Blood Money (Much of What Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots)

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Much of what Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots

From the display in the background of a video at some mega Church were Pastor John Hagee[1] is talking, he is introducing his audience / followers to the idea of blood moons[2] and the fulfillment of prophecy. In conclusion at the end of the video Hagee gives validity to the supposedly ‘Jewish’ idea of blood moons by stating, “Much of what Christainity Salutes is Pagan to its Roots”. The idea of a “blood moon” a la Hagee serves as an omen of the coming of the end times apparently from the Book of Joel, where it is written:

“the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”[Joel 2:31][3]

The idea of blood moons and the fulfillment of prophecy is primarily the invention of Pastor Mark Blitz who represents another brand of Christianity which blends together Hebrew roots materials with Messianic Judaism to give a mini$try labeled as ‘El Shaddai Ministries’. The invention of Pastor Mark Blitz has been financially capitalized upon by Pastor John Hagee in the book “Four Blood Moons” and others are spreading the news too.

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Pastor John Hagee (R) presents Heart to Heart Director Jonathan Feldstein with a donation

The invention of Pastor Mark Blitz has been and still is a very lucrative contribution to the cash cow of Christian Evangelism in its various guises to convert Jews to Jesus/ Yeshua. Those evangelists benefiting from the cash cow is readily seen by virtue of missionaries/ evangelists becoming plumper and plumper as a result of living it up in Israel with various visits and re-visits to Israel as part of their ongoing enterpri$e….woops I mean loving and blessing Israel. To quote one other of the many missionary celebrities is missionary Christine Darg who sees the blood moons being a significant part of the 40 signs of the coming of Jesus:

Sign 28 — Great and fearful signs from heaven were prophesied in Luke 21:11, and also the prophesied time of the Blood Moons of the prophet Joel that we entered into in Passover 2014. These signs are God’s billboard in the skies, telling us to look up, our redemption is drawing near!

Sign 29 is that there will also be signs not only in the moon but in the sun. A solar eclipse will come in the middle of the current Blood Moon tetrad. The heavens declare the glory of God and He is going to show portents to signal the end of this age. (http://jerusalemchannel.tv/40-signs-second-coming/)

The Fly in the Ointment

The fly in the ointment or the elephant in the room is that even the New Testament actually discredits and disproves[4] missionary celebrities’ claims about blood moons. Even Christians with lesser bulging waistlines and/ or multi-million dollar budgets are not blind to the nonsense that plops out of the organs of the missionary celebrities’ agenda to love and ble$$ Israel.

The elephant in the room of course is the often glossed over principle of understanding a passage with respect to immediate context and wider context. If you are averse to immediate context and wider context and do not want facts to get in the way of what you want to believe stop reading here, otherwise:

Immediate context:

Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. .. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD…. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.  Joel 2:10, 31, 3:15

Wider context:

7 When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light. 8 All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezek 32:7,8

It’s not Rocket Science

Four Blood Moons  Something Is About to Change  John Hagee  9781617952142  Amazon.com  BooksFrom the above verses it is patently clear that any kind of blood moon and the coming messianic age and the dreadful day of the LORD is accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. Present day blood moons (lunar eclipses) are not a fulfillment of biblical prophecy because absent are the accompanying earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark etc…

Scientifically during a blood moon or lunar eclipse, the earth’s atmosphere scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet) leaving mostly longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the earth’s umbra. This is why sunsets and sunrises generally are red, and why most lunar eclipses ‘blood moons’ are red.

Mark Blitz and John Hagee use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of a ‘very rare’ ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) which began on the night of April 14-15, 2014 followed by next Blood Moon eclipse of October 7-8, 2014.  In attempt to hype things up and increase book sales thereby, Hagee and Blitz ignore that lunar eclipses are not that unusual or ‘rare’; there are in fact 39 lunar eclipses in the twentieth century that coincide with Passover or Sukkot which is approximately one-sixth (39/230) of the twentieth-century lunar eclipses.

In sum the most glaring omission of Hagee and Blitz is that the blood moons of the Jewish Scriptures, in the context of the approaching day of the Lord are accompanied by earthquakes, the sun, moon and stars becoming dark. That nothing like this has happened so far means that the blood moons (lunar eclipses) we presently experience are part and parcel of the predictable and observable pattern of the effects of natural movements of the sun, moon and the earth. Given that the eclipses of April 14-15, 2014 and October 7-8, 2014 have already passed without incident what else needs to be said?

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[1] Pastor John Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church and has a net worth of $5 million dollars. Pastor John Hagee was born in Baytown, Texas, and graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in History and Education in the mid-60s. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and then earned his Diploma in Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He lead the Trinity Church in the early to mid-70s, and then founded his own church, The Church at Castle Hills, in 1975. Since then, he has gone on to head one of the most wide-reaching and successful Christian organizations in the world. The Cornerstone Church now has 20,000 members, and he is the CEO of John Hagee Ministries, a Christian multi-media empire, the CEO of Christian Evangelism Television, and the National Chairman of Christians United for Israel.

[2] The Blood Moon Prophecy is a theory studied and taught by Christian ministers, such as John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which states that an ongoing tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of the end times. On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse. It was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad; a second one took place on October 8, 2014, (the remaining two eclipses will take place on April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015). It is one of eight tetrads during the 21st century AD. As with most eclipses, the moon appeared red during the April 15 eclipse. The red color is caused by Rayleigh scattering of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere, the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red. Hagee also connects the solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 in the middle of the sequence.

The idea of a “blood moon” serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”[4] This phrase is again mentioned by Saint Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts.[5]

[3] The phrase in Joel is again mentioned by Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2:20.

[4] Rev 6:12-13, Mat 24:29

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