The year 2014 promises awesome spectacles — Olympics, elections and total lunar eclipses. While the former happen routinely, eclipses certainly do not.
Beginning with notable events, mark your calendar for the Metrodome deflation (Jan. 18), the Super Bowl (Feb. 2), the Olympic Games (Feb. 7-23), and the mid-term elections (Nov. 4).
As spectacles go, the dome roof will collapse in 30 minutes while the demolition will take weeks.
The 48th Super Bowl, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will be the first ever played outdoors in a cold weather environment which may make this a sight to behold.
By contrast, the 22nd Winter Olympic Games are set in the subtropical Russian resort city of Sochi on the east shore of the Black Sea. Sochi will be the warmest Winter Olympic site ever. Outdoor events will run their courses near the mountain town of Krasnaya Polyana, meaning “beautiful glade,” about 40 miles inland in the Western Caucasus.
Of course, every national election is a media spectacle. Up for election in Minnesota this year are all state and U.S. House seats, one U.S. Senate seat and all executive offices including governor.
Locally, in Anoka, voters will select a mayor and two council members.
Our anniversary commemorations in 2014 will be more bitter than sweet.
We will reenact many 1864 Civil War battles fought 150 years ago. And we will remember the British burned Washington D.C. (Aug. 24) and Francis Scott
Key penned the “Star Spangled Banner” (Sept. 14) 200 years ago.
And 2014 offers a memorable date of its own on Dec. 12 producing the numerical series 12-13-14, which, fortuitously, occurs on a Saturday. So plan ahead because this will be the last such numerical pattern this century.
But the most awesome events will be two total lunar eclipses followed by two more in 2015. With no intervening partial eclipses, this pattern is known as a tetrad.
These eclipses will be visible on April 15 and Oct. 8, 2014 and April 4 and Sept. 28, 2015. And a total solar eclipse will occur on March 20, 2015 between the second and third lunar eclipses.
For details see the NASA website at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html.
During total lunar eclipses, the moon often appears blood red due to the bending of solar rays around the earth’s atmosphere.
While NASA claims no prophetic significance to blood moon tetrads, others do.
One is the Rev. John Hagee who placed tetrads in the context of biblical prophecy and world history in his recent book “Four Blood Moon, Something Is About to Change.”
He documented that the Bible declares the heavens speak prophetically of things to come. Specifically, Scripture reveals that blood moons and a darkened sun signal humanity of coming events connected with the end of days and second coming of Christ.
Hagee calculated the frequency of total lunar eclipses or blood moons. He found lunar eclipses are very common and total lunar eclipses are somewhat common, but a tetrad is very rare — just 62 in 21 centuries.
Then he studied tetrads having an intervening total solar eclipse. e found this eclipse pattern, when also occurring precisely on the Jewish feast days of
Passover (spring) and Tabernacles (fall) two years in a row, is extremely rare — just seven in 20 centuries.
We will soon experience the eighth.
Finally, Hagee observed that the last three such tetrads correlated with significant events in Israel’s history — eviction of Jews during the Spanish Inquisition (1493/1494), creation of the state of Israel (1949/50) and unification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War (1967/1968).
Other researchers point out that this coming tetrad seems to be highlighted. It is perfectly bracketed on each side by lunar triples (three consecutive total lunar eclipses) and both share the same chronological midpoint of Jan. 5, 2015.
So are the blood moons a heads up to look up?
In the minds of some, these very rare patterns have prophetic implications worthy of attention.
But will the stars align for you in 2014?
And are you looking up, and if so, what are you looking for?
Finally, one might ask, “Are you looking for the One who hung the stars in space and set their celestial circuits?”
Bob Kirchner is a local historian, seminary student and recently in 2013 as the city of Anoka’s community development director.