BLOOD MOON HYSTERIA

Posted: March 13, 2014 in HOT TOPICS, Uncategorized
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“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” Matthew 24:7-8

On October 22, 1844, over 100,000 dedicated Christians gathered themselves together on hillsides and meadows throughout the small countryside in upstate New York as they waited patiently, almost busting with excitement and wonder as this large crowd of faithful followers of William Miller prepared themselves for the end of the word – but it never came.

As the hours passed, a heavy cloud of despair came over many as people soon began to question why they were still occupying mother earth. These faithful followers were waiting and still, hours after the supposedly “big event” was to take place, they were still waiting. What went wrong? Did they not have enough faith? Was it not the right time? Or worse – were they wrong?

By midnight, as the clock chimed 12, it was obvious that to those who remained behind for some glimmer of hope, that Christ, the son of man, was in fact not returning. At least, not in their generation. Their hopes dashed, the dwindling crowd trickled away, many to places unknown, others to their homes if they had them as a great majority sold their entire possessions and earthly gain just before the end of all things. As one noted in his memoir, “Our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted, and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before…. We wept, and wept, till the day dawned”. Thus was described what has been called The Great Disappointment of 1844.

Since the days of William Miller, religious men have constantly devised ways of predicting the end of the age. Miller, Jones, Koresh, Camping, all throughout the centuries, those who used religion to manipulate people into believing Christ was near often times used ancient prophecies and signs and wonders to convince the masses the “end” was near. And in every case, they were proved wrong.

When Edgar Whisenant published his book 88 Reasons why the Rapture will be in 1988, it sold an estimated 4.5 million copies, and by doing so, a new formula for Christian marketing was born. The only other book dealing with prophecy and the last days which saw more books sold and continues to see such sales is Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth which was released in 1970.

Since then, many books dealing with prophecy and the end times have flooded the marketplace and by all accounts (unless the rapture occurs) looks to continue on the path to riches. Now we are seeing a new interest being born and it has to do with the moon, to be more precise – blood moons.

Christian “end time” fads seem to have a point in time that consists of the following: Birth, Acceptance, Scripture Support, Belief and Following. In almost every case where the body of Christ in America joined the band wagon on something pertaining to the second coming of Christ, they all seem to have this particular formula or lifespan. And the result is always the same – disappointment.

I recall in 1999 how our very nation was occupied with Y2K. It seemed like people who would have never believed such media driven hype would have seen thru this hysteria, but yet millions were on edge waiting for the final countdown into the millennium, only to find out the next day that nothing happened. The world kept spinning, computers continued to run and life as we know it never stopped. Yet the church is once again beginning to get wrapped up in yet another fad propagated by two men, Mark Biltz and Pastor John Hagee.

The basis for this end time event is called the BLOOD MOON PROPHECY. The concept or “theory” is based on a prophecy by the prophet Joel, found in Joel 2:31 that says:”The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”

It was Biltz who stumbled upon a equation from NASA’s planetary lunar models, he compiled a list of all lunar and solar eclipses dating from 2000 BC to 3000 AD.  Using the NASA site, Biltz saw that there were a number of solar and lunar eclipses in the future. The ones he focused in on were the lunar tetrads. This means a series of four lunar eclipses within a space of about two years. Biltz then compared the dates of these tetrads against the Jewish calendar.  He discovered that many of these tetrads–as well as other solar eclipses–fall on Jewish feast days. Thus, the birth of a fad was conceived – the blood moon prophecy.

But is this scriptural? It must be understood by all that all prophecies (and the blood moon theory is not a prophecy but mere speculation) must align themselves up with the word of God, there can be no exceptions. But is there proof of a blood moon event in the past to justify such belief in a Blood Moon event in our future? Well, if we look closely enough to the facts presented, there is no significant amount of evidence to support Mr. Biltz’s assertion that says when these Blood Moons occur major events relating to Israel and the second coming are going to occur. Actually, what is interesting to note is that through NASA’s own findings there are actually two other (Blood Moons) that fell on Jewish holidays that Biltz nor Hagee bothered in mentioning in the past where nothing occurred.

Some point to the dates of the 1949 -1950 (Blood Moons), again, these events did not occur until over a year later, and didn’t fall on any of the dates of Israel’s victories, or on the day that the U.N. recognized them as a state, or any other significant date.The fact is, men who should know better have formulated a theory and are passing it off as prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled.

While the word of God is very clear that immediately after the tribulation, the sun and moon and stars will go dark, no where do we see ever mentioned by the Lord or his prophets that a series of four blood moons will usher in anything significantly related to end time prophecy, it is all conjecture and speculation at its worst.

Matthew 24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” Again, we go by the word, and the word is clear that after, not before that day of the tribulation, shall the sun or the moon go dark.

Jesus gave us clear signs to look for, from wars to famine to deception and earthquakes, these were not signs of the second coming, but signs we have entered into the end of days, the last days of humanity – the days of sorrow. What I fear is coming within many is a fear of speculated ideas taught by a few men who have something else in mind than Biblical truth – profit.

It’s a well known fact that end time prophecy is big business, it’s a cash cow and sadly, many I fear are buying (literally) into it without understanding what is truly happening to them, a deception to rob them of their money.

I believe in prophecy, but if an idea does not line up with the word when tested against scripture, then it is to be rejected, regardless whether or not the person behind the idea has good motives or not, the word of God takes precedent over opinions, ideas and beliefs – even prophecy. But again, to be clear, the blood moon concept is not a genuine prophetic word, it is two men’s opinion based on one man’s flawed interpretation of science to formulate an idea to capture the heart of the people to something other than Christ and the cross. The word of God, if read for oneself, has much to say about the last days and the events which are to unfold toward the end of this age, and that’s enough for me to trust in, not chasing after blood moons.

Christopher

Comments
  1. Streim says:

    Very interesting… I have heard of these 4 moons on Jewish holidays this year; but not by the two men you spoke. And the one organization is valid and isn’t making nor intended to make them any big bucks.
    I really don’t think (my opinion) there is a hysteria brewing over this….
    I found it interesting… but you so aptly stated “The Word of Truth” is the only standard by which we “blood bought adopted children of God” should determine truth from error in these times.
    Stephanie

    • Trenidy says:

      Yeah this isn’t a sign of the end. I read about this guy he’s milking people for their money trying to scare them. Sad very sad day if you ask me.

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  3. Jane says:

    True, very true.

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