Article by: Joseph Hadaway
Photograph by: Soung Jin Yang
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a naturally occurring phenomena that occurs every five hundred years.
A Blood Moon, like the one that recently took place on October 4th, takes place after a tetrad, four consecutive complete lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between and no intervening partial lunar eclipses, which in the case of the recent Blood Moon began on April 2014. This will soon be followed up by another one on April 4, 2015.
The name “Blood Moon” comes from the idea that the moon appears to be red due to the “elastic scattering of light or other electromagnetic radiation by particles much smaller than the wavelength of light”.
The name “Blood Moon” could have also been chosen, due to a prophecy in the Book of Joel, which is part of the Hebrew Bible, which states that “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day the LORD comes”. This has prompted some American pastors such as Pastor John Magee and Pastor Mark Blitz to claim that the “end times” will happen at the end of the second blood moon that will occur on the next 4th of April, coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Passover.
This theory, known as the “Blood Moon Prophecy”, has been given a significant amount of scientific scrutiny. Since the first century BC over 62 blood moons have taken place, and due to the fact that the Hebrew calendar is lunar based, one-sixth of these blood moons would inevitably take place during Passover. Furthermore, Magee and Blitz, who initially made their prediction in the early 2000’s, also claimed that in the seven years prior to the blood moon the “great tribulation” would take place, which as of October 15th, 2014, six years after their initial prediction, has not happened yet.
Twenty high schools seniors were interviewed about whether or not they believe that the world will end in the year 2015. All but one of these seniors, Lucas Ramos, did not believe this prophecy. However, Lucas was adamant that due to the fact that both the blood moon and the rapture are predicted to take place exactly a month prior to his final Higher Level Literature Exam, he no longer has any reason to study for any of his IB exams. When asked to clarify, Lucas further claimed that no sarcasm was intended in his original statement and that he was completely serious about his original claim.
With this information, the decision is left to you, enjoy your last seven months left on this planet or study for your exams well-knowing that there is a small chance that the world will end and all of your efforts will be useless.