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19/03/2015 07:22 GMT | Updated 20/03/2015 07:59 GMT

Solar Eclipse Glasses Won't Save You From The 'Day Of Judgement', Warn Pastors

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Friday’s solar eclipse could have grave consequences for mankind - over and above potential damage to your eyesight - pastors have warned.

Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries in Washington State, believes northern Europeans particularly will be most affected by the eclipse, which occurs on both the first day of Spring and the first day of the Jewish religious calendar.

He told World Net Daily (WND): “In Jewish tradition, a total solar eclipse is a warning to the gentiles and a sign of judgement on the nations.

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Judgement day? The solar eclipse will occur on Friday

“When we look at where the darkness will be, it will be in northern European countries like England and Sweden where we see the rise of Islam and anti-Israel sentiment. Europeans especially should take heed.”

He also noted the timing of the eclipse: “It’s the same day that there was the grand-opening ceremony of the tabernacle of Moses, with fire from heaven lighting the altar. Historically this is a day of judgement.”

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According to Biltz, who is the author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, the eclipse is especially significant as it will occur in the midst of a series of four “blood moons” (a lunar eclipse when the moon slides into the Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish hue on it.)

The blood moon “prophecy” is connected to the return of Jesus, according to some Christians.

Several books have been published about the phenomenon, with authors referring to a Bible passage that refers to the moon turning into blood. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31 says.

'Blood Moon' October 2014

In the New Testament, Acts 2:20 echoes the same doom: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”

Coincidentally, Friday will also see a Supermoon, which occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth, creating for some the conditions for a perfect celestial storm.

As the Independent points out: “The kinds of geo-political and societal events that tend to be associated with the end times by those who believe in such events are also happening, encouraging the idea that Friday could mark a sign of the apocalypse or another catastrophic event.

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You will need a pair of Solar Eclipse Glasses to view the eclipse without injury. Unless the world ends, in which case you won't need them at all

“Global stock markets are volatile and at record highs; there is increasing tension in the Middle East, including in Israel; and votes on same-sex marriage are scheduled for this summer in the US.”

Biltz is not the only biblical expert to warn the forthcoming eclipse is a communication from God.

Bob O’Dell of Christian website Root Source highlighted the significance of the eclipse being visible from the North Pole.

'Blood Moon' October 2014

He said: “The North Pole can’t really be called the territory of any particular nation or people. This is likely a message from God to the entire world.”

He pressed the point to Breaking Israel News, adding: “If God is going to teach a lesson to humanity, to the entire world, there is no more symbolic location from the North Pole.

The site adds: “A total solar eclipse at the North Pole on the first day of spring occurs once every 100,000 years. For it to occur on the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar year is, however, entirely unprecedented since this is only the year 5775 according to Jewish tradition, meaning that there has never been such a solar occurrence in human history.”

What is a total solar eclipse?

When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.