RARE ALIGNMENT OF MARS, EARTH AND SUN COULD SIGNAL APOCALYPSE
The good news is that the orange looking star you might have spotted in the Tuesday night sky was actually Mars.
The bad news is that it marks exactly one week before an event that some Christians believe is the start of the end of days and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
For the first time in 778 days, Mars, Earth and the sun aligned on Tuesday night in a rare ‘opposition of the planets.’
The significance of the event is that it happens exactly a week before the first of four dark red ‘blood moons,’ which some Christians believe marks a cycle associated with the end of the world.
Also known as the ‘Tetrad’ since it involves four successive total ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons, NASA has confirmed it started Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.
In the 21st century tetrads are a frequent occurrence, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case.
From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.
The Book of Joel in the King James Bible makes a prophecy about the blood moons and the end of the world: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.’
John Hagee, who has written a book on the Tetrad called ‘Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change’ told the Daily Express that Tuesday night marked the dawn of a ‘hugely significant event’ for the world.
‘This is not something that some religious think tank has put together,’ he said.
‘NASA has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years, and that it’s going to happen now.’
Every time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.
In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded. And the most recent one, in 1967, happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.
Hagee said the the first of the blood moons will happen on April 15, right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle.
The third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.
The final one happens on September 28, 2015, also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.