The coming Blood Moon on September 28 has a few — namely Christians — people fearing that the end of the world will come with it. Apparently the fears stem from a loose interpretation of biblical prophecy that mentions a blood moon in conjunction with a meteor strike. However, there’s a different take on the situation from NASA, and the space agency is basically telling everyone to fear not…
South Africa’s Times Live reported September 10 that the Blood Moon, which is the astronomical coinciding of a full moon and a lunar eclipse where the moon is often seen to be the color red (because of the reflection of sunlight off the moon as it enters Earth’s atmosphere), has sparked fears of an apocalypse in some Christians with fundamentalist views. Those apocalyptic fears are capped with the prediction of a cataclysmic meteor strike as well.
The Independent offered up a more extensive backstory for those fearing the end of the world. Using several verses from the Christian bible, notably from the books of Joel (2:31), Acts (2:20), and Revelations (6:12), the former of which reads: “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”
The Blood Moon prophecy theory actually comes from the evangelical writings and teachings of American pastors Mark Biltz and John Hagee about the “tetrad” (which means “four”) of blood moons that will appear and usher in the End Times. Both have noted that historical tetrads have coincided with tragic and triumphant — but important — events in Jewish history. (Hagee’s book, Four Blood Moons, was a bestseller last year.) Those who take the Blood Moon biblical theory seriously believe that the end of the world will occur sometime between September 22 to 28 of 2015.
The social media presence of those voicing End Times fears apparently reached the point where NASA decided it should intervene and provide a note of reason. The space agency issued a statement (per the International Business Times) saying: “Nasa knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
But not all Christians are gripped by the fear of the coming end of things. Mike Moore, who blogs and writes for Christian Witness To Israel, noted last year, after picking up on the Blood Moon prophecy of Hagee and Blitz, that the findings of the evangelical pastors were to be dismissed. In fact, he noted that there were other prophecies — also not to be taken too seriously — wherein it was foretold that the tetrad of blood moons would be a sign of the construction of the Third Temple (which is necessary for the coming of the Jewish messiah).