Blood moons and prophetic confusion

Blood moons and prophetic confusion


The prophetic significance of the four lunar eclipses occurring on Jewish biblical feast days in 2014-15 has become a recent focus on the internet and even a best seller on Amazon. A few voices are suggesting that the so-called ‘blood moons’ are a portent of earth-shaking prophetic significance regarding the Jewish people.

The first of these ‘tetrads’ (a grouping of four – in this case, four lunar eclipses) kicks off on the first night of Passover next week. Here are some reflections on this subject.

How many tetrads?

Though only four specific eclipses are the main focus of these discussions, there are actually hundreds of examples of these tetrads available, and nearly all of them are passed over in silence by the advocates of the current ‘blood moon’ teaching, since 99% of these do not even come close to any major events in Jewish history.

Which major events in Jewish history are marked by ‘blood moons’?

Jewish history has seen many tragedies and victories. Haman’s potential campaign of Persian genocide, the destructions of the First and Second Temples, the defeat of the Syrian Greeks by the Maccabees, Bogdan Chmelniecki’s massacres of Ukrainian Jews, the Holocaust – these were all events of great magnitude. None had blood moon authentication or warning.

The three events currently being focused on in most of the ‘blood moons’ discussion concern –

  • the Jewish aspects of the Inquisition (beginning in 1478 in Spain, and 1536 in Portugal, and continuing until 1821-26) with emphasis on the exile of Spanish Jewry in 1492,
  • the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948,
  • the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Why these three events are chosen seems clear: they are the only major Jewish events that fall somewhat close to lunar tetrads.

Are these ‘blood moons’ really connected to any major events in Jewish history?

The lunar tetrads in question actually appeared after the events described – between ten months and sixteen years later! Therefore these ‘blood moons’ were not warnings at all but, as it were, ‘prophecies after the fact.’

The advocates of the current ‘blood moons’ teaching use special pleading in arguing why a lunar eclipse in 1949 is actually connected to 1948, or why a ‘blood moon’ in 1494 is connected to 1492, etc.

This non-professional use of Jewish history reveals a lack of precision and care, as well as a sensationalist and inaccurate ‘proof-texting’ regarding the issues of prophetic fulfilment. There is much smoke but little fire here. It indicates a grievous lack of discernment among some believers.

Mystical misunderstanding concerning the biblical Jewish calendar

The only calendar given by YHVH is what is commonly called the Jewish calendar; “YHVH spoke again to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, YHVH’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations – My appointed times are these’” (Leviticus 23:1-2).  The telling of time was based on the lunar calendar (Number 29:6), and two feasts (Passover, Trumpets) fall on the new moon while Tabernacles falls on the full moon (“Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob”; Psalm 81:3-4)

So it is not surprising that a full moon might occur on a Jewish feast day. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of lunar eclipses do not fall on Jewish feast days and have nothing to do with significant events in Jewish history. Once one inserts these facts into the discussion, there is nearly no more need for intelligent discussion on the matter.

Are these ‘blood moons’ connected with a fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy?

The prophetic passages dealing with the moon turning to blood are Isaiah 13:9-11; 24:21-23; Ezekiel 32:1-10; Joel 2:10-12, 28-32; 3:12-17; Matthew 24:29-30; Acts 2:12-21; Revelation 6:12-16. One of these is specific to a localized judgment on Egypt, but the rest of the contexts deal with the final events on Planet Earth immediately preceding the return of Messiah Yeshua.

The context in these passages involves:

  • An international time of severe judgment known as “The Day of the Lord”
  • The darkening of sun, moon and stars – a simultaneous total blackout or gray-out
  • The moon turning as red as blood
  • A full multinational anti-Jewish military invasion of Israel
  • Worldwide earthquakes of unprecedented magnitude

Next week’s miniscule pinkish-orange discoloration of the moon falls way short of the stunning biblical context described in these scriptural texts.

Is this truly a sign to Israel if the ‘blood moons’ are not visible in Israel?

According to NASA the lunar tetrads will not be visible over the skies of Jerusalem. So how then could these possibly be a sign to Israel?

One wag once said, “A specialist is someone fifty miles away from home.”

A fly in the ointment

One of the individuals associated with the ‘blood moon’ theory has had many of his teachings recorded and broadcast on public media. For some years he has denied that Yeshua ever claimed to be the Messiah; therefore the Jewish leadership of Yeshua’s day never rejected His Messiahship (he claimed). He also is on public record as stating that the Jewish people already have a covenant with God, and therefore do not need to accept the Messiah that Christians preach.

“Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink. So a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

Biblical perspectives on the moon

The Scriptures have some helpful things to say about heavenly signs and even about the moon,

“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth;’  and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).

“He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down” (Psalm 104:19).

God’s sovereign creative power and order is seen in the created heavens: “Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all the boundaries of the earth. You have made summer and winter.” (Psalm 74:16-17).

The existence and procession of the moon through the skies is a spiritual sign that the nations recognize: “They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs. You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy” (Psalm 65:8).

The phases of the moon are a nearly incredible expression of His power and glory: “He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it … How faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:9-14).

The constancy of rhythm of the moon is seen as a prophetic reflection of God’s covenant faithfulness to David and to his dynasty: “I will not take My love from him, nor will I ever betray My faithfulness. I will not violate My covenant or alter what My lips have uttered. Once for all, I have sworn by My holiness – and I will not lie to David – that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun. It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky” (Psalm 89:33-37).

The moon is not only a stopwatch marking out God’s time and His order; it is the basis of the biblical calendar and an expression of God’s majesty. It is a sign in the heavens that causes us all to wonder.

Some in the world are wondering about what the ‘blood moons’ may mean this Passover. They do not mean a fulfilment of Joel, nor do they specifically portend powerful eschatological events concerning the Jewish people. About those the Bible already has a huge amount to say.

Finger-pointing and prophecy

An ancient Chinese sage once spoke a parable concerning the dynamics of apprehending truth. He noted that when someone points at an object with his finger, people tend to focus on the finger before they focus on the object in question. Some even develop an obsessive focus on the finger and do not benefit from learning what the finger itself is pointing at.

In the same way, unbalanced emphasis on the ‘blood moon’ teaching could end up skewing important biblical focuses – for instance, the amazing process of restoration of Israel to their Promised Land and their Messiah; the rising violent opposition  of the nations to the Jewish people, their restoration and their God; the final harvest of the nations; the coming judgment of God and the return of David’s Greater Son the King of the Jews.

As we enter into the Passover season, let any fears we may have about cataclysmic blood moons subside, and let us wait on God for Him to reveal His mighty hand and outstretched forearm – even as did Moses and the Sons of Israel on the shores of the Red Sea.

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5 Comments to Blood moons and prophetic confusion

  1. On New Years Day, January 1, 2012, God showed me in a dream riders on horses coming down from a dark sky on an invisible road headed towards me. Two of them appeared to fall off their horses into the darkness below. Where they landed the sky lit up like a bright red flare against the darkness. I asked God for a scriptural reference for this. The word “Joel” suddenly dropped into my mind. So I looked up Joel in the Bible and landed immediately on Joel Chapter 2 where it talks about “the Day of the Lord,” a blood red moon and riders on horses, etc. followed by a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God was telling me through this that we are living in “the days of Joel.” God also confirmed that we are living in the “days of Joel” to Dr. Mike Evans, Jerusalem Prayer Team in 2013, as well as, to two other Christians I found who had posted their comments independently on the internet.

  2. Percy

    Since the Blood moon will not be seen in Israel but in other parts of the world, then perhaps it might be a sign to those countries that will see the lunar eclipse that they will begin to experience greater judgment from God. We can already experience the birth pangs happening around us, rise in disastrous weather patterns around the world, earthquakes, volcanoes, incurable diseases, political instability, increased persecution of Israel, etc. The coming of our Lord Jesus is so near so let us be prepared for catastrophic changes and events to happen not clutching at every straw and claiming it as a sign nor discounting any sign but let us just be patient and prepared for what is coming upon this earth, but always looking forward to our glorious hope, the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with great joy, expectancy and love.

  3. One does not need to buy the whole Hagee book, to greatly appreciate the prophetic reality here, when one looks at the whole Apocalyptic structure here, from the Wise Men who followed the Star sent by God, (Matt. 2: 2-3)…and note, “all Jerusalem with him.” Meaning of course Herod the Great, who was simply afraid! And surely we should read the Gospel of Matthew, chap. 24 / Mark. chap. 13 / with Luke chap. 21: 25-28. And yes, noting Acts 2: 16-21, of course Joel’s great prophecy! Noting especially verses 19-20! And then connect surely Rev. 1: 7! All of these verses are about that great and prophetic day, the Day of the Lord! A most sure and certain reality for both Christians and Jews! Indeed the “signs” are all around us, as our Lord said, and even more so approaching in this Eschatological Hour & End! Matthew 25: 1-13, that Parable of the Ten Virgins, and that “midnight cry”, has been sounding about now for many years, are we “wise” or “foolish”, “Virgins”?

    Come Lord Jesus!


  5. Charles

    Thank you for this very insightful presentation. I have the utmost respect pastor Hegee, but there seems to be some wishful thinking on his part in regards to the blood moon theory. Hopefully he will recant his support for what plainly appears to be a misunderstood phenomena. And once again Ken Ham steps in and puts light on the truth of the issue. May G_d bless them both.

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