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Sorry, you guys. Maybe the world can end next time.

As we wrote about last week, there were a few megachurch preachers who were really, really, really, banking on last nights super blood moon to mark the start of Revelations and bring on the apocalypse already. Well, we're sad to say it didn't.

What we can say is that it provided one super beautiful spectacle in the sky. Numerous people took advantage and shot some lovely time lapse videos that we can watch, wistfully remembering a more hopeful time when we were planning for the rapture.

If you slept through the eclipse, and the cancelled Armageddon, you may be wondering just what in the hell a super blood moon is. A super moon is when a full moon is at its closest orbit to Earth and the blood moon part indicates the fourth lunar eclipse this year. The two coincided and we were hoping the world would be bathed in the cleaning flames of infinite justice. But nope.

The next super blood moon will occur in 2033. So, stalk up on water and canned goods. Plenty of time to build that fall out shelter.

Preachers think Sunday's blood moon marks the end of the world again.
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It's time to dust off your old fallout bunker, the world is ending on Sunday again.

Two big ol' megachurch preachers claim that this week's fourth blood moon, being a series of lunar eclipses, signal the beginning of Armageddon. And it's about damn time, right?

Pastor Mark Blitz told the Daily Express:

"It was prophesied that there would be earthquakes at increased levels before the return of the Messiah and they were to be likened to birth pangs.

"With the increase in activity and the increase in magnitude I definitely see it as being but another sign along with the signs in the heavens that we are at the door."

New York Times best-selling Preacher John Hagee talked to the Express as well, just hedged his bets a little more.

"To have four and have them fall on these exact dates is something that has to be beyond coincidental.

"Even Jesus himself, in the Book of Luke, states there 'will be signs in the sun, moon and stars' and to 'lift up your heads for redemption draws nigh'.

"It just says 'when you see these signs' - and four blood moons is a very significant one - 'the end of this age is coming."

You know he's right because he wrote the book on it.

Something is. It could be anything, really. But there will be change. We don't know what, exactly but we promise that some big or small change will happen somewhere, sometime after this Sunday.

Well Epic Times doesn't believe it.

This so-called tetrad series of eclipses that is making the rounds online as a potential harbinger of doom, due in part to a recent book on the four blood moons that makes the dubious claim.

...What is unusual about this series is that it consists of four total lunar eclipses in a row. Called a tetrad, such a series of four total eclipses in a row is a fairly rare event. The last such series happened in the years 2003 and 2004. It will only occur seven more times in the current century.

Wait. This happened only 11 years ago? And again the year before? Why didn't the world end then?

There's just probably something I'm not getting. You know what they say, "Astronomy works in mysterious ways."

So, there you go. There's nothing for us to do but sit back and turn the mystery crank with the feeling of bliss for the coming of Revelations' fulfillment.

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At 12:53 a.m. ET, the Earth will begin to position itself between the sun and the moon for the first of a series of four total eclipses to conclude in September 2015. The series is a rare occurrence in history, with the next one starting in 2032. Because of a slow-moving cold front over the East Coast it will be hard for any states East of the Mississippi, except possibly Florida, to witness the Blood Moon.