Do the Blood Moons Really Mean Anything?

blood moonThe great interest in the rare phenomenon of a series of blood-red moons raises a couple of important questions that need to be answered.

Does the Bible teach that events in the heavens may have spiritual meaning?

The first chapter of the Bible declares that the lights in the sky will serve as “signs and seasons” (Genesis 1:14), and Revelation, the last book gives several prophecies of changes in the sun and the moon, and falling stars (asteroids) during the Tribulation (Revelation 6:12-17; 8:10-12). In between these books there are many other examples of the spiritual importance of the heavenly bodies.

The Hebrews had their own ancient understanding of the meaning of the constellations (Job 9:9; 38:31-33). This concept has been called “The Gospel in the Stars” describing the spiritual battle between good and evil, and the promised coming of a heroic virgin-born Savior who would destroy the power of the dragon.

One of the prophecies about Messiah was that He would be “a star out of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17). In the days of the Babylonian Empire, Daniel was the only one who could interpret the Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The king rewarded Daniel by making him the head of his wise men, the Magi. Hundreds of years later, descendants of those Magi recognized an unusual series of events in the sky that they interpreted to be a fulfillment of the passage in Numbers, so they went to Israel and were directed to the place where the infant Jesus was (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-10).

Another prophet, Joel, wrote:

The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.-
Joel 2:31

Jesus, teaching about the future, corroborated this prophecy:

 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. – Matthew 24:29-30 (See also Luke 21:11, 25-28)

The same prediction was mentioned by Peter (Acts 2:20). It was also described in John’s vision (Revelation 6:12-14).

However, these passages are clearly referring to a yet-future time at the end of the dreadful Tribulation Period, just before the Glorious return of Christ to the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-16).

If the current series of blood moons are not a fulfillment of that still-future day just before the Lord returns to reign, what significance do they have? John Hagee in his book, Four Blood Moons: Something Is about to Change, correctly demonstrated that there is an uncanny connection between the past occurrences of this phenomenon and major developments in the history of the Chosen People when their enemies were dedicated to their destruction. They especially point to the time-frame of 1493-1494, when Jews were being exterminated and driven out of Spain. But at the same time Columbus discovered America (1492), which would become a haven for Jewish people. They also note that this tetrad of blood-moons occurred in 1949-1950, just after Israel had become a nation (1948), and were attacked by their neighbors from all sides. The tetrad also occurred in 1967-1968, when Israel had to fight the “Six-Day War” and gained much additional property from its enemies.

This current tetrad of blood moons also comes at a time when Israel’s very existence is being threatened by Iran’s nuclear program. Iranian leaders have repeatedly expressed the desire to annihilate Israel. This particular series has an additional aspect that makes it even more significant. These eclipses all occur during the celebration of the Jewish festivals of Passover and Tabernacles. Hagee says all of this means something big is about to happen, but he wisely does not claim to know what that development will be.

 

Do we have to choose between spreading the Gospel or teaching prophecy?

In recent years it has become increasingly popular for pastors and Bible teachers to minimize the importance of prophecy. A CNN article about the Blood Moons quoted a professor at a Bible College, saying, “But instead of looking to the heavens for signs of the future, Christians should focus on the hope and promise of the gospel message and seek to reflect Christ in word and deed.”

Have they forgotten that during the major revivals of our generation, such as the Jesus People movement, the Gospel spread like wildfire, and the leaders of the movement were excited about Bible prophecy? The proper teaching of prophecy does not stifle hope, but it does stimulate evangelism.

The alternative, being chosen by too many spiritual leaders today, is to ignore prophecy, which represents more than a fourth of the Bible! The solution is not a question of “either/or” but of “both/and.”  Let us proclaim both the Gospel and Prophecy.

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12 Responses to Do the Blood Moons Really Mean Anything?

  1. Hi Ron,
    This was very enlightening; thank you. I hope you are doing well. I am reading thru the Bible and I always have questions regarding the Old Testament. You were always so good about answering my questions and I thank you for that.

  2. P.S. Mitch wants to know why the Jews are God’s chosen people?

  3. Cathleen Devraj says:

    Majority of protestants/evangelicals are anti catholic. The ‘seeds’ against us were planted years ago. Be truthfull…
    I am proud to be Catholic..
    The 1st Pope-” Thou art Peter and upon this’rock’ I will build my church & the gates of hell will not prevail against it…”

  4. tabletto says:

    http://www.kotipetripaavola.com/lastdaysgreatwarinmiddleeast.html

    Bible prophecy coming war in the Middle-East.

  5. gbob says:

    In the scripture of Peter being the rock is not true.
    It is Jesus the Christ that is refered as the Rock to not Peter

  6. Shalom Sam says:

    I am Protestant and do not see Catholics as my enemies even though we have doctrinal differences. Spiritually both of us belong to the same family of God through Christ. Our common enemy is anyone who denies the Godship of Jesus.
    Giving a historical account should not be construed as enmity. If there is any record to show that Apostle Peter was consecrated as the first pope,please present it. Being Bishop of Rome was different from being pope until the decree of 445 AD by Emperor Valentinian.

  7. Janis Davies says:

    I am a follower of Christ Jesus, and have taken the time to listen to John Hagee as well as Mark Biltz, Rabbi Jonathan Kahn and others regarding bible prophecy. My question to all of you reading this is “How on earth could you possibly ignore these biblical signs?”. I know that I know that I know …… Something big is about to change, and I believe that Christians will very, very soon leave this world….
    The very sad part is that planet earth will be plunged into utter kaos and spiritual darkness, and most people don’t have a clue what is going on around them or what is about to happen. Everyone I witness too thinks I am crazy. I, however, don’t mind a bit. God has the last laugh. Wake up people, the last train is about to leave the station!!!

  8. Ron, I love what you have to say about prophecy and the gospel going together. We are certainly living in the last days and yet in the USA, the church by and large is unwilling to discuss the real time events leading up to the Lord’s return. Just a thought, what if we see the signing of a 7 year peace deal with Isarel?? Do you most people would even be looking for it and if so do you think they might have a greater sihnce of urgency to spread the saving knowledge of God?

  9. admin says:

    Yes, Mark. We would have to consider that kind of development as a possible fulfillment. Then we would carefully need to watch what happens during those years.

  10. admin says:

    Good to hear from you Diana. The Bible never gets old does it?

  11. admin says:

    Genesis 12:3 – God’s plan was to bless all nations through the chosen people and the Messiah who would come from them. They were never told to keep the truth to themselves, but to share it with others. That’s why, on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was first given to the disciples, there were Jews gathered in Jerusalem from every nation.

  12. John Henry says:

    Bro. Ron Graff,

    I have not read John Hagee’s book, but I have thoroughly researched the Bible and some of the recent astronomical occurrences as they relate to “the feasts of the Lord” (Lev. 23), Hanukkah (Dan. 8; Haggai 2:10-22; cf. John 10:22) and Purim.

    I believe that most of the astronomical signs in the Bible will occur during the 7 year Tribulation, but concerning Acts 2:20 (cf. Joel 2:31) I would like to remind you of exactly what it says with a little context:

    Acts 2:16-21: “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in THE LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 THE >SUNMOONBEFORE< THAT GREAT AND NOTABLE DAY OF THE LORD COME: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

    The "last days" has a dual meaning, the prime being the last three of seven 1000 year days which encompass the Church Age and the Millennium (Hosea 6:2). We are now in or nearing the last 1000 year day which I believe begins with "that great and notable day of the Lord," the 7 year Tribulation. I believe Joel's prophecy began with prophesying, visions, and dreams, but it will end before the Tribulation with signs in heaven.

    Note that there will be signs in both the sun and the moon "before that great and notable day of the Lord." Other tetrads (4 total lunar eclipses in a row) were not accompanied by solar eclipses, but this tetrad is.

    I have an article I think you and your readers will enjoy at:
    http://prophecy.landmarkbiblebaptist.net/Signs/8Tetrads.html

    There is no way to know when this Church Age will end and Daniel's last week will begin, but it seems clear to me that this Tetrad which will be accompanied by a total solar eclipse on 1 Nisan (Jewish new years) just a few days before the third blood moon in 2015 is the sign spoken of in Acts 2.

    Plus there was Comet ISON which made it's closes point to the sun on Hannakka in 2013. Hanukkah speaks of the Temple and last January Israeli government officials began speaking of rebuilding the Temple and a red heifer that may be the one that will be used to cleans the priests that will do service in the future Temple was found the same month.

    Luke 21: 25, 28: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; … And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

    Maranatha,
    John Henry

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