Blood Moon 2015: Stunning Images of 'First' Total Lunar Eclipse
A combination photo shows shadow falling on the moon (L and 2nd L) as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse (C) and after the total lunar eclipse (2nd R and R), from Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by April 4, 2015Reuters

Conspiracy theorists seem to be taking advantage of the Bible, astronomical cycle, global financial instability and conflicts, and recent natural calamities to spread false alarm about possible destruction of the earth during the blood moon eclipse, which is due to occur on 27-28 September. Some people have even resorted to stocking up materials and food in anticipation of the end of the world.

A few Christian preachers have created panic among the public with their prediction that something disastrous might happen before the blood moon event.

They argue that the current tetrad is in sync with Biblical prophecy of the End of the World.

Interestingly, the first blood moon of the tetrad on 14 April, 2014 coincided with the Jewish holy days Passover, the second (8 October, 2014) fell on the Feast of the Tabernacle, third (4 April, 2015) fell on the Passover, and the final blood moon of the tetrad on 28 September will mark the Feast of the Tabernacle.

There are several references in the Bible about the moon turning red ahead of the end of times, which seems to have been misinterpreted by preachers.

According to a report by News website, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  in Utah have started stocking up food items and other essential goods fearing "earthquake, military invasion, technological disruptions and general chaos and hysteria" during the blood moon event. 

"Mormons have traditionally been asked by the church to keep emergency supplies on hand, which come in handy in emergencies, but this rush for supplies is because some people truly believe September 28 is the end," one local told the News website.

The Salt Lake Tribune had earlier reported that sales of freeze-dried goods have shot up over the last couple of months with people "buying up food-storage kits, flashlights, blankets and tents. Some are even bracing to leave their homes, if need be."

Mormon author Julie Rowe, who wrote two books urging people to prepare for the end of the world, is said to be endorsing the blood moon prophecy and could have influenced the mormons to prepare for a possible natural calamity.

Christian minister John Hagee and pastor Mark Blitz of El Shaddai Ministries have also been accused of sending false alarm about blood moon. Many see it as a ploy to promote their respective books "Four Blood Moons" and "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs".

Well, there is no reason to panic over the blood moon as it is just another astronomical event that happens when supermoon and total lunar eclipse occur at the same time.