This month's blood moon, also known as a lunar eclipse, is the final such moon in what is known as a tetrad, and the culmination of the four eclipses has some religious people looking skyward with prophesy in mind.
"The end of days is being predicted by a host of people, including Jewish mystics, Christian fundamentalists, and self-proclaimed prophets," reported The Mirror (UK)
The so-called Blood Moon Prophesy originally comes from the Hebrew Bible's Book of Joel. In it, it says "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes."
In recent years, Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz have noted that this year's culminating blood moon will fall on special religious holidays.
"The last time there was a tetrad was back in the 1900s, and to my amazement, they also fell on the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles," explained Blitz. "When I noticed the years these phenomena occurred, my mind began reeling. The last two times there were four blood moons in a row, they happened, first, right after Israel became a nation in 1948, and then again when Israel retook Jerusalem in 1967."
Elsewhere, self-proclaimed prophet Rev. Efrain Rodriguez has gained a small online following with his own vision. He's written letters to NASA and written extensively online claiming that an asteroid up to 2.5 miles wide will make impact in Puerto Rico around the time of the forth blood moon, bringing about the destruction of Earth.
Paul Chodas of NASA's Near-Earth Object office is skeptical of Rodriguez's claims.
"There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth," he said in a recent statement. "In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century. There is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence, that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates."
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