Christians and conspiracy theorists around the world have been told to “fasten their seatbelts and buckle down” for the end times.
The ominous blood moon rose in the Eastern Hemisphere during the total lunar eclipse today and conspiracy theorists have linked it to biblical prophecies in the Book of Joel, Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.
In the Book of Joel, the end of the world begins with the Sun turning “into darkness” and the Moon turning “into blood”.
Eerie parallels were drawn to the astronomical events today and several chief conspiracists have jumped onboard the doomsday bandwagon.
Popular YouTuber Pastor Paul Begley, issued a dire warning to his followers in the wake of the blood moon eclipse.
He said on his YouTube channel: “Are you serious? Put a seat belt on, buckle down, the super blue blood moon is about to appear.
“We have all of this now as we are getting close to a super blue blood moon, a lunar eclipse on a super moon.
“It is a super moon like we have not had since 1866.
“The Devil’s back has got to be breaking, it’s the birthing pains of the end times.
Blood Moon bible: Pastor Paul Begley linked the blood moon eclipse to the end of the world
“We are living in the final days. It’s all about the super blue blood moon, it is a prophetic sign of the end times.
“And this is the 70th anniversary of Israel as a nation and it is the fig tree generation and this sign is in the heavens.”
The conspiracist further linked the coinciding Jewish Festival of the Trees to underline that biblical connections are too strong to ignore.
With the help of fellow Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries urged their followers to pray for salvation.
Mr Begley said: “Don’t wait too late folks. Pray church.
“There’s some people, there’s some chains of sin that’s binding some of these folks that need to be set free.
We are living in the final days. It’s all about the super blue blood moon, it is a prophetic sign of the end times
“Break, break, break the chains in Jesus’ name. Time is running out.”
Other conspiracists believe the blood moon was foretold in the Book of Revelations ,which says: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood”.
But there is no credible evidence to suggest the moon is in any shape or form linked to the bible or the end of the world.
Blood Moon Eclipse 2018: The total lunar eclipse turned the moon a reddish colour today
In fact the so-called blood moon did not even turn red today.
Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The super blue blood moon is a lunar eclipse that happens on the second full moon of the month.
“It also happens to be during the Moon’s closest approach, being within ten percent of the nearest to Earth it can ever be.”
The space expert added: “The term blood moon is actually quite misleading. The Moon will become much darker and take on an ash-grey colour – there will be no extensive red colour.
“Calling it a blood moon is rather exaggerated; only after large volcanic eruptions would we expect a rusty red colour, which will not be the case this time.”
Instead reputable scientists underlined that the moon only appears to turn red in a process known as Rayleigh scattering.
When the Earth’s shadow blocks out direct sunlight during the eclipse, some of the sun’s rays still make it through and their colours are filtered out in the atmosphere.
Red wavelengths of light are the least affected by the scattering effect, which is why the Moon appears to be reddish for a while.