Astronomy classes in high schools and colleges usually pay attention when there is a lunar eclipse, plus a few scientists who want to renew their memories of the image.
But this coming week’s eclipse, the first of a rare “tetrad,” a series of four blood moons on Jewish holidays this year and next, is getting a lot more attention.
As in the author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” Pastor Mark Biltz, appearing on the Today Show on Monday to talk about the phenomenon.
Some consider it nothing more than an alignment of the heavens, but others are watching much more closely, because of the alignment with biblical prophecy.
“We are on the verge of witnessing something historic,” said Biltz, who discovered the blood moons phenomenon in 2007.
A report from AccuWeather.com details just which regions of the United States will have the best view of this astronomical phenomenon beginning at 12:53 a.m. on the Tuesday, April 15.
Viewing conditions will be poor in the eastern United States, except for South Florida, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
Edwards reported, “A front will stretch from central Quebec down through the Appalachians into the Gulf Coast. It will bring clouds, showers and even thunder in the South and mid-Atlantic. It will be mostly dry but clouds will be streaming into New England.”
But high pressure systems over the Canadian Prairies, Texas and Oklahoma will be in control, bringing clear skies and good viewing conditions to the central U.S. and parts of the Southwest, Edwards said.
“A storm off the Pacific Northwest coast will bring clouds and showers to western Washington and Oregon,” he said.
What begins on Passover is called a “blood moon tetrad,” a series of lunar eclipses that has occurred before in history – at times when there have been significant events for the nation of Israel.
They were there for the Six-Day War in 1967, and for the nation of Israel’s rebirth in the 1940s.
This year – and in 2015 – they happen on the biblical holidays of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.
Biltz discovered what has become the “blood moon phenomenon” back in 2007, researching the correlation between when blood moons fell on feast days and key historical world events. He found the divine link between prophecy, heavenly signs, historical events, and when they intersect.
His new book “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” details the science of astronomy in light of Bible prophecy. He began to teach and explain his discovery of a series of lunar and solar eclipses that happened at the same time important dates (Passover, Feast of Tabernacles) on the Hebrew calendar.
“Blood Moons” was released nationwide March 18, and has consistently been one of the top books sold on Amazon.com. A full-length documentary produced by WND Films and featuring Biltz was also released the same day.
As Passover nears, millions of people around the world are watching with anticipation for the moon to turn blood red with the first eclipse.
Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries, is a well-known commentator on the feasts of the Lord who has spoken in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States.
When he appeared on The Jim Bakker Show, host Jim Bakker called Biltz’ work, “the most important book of the times.”
Biltz spent two-days recording interviews with Lori and Jim Bakker at their Christian retreat in Branson, Mo., with Bakker saying that these upcoming broadcasts will tell “the definitive story of the impending blood moons by the man who discovered the astronomical relationship behind the prophecy, heavenly signs and when they intersect.”
Bakker told Pastor Biltz that he read “Blood Moons” in exactly one setting, spending an entire night consuming every page and detail set forth in the book.
Joseph Farah, who wrote the foreword to “Blood Moons,” spoke with Pastor Biltz about the importance of being on God’s calendar, as outlined in Genesis 1:14.
Farah said: “You are the ‘blood moons’ guy, you are the discoverer of something that has become a phenomenon around the world. People recognizing God has given us heavenly signs for our times. And talking about time, the whole world is on a seven-day calendar and has been since God created the world. It’s in Genesis. What’s so significant about those seven days unless it came from the hand of God?”
Biltz said “mankind has been trying to change the seven day week forever, but it’s set in concrete, and this is what God created, despite man’s greatest endeavors.”
“This is God’s calendar,” he said.
See the trailer for the “Blood Moons” DVD:
"This has happened only eight times over the last 2,000 years!" Biltz said. "And the last two times these occurred on the Jewish holidays there was a war in the Middle East regarding the nation of Israel. These are patterns and historical facts that cannot be disregarded. The Jewish Talmud records that total lunar eclipses are indicators or omens for the nation of Israel."
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And here's a map of the regions of the U.S. that could have the best view: