AUTHOR: RIKA CHRISTENSEN APRIL 6, 2015 11:16 PM
Pastor John Hagee, well known for preaching about the End Times, has had a lot to say about the three recent blood moons, and the upcoming fourth. Blood moons are lunar eclipses that turn the mood a dark red, and aren’t exactly the rarest phenomena we have. Many “End Times” believers, however, think these blood moons have great significance to Israel.
However, in discussing the blood moons over the weekend, Hagee actually debunked his own theories about their significance. In talking about this subject, it’s important to remember that lunar eclipses are not visible worldwide; they’re only visible to parts of the world. One of the other people on the show, Christian astrophysicist Hugh Ross, was arguing with Hagee about his interpretation of these blood moons signaling something major for Israel. Ross said, according to Right Wing Watch:
“Why the attention on America, and not Israel? I mean, these blood moons are visible here, but not in Israel. Is there a reason why?
We can see them here in America, ’cause, you know, a total lunar eclipse basically is visible to about one third to one half of the earth.”
Hagee replied with:
“I don’t have an answer for why Israel can’t see it.”
Biblical events are significant to Israel, including end-times prophecy, and someone who’s as versed in this stuff as Pastor Hagee claims to be ought to know this. Yet, here he is, making a huge deal about blood moons that Israel can’t even see.
To be sure, his focus is on the fact that this is a set of four blood moons in two years, and they’re occurring on Jewish holidays, so of course they’re significant on his planet because there can’t possibly be another explanation. In fact, CBN News published an articlethat cites Hagee’s work on the significance of these blood moons, which acknowledges that single blood moons are common, but also says that four blood moons—a tetrad—like this is very rare.
Hagee and CBN News’ article point to how the blood moon tetrads always seem to coincide with something significant for Israel, like the recognition of the Israeli state in 1948, the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, and even Spain’s expulsion of Jews in 1492. Like Hagee on this show over the weekend, CBN also discuss how these eclipses always seem to find a way to happen on Jewish holidays.
However, CNN reports that, despite the historical rarity of blood moon tetrads, the 21st century will feature them fairly regularly. They also explain the coincidence with the Jewish holidays, which is that the Jewish calendar is lunar-based, unlike the Gregorian calendar that we’re all used to. Holy dates on the Jewish calendar are set precisely to the phases of the moon.
So, not only is Hagee (and others) grasping at straws here, but he can’t even back up his own argument when faced with the scientific reality that Israel can’t even see these blood moons. In short, he made a complete fool of himself.
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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. 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 ( Joel 2:10, 31, 3:15). 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?