Wednesday, May 07, 2008
No, it's not the Fourth of July come early. The sound you hear is irony meters all over the world meeting catastrophic demises over an article from WingNutDaily:
A minister who promotes the Old Testament roots of Christianity suggests a rare string of lunar and solar eclipses said to fall on God's annual holy days seven years from now could herald what's come to be known as the "Second Coming" of Jesus.It seems that Mark Biltz (you can't make this stuff up) is predicting the Second Coming based on rooting around on NASA's website and discovering that four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a tetrad, will occur in a few years:
He says during this century, tetrads occur at least six times, but what's interesting is that the only string of four consecutive blood moons that coincide with God's holy days of Passover in the spring and the autumn's Feast of Tabernacles (also called Succoth) occurs between 2014 and 2015 on today's Gregorian calendar.But that's not all!
"The fact that it doesn't happen again in this century I think is very significant," Biltz explains. "So then I looked at last century, and, believe it or not, the last time that four blood red moons occurred together was in 1967 and 1968 tied to Jerusalem recaptured by Israel."
When checking the schedule for solar eclipses, Biltz found two – one on the first day of the Hebrew year and the next on the high holy day of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the seventh Hebrew month. Both of these take place in the 2014-2015 year.The explosively hilarious part, however, is this:
But Hal Lindsey, a well-known biblical analyst and author of "The Late Great Planet Earth," says while he hasn't heard of Biltz's theory, he called it "pure speculation."That would be the same Hal Lindsey who essentially predicted the Second Coming would be in the 1980s and, despite the small snag there, still goes on to say:
I see the whole sweep and panorama [of the general things of prophecies] spinning together in a precise scenario.Those irony meters died for his sins.
Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars.