[1] John Hagee, “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” 2013.

[http://www.amazon.com/Four-Blood-Moons-Something-Change/dp/1617952141]

“Blood Moons Expert: Watch 2014 and 2015,” WorldNetDaily, October 19, 2013.

[http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/blood-moons-expert-watch-2014-and-2015/]

“Pastor John Hagee was invited by Fox News this week to discuss the significance of four blood moons coming over the next two years – on the Jewish Passovers on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015, and the Feasts of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014, and Sept. 28, 2015.

“Such events have occurred only three other times in recent centuries, and each time they were linked to significant events for the Jewish nation, as outlined in Hagee’s new book, “Four Blood Moons: Something is about to Change.”

“For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years. And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.

“‘This is something that just is beyond coincidental,’ Hagee told Fox. He explained that the prophecies in the Bible note that when the sun refuses to shine – and a solar eclipse is expected in the 2014-2015 time frame – and the moon will be turned to blood, then man’s redemption draweth near.

“In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.'” (Joel 2:31)

“In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’ (Matthew 24:29-30)

“Acts 2 states: And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.'”

[2] Brandon Keim, “Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse: Last Chance Until 2010,” wired.com, 2008.

[http://www.wired.com/2008/02/tonights-lunar/]

[3] “Index to five millennium catalog of Lunar Eclipses,” NASA, 2009.

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LEcatalog.html]

“During the five Millennium period -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE[3]), Earth will experience 12064 lunar eclipses.” 4,378 penumbral, 4,207 partial and 3,479 total.

“During most penumbral eclipses, only part of the Moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow. However, it is also possible to have a penumbral eclipse in which the Moon passes completely within Earth’s penumbral shadow without entering the inner umbral shadow. Such total penumbral eclipses are quite rare compared to normal (or partial) penumbral eclipses.”

Link to 4-15-2014 total eclipse map. [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/2001-2100/LE2014-04-15T.gif]

Specifics on April 15, 2014 eclipse for Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Total lunar eclipse on April 15 2014 (United States),” vercalendario.info,

[http://www.vercalendario.info/en/moon/united_states-15-april-2014.html]

City and timezone (MDT)                penunbral mag.   umbral mag.        pen. begins total begins     pen. ends

“Salt Lake City, Utah (UTC -6)       231.8%                  129.1%                  22:54        01:46                 04:38

[4] “Solar and Lunar Eclipse Statistics,” Statistic Brain.

[http://www.statisticbrain.com/solar-lunar-eclipse-statistics/]

Lunar eclipses each year   2.44

Total lunar eclipses            1 in 1.43 years

Total solar eclipses             1 in 1.58 years

Looking through the NASA catalog of lunar eclipses, I checked for four in a row total eclipses and found 4 in the 1400’s and 6 in the 1500’s. Very interestingly, there are no four in a row total eclipses for the 1600’s, 1700’s, and 1800’s. There are 5 in the 1900’s and an amazing 8 in the 2000’s century.

Four in a row total eclipses (1400 – 2100):

1400s:   1428, 1457, 1475, 1493;

1500s:   1504, 1515, 1522, 1533, 1562, 1580;

1600s: None;

1700s:   None;

1800s:   None;

1990s:   1909, 1927, 1949, 1967, 1985;

2000s:   2003, 2014, 2032, 2043, 2050, 2061, 2072, 2090;

[5] John P. Pratt, “Passover: Was it Symbolic of His Coming?” Ensign, Jan, 1994.

[http://www.johnpratt.com/items/docs/lds/passover/passover.html]

“Not only was Passover a prophetic symbol of the Lord’s sacrifice, its timing foreshadowed the coming of the Savior

in the meridian of time.”

[6] “Blood moons expert: Watch 2014 and 2015,” WorldNetDaily, 2013.

[http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/blood-moons-expert-watch-2014-and-2015/]

[7] ” NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 4-15-2014 Total Eclipse.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/2001-2100/LE2014-04-15T.gif]

[8] ” NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 09-15-5 BC Eclipse.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/-0099-0000/LE-0004-09-15T.gif]

[9] ” NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 03-03-4 BC Eclipse.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/-0099-0000/LE-0003-03-13P.gif]

[10] John P. Pratt, “Yet Another Eclipse for Herod,” the Planetarian, vol. 19, no. 4, Dec 1990.

[http://www.johnpratt.com/items/docs/herod/herod.html]

“The date of the reported lunar eclipse shortly before the death of King Herod has long been recognized to be important for delimiting possible dates for the birth of Christ. For many years it has been believed that the eclipse occurred on March 13, 4 B.C., and hence that Christ must have been born about 6-5 B.C. However, recent re-evaluation has raised questions about that eclipse, and two other dates have been preferred: Jan. 10, 1 B.C., and Sept 15, 5 B.C. This paper proposes yet another eclipse as the correct choice: that of December 29, 1 B.C. It also suggests that Christ was born at the Passover season of 1 B.C. and discusses compatibility with traditional Christmas dates.”

[11] David A. Bednar, General Conference Address, April 6, 2014.

[https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2014/04]

See also:

Ronald P. Millett, “Why So Bold a Statement? Elder James E. Talmage and April 6,” Meridian Magazine, November 12, 2012.

[https://ldsmag.com/article/1/11759]

“Apostle, scientist and scholar James E. Talmage added a belief statement to the Church’s doctrinal list in his landmark book Jesus the Christ when he declared: We believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, April 6, B.C. 1.’

“Instead of a modest statement supporting the Dionysian designation of 1 BC as the year zero of the Christian era via the April 6 BC 1 date; instead of a note in the preface or a footnote in his chapter 8 discussion of the birth of the Savior; instead of saying it seemed to me that’ or I believe after study and contemplation that,’ instead of any of those options, Elder Talmage boldly declared that we believe’ in April 6, BC 1 as the birth date of the Redeemer of the world.


[12] ” NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 12-29-1 BC Eclipse.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/-0099-0000/LE0000-12-29P.gif]

[13] “NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 2001-2100.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE2001-2100.html]

[14] “NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses: 2001 to 2100.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEcat5/SE2001-2100.html]

[15] Roy S. Neuberger, “Eclipses, Red Moons and Chanukah,” TheJewishPress.com, November 28, 2013.

[http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/front-page/eclipses-red-moons-and-chanukah/2013/11/27/]

“A recent article on JewishPress.com concerned a series of lunar and solar eclipses predicted to occur close to Pesach and Sukkos during the Jewish years 5774/5 and the Gregorian calendar years 2014 and 2015.”

[16] “NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses: 20 Mar 2015.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCSEmap/2001-2100/2015-03-20.gif]

“NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses: 2001 to 2100.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEcat5/SE2001-2100.html

[17] “NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses: 13 Sep 2015.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCSEmap/2001-2100/2015-09-13.gif ]

[18] Email to author from John P. Pratt on October 29, 2013.

[19] “NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 1401-1500.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE1401-1500.html]

“NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 1901-2000.”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE1901-2000.html]

John Hagee, “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” 2013.

[http://www.amazon.com/Four-Blood-Moons-Something-Change/dp/1617952141]

p. 183:

“The Four Blood Moons of 1493-94:

“As I have stated, three Tetrads that are specifically linked to Jewish history have appeared in the past five hundred years. Each Tetrad series, consisting of four consecutive blood moons with a total solar eclipse occurring somewhere within the sequence of the total lunar eclipses, announced a time of tears and tribulation that wold end in national triumph for the Jewish people.”

“The first blood moon in the Tetrad appeared on April 2, 1493-on the first day of Passover after the Jewish events of 1492. There was a total solar eclipse on September 24, 1493-one day before the blood moon of the Feast of Tabernacles, September 25, 1493.”

RPMNote: A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon and a lunar eclipse occurs on a full moon. Therefore, there is an error in the text because a blood moon cannot occur one day after a solar eclipse. Since the book is centered on the eclipses, this is a serious error. His illustration also has the solar eclipse date wrong. All of the dates in the catalogs for the 1400’s are Julian calendar dates, instead of Gregorian calendar dates. This does not appear to be a factor in this error.

There is no solar eclipse of September 24, 1493. John Hagee probably means the solar eclipse of October 10, 1493 at 1:43 pm UTC, which was visible in Jerusalem. However, it was only a partial eclipse, which breaks his specification of the four blood moons plus total solar eclipse as his formula of a significant sign. [see NASA eclipse map http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCSEmap/1401-1500/1493-10-10.gif ] Look at the catalog of solar eclipses for 1401-1500 [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEcat5/SE1401-1500.html]. Solar eclipses happen all the time and total solar eclipses are also not rare. The limited geographic area of totality of a solar eclipse makes being able to see a total eclipse a fairly rare event. The rare part of John Hagee’s formula is the four total lunar eclipses in a row being on holy days (or very close to holy days) on the Hebrew calendar. There is a total solar eclipse on March 7, 1494 that is in his range of dates for this illustration and that might be the one he should of used to be consistent.

So, I would edit his text as follows to correct this error:

“The first blood moon in the Tetrad appeared on April 2, 1493-on the first day of Passover after the Jewish events of 1492. There was a solar eclipse on October 10, 1493-two weeks after the blood moon of the Feast of Tabernacles, September 25, 1493.”

Or, if the total eclipse is required, I would edit the paragraph as follows:

“The first blood moon in the Tetrad appeared on April 2, 1493-on the first day of Passover after the Jewish events of 1492. There was a total solar eclipse on March 7, 1494-two weeks before the blood moon of the Feast of Passover, March 22, 1494.”

[20] “NASA Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 0001-0100 0033-04-03”

[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0033-04-03P.gif]

Remember, this is a Julian calendar date and 3 Apr 33 AD is 1 Apr 33 AD Gregorian, the likely crucifixion date of Jesus.

[21] “What the Book of Mormon Says about Jesus Christ,” mormonbible.org.

[http://mormonbible.org/book-of-mormon/what-the-book-of-mormon-says-about-jesus-christ]

[22] “Regional Earthquake Information,” University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

[http://www.quake.utah.edu/REGIONAL/eqfaq.htm#B]

“How long do earthquakes last?

Generally, only seconds. Strong ground shaking during a moderate to large earthquake typically lasts about 10 to 30 seconds. Readjustments in the earth cause more earthquakes (aftershocks) that can occur intermittently for weeks or months.”

[23] John P. Pratt, “Passover: Was it Symbolic of His Coming?” the Ensign, January 1994,

[http://www.johnpratt.com/items/docs/lds/passover/passover.html]

“Another witness comes from Phlegon, a Greek secular historian from Caria (in Asia Minor), writing soon after A.D. 137, who reported that in the fourth year of the 202d Olympiad there was ‘the greatest eclipse of the sun’ and that ‘it became night in the sixth hour of the day [i.e., noon] so that the stars even appeared in the heavens. There was a great earthquake in Bithynia, and many things were overturned in Nicaea.'”

“The year mentioned began on 1 July A.D. 32 and ended 30 June A.D. 33, a period which includes the time identified as that of the Savior’s crucifixion. The fact that Phlegon records both darkening of the sun at noon and earthquakes, just as Matthew describes (see Matt. 27:45, 51), in the that same year, makes it apparent that he is describing the same events that were also witnessed in distant cities in modern-day Turkey. This also confirms traditions that “the terror of the earthquake continued from the sixth hour of the preparation until the ninth hour” (from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Friday; compare 3 Ne. 8:17-19), and that “when he was crucified darkness came over all the world,” “the sun was altogether hidden,” “the stars were seen,” and “in all the world they lighted their lamps from the sixth hour until evening.


“”

See also:

“The Three Hour Period of Darkness is Confirmed by Many Historians,” Free Christian Teaching.

[www.freechristianteaching.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=184]

“Luke says that ‘the Sun failed.’ The words used here are the Greek words, tou heliou ekleipontos.’ The word Helios’ is translated the Sun.’ The word Ekleipo’ is translated as ‘to fail, to come to an end.'”

“There was no eclipse of the Sun on Crucifixion day”

[24] Ronald P. Millett, “Why December 21, 2012 is Not the End of the World,” Meridian Magazine, January 13, 2012.

[http://www.ldsmag.com/article/9198/1]

“A recent History channel documentary (title: Decoding the Past: “Doomsday 2012: The End of Days) draws on a myriad of sources said to predict doomsday on December 21, 2012 at 11:20 a.m. UTC time.   Using archeological, astronomical and prophetic sources, I believe this date based on the Mayan calendar is NOT the end of days.'”

“Different Mayan Calendar Correlation Models

“The December 21, 2012 date marks the changing of the Mayan 5,128 year long count from 12.19.19.17.19 to 0.0.0.0.0 much like an odometer.   In order to align this date with the winter solstice a certain version of the Mayan calendar called the GMT correlation must be used.

“This compromise date that aligns with the winter solstice date combines the Goodman, Martinez and Thompson versions of the Mayan to Gregorian calendar correlation. December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation would be December 18, 2012 according to Joseph Goodman, December 19, 2012 according to Juan Martinez and December 23, 2012 according to Sir J. Eric Thompson. The best correlation I believe is John Pratt’s correlation, which would be December 20, 2012.

“Much is made of the alignment of this Mayan reset day with the winter solstice and also aligned with the sun crossing the galactic center on that day. The fact that only the compromise correlation of the five versions I mention lands on December 21, 2012 raises questions of whether the GMT correlation is the best version. I believe it is not the best correlation and therefore the solstice and galactic equator alignments do not really occur on the Mayan date.”