunar eclipse will begin in yourarea as ,weather permitting, you won’t want to miss it! Because once you consider the facts below this upcoming Blood Moon is very special and will be a lifetime occurrence!
The following are five incredible facts about the September 27/28 Blood Moon:
It is the last in a series of 4 consecutive lunar eclipses-called a lunartetrad. These lunar eclipses are spaced almost exactly 6months apart and each eclipse has a total of 5 full moons between them.The first three took place on April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014 and April 4, 2015 and the last will be on September 27/28 2015.
Lunar eclipses can be rare in some centuries and frequent in others. However, these particular lunar tetrads in the 21st century are unusual in that there will have been 8 tetrads, the maximum in any century. And this frequency has not occurred since the 9th century!
2) Harvest Moon
Another oddity of this particular ‘last lunar eclipse of the tetrad’is that the actual eclipse will occur with a Harvest Moon (the first full moon of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere). Also significant is the fact that it is the first full moon of the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also part of the September Equinox. During these Equinoxes, the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of the day and night is almost equal.)
This same full moon of September 27/28, 2015 will also be a Super Moon. This is a full moon that looks larger because it is closest to the Earth as it turns into a full moon. A rising Super Full Moon can look huge to onlookers from their viewing stations on the Earth.
4)Part of the Lunar Saros Series 137
Like solar eclipses, lunar eclipses occur in 18 year-long cycles that are Saros Cycles. Eclipses that occur in those cycles share common features such as distance from the Earth and time of year. Eclipses separated by a Saros Cycle are included in the Saros Series. The Lunar Eclipse of September 27/28 belongs to Saros Series number 137 and is the 28th in a series of 81 lunar eclipses.
5) Blood Moon
Recently, total lunar eclipses have been referred to as Blood Moons which stems from both a biblical reference, “ …and themoon as blood…” and from the colour the moon looks when it is under an eclipse. This phenomenon is called the Rayleigh Scattering the same effect as the reddish hues in a sunset.
Luke- 21:25 And there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars, and on earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves…
The Blood Moon Prophesies
Christian based prophesies surround the occurrence of this tetrad of Blood Moons projecting their times and dates of occurrence with special religious significance. The April blood moons of 2014 and 2015 fell on the feast of Passover and the blood moons in October and this upcoming one, in September, occurred and will occur during the Feast of the Tabernacles.Also co-incidental is that this month (September 2015) marks the beginning of a new Shemitah cycle of seven years in the Jewish timetable.
Considering these five incredible facts about the September 27/28 Blood Moon, this particular lunar eclipse tetrad is being watched closely by Christian leaders like John Hagee, who has written books on the apocalyptic indications of the Blood Moons. He makes a point of noting that each of the four blood moons in this tetrad have fallen on an important Jewish religious celebration. In his book, “Four Blood Moons”, he draws a poignant prophetic connection between these blood moons and other celestial occurences, with Scripture, pointing to their association with the end times.
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It can be argued, however, that lunar eclipses have fallen on Jewish feasts in the past and at least 8 lunar tetrads have coincided with Jewish Holy days since the 1st century.
Yet, there is no denying the above facts are noteworthy and certainly not an everyday occurrence. Are these the signs from Scripture in the moon and the stars? There does indeed seem to besomething very special about these so-called Blood Moons.
Is this tetrad of Blood Moons a harbinger of the end times as indicated in some Christian interpretation? Should we be somehow prepared for something looming and disastrous?
Well, there is one factor in this particular prophesy that is able to stop excessive argument and speculation- and that is- it certainly won’t take long to find out!
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