Yes, it’s time again for the “end-time prophets” to announce about some obvious natural phenomena which will come again and again… and again, as a sign of major traumatic things that will happen either to Israel or the whole world. In this days it’s the “Blood Moon” which is trendy, and John Hagee is maybe the one who shouts loudest in the “prophecy-chorus” about the blood moon.
John Hagee, one of the major voice within Bood Moon Theology/Prophecy/divination and is author of “Four Blood moon,” a book on the New York Times best seller list (Do not waste your money by buing the book, the explanation is as follows).
I absolutely don’t want to compete for attention by dragging other down, it’s not my style but this blood moon theology has lately taken the attention of many Christians that I believe is simply dangerous for them.
Blood Moon predictions, (and others) I’ve known for some time, but they always fluctuating all over the map and have never had a real reference point about what will happen. As an interested star gazer, I’m thrilled about blood moons, they are a beautiful sight. I haven’t focus so much on the blood moon prophecy lately until I felt overburdened through social media, blogs, sermons and other sources of this toxic teaching. Unfortunately, and I can not help it, but I feel to answer it and give a warning.
So what is the blood moon theology all about?
Let me first explain what a “blood moon” is… or is not. Stargazers and astronomers sometimes refer to a reddish moon as “looks blood red”, since full moon nearly always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse. But the term “blood moon” doesn’t arrive from astronomers.
The term “blood moon” is relatively new term, popularized by two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz [of El Shaddai Ministries in Puyallup, Washington] and John Hagee, who pic it up from Joel 2:31. The term “blood moon” is mostly used by Christians, and media have then again adopted it from them.
Many Christians seems to use the term “blood moon” to describe “the four full moons of a lunar tetrad”, and not a single appearance of a reddish moon like i.e Hunter’s moon1.
Definition of a tetrad is: four successive total lunar eclipses, (which doesn’t have to be reddish), with no partial eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons). So, there’s no reason why Blood Moon should be associated with a tetrad.
But for the sake of this post, let’s use the term “blood moon” since we are talking about it. A single “blood moon” is just an ordinary lunar eclipse; that is when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. But unlike a “regular” lunar eclipse, the moon gets once in a while a red color, hence the blood moon. The moon gets this red color when only a few sunbeams shining through the Earth’s atmosphere, called Rayleigh scattering, and reaches the moon and colors it red. This happen also with a Hunters moon.
The blood moon theology is; if this (a lunar eclipse which turn red) occurs on a Jewish feast, it is then a sign that something traumatic happen with Israel. John Hagee explains that there are four (4) consecutive “blood moons” within 18 months, between 2014 and 2015, with no partial lunar eclipses in between.
The point John Hagee want to make is that all the blood moons in this tetrad, which began on 15 April 2014, will coincide with four Jewish holidays, Passover (04/15/14) – Sukkot (08/10/14) – Passover (04/04/15) – Sukkot (09/28/15). Therefore, he believes that the rapture may happen; where all Christians will be taken up to heaven, and Israel will go to war called Armageddon, and Jesus will come again to the earth. (More on The Rapture Theology). If not, it will at least be a big event that will change the history, or as the subtitle on his book says – “Something is about two change.”
Let’s be generous and give Hagen a month delay, so by November 2015 the end of the world will come, if no, it will at least be a big event that will turn the course of the history. It seems like Hagee is not certain of what will happen, so he assures himself very well here. Anyway, blood moons are thus sign.
References to this theology is taken from Revelation. 6:12 which may have been taken from Joel 3: 20-21, and he also take it from Acts 2:20.
12 “When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,” (Rev. 6:12 ESV).
20 “But Judah shall be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem to all generations. 21 I will avenge their blood, blood I have not avenged, for the Lord dwells in Zion.” (Joel 3:20-21 ESV)
20 “the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.” (Acts 2:20 ESV)
But there is more. In order for this theology to work, he must also add another distorted theology, namely that the secular nation Israel is set aside for a particular purpose for God, hence they say the secular Israel is God’s “chosen people”.
To sum up the premise for this “prophecy”, we can say that;
1) The incidents of four consecutive lunar eclipses between 2014 and 2015, who coincide with Jewish holidays, is a sign that the end times is coming.
2) Secular Israel is a nation that are set aside for a special purpose for God, because they are God’s chosen people.
3) Revelation is written to us and not to the seven (7) churches in Asia (Turkey).
So why am I against this theology?
Well, quite simply, the Bible says nothing about a tetrad with reddish moon shall be THE sign, so I see this more as a prediction than a prophecy. But I can split it up a bit more.
I said that this theology is now trendy, and sure, an event become more popular closer we are to it. But what they do is to follow the nature’s natural events, and/or the news to find something that may resemble what is described in the Bible, and/or fit their theology of the end times. They’r looking for coincidences, something happened around us constantly.
The teaching is in fact not so old. To ever find dates coinciding with moon phases ahead in time will require some calculations. NASA can be of great help, but anyway, this teaching has not come up in the “end-time theology” or dispensationalism until now in some recent times. In other words, these “prophets” knew nothing until they could see the coincidence, and not until then come up with a “prophecy” – which does not tell what will happen.
But, it is so common that it coincides with Jewish holidays?
This is precisely what makes the prediction so exciting and dispensationalists thrilled. It is rare that all 4 consecutive lunar eclipse (a tetrad), who all become reddish and all fall on Jewish holidays. As one man gently informed me, it will not be any (of their definition of blood moon) for the next 400 years.
But because it is rare, it doesn’t make Blood Moon tetrad in to a sign for anything. Neither Christ or any other person in the Bible says anything about ‘blood Moon tetrad’. And why I say “of their definition of blood moon” is because the moon can turn red by many other occasions, like it sometimes turn red during a eclipse, or like the Hunter’s moon, or even during a big fire, i.e. a city burning, can give the moon a reddish color. It’s always the Rayleigh scattering who makes the moon red.
If something is rare it is always exciting, and if it is exciting we like to connect it to whatever we like because it will be our story. History is written everyday. Statistically, we will always find coincidences where lunar eclipses coincide with historical events around the world, which I shall give an example of below. This is so also with “blood moon” theology. If you have 3, 5 or 1 “blood moons” in a certain period, you’ll always find a event that suits your own theory.
Yes, during the last 2000 years I’m pretty sure we have had such tetrads which has coincided with Jewish feasts, and perhaps it is the greatest chance to coincide with it, since Jewish feasts follows the lunar phases 😉 For example passover, it is ALWAYS marked by a Full Moon, and a lunar eclipse ALWAYS coincides with a Full Moon by definition, meaning it cannot occur at any other phase! A “Blood Moon” is more likely that it coincided with Jewish holidays than it coincided with the date of April 15 in our Gregorian calendar.
Previous Four Blood Moons coincide with Jewish Holidays
John Hagee, among many others, have take a look at “blood moon” tetrads in history, and says that every time a tetrad (a tetrad where all eclipse turn read) have occurs on a Jewish feast, something traumatic and major world events have happened with Israel. They list up this list:
1. 162-163 C.E.
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.
Actually, I question all of them to be genuine to the blood moon prophecy. In 5 of them there was no state of Israel. Some don’t include Israel at all. Some are good for Israel or the Jews, other are bad. And some again, “Blood Moon” appear AFTER the the event they connecting it to!
On January 2 1492, Ferdinand II, King of Aragon, and Isabella, Queen of Castile, completed La Reconquista (the Reconquest) after defeated and chased out the arabs from spain. Less than two months later, they signed a decree that signaled the end of the toleration of another religious group within their lands, (including Islam as the arabs held). On March 30, still in 1492, they ordered that all of Spain’s Jews had to either convert to Christianity or leave the country. The “Blood Moon” now starts to appears AFTER this events, a year later, 1493-1494.
On 14 May 1948, Israel declare itself as a nation, though the first government took place in January 25th, 1949. The “Blood Moon” starts to appear 1949-1950, AFTER both events.
The blood moon theology stumble over a lot of problems even outside the statistical frame. Where in the Bible does it says that there should be a tetrad of four (4) blood moon who coincide with Jewish holidays? NOWHERE! Yes, I know the Bible say the moon will turn red, but does that mean we now have 4 end times between 2014 and 2015?
Where does it says that Revelation is written to us, 2000 years into the future? NOWHERE! John Hagee and others simply want these lunar eclipses to fit into their own theory, and us to believe it.
Since they believe this is a sign to Israel, which it must be when Israel is the only nation that follows these festivals, the sign then must be visible in Israel, right? But listen, NONE of these four blood moons are visible in Israel! A lunar eclipse is mostly visible from only 1/3 to 1/2 part of the Earth, and this tetrad of four blood moons is only visible in parts of north America and Asia! My geographical knowledge tells me that Israel is not on these continents. But of course, it may be a sign for John Hagee anyway.
John Hagee himself says – “I believe that the Heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to Planet Earth but we just have not been picking them up.” –
Ok, he believe so, but are we so stupid that we have not picked up messages from God? Maybe, it is certain that Christian-Zionist and dispensationalism have not even picked up what is written in black ink on white paper yet; The warnings of the end of age, and destruction of God’s creation (heaven and earth – temple), foretold by Jesus in Matthew 24, and John’s vision in Revelation. These actually tells us about the end of time (Temple period), the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple (God’s creation) in 70 AD. The good news God gives us in the letters, and Rev. 21-22, tells us about the NEW Creation! Is it an excuse that they haven’t picked up this too?!
Can’t God use a blood moon as a sign?
Oh yes, I believe very strongly that God could use blood moon and other natural phenomena as signs. But hey, we don’t have any prophecy to fulfill right now, because all is fulfilled in Christ. So final signs had to happen before and during the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. And we have it, such as earthquakes, moving islands, hail from heaven, yes even famines, wars and rumors of wars. But you can’t recycle a prophecy and replace it wherever you wish.
John Hagee think different of course, otherwise he can’t sell his books. I think he completely miss out elementary things in Revelation that tells us that John’s vision is written to the seven (7) churches in Asia and its generation, and not to us even we also can get some benefits from it today. (Read more in my series on “Revelation” and “Eschatology in the Bible” (Mat. 24)).
“Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” (Rev. 1:11 ESV)
“soon take place” (Rev. 1:1, 22:6 ESV), “the time is near” (1:3, 22:10), “I am coming soon” (22:7, 22:20).
So, what about Israel as God’s chosen people?.
Well, I do not know how they manage to get it, because we are now talking about the secular nation Israel. And the Bible teaches us quite clearly that His people are NOT those who are physically descendants of Abraham (Rom. 9: 6-7) (or those who have converter to Judaism), but those who are IN CHRIST. It then mean that race has nothing to do to be chosen, and again that the secular state, Israel, can not be termed as “chosen.” (Please, read more about the case of Israel as chosen here, here and here).
I think very strongly that Christians must stop listening to, and even engage in divination or sorcery (Deut. 6:10). I do not think God is a supporter of it. Neither Paul was very excited about it as we can see in Acts 16: 16-17, where Paul drove a divination-spirit out of a possessed slave girl, although she didn’t lied. When we look further into the next verses, we see why the masters of the slave-girl took Paul and Silas to the political leaders. – Her masters lost their income!
Sorry to say it, but for John Hagee and for many others, it is their revenue, and the excitement to their readers that are at stake. If there is a message and a warning from God to share, it shall be freely spoken and freely heard. You never charge for a message from God and you should never pay for it!
-Please, do not follow this divination. You will only be left in a theology that puts you completely back with a parochial worldview, and not an advancing and developed life in the Kingdom of God.-
When October 2015 comes, and nothing have happen that changes the world, or as Hagee think; Christ have taken Christians up in the “rapture” (but hopefully not all, for some actually want to be left behind as the Bible says (Luk. 17:34-37)), will Hagee then take a Harold Camping? Probably he will.
No, I will not be the one that will hang him out, but I want you to have a rich life in the kingdom of God with a hope for a great future for ALL mankind in Christ.
1 Hunter’s moon, Frosty moon or Beaver’s moon appear reddish probably because they appear nearly full – and rise soon after sunset – for several evenings in a row. When you see the moon low in the sky, the extra air between you and the moon makes the moon look reddish.
Bible verses are from ESV version if notting else are noted.
What do you think?