Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Blood Moon Hoax Exposed





No doubt you’ve heard of the Blood Moon prophecies that many are saying point to the imminent return of Christ, or “something big about to happen” in the Middle East.

If not, here’s a quick overview: A Blood Moon is simply a lunar eclipse where the moon appears red in color due to the sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere and casting a red shadow on the moon’s surface. The significance that many Christians are getting excited about lately is that the Jewish Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in 2014 and 2015 will coincide with a total of four Blood Moons. Some want us to see these lunar events as signs that God is doing something new, or about to shake things up in the Middle East.

Of course, these same people are also wanting us to buy their book on the subject. People like John Hagee and Mark Blitz, for example. But let’s examine their arguments and see if there’s anything to this hype.

First of all, the argument in favor of the legitimacy of these Blood Moon signs hinges on the supposition that previous Blood Moon events have proven to be signs of historic significance.

For example, they claim that there were four blood moons at Passover and Tabernacles in 1492 which coincided with the expulsion of Jews from Spain and the discovery of America by Columbus.
Then they say that there were four blood moons in 1948 which was a sign of the Israeli War of Independence, and that the four blood moons in 1967 was a sign of Israel’s military action to repossess the Old City of Jerusalem.

Sounds convincing? Well…not exactly.

First of all, the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. That means that their feasts and festivals always coincide with full moon events. It also means that lunar eclipses – which only occur when the moon is full – are not rare events in Jewish history. We’ll examine this in more detail later, but first let’s examine those historic events in light of actual evidence.

The lunar eclipse in 1492 wasn’t a “sign” of the expulsion of Jews from Spain. Why?  Because the Tribunal that expelled them was established November 1, 1478 which occurred 15 years before the lunar eclipse. Hardly a sign or a warning is it? Plus, the Alhambra Decree, which officially ordered of expulsion of Jews from Spain, was issued in January 1492, which was about 15 months before the lunar eclipse that year.

The 1948 eclipse is also not a sign of the Israeli war of independence. Why? Because that war began on May 15, 1948 and ended March 10, 1949. The first of the four lunar eclipses didn’t happen until just over a month after the war ended. Why would God give anyone a sign about something that had already taken place? That, by definition, is not a sign from God.

The 1967 eclipse is not a sign of Israeli forces taking possession of the Old City of Jerusalem. Why not? Because that took place on June 7, 1967 and the lunar eclipse took place 44 days before that day, and – most importantly – it was not visible from Jerusalem. The next set of blood moons followed over the next year and a half. Again, after the fact.

So, in what way are any of these “signs” of anything? It’s like someone shouting “Look out for that car!” an hour after your car accident. Most of these blood moon “signs” are not visible from Jerusalem, and/or occur long after the events have already taken place.

Let’s be clear, nothing can truly be considered “a sign from God” unless a prophet of God speaks a prophecy – in advance of the event – and then the sign is given as a proof.

Keep in mind: No prophecy preceded any of these events and no one gave these lunar eclipses and signs in advance as proofs. No one predicted that the Jews would be expelled from Spain before it happened, for example. So just because things happen we can’t run around looking for signs after the fact. It doesn’t work that way.

Here’s another point: Tetrads (or the occurrence of four consecutive lunar eclipses) are very common. They are not rare. They happen very, very often, in fact. Over the last 4,000 years there have been numerous lunar tetrads (or Blood Moons) on record, and between 1999 BC and today there have been 111 Blood Moons.

Do you know what significant events coincided with all of those? Nothing. Because they happen all the time and are therefore not “signs” of anything happening in the world.

It would be like pointing to the migration of Canada Geese as a sign of some political shift in China. The two events are not related, and one of those events (the migration of Canada Geese) happens every year about the same time, regardless of what’s happening in Chinese politics.

Of the 55 Blood Moons that have occurred since the First Century AD, there have been 7 which coincided with Jewish Holy Days, and none of them were seen as signs of anything significant at the time.

To put everything in another perspective, here are some very significant events in the history of the nation of Israel which DID NOT coincide with any Blood Moon signs.

There were no Blood Moons during:
1446 BC (Israel left Egypt in the Exodus)
1406 BC (Joshua entered Canaan)
723 BC (Ten northern tribes went into Assyrian Captivity)
587 BC (Judah went into Babylonian captivity)
538 BC (Cyrus proclaims the Jews could return to Canaan)
533 BC (Jews began return from Babylon and arrived in Jerusalem)
1-2 BC (Jesus was born)
33 AD (Jesus was crucified) *Solar, but not lunar eclipse
70 AD (Jerusalem and the Temple destroyed by Romans)
135 AD (Hadrian renamed the city of Jerusalem, killed many Jews and expelled the rest)
1943 AD (Hitler killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust)

Put another way, here are four more examples of when Tetrads (or a series of four Blood Moons) fell on all four Jewish feast days:
162 AD
795 AD
842 AD
860 AD

Guess what significant historic events happened during these Blood Moons?

Wrong! Nothing happened. This is why authors like Hagee and Blitz totally ignore these, because they can't point to anything that seems to support their bogus theory.

THE LUNAR CALENDAR
Statistically, speaking, since Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles always happen on full moons, and take place on the 15th day of two different months within the year, there is a 1-in-6 chance that an eclipse will occur in at least one of these festivals annually.

In the twentieth century, 37 of the 230 lunar eclipses fell on either Passover and Feast of Tabernacles, which is mildly fascinating, but completely irrelevant to anyone interested in Biblical prophecy.

So, in conclusion, don’t waste your time – or your money – on anything related to this Blood Moon hoax. It’s designed to stir up fear, and loosen your wallet. Nothing more.

Jesus will return, but as He told us, “No man knows the day, or the hour, not even the angels in heaven, but my Father only.” (Mt. 24:36)

Now, what if something significant DOES happen between now and the end of these four Blood Moon signs that are still forthcoming? Well, things happen all the time. My point is that if anything does happen in the world, we cannot point to the Blood Moons as any sort of prophetic sign.

Enjoy the lunar eclipse. Take good pictures. Marvel at God’s creation. But don’t give in to the fear and the hype.

The Blood Moons are not signs of anything other than the Glory of God as the Heavens declare His majesty and pour fourth speech all day long.

-kg
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NOTE: This article was informed from a variety of sources, including the blog of Steve Rudd, specifically his research found HERE and the blog of Richard Edmondson.



32 comments:

the alternative1 said...

yea I agree--I would not pay attention to anything Hagee says.

Alaskan Granny said...

Yes, there has been a lot of hype about this and for us mortals it appears to be spectacular and unusual but as you stated God always uses His prophets to announce significant events and they seem to be silent on this.

Anonymous said...

Except for the prophesies that actual mention a blood moon . . . . Joel 2:31 and Rev. 6:12. Interestingly enough both of these prophesies are about the same event, the return of the Messiah/the Day of the Lord. It is true that we are not to have a spirit of fear, but it is also true that Jesus tells us to know the seasons. In fact he even chides the people of His day because they could not recognize the seasons. As for not knowing the day nor the hour, there is one feast day mentioned in scripture of which "no one knows the day nor the hour." An interesting study. So to sum up, There is one specific day that has been prophesied about that most assuredly comes after a blood moon (lunar eclipse) and sun to black as sackcloth (solar eclipse), and that is the Day of the Lord. My recommendation is that we should always live ready for Jesus to return at any time, but especially as we see the signs mentioned by the prophets in Scripture. - Robert Miles (third_miles@hotmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Yes i believe people will take advantage etc, but need to be open to whatever God does & in ACTS 2 also says 2 V 19-21 , just after the holy spirit fell like FIRE on each of them & this still happens today. Interestingly GOD says in 2v19-21 straight after they were filled . He does show us signs & is very organised with his own planet to the T , yes somethings don't line up but yes some things do.
Most of all we need to watch our attitudes & keep a close relationship with Jesus being filled daily with his living water. Anyone who is in close RS with JC will be adhere of these things , but if we just have religion not RS , then we will be tossed about by every wind of doctrine/ teaching etc. JC said we would not the birth pains signs , I believe a Bride knows when the Groom is getting close, JC says we don't know the hour , but we will know the year , months , weeks , & 1 day is a thousand in Gods time - SO MY POINT IS ARE WE CLOSE TO JESUS IN R/S OR DO WE JUST HAVE FORM/RELIGION/LEGAL STUFF WITHOUT THE JOY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT .
LETS BE ENCOURAGERS - NOT ATTACK PEOPLE EVEN IF THEY ARE SO CALLED HIGH UP THIER AS THEY THINK, NONE OF US IS PERFECT . BUT THANKS FOR POINTING OUT THE OVIOUS .

JR said...

The prophecies of Joel include: "...wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood." I haven't heard anyone mention any of the rest of the signs.
Note also that these signs mark the Lord's return, not just a significant event, but the end of the 3-1/2 yr tribulation and the beginning of the wrath of God just prior to the 1,000 yr reign of Christ.
Nevertheless, we are to be on the alert, aware of the times (1 Thessalonians 5:46)without setting "the day and the hour"(Mt 24:36).

Raini Way said...

This article is incorrect. There was indeed a lunar eclipse in AD 33, and it happened on Passover. Further, the moon was in totality at the time that it rose that evening. That there was a corresponding solar eclipse that year is to be expected. Total lunar eclipses are usually accompanied by at least partial solar eclipses.

Keith Giles said...

Actually, it is not clear if there was a lunar eclipse or not at the crucifixion. If so, it was a partial, not a full eclipse, and therefore not a "blood moon".
More details here:
https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/crucifixion/did-the-moon-appear-as-blood-on-the-night-of-the-crucifixion/

Keith Giles said...

The Joel Prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. There was plenty of blood, and fire, and destruction and the moon appeared as dark red in the sky, etc.

Read the history of the Jews from Josephus for complete details and confirmation.

Anonymous said...

Let scripture interpret scripture...When Joseph had the dream about his brothers bowing down to him, he told it to his father Jacob. From a second dream he also told him that the Sun and Moon bowed down to him. He was scolded by his father: Gen 37:9
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
I personally have always interpreted this as the Sun being the Groom and the moon as being the bride. This is because we as the church reflect the light of God and we must never think that we ARE God. The fact that it will be blood red when Jesus comes tells me that the church is going to be under great persecution. Jesus confirmed this when he said in Mark 13:20
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved and also in Mark 13:24
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.
I believe the light He is referring to is the light that the Church reflects from her fellowship with the Lord. So if a blood moon is what I think it is, then we as believers better be ready for whatever persecution is coming from the world.

Michele Hansen Wurzer said...

Spot on Robert! Thank you.

Soaring in the Prophetic said...

Keith, would you please address this comment someone left on my Facebook posting your article? Thanks!

"One thing that is significant, that is NOT addressed in the article is that the pattern of 4 holidays in 2 years IS rare. Funny how some things are addressed, but not others."

Keith Giles said...

Berta: I DO address those four lunar eclipses in 4 holidays. Those are called Tetrarchs where we have a lunar eclipse on Passover/Tabernacles in 2 consecutive years. I mention this in the article and point out that it has happened 7 other times before, and that NOTHING HAPPENED during those events that could be connected to the Tetrarchs.

Hagee and others want to grasp at straws to try and connect adjacent events (the expulsion of Jews from Spain) but those events occured before the Tetrarchs and/or were not even visible from Jerusalem.

Here are four more examples of when Tetrarchs (or a series of four Blood Moons) fell on all four Jewish feast days:
162 AD
795 AD
842 AD
860 AD

Nothing happened during those Tetrarch events.

Christine Soukiassian said...

Well if u are afraid and THINK something bad will happen in the middle east, well look around bro, middle east is not just Israel, it's Iraq, syria, Palestine, lebanon... Tell me about persecution.. There is blood everywhere everyday people are dying in the middle east and being persecuted bcz of their religion...

The funny thing is all this started long before any blood moons...

And to the anonymous Who posted above.. The sun and the moon will darken because the glory of God will be brighter than them.. Search for it in the bible every time it is mentioned in the old or new testament it's either when God is talking about His appearance and or the appearance of His people.

Scott Wasinski said...

When I first heard Biltz speaking on this, I began to investigate his claims. I found that he was correct about the meaning of the term "feast" being more of an appointment to observe, than gorging oneself's face with food. Then I began to search the events that had supposedly taken place during the tetrads, and the rarity of them, and found that he and Hagee have indeed lied to the people and made some changes to historical facts to support their work. After all, once you have set yourself on a course (rabbit hole), and have invested all that time, energy, resource,...How can you recoup your losses unless you become a little "creative" with your work, right??? It sells books, mp3's $10,000+ speaking engagements, DVD's, etc...

I really don't have much sympathy for the gullible, because it is usually sheer laziness that causes a person to swallow and follow these pimps. The Bereans were not so. And all of us that have been born of the Spirit are called to be educated, study, prove, test. The reason the IC is so popular among people, is because most people take that wide and broad path of laziness. After all, the path is well trodden and more comfortable to walk down... And it's easier to sheer sheep and make "Son glasses" out of wool. Don't let the wool be pulled over your eyes.





















Anonymous said...

Is it fair to criticize Hagee and Beltz when what they do is attempt to bring people to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If what they do brings one person to Him then I say job well done.

Calvary Chapel True North said...

Obviously there is ample reason to be weary of this prophetic suggestion, and that is all that it is. Mark Blitz says it is a harbinger of the return of Christ which is completely wrong. But should not be too hasty to completely ignore possible signs like this either. I was very intrigued by this the first time I heard about it but later dismissed it for the same reasos that you have listed in this article. And then a few months ago I began thinking about it again and I asked myself the question, 'What has happen in 2014 of prophetic significance?' The answer, between the first and second feast days of 2014, an Islamic caliphate has been established in the middle east, with the stated goal of the destruction of Israel and total world domination. A group that has already slaughtered and beheaded hundreds of Christians, and it is likely that thousands more will be martyred by them as well. At the same time, the west has essentially turned a blind eye and basically given Iran the nuclear bomb that they fully intend to use against Israel and the west. It is quite possible that they can and will do this in the coming year, given the lack of political will to stop them. These are significant events that cannot be ingnored and they have monumental potential prophetic significance. Prophesy doesn't happen in a vacuum. God allows events like these to happen over vast periods of time and often we don't realize their prophetic significance until later.
The Magi followed a prophetic star to the bedside of the baby Jesus. Other than a few obscure references like; Num 24:17 "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel..." how would they have known that other than divine guidance and studying the signs in the heavens as the Bible suggests there will be... God told us in: Gen 1:14 "Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;" and Jesus said, Luk 21:25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; Luk 21:26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luk 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." These are in addition to the other references already listed in this post and they give us ample reason to consider signs such as the blood moons. Not to fixate on them and be unbalanced but to consider them in light of scripture and the events that we see going on around us.

Mat 16:2 ..."When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; Mat 16:3 and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times."

Dave said...

I read Hagee's book on the subject and it came across as yet another attempt to increase sensationalism (as in Dispensensationalism). Due to our own biblical and historical ignorance, we are quick to believe the hype dispensed like a sprinkler from Christian bookstores.
Teaching any other view of eschatology than premillenialism will largely ignored, treated as suspect, or even dismissed as heresy. Yet, we'll grasp onto blood moons, harbingers, and Middle-East conspiracy theories as though they were understood truths among Christians.
I appreciate your efforts to clarify the rubbish. Unfortunately, the market is much smaller for those who correct false doctrine. But some of us are benefiting!

Get your house in order said...

I don't read anyone's book, all the answers are in the Bible. I'm not going to try and justify that something significant is about to happen with the skeptics on this page. When Noah built the ark he had skeptics all around him, they would laugh and mock....just like some of the on here. All I recommend is to "get your house in order" 2015 is going to be an eye opener to say the least.....

Scottj said...

Acts 2:16--Pentecost fulfills Joel 2

Scottj said...

Here's my prediction: When nothing significant happens, Hagee will not refund the price of the book nor will he repent, nor will the minions demand it of him.

Daniel Trovato said...

No I believe they're gonna be very different from the blood moons we see today. Cause there's nothing special about them, there can be up to 5 blood moons in a decade.... nothing special. So I believe it's gonna be very different from the ones we see today cuz people wouldn't care if they see the same ones we see today. God wouldn't use it like that cuz people wouldn't be alarmed by it. So I think that the moon In revelations is gonna be different. Maybe it's gonna stay blood for a long period of time or maybe it's gonna be a verrrrry dark red But it will NOT be like the ones we see today. It would be stupid to think so

Anonymous said...

I think folks should listen more to Jonathan Cahns info on The Harbinger and his latest book the Mystery of the Schmitah. You tube. Though ive met him in person. 2015 will be a pivotal year in the US as our administration has turned its back on Israel. Our nation will suffer for this

Joe Ortiz said...

The only reason they will see a blood red moon is that they will be looking at the moon through eyes that are all blood-shot from drinking the vodka-laced, Kool-Aid being put forth by "Profit-Making" prophets. The are Lunatics! Pun intended!

Thanks Keith!

Anonymous said...

If we want the truth why not just ask for the truth. I'm sure we'll see why the first creation was light. He did after all make a blind man see.

bob said...

maybe it is or maybe it isnt...
it doesnt matter.
what matters is what will happen after you die or Christ returns.
live each second like its your last and have something good to say to God when you meet him.
1 sec 1 day or 1 blood moon away.
preach the Gospel and lead others to Christ.
that is our mandate.

Anonymous said...

I recommend that you read Daniel Mattison's web site or books on "Isreal - Handwriting on the World (and Heavens)". He uses time measurement, physics, and astronomy to look at world events and prophecy. These even correlate with the Blood Moons. See for yourself. In light of these facts, calculations, and certainly the current world events, we surely must be close to the Beginning!

Zackery Shell said...

the arguments are mostly circular reasoning that has no bearing on the truth of the subject. the bible says in Rev that it will happen so all blood moons are not the blood moons of the Rev prophecy so simple when you take out the sudointellectual drivel that the sleeping world follows so easily because they have no truth in them .

Tom E. Snyder said...

Bob said "preach the Gospel and lead others to Christ. that is our mandate." Actually, our mandate is to make disciples. The difference is the same as giving birth to a child versus raising it to maturity so it can reproduce. If you believe that Jesus will come in your lifetime I predict that you will be like the hundreds of thousands who died believing the same thing. I predict you will have your own personal rapture.

Rebecca Lehman said...

Don't be a Hater... Man, it grieves me when people go out of their way to disprove things in the body. We are the BODY... the BRIDE... we need to believe all things, hope for all things, speak all good things to one another. Sad day when the bride is so divided... There's a lot more to worry about than this stuff. Rejoice and be glad for the Kingdom of God is within us!~

Gio vanni said...

A hater? These are just intelligent observations and discussion. The number of end times predictions and their prognosticators could fill a stadium, and they have all done nothing but make Christianity look stupid. It is not. Test everything, see that these things are true. Jesus pointed out falsehood, as did all the biblical writers. Rejoice that there is a remnant of wisdom out there.

David Eppes said...

Yes, Amen! I Agree that having a good relationship with Jesus the Christ, God's Son and bringing others into this fellowship with God is what is most important to have in this life & for the next! I Pray in the mighty Name of Jesus, for America & the world to turn to Jesus/God & to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, when you welcome Him as God's Son your Messiah, you become Born Again of God's Spirit! & that after Jesus was raised from the dead, & after he went to be with His Father/God, Jesus sent to us the Holy Spirit, who will lead and guide & Teach us All Truth. Jesus is the Way the Truth & the Life. I believe we are in the Last of the Last days before Jesus returns & will take us Christians with a good relationship with Him to Heaven itself!

MikeSnow said...

Keith, you need 'share' buttons.