FOUR BLOOD MOONS: WILL JESUS RETURN ON SEPT. 28, 2015?
Well, they’re at it again. The end-times doomsday prophets are crying out again saying, “The sky is falling!” But we shouldn’t be surprised by this – it’s nothing new! For as long as there have been people, there have been doomsday prophets predicting the imminent end of the world. It would almost be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that so many people were being fooled by these chicken littles!
Although I didn’t become a Christian until after its release, I remember hearing about a book that came out in the 80’s called: 88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988: The Feast of Trumpets. Amazon.com reports how the author Edgar Whisenant organized over 800 end time prophecies to establish dates and doctrines. Obviously, Jesus didn’t return in 1988. However, that didn’t stop Edgar from writing another book called The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989. Again, Jesus didn’t come back then. Fortunately, after his first false prophecies failed to come true, fewer people bought the second book. (But sadly, some still did!).
In the 90’s, the end-times prophets were declaring that Operation Desert Storm was the latest Bible prophecy coming to pass, and Saddam Hussein joined the ranks of those terrible world leaders who were branded the Antichrist. From Stalin to Hitler, anytime a wicked world leader rises to power, some doomsday prophet somewhere will label them as the Antichrist. I’ve seen many such so-called Antichrists come and go in the almost-25 years since I became a Christian, but Jesus has yet to return to the Earth.
Some people might wonder why I’m taking the time to respond to the latest fad conspiracy theory about the Four Blood Moons 2014-2015. The reason is simple: I don’t want to see any more Christians deceived by false prophets! When Christians take up the mantle of these charlatans and begin sharing their propaganda, after these dates come and go and Jesus hasn’t returned, the church loses credibility in the eyes of the world. Not only that, but those Christians who genuinely believed the words of these false prophets are discouraged and begin to question the second coming of Jesus altogether.
Let’s examine the latest end-times conspiracy theory about the Four Blood Moons, and then respond to it logically and biblically.
WHAT IS THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS PROPHECY?
“The Blood Moon Prophecy is an idea popularized by Christian pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which states that an ongoing tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of significant things to come. Biltz believes that the Second Coming will coincide with the final eclipse of the tetrad, while Hagee only believes the eclipses are a sign of coming change in the course of history for Israel.
“The Blood Moon Prophecy has quickly gained attention on the Internet after Biltz first proposed it in 2008, and has gained mainstream media attention as the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse has approached. Despite the attention, few Christians believe the prophecy. It has been criticized by both mainstream Christian sources and secular astronomy blogs. Critics point out that tetrads that correspond with Jewish feasts are not as rare as Hagee and Biltz imply, that the eclipses will not be visible in Israel, and that the Bible also states it is impossible to know when the Second Coming will occur.” (Wikipedia.org).
How did Hagee and Biltz come to the conclusion that this latest series tetrads would herald the second coming of Jesus? Well, they go on to say that in the last 500 years, there were three other significant tetrads that signaled major events in the history of Israel, as follows:
- 1493-1494 – Jews expelled from Spain, Columbus discovers America
- 1949-1950 – Israel becomes a nation
- 1967-1968 – Six Day War (between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria).
Here are the problems with these claims:
1. Jews Expelled from Spain: Tetrads of 1493/94:
Hagee and Biltz claim that this particular tetrad was a warning about the Jews being expelled from Spain. However, if you check the dates, you will discover that the Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 – 15 years before this tetrad! And even the specific decree that ordered the expulsion was issued in 1492 – a year before the tetrad! How could the tetrad have prophetic significance declaring things to come if it happened after the event? The answer of course is that it can’t. True Bible signs and prophecies declare things that will happen in the future.
2. Israel Becomes a Nation Again: Tetrads of 1949/50:
In this second tetrad, Hagee and Biltz claim that these four lunar eclipses announced a major event for the people of Israel – their becoming a nation again. Again, we have the same problem as with the first tetrad: It was May 14, 1948 when Israel was recognized as a nation state – a year before these so-called four blood moons! How could this tetrad that took place after this event have been a sign? Just because these four lunar eclipses coincidentally happened in a year close to the date Israel became a nation doesn’t mean that God intended it as a sign.
3. The Six Day War: Tetrads of 1967/68:
In this third and final tetrad, Hagee and Biltz say that it coincided with the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967) where Israeli forces retook possession of Old Jerusalem. It would have been great to have seen a sign in the heavens then, wouldn’t it? However, the first lunar eclipse in that year happened over six weeks before this event, and the other three followed in the next year and a half. Hardly significant!
In truth, there have been 62 such tetrads since the first century, and eight of them have coincided with the feasts of Passover and Sukkot. Therefore, the fact that these total lunar eclipses happen to fall on these Jewish holidays aren’t as rare as Hagee and Biltz would have us believe.
WHAT ABOUT JOEL 2:31?
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:31).
Followers of Hagee and Biltz like to quote this verse when defending the idea that the four blood moons is a sign of the second coming of Jesus. Blitz makes the bold statement that Jesus will return during the fourth lunar eclipse in the 2014-2015 tetrads, that being on Sept. 28, 2015! (How he gets around the fact that Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” in Matthew 24:36, I don’t know). But – let’s look at Joel 2:31:
We should note that the Apostle Peter quoted this verse in his first sermon in Acts 2:20, saying that this was one of the signs of the end times. However, it does not say that there will be four blood moons – it only references one. Why – when God has been so specific and detailed in other prophecies in the Bible in the past – would he leave out that important detail with this prophecy? Why leave it vague and ambiguous?
Earlier in Joel 2 (verse 10) the prophet also declares: “The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness.” If you look at the cross reference of this verse in Revelation 6:12-13, it says: “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth…” So in addition to the sun becoming black (possibly a solar eclipse), and the moon becoming like blood (possibly a total lunar eclipse), it says there will be an earthquake, and the stars of heaven will fall to the earth. Where does that fit into this prophetic interpretation? You can’t just pick and choose certain parts of the prophecy and ignore others!
It’s important to note also that Biltz has been wrong in his prophetic predictions before. For example, in 2008 when Biltz began teaching that Jesus would return in the fall of 2015, he said that a seven-year period of tribulation would start in the fall of 2008. However, when that didn’t happen, he took this article off his website, though he continued to teach that Jesus would return in 2015.
On a science website Earth and Sky, Bruce McClure and Deborah Bird make an interesting observation: “It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible – even in part – from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.” (http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015#tetrad).
I want to make it clear that I do believe that we are living in the end-times, and that the second coming of Jesus is imminent. I also believe that the Bible speaks of heavenly bodies (sun, moon and stars) as being used as prophetic signs. For example, the sun, moon and stars are used in Isaiah 13:10 to the fall of Babylon and in Ezekiel 32:7 to refer to judgment against Egypt. Such imagery is also used to describe the end times. However, nowhere in the Bible will you find any reference to four blood moons as being symbols of any events in the 1400’s, 1900’s, or 2000’s.
A word of caution to those of you who are interested in end-times prophecy: First of all, whenever you hear a teacher or so-called prophet tell you something about the end-times, always make sure you go to the Bible to see if it’s really in there! But that being said, many of these teachers will twist the Scriptures, take it out of context and try to make it mean something it doesn’t. That’s where you need to rely on the Holy Spirit inside of you. If something doesn’t sit right with you, that’s probably the Holy Spirit warning you – don’t ignore that!
If something that’s being taught about the end-times instills fear, worry or anxiety in you, that’s not from God. The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind (a mind that is at peace). Perfect love casts out all fear. And finally, if any teacher tells you that they know the date of Jesus’ return, you can immediately throw that false prophecy in the trash, reminding yourself of the words of Jesus: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36).
Jesus is coming soon. He said, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:42-44). Amen! Even so, come Lord Jesus…
*** Remember – you can’t believe everything you read on the internet! ***
- Answers in Genesis Response: Lunar Eclipses Cause Blood Moons.
- Youtube Video: Four Blood Moons DEBUNKED.