It’s just plain lunacy… the blood moon triads!
"And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth." Acts 17:11
A snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is himself or herself are deluded by their own quackery. These were the sellers of medicinal remedies out on the prairie. They would go from town to town in their wagons, and they would sell their bottles of medicine, which sometimes were called tonics or elixirs. These bottles of medicine had no helpful value to them. The practices of these sideshow charlatans mysteriously live on today and the sad fact is that these same tactics travel under the banner of Christianity as well.
Circulating within Christian churches today is a fallacious theological term known as “The Four Blood Moons” or more commonly known as the blood moon triads. Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries in the Tacoma, Washington area and John Hagee Pastor of Cornerstone Church (one of the Word of Faith proponents) with his ministry on 50 radio stations, seen on 160 Television stations in America, in nearly 100 million homes. He has authored over 20 books; some of which have become a best seller in America (on the New York Times Best Seller list). “Jerusalem Countdown” sold 1.4 million copies. In one of John Hagee’s books entitled: “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change” Hagee lays out what he calls celestial signals. He describes how a series of blood moons starting on Monday April 14, 2014 also during 2015 will have great significance for the nation of Israel. "A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon," Hagee explained. " This total lunar eclipse set to sweep the skies and turn the moon blood-red just before midnight has got some Christians fearing for the end of days.
In each of these blood moons, you have something that begins in tragedy and ends in triumph," Hagee explains in his book. “In 1492, Spain expelled the Jews. Columbus also discovered America, which became a safe haven for the Jewish people. For instance, in 1948, Israel was reborn as a nation. After 2,000 years, God supernaturally brought them from 66 nations and a nation was born in a day, In 1967, Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem.” Hagee noted.
The coppery moon will be the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 as well as the opening act in a lunar tetrad of four total lunar eclipses in series. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon align, causing the Earth's shadow to fall on the moon, darkening it. The crimson color the moon takes on during an eclipse comes about because of the refraction of sunlight through the Earth's atmosphere. This, incidentally, is the very same effect that causes sunsets to appear red. The eclipse will begin at 21:20 GMT according to Sky and Telescope magazine. The other three eclipses in the "tetrad" will be in October, April 2015 and September 2015. Griffith Observatory will stream the event live.
Previously there have actually been two other blood moon tetrad events that fell on Jewish holidays found in the NASA computers with no significant events. Mark Blitz and John Hagee don’t like to say much about those because even according to them, nothing significant happened on those two occasions.
Both Mark Biltz and John Hagee point to these rare appearance of four blood moons on these feast days has coincided with major events for Israel and the Jewish people. The 14th April 2014 Jewish Passover and 8th October 2014 Sukkot Lunar Eclipses take place on the same exact dates as in the 70 AD Jewish Passover & Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles lunar eclipses which occurred when the Roman Army destroyed the 2nd Jewish Temple & Masada Military Fortress effectively ending over 1,000 years of Jewish rule in the Nation of Israel!
The Jewish calendar runs on a lunar cycle, and they base their feast days upon the phases of the moon. Logic would dictate that because of this fact alone, lunar eclipses will fall on Jewish feast days with some regularity. Lunar eclipses are so common on these particular Jewish holidays that it’s occurred 37 times just in the 20th century.
So, how does the blood moon theory bear up against biblical scrutiny and common sense? John Hagee cites Joel 2:31 as evidence, which says: “And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.”
Here are some more verses Pastor Hagee cites in his book “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change” These verses clearly show that something other than a lunar eclipse is happening in the heavens to produce the blood moon.
John Hagee cites Acts 2:19-20 “And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below -- blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn blood red, before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.” This passage says there will be a blood moon before the day that the Lord comes. Since it says that the sun will be darkened, we know the blood moon referred to can’t be caused by an eclipse, because it is physically impossible for a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse to occur simultaneously. However, a large fiery comet impact that puts dust in the atmosphere is indicated as being the cause of both the darkened sun and the moon being reddened, since “fire” and “smoke” is mentioned.
John Hagee cites Revelation 6:12-14 “I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind. The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.”
Here again is the same description as the passage in Acts of a comet impact that would put vast amounts of dust into the atmosphere where the moon would become as blood and the sun would become darkened or black. These verses contain several clues that a comet impact is being described. Verse 13 says the “stars (comets) of heaven will fall to the earth.” A comet hitting the earth would also cause a huge earthquake described here as a “great earthquake.” A comet impacting the ground would also cause the atmosphere to roll back just as it does in nuclear explosions, and indeed we are told that the “heaven (atmosphere) departed as a scroll when it is rolled together.” We also know that the “great earthquake” referred to in verse 12 was caused by a comet impact because only cosmic impacts can generate earthquakes large enough to move “every mountain and island.” (Nuclear bombs and faults in the Earth cannot produce earthquakes over 10 on the Richter scale, but cosmic impacts can produce earthquakes over 12 or 14 on the Richter scale.)
John Hagee cites 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...” This verse is describing a similar cosmic event as it tells us the sun will be darkened and that stars or comets of heaven shall fall. Although the moon is described here as darkened instead of reddened, depending on where one is on the Earth the moon as the sun can appear to be darkened by all the dust thrown up into the atmosphere by the comet impacts. We seem to be given some indication of comets coming into the solar system and gravitationally disturbing the moon and the inner planets when we are told that the “powers (the objects) of the heavens will be shaken.”
When examining Joel 2:30-31 in the King James Version, “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 terrible day of the Lord come.” Joel 2:30-31 says the same things that Acts 2:19-20 (as seen above). Instead of the term “vapours of smoke”, the term “pillars of smoke” is used in the large impacts from big bombs or cosmic impacts raise pillars or columns of smoke, which can also be called mushroom clouds. This supports the interpretation that comet impact is being described not lunar eclipse.
In Joel 2:10 “The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining...” Here we see that the sun the moon and the stars are all darkened indicating that comet impacts put vast amounts of dust into the atmosphere. The descriptions that “the earth shall quake” and “the heavens shall tremble” once again speaks of comets entering the inner solar system and striking the Earth and causing earthquakes, as it has been explained in the comments for Matthew 24:29 above.
Clearly, the scriptures that Pastor Hagee says refer to red moons are not the result of lunar eclipses. Instead, these verses describe cosmic phenomena that tell of the moon turning red or being darkened because of comets falling and putting so much dust into the atmosphere that even the sun will be darkened. These verses tell of impact events that are to take place in the last stages of the Tribulation Period as described in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Trumpet, and the Seventh Vial of the Book of Revelation, also as seen Isaiah 13:5-13 and Isaiah 34:4. Prior to these blood moons occurring Global Governance with The Mark of the Beast would have been in place, Antichrist would already be ruling the world and the Nation of Israel would have their Temple in place, as spoken by the prophet Daniel (Dan 7:8; 21), the prophet Zechariah (Zech 11:17) and the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos (Rev 13:2-3)
In closing, the four blood red moons caused by solar eclipse that are to occur in April 2014 and 2015 do not constitute signs of important prophetic events when fully examined by holy scripture. Those who teach such lunacy are in danger of God’s judgment themselves, Revelation 22:18-19 states: “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”