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Blood Moon Prophecy in 2014 & 2015

I've come across a number of inquiries about the upcoming Blood Moons in the years 2014 and 2015. Sometimes, the Hunter's Moon is referred to as the Blood Moon, which is the full Moon that immediately follows the Harvest Moon, the full Moon occurring most closely to the autumnal equinox. For the Northern Hemisphere, the Harvest and Hunter's Moons fall on the following dates in 2014 and 2015:

The Year 2014

Harvest Moon: September 9

Autumn Equinox: September 23

Hunter's (Blood) Moon: October 8

Image Credit: Steve Jervetson

The Year 2015

Autumn Equinox: September 23

Harvest Moon: September 28

Hunter's (Blood) Moon: October 27

Blood Moon in Christian Prophecy

However, it appears that the Christian pastors Mark Blitz and John Hagee have tweaked or expanded the meaning of Blood Moon to apply to the four successive total eclipses of the full Moon in the years 2014 and 2015. In their minds, this tetrad - four successive total lunar eclipses, separated from one another by six lunar months (six full Moons) - represents a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy:

The Year 2014

Total lunar eclipse: April 15

Total lunar eclipse: October 8

The Year 2015

Total lunar eclipse: April 4

Total lunar eclipse: September 28

Source: NASA Eclipse Web Site

Although there are a total of 8 tetrads in the 21st century (2001 to 2100), proponents of Biblical prophecy regard this upcoming tetrad as especially significant because it coincides with important Jewish holidays: Passover and Tabernacles. The April 2014 and April 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Passover; the October 2014 and September 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Tabernacles.

The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. In any year, it's inevitable that the full Moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri). Nissan and Tishri are the first and seventh months of the Jewish calendar, respectively.

It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible - even in part - from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.

How common is a Tetrad Of Total Lunar Eclipses?

Depending upon the century in which you live, a lunar tetrad (four consecutive total lunar eclipses, spaced at six lunar months apart from one another) may happen fairly frequently - or not at all.

For instance, in our 21st century (2001-2100), there are a total 8 tetrads, but in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, there were none at all. If we include all the centuries from the 1st century (AD 1-100) through the 21st century (2001-2100), inclusive, there are a total of 62 tetrads. The last one occurred in 2003-2004, and the next one after the 2014-2015 tetrad will happen in 2032-2033.

However, if we want to know which tetrads specifically fell on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, there appear to be a total of 8 in these 21 centuries:

Tetrads aligning with Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles

162-163 C.E. (Common Era)

795-796 C.E.

842-843 C.E.

860-861 C.E.

1493-1494 C.E

1949-1950 C.E.

1967-1968 C.E.

2014-2015 C.E.

Source: NASA Eclipse Web Site

It seems as though more people are choosing to use the term Blood Moon to refer to the four full moons in a tetrad (four successive total lunar eclipses). To the best of my knowledge, this definition is of recent origin. But I'm not altogether sure whether the Blood Moon refers to the full Moons of any tetrad, or a tetrad that coincides with the feast of Passover and feast of Tabernacles.

Either way, I suspect the "nouveau" definition of Blood Moon will become more and more commonly used to describe the full Moons of the upcoming tetrad of four successive total lunar eclipses.

copyright 2013 by Bruce McClure

November 2013 Feature * January 2014 Feature