The sky turned a bloody shade of red in China on Saturday, sparking panic among some residents, and now some are pointing to Bible prophecies about the end times and return of Jesus to Earth.
“Panic could be heard in the voices of the residents as they recorded the discolored horizon, stirring apocalyptic fears,” Britain’s Daily Mail reported. “The crimson sky was most prominent by the port, prompting worries that a fire had got out of control.”
“I have never seen anything like this before. It really amazes me that the sky can even turn red,” one resident of Chinese port-city of Zhoushan, which neighbors Shanghai, told the Global Times.
Users of Douyin, China’s social version of TikTok, suggested the red sky was bad omen due to the government’s poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One user said it means: ‘Accidents will happen,’ with another adding, ‘I started to stock up on supplies,’ the Daily Mail reported.
At Israel365News, reporter Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz noted: “Bible scholars have no need to speculate about crimson heavenly portents frequently described by the prophets.”
The Old Testament prophet Joel is among those who described such celestial phenomena associated with the “day of the LORD.”
“I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (Joel 2:30-31 NIV).
Chinese media said the intense color had nothing to do with the end of the world, but indicated: “It was foggy and cloudy in Zhoushan on Saturday and it was drizzling at the time of the red sky, which might have been caused by the reflection of light from the low-level clouds, a staff of the Zhoushan Meteorological Bureau explained,” the Global Times reported.
“When weather conditions are good, more water in the atmosphere forms aerosols which refract and scatter the light of fishing boats and create the red sky seen by the public,” said bureau’s staff.
Israel365News reported China has a history of odd weather phenomena, including some in recent years: