Blood Moons and Apocalypse: What Did Other Cultures Think?


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SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: 

The fourth and final blood moon lunar eclipse of the 2014-2015 tetrad just occurred on September 27-28. This was also the rare eclipse of a Supermoon (meaning the moon was closest to the Earth). Total eclipses of Supermoons are rare, and another won’t happen for 18 years.

So what is a tetrad? This refers to the fact that there were four blood moons between 2014-2015, each one spaced about six months apart. The first blood moon in the tetrad was on April 15th. Fortunately the world didn’t end that day, but people did have to pay their taxes (which was the next closest thing).

Blood Moon Tetrad Dates:

2014:
Total lunar eclipse: April 15
Total lunar eclipse: October 8

2015:
Total lunar eclipse: April 4
Total lunar eclipse: September 27-28

So what is the significance of The Blood Moon? Is it the end of the world or a mere astronomical phenomena?  What causes this ominous sounding event?

WHAT SCIENTIFIC PHENOMENON CAUSES THE BLOOD MOON? 

The word “eclipse” itself means shadow, an eclipse is the Earth’s shadow on the moon. The red color itself is caused by particles and dust in the Earth’s atmosphere. What’s even more significant about this particular Blood Moon is that it is the first of a tetrad of Blood Moons. This means that there will be four blood moons occurring over a period of 18 months. It is also said that each of these four Blood Moons will fall on a Jewish holiday: Passover, The Feast of Tabernacles, Passover again the following year and then the next Feast of Tabernacles after that.

BLOOD MOONS AND PROPHESY

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I’ve had a very difficult time finding astronomical information on this event, because I’ve been bombarded by several news stories about the biblical prophesy that uses the Blood Moon to predict the end of the world:

Acts 2:19-20: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

Yet as rare as Blood Moons are, there have been other Blood Moons in history that occurred after this biblical prophecy was written, what is interesting is that each of the tetrads did usher in significant events for the Jews: their expulsion from Spain, the founding of the state of Israel and on The Six Day War between Arabs and Israelis.

WHAT DID OTHER CULTURES THINK ABOUT BLOOD MOONS OR ECLIPSES IN GENERAL? 

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The Incans believed that the Blood Moon was a result of a jaguar who attacked and then ate the moon. After it ate the moon, Incans believed that the jaguar would come for them next. To prevent that, they would try to drive the predator away by shaking spears at the moon and making a lot of noise, including beating their dogs and making them bark.

The Ancient Mesopotamians believed that a lunar eclipse was an attack on their king. The Mesopotamians were also very good at predicting when an eclipse would occur. So for this situation, they would install a Substitute King to bear the brunt of whatever attack the eclipse may dole out. The Substitute King would usually be treated very well during this period, but then mysteriously disappear afterwards.

The Hupa Native American Tribe believed that the moon had 20 wives and lots of pets: mountain lions and snakes. When the moon didn’t bring his pets enough food to eat, they would attack him and make him bleed. The eclipse would end when the moon’s wives came to protect him. They would collect his blood and make him well again.

To the Luiseño tribe of southern California, an eclipse signaled that the moon was ill. It was tribe members’ job to sing chants or prayers to bring it back to health.

The Ancient Norse Folk believed that the moon (Mani) was chased around in the sky by a hateful wolf named Hati. And each time the wolf got close, it took a bite out of him which caused an eclipse.

The Ancient Egyptians thought an Eclipse was the moon getting swallowed by a sow and the ancient Chinese believed that it was a three legged toad who was doing the swallowing.

However, not every Blood Moon is negative. The Batammaliba people in Africa saw it as a time that the moon and sun were fighting. Yet the significance of the Blood Moon meant that it was a time to come together and resolve old feuds.

National Geographic: Lunar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

IS THE END NEAR? 

None of the previous Blood Moons ushered in an end of the world, why is this particular Blood Moon the one that will do it?

In 2012, the world was was supposed to end on December 21st because that was the day when the Mayan Calendar ended. Before that the world was supposed to end in 2000, because of the infamous Y2k crisis, apparently resetting the digital calendars of the world’s computers is enough to usher in a robot apocalypse?

And now, looking at a shadow on the moon through the tint of some atmospheric dust is a sure sign of the end? Perhaps this is the omen that will usher in the end. Or maybe when this prophecy fails, someone will find an image of the Anti-Christ on a piece of toast and surely this will usher in the end of the human era. My point is that people are completely obsessed with the apocalypse and are constantly grasping for a new sign each year of this impending rapture.

So, I’m pretty sure you can all untwist your panties out of a knot and enjoy the astronomical phenomenon that is the Blood Moon with a cup of cocoa. And in the chance that the apocalypse is happening, I will eat my words by taking a jaguar sized bite out of the laptop I’m typing on and die of suffocation before the demons of the apocalypse can descend from the bleeding moon and play softball with my carcass.

Whether it is a portent of death or a cool astronomical phenomenon, we can all agree on one thing: it’s metal as hell. Get your Blood Moon on tonight with some heavy tunes.

VADER – WHEN THE SUN DROWNS IN DARK

SLAYER – REIGN IN BLOOD 

3 responses

  1. Lucifer the fallen archangel is known to be a FOOL because only a fool would try to put his throne over the throne of Creator God who created him.
    Their choice of attempting this blasphemous and distorted act of betrayal resulted to the withdrawal of the Grace of the Creator God having as consequence their inner ugliness and ungratefulness to be now known on their outer bodies for all to see. God allows Lucifer to live in shameful away he loves all of His creations the same. All of these events take place in the beginning before God creates man. In Paradise Lucifer who is seen a snake HAS NO AYTHORITY ON MAN he can not force Adam and Eve to do anything. The greatest gift from God who created them in His image is their freedom… the freedom to chose. So here is Lucifer and in essence he can only provide Adam and Eve a different option in their lives and of coerce he is always working on options that would bring on disobedience and then the downfall! His number one tactic is LYING. The name devil comes from the Greek word “diavallo” which means distord….to distort the truth. However distorting the truth with Adam and Eve had to be an attractive lie…yes the lie he told his self about taking the throne of God was very attractive indeed! So he whispers in their ears …if you eat from this able you too will become Gods your selves.
    Spiritual death comes on Adam and Eve and their descendants which in essence is the eternal separation of man from God!
    The Church created by the Apostles 2000 years ago does only cure from sin
    IT REMAKEWS MAN TO a GODMAN BY THE GRACE OF GOD ENABLING MAN THIS WAY TO RETURN BACK TO HIS PRESENCE!

    The vision of Divine Light
    http://www.monachos.net/content/patristics/studies-fathers/67
    The devil and his demons is still around he is promising positions and money and theosis ??? not with fasting and praying and good deeds but with gold and money and possessions….and lots and lots of sex! This of course will last until the last beat of your heart! He will show up then and ask God permission to collect your soul for services rendered while alive. The word Satan also means….THE ACCUSER!

    Baptism, Reconciliation with God
    [Galatians 3:27] “You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, with the life of Christ himself” Baptism followed as delivered by the Apostles begotten by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost is our absolute “guarantee” that everything promised in the Holy Bible is delivered. Man is actually united with God (spiritually) and he is restored by Him to His likeness, (Holy) granting him this way the opportunity from here on earth to proceed through purity (clothed with the life of Christ) in a way of life that leads to Theosis known as Salvation or Eternal Life. The Church is not a man made organization, but a God-man Organism that is sustained to life and is directed by the Holy Spirit.

    Ierotheos Metropolitan of Naupaktos about Baptism

    “Through the “rite of birth in God”, holy baptism, man’s nous (mind) is illuminated, freed from slavery to sin and the devil, and is united with God. That is why baptism is called part take and illumination.

    Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY.
    http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/the-foundations-of-orthodox.html

    Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century

    take care of your selves,

    June 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  2. At the Lords Second Coming

    Saint Nicodimos the Athonide is very lucid when describing the general “picture” of the Holy and the unholy (those accused) the moment of Resurrection.
    The Holy Fathers teach that all those worthy belonging to Lord Jesus Church (His Body) will resurrect with the body of the new Adam (New Creation) in other words with Lords Jesus Glorious Body as seen 11 times in the New Testament before ascending to His Father. His body and the bodies of his Saints are described by the Holy Fathers to be: soft, light, beautiful, glorious, transparent, bright, warm, and spiritual [John 3:6] “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    The bodies of the unholy will be the likeness of the devil (this is what he wants) will have a surpassing difference to those of the righteous ones there will be tough, heavy, ugly, foul, dark, evil stiff and unrefined”.
    You have the FREEDOM to chose it is a divine gift that belongs to all!
    \God bless,
    I care!

    June 13, 2015 at 1:09 am

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