'Super Blood Wolf Moon' Coming this Month Once Again Triggers Apocalyptic Predictions
This month’s full lunar eclipse marks the last opportunity to see such an event until 2021. The eclipse will begin Sunday, January 20th and culminate in the very early hours of January 21st; penumbral eclipse begins at 9:36 p.m. CST, and the Moon will reach maximum eclipse at 12:12 a.m. CST.
This lunar eclipse has been coined a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ due to a variety of circumstances.
The Moon’s orbital proximity to Earth will make it appear slightly larger, or ‘super'; the reddish glow cast over the Moon during a full lunar eclipse reminds some of blood; and a full moon in January is known as a ‘Wolf Moon,’ from early tales of wolves howling in hunger during the lean winter months.
Blood moons have also become a part of eschatological tradition in some Christian sects.
Modern end times preachers have included blood moons in their apocalyptic belief structure since at least 2014, when Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz claimed that a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses—known as a 'tetrad'—would result in the end of the world. The lunar eclipses ran from April of 2014 into September of 2015, and fully failed to predict any imminent Armageddon.
This tradition continued through 2017 and into today.
Evangelical preacher Paul Begley believes that the planet is currently in the midst of a period of tribulations awaiting the return of the messiah, and that blood moons “always happen on significant days of prophecy.”
“The anticipation of this absolute event of a biblical nature is about to happen,” Begley said of the upcoming ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon.’ “Yes. To answer your question, ‘is the Super Blood Moon an apocalyptic sign of the doomsday for mankind?’ Is it coming? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be you.”
“I mean, we’re in the last days, okay? That which is done in secret will be shouted from the housetop," continued the preacher from West Lafayette, Indiana. “So, the Super Blood Moon is going to appear.”
Many mainstream Christians disagree with this apocalyptic approach, citing Matthew 24:36, which says of the timing of the apocalypse that "of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
Astronomers point to the relatively commonplace occurrence and well-understood nature of blood moons as evidence for why they are not predictive of any calamity, especially since there is no indication as of yet that the world has, in fact, ended.
The ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ will be visible to the naked eye, depending on the cloud cover in your area.
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