The January Full Moon will turn a deep shade of red this month when it passes through the centre of Earth’s shadow. The Blood Moon is due to appear over the Western Hemisphere between January 20 and January 22. Christian conspiracy theorists are touting this event an urgent warning sign of biblical prophecy coming true. One of the main supporters of the Blood Moon prophecy is Evangelical preacher Paul Begley from West Lafayette in Indiana, US.
The doomsday prophet has claimed the Blood Moon eclipse’s arrival was predicted by holy scripture.
Issuing a “prophecy alert”, pastor Begley said: “The anticipation of this absolute event of a biblical nature is about to happen.
“Yes. To answer your question, ‘is the Super Blood Moon an apocalyptic sign of the doomsday for mankind?’
“Is it coming? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be you.
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“This is a sign in the heavens right over America and America plays a major role with Israel, and here we are about to bring the Middle East a peace agreement.”
According to the firebrand preacher, there are three very specific passages in the Bible, which prove his doomsday theories.
The first passage is found in The New Testament’s Book of Revelation, which describes the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ.
Revelation 6:12-14 reads: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
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“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”
The Blood Moon is also mentioned in the Book of Joel and the Book of Acts where the Moon is said to turn into blood during cataclysmic events.
Joel 2:31 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.”
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And Acts 2:20 reads: “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives.”
Pastor Begley said: “I mean, we’re in the last days, ok? That which is done in secret will be shouted from the housetop.
“So, the Super Blood Moon is going to appear.”
Astronomers, however, disagree with claims of biblical prophecy having anything to do with the Blood Moon eclipse.
Instead, the Blood Moon is the result of refracted sunlight scattering through the Earth’s atmosphere.
When the Moon passes through the planet’s shadow, refracted bands of red light fall onto its face and brilliantly illuminate it.