Features — 16 April 2014 — by Adele Ramos
Four “blood moons,” the first visible from Belize around midnight on April 15

Forecaster Francisca Wellington told Amandala today that the total lunar eclipse—a phenomenon known as the “blood moon,” because the moon will appear copper red—is expected to be visible from Belmopan sometime after 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, and data available to her indicates that the eclipse will run for 3 hours 35 minutes, with the total lunar eclipse spanning 1 hour and 18 minutes.

Information Amandala has obtained from NASA’s website indicates that tonight’s “blood moon” will be one in a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses to occur roughly six months apart in 2014 and 2015. NASA says they will occur on April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and September 28, 2015.

This is called a tetrad, but what is rare about this tetrad is that it also falls on the dates of two major Scriptural feasts: the Passover (Pesach) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), in both 2014 and 2015.

Some have ascribed prophetic meaning to this co-occurrence, citing several verses in both the prophetic writings and the messianic Scriptures.

Joel 2:31 says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of YAHUAH come.”

This was repeated in the book of Acts, when the Apostle Kepha (Peter) said, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of YAHUAH come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YAHUAH shall be saved.” (Act 2:20-21)

It has also been noted that a solar eclipse is scheduled to occur on the next Scriptural New Year on March 20, 2015, and this total solar eclipse is estimated to fall between the first two and the second two “blood moons,” leading some to point to this writing in the Apocalypse of the Apostle John:

“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.” — Rev 6:12

Of note, is that another sequence of “blood moons”—a triad, because they are three consecutive total lunar eclipses—is due to occur in about three years: on January 31, 2018; July 27, 2018; and January 21, 2019.

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