Two fellas, after having had apple cider that had been allowed to sit a little too long, were walking back home. One said, “What a beautiful night. Just look at that moon.” The other countered, “That’s not the moon. That’s the sun.” So began a spirited (pardon the pun) debate with neither fella giving in. Finally they came upon a woman, of undetermined hair colour, and asked her, “Lady, could you please settle an argument by telling us what that big shinning thing is up in the sky – the moon or the sun?” The young gal looked up and said, “Sorry, I can’t help you. I don’t live around here.”
Today, I am not writing about one moon but about four moons, and in particular, blood moons. Let me explain.
A blood moon occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, and the sun shining through the earth’s atmosphere casts up the moon a red shadow, which in colour resembles that of blood. Now, single blood moons happen on a fairly regular basis, however, four blood moons occurring within a relatively short period of time, two years, are much more unusual (there have been just 66 of them over the last 2,000 years). But far rarer is when the four blood moons take place at the same time as the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles (these have happened simultaneously just 8 times over the last 2,000 years). And why is this news? Because we are currently in the eighth Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feast occurrence and some say this has a very major prophetic significance.
It all began in 2008 with a little-known prophecy teacher who was looking at a photo of the city of Jerusalem, over which someone had super-imposed a blood moon. He got to thinking about the association in the Bible between the blood moon and the end times.
Joel 2:30,31 – And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
Acts 2:19,20 – And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.
Revelation 6:12,13 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
So, the little-known prophecy teacher began to do some astronomical research on his own to see if there was any connection between blood moons and Jewish feasts. It was then, he says, that he discovered the great prophetic significance of when the two occur at the same time there is also a profound historical event for the Jews.
Columbus – He found that when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World (1492) and gave the Jews a place to flee from the Spanish Inquisition, it was at the same time as one of those rare Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts occurrences.
(Well, maybe that was just a coincidence. When was the next one? Not for 496 years.)
Canaan – He found that when the Jewish people, after two thousand years in exile, finally had their promised land back by vote of the United Nations (1948), it was also at the same time as one of those rare Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts occurrences.
(Well, maybe this was just a coincidence, too. When was the next one? In just 19 years.)
City – He found that when Israel came back from what seemed like certain defeat at the hands of the surrounding Arab nations to capture the entire city of Jerusalem (1967), it was as well at the same time as one of those rare Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts occurrences.
(Well, one or two may be a coincidence, but certainly not three. When will the next one be? It is now).
Current – We are presently in a rare Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts time. The first blood moon was on Passover (April 15, 2014) and the next three will be: Tabernacle (October 8, 2014), Passover (April 4, 2015) and Tabernacle (September 28, 2015).
(After three rare Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts occurring over the last 66 years, the next will not happen for another three centuries, in the year 2314).
So, the little-known prophecy teacher said that if such major events concerning the Jewish people (Columbus, Canaan, City) happened in the three previous Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feast occurrences, surely this coming Lunar Tetrad/Jewish Feasts occurrence will be no different. And so he stated back in the year 2008 that he believed the next event will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in 2014-2015.
Now, very few would have ever heard of this had not well-known prophecy teacher become aware of this little-known prophecy teacher’s research. And so this well-known prophecy teacher wrote a book about it and began to promote it through his worldwide radio and television ministry. The volume is entitled, The Four Blood Moons and subtitled, Something Is About To Change. Here is the back cover synopsis:
“It is rare that Scripture, science, and history align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the “signs” that God refers to in His Word? If they are, what do they mean? What is their prophetic significance? In this riveting book, the New York Times best-selling religious author explores the supernatural connection of certain celestial events to biblical prophecy – and to the future of God’s chosen people and to the nations of the world. Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?”
Appearing on CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) to promote the book, the well-known prophecy figure stated, “I believe in the next two years, we are going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the entire course of the Middle East and impact the whole world” (though he stops short of saying it will be the coming of the Lord and talks more of it being Iran and the nuclear threat).
Before I give my opinion, let me first say that God does use heavenly bodies to speak to the world. The Bible says in Genesis (1:14) that He made the sun, moon, and stars for signs and seasons. And Scripture tells in Joshua (10:12-13) of the sun standing still and in Matthew (2:1-10) of the star guiding from above. And certainly Jesus did talk of looking up to the heavens for signs regarding His arrival back to this earth. But as fascinating as all of this is, as biblicists, we must ask the question – is it scriptural? And the majority of conservative Bible teachers believe there are some real weaknesses with the prophetic scenario.
● Colour Factor – A lunar eclipse doesn’t always mean a blood moon. It all depends on atmospheric conditions at the time. Lunar eclipses have been other colours (such as yellow or orange). So it can’t be guaranteed that all four moons will be blood red in colour as the Bible states the moon must be to met the prophetic criteria (…the moon shall be turned to blood…)
● Calendar Factor – There have been eight lunar tetrad/biblical festivals in the 2,000 years since Christ walked upon this earth:
The first four (162-163, 795-796, 842-843, 860-861) have no connection with Jewish history at all. The next two happened after the significant Jewish event, not before (1493-1494 post 1492) and (1949-1950 post 1948). In the biblical prophetic scenario, the blood moon comes before the significant event, not after. Plus, there are no lunar tetrads for other major times in Jewish history, like the early destruction of the temple and the later devastating Holocaust.
● Cosmos Factor – The National Geographic magazine states that none of the four 2014-2015 blood moons will be viewable in Israel or for that matter in the entire Middle East. Which raises the question – if such an event has so much prophetic significance for the Jews, wouldn’t it, above all, be viewable in Jerusalem?
● Celestial Factor – The Bible does say that at the end, the sun will be turned black and the moon will be turned red. And yes, in this current 2014-2015 lunar tetrad/biblical feast time, there will also be two complete solar eclipses of the sun. However, Scripture also states that at the same time the stars will go dark and fall from heaven. This star phenomena is left out of the teaching and you can’t biblically take the part of the verse that fits into your theory and just ignore the rest.
● Chronological Factor – It is agreed that just before Jesus comes back there will be signs in the sky of which people should look up at and take note. However, these occur at the very end of the seven-year tribulation period, not just before the rapture. And therefore any prophetic talk of darkened suns and blooded moons should be limited to that future time and not in our present era. To do otherwise, is to take verses out of their clearly laid-out prophetic timetable sequence.
● Comprehend Factor – Yes, the Bible says in Genesis 1:14 that God made the heavenly bodies for signs and seasons. But Jesus also said in Acts 1:7 that it was not for us to know the times or the seasons of His coming. Therefore to say that we have it all figured out is to go directly against the command of not doing such a thing.
Back in my teen years, there was a popular band known as Credence Clearwater Revival. And they had a end-time judgment song called, Bad Moon Rising.
“I see the bad moon rising, I see trouble on the way, I see earthquakes and lightning, I see bad times on the way … I hear hurricanes a blowin’, I know the end is coming soon. I fear rivers over flowing, I hear the voice of rage and ruin … Hope you got your things together, hope your are quite prepared to die, looks like we’re in for nasty weather, one eye is taken for an eye … Don’t go out tonight, it’s bound to take your life, there’s a bad moon on the rise.”
I fear a bad moon rising – not on the world, but on the church. For this prophecy of a four blood moon/earth shattering event, has been put out there for all the world to record. And if it doesn’t happen (and what prophetic prediction by man has) the lost will have yet another reason to laugh at us and ignore our message.
The bottom line? These two prophecy teachers are fine men with good ministries. And I enjoy their prophetic research. However, when it comes to the end times and the Lord’s coming, the Bible says we are not to be on the planning committee but on the reception committee.