Blood Moon? No Big Deal!
In a past eNews article we wrote a piece regarding the timing of the Rapture and the Second Coming.
Even though I said several times why the information was not date-setting, I was inundated with requests to get behind the latest prophecy prediction called the "Blood Moons" theory.
It's supposed to be a direct sign from the Lord regarding the timing of the Rapture and/or the Second Coming. But it's a false prophecy that has no Biblical merit.
Every few years some well-meaning Christian pops up with the latest Bible "proof" that the world will end, or Rapture will happen, on a certain date. Of course, the date comes and goes, and nothing happens.
These date-setters do great harm to the Body of Christ and are poor witnesses to the world about what Christianity is really about. And they ultimately look like fools while giving great fodder to the enemy.
William Miller, a Baptist pastor, predicted that Jesus would return in 1844. Nothing happened. But his followers today are known as the Seventh Day Adventists.
Charles Russell predicted the end of the world in 1914. Nothing happened, but his followers today are known as Jehovah's Witnesses.
More recently, in the 1970s, Southwest Radio Church published an article on the "Jupiter Effect." They claimed that a certain, once-in-eternity planet alignment would cause increased gravity, causing the earth to be pummeled with earthquakes, storms and other catastrophes, subsequently ushering in the Tribulation. And nothing happened.
Also in the 1970s, Joseph Calhoon from California caught a lot of media attention because he had studied the Egyptian Pyramids extensively and concluded that the inside passages were a timeline sign from God and that the Lord would return in 1979. And nothing happened.
In the 1980s the book "88 Reasons Jesus Will Return in 1988" was released, written by Edgar Whisenant.
He was so convinced he was 100% correct that he said on national television, "If the Lord doesn't return in 1988, the Bible is wrong."
Whisenant died in 2001.
Then we had Y2K. The year 2000 was going to crash all the computers and set in motion the end of civilization. I spent an entire year of my life running around behind some very prominent Christian speakers explaining from scripture why Y2K was nothing to fear. And, as before, nothing happened.
Then there was Harold Camping, a radio host who first predicted Jesus would return in 1994, then changed it to May of 2011, and finally changed it to October of 2011. And nothing happened. Camping did learn great truths this past December when he passed away (as we all will).
That brings us to the latest scripture-light theory called The Blood Moons.
Mark Biltz, a pastor in Washington State, first began pushing this bunk to unsuspecting Believers a few ago.
Biltz is apparently not a dispensationalist and thus horribly misapplies several Old Testament scriptures to make his theory plausible.
John Hagee, who has a couple of doctrinal challenges of his own, has taken up the Blood Moons banner with a best-selling book on the subject, "Four Blood Moons."
Because of Hagee's well-known name and media reach, the Blood Moons theory unfortunately has now made inroads into some mainstream Christian circles. And of course the Internet is awash in pro-Blood Moons hysteria.
Biltz's date-setting theory is based on Joel 2:31.
Biltz takes Joel 2:31 to be referring to solar and lunar eclipses. When he compared previous eclipses on NASA's website (it lists all the lunar eclipses from 2000 BC to 3000 AD), he honed in on the lunar tetrads, a rare series of four lunar eclipses in a roughly two-year time period.
Biltz noticed that some of these tetrads fell on past Jewish Feast days and also around the time of some significant Jewish historical events.
Biltz then noted that the tetrad appearing in 1493-94 was connected to the time of the great persecution of Jews in the Spanish Inquisition between 1478 and 1534.
He believed the tetrad appearing in 1949-1950 was tied to Israel's rebirth as a nation in 1948.
And finally he concluded that the tetrad appearing in 1967-1968 was tied to Israel's recapturing Jerusalem's Old City and Temple Mount in 1967.
From those past events, Biltz further concluded that the future tetrad of 2014-2015 will herald in major Biblical events fulfilling Joel 2:31.
Of course, there are many problems with that wild conclusion and it's not happening.
"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
"Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:25-28
And for the Joel 2:31 verse to be examined in context, a few verses earlier it says:
And Ezekiel adds:
Granted, if "the stars will fall from the sky," that would be SOME sign! But that's not happening before the Rapture.
The tetrads that DID match up (Inquisition, Jewish Independence and recovering control of the Old City of Jerusalem) actually happened months or years after the events. So not much of a warning there!
Should we expect God to be in the business of "loosely predicting" the future? When you consider God gave Israel the EXACT DAY the Messiah would come into Jerusalem, in writing, 173,880 days prior, this Blood Moon theory seems pretty lame.
Jewish feast days are already set up to be on days of, or following, full moons. So it would not be uncommon for a tetrad to land on a Jewish Feast day.
When the Two Witnesses described in Revelation 11 show up in the future, they will be able to call fire down from the sky, stop the rain, etc. There will be no doubt about who they are or why they're here.
When the Rapture happens, there will be no doubt that the end of the Church Age has come. People will be affected worldwide. More than likely the earth's magnetic polar fields will be altered, causing electricity to stop worldwide for at least a few days. (I wrote a short story about this; read it HERE.)
There ARE a lot of prophetic signs being fulfilled in our lifetime. But there's no Biblical basis for tying the Blood Moons into predicting the return of Jesus—they mean zilch!
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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