Blood Moons Tetrad – First One is Tonight!
Some of you may have heard of a ‘blood moon’ and some may not have. Here is a brief overview to know what it is all about and why this tetrad set of blood moons is significant. The blood moon tonight will be visible for several hours but the peak happening around 3:45AM EST (1:45 MST)
- A blood moon is nothing more than a lunar eclipse that in most cases makes the moon turn to a red tint or hue, hence it has been traditionally called a ‘blood moon’.
- A tetrad is a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, or blood moons, with six full moons in between and no intervening partial lunar eclipses.
- There will be 230 lunar eclipses this century (2001-2100), some partial and some full.
- There were no tetrads for 300 years before 1949.
- The last few tetrads have occurred over Jewish Holidays, Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. Each time this happened something MAJOR happened to the Jewish people as outlined below:
- 1493-1494 — This tetrad followed the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
- 1949-1950 — This tetrad followed the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
- 1967-1968 — The beginning of this tetrad occurred right before the beginning of the Six Day war in 1967.
- The blood moon tonight will be visible for several hours but the peak happening around 3:45AM EST (1:45 MST)
- This series of blood moons will happen on the following dates/holidays:
- Passover, April 15, 2014, total lunar eclipse
- Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014, total lunar eclipse
- Passover, April 4, 2015, total lunar eclipse.
- Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse.
NASA says there will be 12,064 Lunar Eclipses between -1999 and +3000.
Of these 12,064 eclipses, 3,479 will be total lunar eclipses. That’s an average of less than one total lunar eclipse per year. It is an average of 2.5 lunar eclipses per year of total plus partial lunar eclipses.
During that time there will be 142 Lunar Tetrads. 62 will occur between 1 AD and 2100 AD.
In 2014, the first of 4 total lunar eclipses occurs on Passover (First Feast Day), April 15, 2014, followed by a solar eclipse on April 29, 2014, then the second total lunar eclipse occurs on the Feast of Succoth (Last Fall Feast Day), October 8, 2014, followed by another solar eclipse on October 23, 2014.
In 2015, the Jewish religious year begins with the total solar eclipse March 20, 2015, then two weeks later the third total lunar eclipse occurs on Passover, April 4, 2015, and then the civil year beginning with the total solar eclipse on September 13, 2015 followed two weeks later by the fourth total blood red moon on the Feast of Succoth, September 28, 2015.
Tetrads of four sequential lunar eclipses with no intervening partial lunar eclipses occurs 6 other times in this century, but this is the only time it occurs on the Jewish holy days of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles.
The last time that four blood red moons occurred together was in 1967-1968, probably related to the recapture of Jerusalem by Israel. The time that the tetrad occurred before this was in 1949-1950, probably related to Israel becoming a nation. Before this time, the last occurrence was 1493-1494, probably related to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.
Since 1 AD, this tetrad has occurred on these holy days a total of 7 times. In 2014-2015, it will be the 8th time. It won’t occur again for another 500 years.
Interesting, is it a sign or just total coincidence? I am not sure myself but it will be interesting to see what the next year or two has in store for us 🙂