Although Blood Moons are a frequent and perfectly natural phenomenon, they are often linked to prophecies about the end of the world. A prominent Christian evangelist and host of the TV show The Coming Apocalypse believes Blood Moons and other signs will signal the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Pastor Paul Begley from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, is certain an upcoming partial eclipse is one of these signs.
On the night of July 4 to July 5, parts of the Moon will darken in the Earth’s penumbral shadow.
Although the lunar eclipse will not produce a Blood Moon – the result of scattered sunlight tinting the Moon a rusty brown colour – Pastor Begley has dubbed the event a harbinger of doom.
Speaking to his more than 335,000 subscribers on YouTube, the evangelist linked the Blood Moon to prophecies in the Bible’s Book of Joel.
Pastor Begley said: “I’m almost sensing something explosive on the Fourth of July, and I’m not talking about firecrackers.”
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The Bible describes the Moon turning red in the Booke of Joel, Book of Acts and the Book of Revelation.
Joel 2 reads: “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
“The Sun will be turned to darkness and the Moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, and Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
I’m almost sensing something explosive on the Fourth of July
Pastor Paul Begley
The same passage is then repeated by Peter in Acts, as he addresses a crowd by citing Joel.
He said: “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
“This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
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An ominous red Moon is then mentioned in the Book of Revelation – the final chapters of the Christian Bible.
Revelation 6 reads: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake.
“The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to Earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.”
Although there in no scientific evidence to support pastor Begley’s claims, the firebrand preacher believes were already living in the end days.
Pastor Begley said: “That Blood Moon’s coming. A lot of times you’ve heard pastor Mark Biltz say that solar eclipses are for the nations and Blood Moons are pertaining to nations’ relationships with Israel.
“Well that’s quite extraordinary, since July 4 is our nation’s independence day, and yet the Blood Moon is over America on our independence day, yet how does our relationship with Israel play into that?
“Well, it could be that by the 4th of July there could be major conflicts going on in the Middle East over the Jordan Valley.”
However, a Blood Moon will not appear on July 4 and the next total eclipse of the Moon will not happen until May 26, 2021.
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