The Moon appears red in the sky during a lunar eclipse. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Peter Gaylard
This week's lunar eclipse has been seen as a sign that an ancient prophecy will soon be fulfilled.
A 'blood moon' occurs during a lunar eclipse, an event that takes place when the Moon passes behind the Earth and in to its shadow ( or umbra ).
This week saw the first of four such events set to take place over the next two years and all of them happen to fall upon the dates of Jewish holidays. The eclipse on April 15th will be followed this year by another on October 8th and then two more next year on April 4th and September 28th.
This procession of dates coupled with the unusual frequency with which they are occurring has lead some to read the eclipses as a sign that something significant will soon take place.
"There's a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way," said evangelical pastor John Hagee who believes that the pattern of eclipses could precede significant events in the Middle-East.
"Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad (four blood moons) is remarkable," he said.
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