LONDON, England, Friday March 20, 2015 – End-time predictions have always been with us, long predating Nostradamus and recently peaking with the turn of the century/millennium scares and the dreaded “Mayan prophesy.”
Now, a pastor has warned that today’s solar eclipse across Europe could herald deeper darkness to come, as well as the proverbial “day of judgement.”
The assertion was made by Pastor Mark Blitz for the Christian website Root Source in an interview with WorldNetDaily (WND), and appears to hinge on the timing of the eclipse and a number of odd coincidences.
While the last solar eclipse in Europe occurred in isolation in 1999 and proved uneventful, today’s partial eclipse comes shortly before a “blood moon” lunar eclipse, which is thought to be significant.
Coinciding also with the spring equinox, the rare “once in 100,000-year” event could signal trouble brewing in Europe, according to the pastor.
A “blood moon” lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth and appears blood red due to light refracting differently and hitting its surface. If it skirts the Earth’s shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.
Today’s solar eclipse will be followed on April 4 by the third of four “blood moon” lunar eclipses, while it is also the first day of spring and the first day of the Jewish religious calendar.
According to Pastor Blitz: “An event of this magnitude at the very beginning of the religious new year demands attention.
“As the Bible tells us, there will be signs in the heavens on the feast days, and this is a very significant sign on a critical day.
“It’s the same day that there was the grand opening ceremony of the tabernacle of Moses, with fire from heaven lighting the altar. Historically, this is a day of judgment.”
The pastor also told WND that it was “likely a message from God to the entire world.”
The so-called “blood moon prophecy” is said to be a sign that the world is coming to an end.
Pastor Blitz pointed out that in 1967, the last time there were four blood moons in a row, Israel captured Jerusalem.
Following another partial solar eclipse on September 13, the last of the four blood moons, known as a tetrad, will take place on September 28. The previous two occurred on April 15 and October 8, 2014.
Rounding off the coincidences, today’s eclipse will take place over the North Pole on the same day the sun comes into view after six months of polar night, an event which is said to happen only once every 500,000 years.
Meanwhile, experts have said that today’s event could pose problems for solar power stations across Europe.
The effects of a momentary dip in output has not been studied before, leading to suggestions that there could be a “cascade of electricity blackouts” as power grids struggle to cope.