A RARE super wolf blood moon has been the harbinger for wacky theories about the Bible predicting the end of the world.
The stunning moon appears only 28 times in a century with the next appearance on January 21 and its strange colour has given rise to number of prophecies of doom.
Some see the blood moon as a fulfilment of biblical prophecy and a string of apocalyptic books have been published about the phenomena.
Perhaps the best know is ‘Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change’ in which author John Hagee suggest the event could be a fulfilment of biblical prophecy.
Also predicting doom are ‘Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs’ by Mark Biltz and ‘Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons’ by Oklahoma pastor Mark Hitchcock.
Megachurch pastor Hagee wrote that the red disks of the moon during the full eclipses are referred to in the book of Joel 2:31: “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”
Acts 2:20 echoes the same doom: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”
“I believe that the Heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to Planet Earth but we just have not been picking them up,” he has said.
He predicted a Rapture will occur where Christians will be taken to heaven, Israel will go to war in a great battle called Armageddon, and Jesus will return to earth.
His book reached number 4 on The New York Times best-seller list in the ‘advice/how to section’ but his predictions were less successful.
For many cultures the disappearance of the moon is a time of danger and chaos.
A myth of the Hupa tribe from northern California claims that the moon has 20 wives and pets including mountain lions and snakes
When the moon didn’t provide them with enough food, they attacked their master, making it bleed.
The eclipse would only be brought to an end when the moon’s wives came to its aid, collecting its blood and bringing it back to health, so the legend goes.
Their southern California counterparts the Luiseno believe that the eclipse shows that the moon is ill and tribe members to sing prayers and chants to nurse it back to health.
For the Incas of Peru, jaguar that attacked and ate the moon and then would crash to earth to eat people.