Blood Moon, the End of the World, and You

On 4 April we will see the THIRD BLOOD MOON OF THE TETRAD!

In time for the Vigil.

The next total lunar eclipse, the 4th Blood moon of the Tetrad, will be 28 September.



But wait… there’s more… and this is no April Fool’s joke.

The April eclipse will coincide with Passover. The September eclipse will coincide with Tabernacles, Sukkoth.

Did you know that there is a time cycle called a tzolkinex?

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  1. UncleBlobb says:

    Bring it!

  2. Diane says:

    Have you read “The Harbinger”? Very interesting.

  3. yatzer says:

    I’m ready…I think

  4. The Cobbler says:

    I thought Tolkien invented several of his own time cycles, but none of them were named after him (after all, they have to be named in elvish, hobbittish etc.).

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    Yes, come Lord Jesus. Every generation seems to believe the world as they know it will end during their lifetime, but we may actually have a shot. I don’t scoff at this, not a bit.

  6. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    The “Four Blood Moons” by John Hagee? My convert Catholic friend’s protestant pastor father gave him that book to try to lure him away from the Catholic Faith. Ineffectual. It has since become a running joke line. My friend sent me the book as a joke.

    I’m holding on to it until after the 4th Blood Moon when we will send it back to his dad post haste.

  7. Elizabeth D says:

    John Hagee Jr was in my 4th grade class in public school in San Antonio, TX.

    However I have no idea what is a “blood moon.”

  8. Bosco says:

    “Dies iræ, dies illa
    Solvet sæclum in favilla,
    Teste David cum Sibylla.

    Quantus tremor est futurus,
    Quando Judex est venturus,
    Cuncta stricte discussurus!”

  9. gramma10 says:

    I went to the movie Four Blood Moons recently with some friends.
    It was very interesting. Had a couple of Rabbi’s a scientist, a historian and John Hagee.
    This movie was not trying to lure anyone away from anything. It was simply about this being a bible prophesy.
    The emphasis was really on the Jews being God’s chosen people, which they are. That God has been with them amidst horrors since day one. There were war scenes which showed God’s protection with some miracles that happened. The Jews have been attacked forever and God has His hand on them.
    My Catholic friends here in this area have had an apostolate for years called Signs and Wonders. They are in charge of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting held yearly at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC each fall.
    I help with that. This year, Johnette Benkovik and Scott Hahn spoke. I say this because the Flynn’s who put this event on, publish a magazine. They had an entire magazine issue explaining the Blood Moon Tetrad and the history etc.
    It seems that when the blood moons occur, something happens concerning Jerusalem.
    I can only say what I have been told, seen and read. But astronomy is something that has been taken seriously regarding God’s plan in the Heavens. So I can only think there is something to this.
    The Stars and moon have a purpose. It is mentioned in the bible.
    The movie made me more aware of the mighty Lord we have and gave me ever more respect for our older brothers and sisters, the Jews.

  10. Servus Tuus says:

    You’re such a tetraddie, Father. We don’t do blood moons anymore after Vatican Observatory II.

  11. John Fannon says:

    Also 3rd April is reckoned by some scholars as the true calendar date for the Crucifixion of Our Lord. It is also claimed that there was a lunar eclipse visible in Jerusalem on that day. This years eclipse isn’t visible in Jerusalem. The timing is out by a few hours.

  12. John Fannon says:

    However the NASA website says that the lunar eclipse on 3 April AD33 was only a partial one.

  13. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    I, for one, consider any prophecy that is predicated upon antiquated Jewish religious calendars still situated on the Julian reckoning or time as well as post-Christus Rabbinical traditions and the the ramblings of medieval Jewish mystics to be complete poppycock.

    There is one baptism, one faith, one Church, and one Lord Jesus Christ. It is beyond the scope of this comment thread, but there are plenty of intellectual arguments for making clear distinctions between modern or medieval Post-Temple Rabbinical Judaism and the biblical Judaism of Jesus Christ’s own time. The Judaism of the Bible was inspired with practices based upon inspired texts, the additional Rabbinical texts and perspectives composed after the time of Christ (Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash, etc.) which have so formed modern Jewish thought and practice were not inspired.

    If we’re seriously looking outside of Jesus’s one true Church to post-Christus Judaism or to heretical Protestant pastors for prophecy and revelation we’re deeply confused.

  14. Supertradmum says:

    Rain is forecasted where I am, sadly.

    And, please pray for my dad who will be 92 tomorrow, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Sadly, as I do not have a car or the means to fly, I shall not be able to see him.

    April 3rd is a special day for many reasons.

    Scripture, btw, has been proven true when science looks at it objectively.

  15. jaykay says:

    As regards the attempts to reckon the true date of the crucifixion, I do find all that genuinely very interesting but I’m also of the view that modern astronomical calculations (awesome as they are) that attempt to prove/disprove it happened on such and such a date because there was/wasn’t an eclipse (or even that it happened at all) are barking up the wrong tree completely. It’s God’s creation, after all, and he can do precisely as He wills with it. So if He willed that “from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour”, then He could do that without necessarily causing it to have been discernible by our scientific means two thousand years later.

  16. KateD says:

    And it starts at 3:16 PST

    Just out of curiosity…how cold would it get if the sun didn’t shine for 3 days? Would it be three whole days or would it be like the 3 days in the tomb, some of Friday, all of Saturday and part of Sunday?

  17. happyCatholic says:

    Happy birthday to your father and thank him for his service. It is my birthday, too! I don’t recall having my birthday land on Good Friday before, although in fifty-plus years it probably has. It sort of precludes, in my mind, having too much of a celebratory spirit on the actual day, so we went out for a movie and dinner yesterday. I am also feeling ,though, it is an honor to turn 55 on Good Friday, and I was even more excited to learn that possibly that was the actual date of the crucifixion, although it is quite all right if it was not.

  18. Mariana2 says:

    It’s my birthday tomorrow, too. Don’t really know if it’s fish at a restaurant or if that is too much….

  19. happyCatholic says:

    Happy birthday! Yes, it is sort of hard to have a birthday on Good Friday — not quite sure how to “celebrate” without breaking the very real solemnity of the day. I was thinking a slice of cookie cake for dessert that is part of my “one full meal” will hopefully be ok, and then I can celebrate more on Easter! :-) For my movie going yesterday, we saw “Do You Believe,” a Christian film, so I think we were still keeping the spirit of Holy Week. And, I did enjoy going to my favorite Mexican restaurant…not much way to spin that as keeping a “Holy Week” theme. :-)

    Still, I feel a bit of a thrill having a birthday on Good Friday, even if it requites a bit of rearranging to keep Good Friday prominent and the priority on a day when I usually got to indulge myself a bit as being “my” special day. Again, happy birthday to you!

  20. Baritone says:

    I have heard there is a tradition that Our Lord left this world on the same day he entered it (March 25). In 2016, Easter is March 27…which puts the feast of the Annunciation on Good Friday…just sayin’ :-)

  21. happyCatholic says:

    I have read, too, Baritone, about that tradition. It seems very fitting. I didn’t realize we would get to experience that confluence next year already! There is something very satisfying about it. :-)

    I had also read some of Taylor Marshall and maybe others’ work about Dec. 25 actually being the date of the Lord’s birth, which, while not strictly necessary, is satisfying to me, too. :-)

  22. Mariana2 says:


    Thank you very much!

  23. Kathleen10 says:

    Atra Dicenda, with all due respect, kindness costs you nothing. Should your friend not be appreciative he has a dad who cares enough about him to send him a book that means something to him? If he feels the content has no value, so be it, but he should recognize he is blessed beyond measure to have 1. a Dad. 2. a Dad who cares about him. 3. a Dad who cares about his immortal soul enough to send a book. “Honor thy mother and thy father” is the best way to operate. You know we don’t get to keep parents. The day comes when they are no longer with us. Appreciate their efforts even if you feel they are misguided. They mean well.
    The blood moons are a very interesting phenomenon. God uses what He will, the moon, the sun, it’s all his. He sent his mother and she came with specific messages. Scripture mentions signs, and we know the wise men followed a star to find the baby Jesus. Should we scoff at signs in the heavens? I don’t think so, and certainly not when the world is in such obvious mass confusion and even, madness.

  24. Gerard Plourde says:

    This precise occurance of the tetrad with blood moos appearing on both Passover and Sukkoth has happened eight times since the first Good Friday. Our work as Catholics bringing about the Kingdom of God is to continue until Our Lord’s return. If speculating about the timing of that event causes us to neglect our work, it can be an occasion of sin insofar as it impedes what we are commanded to do. Our Lord Himself said that we are not to know the day or the hour.

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