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Blood moon has nothing to do with The Bible

David Brathwaite

Blood moon has nothing to do with The Bible

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I READ with alarm and dismay the article in the newspaper dated September 29 titled Blood moon a biblical sign, says scientist in which Mr Stephen Mendes, chief technical officer of the Barbados Astronomical Society Inc. is alleged to have made these claims at no less a place than the Harry Bayley Observatory.

Clearly the goodly gentleman was giving his religious opinion and not a scientific opinion.

We all know (or I hope we do) that the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. Because of the orbit of the moon around the earth is elliptical (i.e., elongated rather than circular), its distance from earth varies. Also because of this variation in distance, a super moon occurs when the earth and moon are at closest proximity. About one in every 14 full moons will be a super moon. A super moon appears 14 per cent larger than a regular moon and are normal and predictable cosmic events. (New moons can also be super moons, but that is not immediate topic of discussion.)

Likewise, a lunar eclipse (also known as a blood moon) occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). This can occur only when the sun, earth and moon are aligned (in “syzygy”) exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can occur only the night of a full moon.”

“Every year, there are at least two lunar eclipses and as many as five, although total lunar eclipses are significantly less common. If one knows the date and time of an eclipse, it is possible to predict the occurrence of other eclipses using an eclipse cycle. . .”(Wikipedia).

Thus the occurrence of these events are cyclical and are easily calculated by astronomers and others with an interest in the field and have been happening since there was a Sun, an Earth and a Moon.

What we recently witnessed was a “super blood moon”; i.e. a lunar eclipse (when the shadow of the earth makes the moon appear to be red) coinciding with a super moon as described above. The next super blood moon will occur on 2033, and that is a matter of simple mathematical calculations based on the known cycles of the moon’s orbit around the earth and the earth’s orbit around the sun. No biblical prophesy required.

How utterly outrageous it is to claim that the recent “super blood moon” somehow has to do with biblical prophecy. What about the millions of these events that have happened in the past on a regular cyclical basis? Were they also the result biblical prophecy even before mankind emerged from caves, before there was a Bible?

– David Brathwaite