Blood-red moon ‘a sign’ from the heavens
TONIGHT'S blood-red moon coinciding with Pass-over has some local Bible scholars bracing for a dramatic change in world-wide events.
It is the third lunar eclipse in a rare "tetrad", where blood moons coincide with biblical feasts, which has happened only three times in the past 500 years.
Gavin Irvine, pastor of Shalom Christian Church at Coolangatta, said feasts marked "God's calendar" when according to prophecy he would "pour out his spirit on all people".
Historically, blood moon tetrads marked upheavals for Christians - positive and negative - such as the Spanish holocaust in 492 and the State of Israel being formed in 1948, he said. As such, redemption is a pressing matter, which is where Passover or Easter fit in.
"Passover is about the redemption of man," Mr Irvine said.
"It's deep, rich and beautiful. It's all about Jesus, who died for us.
"Passover is based on the Bible and Easter is based on paganism and had Jesus merged into it."
That's why, to mark Passover Shalom church will hold a traditional feast in Cudgera Creek, with unleavened bread made of local native bunya flour.
"We're doing a Passover lamb for dinner with red wine as part of components of what's called a messianic Passover," Mr Irvine said.
"Traditionally the Jews have done this night which takes hours and hours," he said.
"We're just pulling out the main things in regards to Christ that we see in the Bible."
Mr Irvine said two other Gold Coast churches celebrated Passover instead of Easter.
Many international pastors say the blood moon heralds the end of times.
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come," the Bible reads.
Optimal viewing time for sky-watchers is 11pm, but clouds could spoil the view.