Signs from Above
Astronomy & Eschatology for the Novice
Eschatology, the researching of the end of days, has always had some connection with celestial events. Much of the discussion has fallen to the wayside as more predictions fall to the restraints of time that the particular researcher had placed on such a devastating event. ELE (Extinction Level Events) can come from Earth, but for most, the death from above scenario fits best because outer space holds all the cards while man holds but a few.
Astronomy for Everyone intends to inform everyone on potential problems and then those events which we should all be taking in. One such event, the Blood Moon of July 27th, 2018 has revitalized the discussion of death from above as depicted by a particular timeline which includes the recent Blood Red Moon eclipses. The current Blood Moon Eclipse will be visible by observers on India's side of the world. While the Northern Hemisphere goes about its daytime business, the Moon will orbit through the shadow of Earth for over and hour and three quarters, making it one of the longest recorded eclipses to date.
Astronomy: What's in a Name; Blood Moon
The name, Blood Moon, comes from the appearance the Moon takes on when fully covered by Earth's shadow. Due to the way light photons are refracted around the atmosphere of Earth, much of the light that gets to the surface of the Moon is red light which causes the Blood Red Moon Appearance. That's a scientific approach to the color. A non scientific approach would maybe blame the color of the eclipse on something more haunting, even ominous.
Outerspace, Eschatology, and the Church
In 2014, Minister John Hagee quoted the Bible and Joel 2:31 which he says tells us of what will happen after a succession of full Blood Moons. "The Sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day the Lord arrives back on Earth. With this kind of sensationalism, no wonder there are many who are fearful once an event like this passes. Fortunately for mankind, there has not been a single correct prophecy yet, from Christian Minister or madman.
A quote from Revelations 6:12 dives even deeper into the dilemma of mixing bible verses will actual celestial events. "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great Earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. This, "revelation", has neither proven itself to be true or the prophets who exclaim its possibility. What it does do, though, is begin a wave of uncertainty that flows through the lifestyles of those who believe in the bible, who believe the reports of death from above and then take action on those fears.
Learning how to Avoid Being Scared About Space Events and Astronomy
Being fearful of astronomy is not so much astronomy's fault as it is the observer who misunderstands what is actually happening and then reports back to the knowledgeable a potential event that for those in know, understand not to be true. The Blood Moon of July 27th, 2018 is just this kind of event; on with a lot of bark but with very little bite.
Another Pastor Sees Death From Above Using Astronomy as a Sign
Pastor Paul Begely claims that the recent Blood Moon and President Trump's Tweets about Iran have a close association to the events required to bring upon the apocalypse. Maybe it's not something from space that will bring an end to the world as we know it, but it may be a sign from space that signals the arrival of the event. Either way, both pastors agree that the end of times could be right around the corner if their interpretations of recent celestial events hold up.
Don't Change Your Plans: Astronomy is Practical and Predictable
If the world does not end this coming weekend, you can expect to see more fantastic outer space events like the Lunar Eclipse that will be visible to the Northern Hemisphere on January 21st, 2019, and a solar eclipse that will occur on July 2nd, 2019 and then again on December 14th, in the year 2020.