Recently, I had an entire Sunday School class ask me with such alarm about the 4 Blood Moons and what they mean. There was real worry in their questions. I was vaguely aware of this idea of the 4 Blood Moons, but I had very little idea what it really was about. Since, I have read the two major works on the Blood Moon theory, which are: Blood Moons Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs by Mark Biltz and Four Blood Moons Something is About to Change by John Hagee. Let me say from the outset, the blood moon theory is utter rubbish built from a NASA website and absolutely not from God’s Word.
The Blood Moon Theory
Mark Biltz, created this theory, working with a NASA website that posts the calendar dates of all solar and lunar eclipses. Here is that website that I think is a cool site, when not applied to Biblical Prophecy.
He took notice of what is called a “tetrad.” A “tetrad” is a series of 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses, which he believes to be very significant especially when the these lunar eclipses occur on the feast days of the Jewish Calendar like the feast of Passover, feast of Booths, etc. According to his book, there have been 62 tetrads over the last 2000 years. Of these 62 tetrads, 8 have occurred on consecutive Jewish holy days. (Chapter 6 Blood Moons) Biltz then took these 8 tetrads that occurred on the Jewish holy days as a prophetic sign and signal from God for a major world event, involving the Jewish people.
These tetrads that occurred on consecutive Jewish feast days occurred in the following years:
Tetrad 1 – 162-63 CE
Tetrad 2 – 795-96 CE
Tetrad 3 – 842-43 CE
Tetrad 4 – 860-61 CE
Tetrad 5 – 1428-29 CE
Tetrad 6 – 1493-1494 CE
Tetrad 7- 1949-1950 CE
Tetrad 8 – 1967-1968 CE
Now, we are currently in the middle of a ninth tetrad, that falls on Jewish holy days that began in 2014 and will be completed this month of this year. The Blood Moon Theory sees this current tetrad as a sign from God that something big is going to happen. Biltz and Hagee have not specifically said this will be the return of Jesus, but other Blood Moon theorist have. Biltz and Hagee just argued for something BIG.
They look at bible passages that discuss celestial events of signs of God’s action.
Joel 2:30 I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe-inspiring Day of the Lord comes. (HCSB)
Acts 2:19-20 in which Peter paraphrases the above passage from Joel.
Luke 21:25 “Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves…28 But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!” (HCSB)
Revelation 6:12 Then I saw Him open[r] the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon[s] became like blood (HCSB)
Genesis 1:14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for festivals[e] and for days and years. (HCSB)
They take these verses to mean that God uses celestial events to signal big events. (Chapter 2 Blood Moons and Chapter 1 Four Blood Moons) Then they go back to the 8 tetrads that have occurred, and they look for major events.
Biltz connects these tetrads with these world events:
842-43 – In 843, the Treaty of Verdun that divided the Carolingian Empire that adversely affected all Jews according to Biltz.
1428-1429 – In 1428, an assembly of Jews gather funds to give to Pope Martin V for protection.
1493-1494 – In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and the Jews were expelled from Spain.
1949-1950 – In 1948, Israel was recognized as a nation again.
1967-1968 – In 1967, Israel recaptured Israel. (Chapter 6 of Blood Moons)
Hagee mentions 3 of these past tetrads in his book: 1493-94, 1949-1950, and 1967-68. He connects them to the same events as Biltz. (Chapter 13, 14, and 15 of Four Blood Moons)
Their theory now goes as follows. We have verses that state God uses celestial events to be to us as signs. These big evens such as the expulsion of Jews in Spain and the recapturing of Jerusalem occurred closely to this Blood Moon phenomenon. Thus the Four Blood Moon cycle in which we are currently in must mean something big will happen.
This Evidence Falls Completely Apart
Let’s begin with their supposed scriptural support.
The Joel prophecy, quoted by Peter in Acts, the Luke passage, and the Revelation passage are ALL, every single one of them, signs for Day of the Lord which in Christianity we call the Second Coming of Jesus where judgment will occur and time will end.
They are not. They are not. They are not in any way, shape or form, a sign that Columbus was going to discover a new world or that Israel would be made a nation again. Blitz, Hagee, and others are using these verses way out of context.
The moon turning to blood mentioned by these passages are for Christ’s Return only. The fact that Christ did not return for these past 8 tetrads prove beyond doubt that these tetrads have absolutely zero connection to these biblical passages what so ever.
The Genesis 1:14 verse is not referencing the stars or the moon as some sort of prophetic device. Genesis 1:14 is stating that the stars and moons are scientific signs to mark the day, times, and year. They mark the changing of the seasons. They mark when the Jewish Feast Days will be. Genesis 1:14 is about creating a scientific calendar to aid in worship and farming. It is not prophetic signs at all.
Also, the celestial events that Hagee and Biltz mention as evidence to support their theory, are not only clear references to the Second Coming alone and nothing else, they are also clearly supernatural events not a regular lunar eclipse, which the biblical writers would be familiar.
When God works with the celestial realm, supernatural events occur. He stops the sun from moving Joshua 10. He blacks out the sun for three hours during the crucifixion recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. When God uses the sky, it is not for a typical event. It is for a miraculous one. Even Biltz admits the darkness at the crucifixion could not have been a solar eclipse. (Chapter 2 of Blood Moons)
Joel 2 mentions blood, fire, columns of smoke, visions, prophets prophesying, abundant harvest, restorations of God’s people, an outpouring of the Spirit, among many others…you cannot read Joel 2 and think simple lunar eclipse.
In Luke 21, Hagee was careful to quote only verse 25 and 28. He skips verse 26 that mentions the whole celestial powers will be shaken, which clearly mean more than just a simple lunar eclipse. He skips verse 27 that states you will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds, both of which have not occurred with any previous tetrad proving that this passage is NOT about any simple tetrad. Also, politicians, scientists, and people can’t agree on global warming, so I don’t think we have the nations bewildered by the roaring waves mentioned in verse 25.
Revelation 6 also mentions earthquakes and stars falling from the heavens. That is not a natural lunar eclipse. These passages are clearly discussing the supernatural events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ not a simple natural lunar eclipse that happens 2.4 times a year.
Let’s see what the bible really says about reading the stars and the moon.
Isaiah 47:13 You are worn out with your many consultations. So let them stand and save you— the astrologers, who observe the stars, who predict monthly what will happen to you. 14 Look, they are like stubble; fire burns them up. They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. This is not a coal for warming themselves, or a fire to sit beside!
Those who make prediction using the stars are like stubble. They cannot deliver.
Hagee is quick to point out that what he is doing is not Astrology it is Astronomy. He argues that Astrology is the worship of stars. Astronomy is the study of the stars. (Chapter 1 of Four Blood Moons)
But nowhere in Isaiah 47 does it condemn astrologers for worshiping the stars. They are condemned for making predictions from the stars, which is exactly what the Blood Moon Theory does.
Let’s look at their supposed scientific evidence.
First, important fact to note, which in fairness, both Biltz and Hagee do state. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. The Jewish Feast days are scheduled on the full moon, so every full moon lunar eclipse that occurs during a month with a Jewish holiday will occur on the holiday.
Biltz points out that there is an average of 2.4 lunar eclipses a year (chapter 6 of Blood Moon), so an eclipse on a Jewish holiday is not that odd. The fact that many of the Jewish holy days are always on the full moon and there have been 62 tetrads, it is clear that some would fall on consecutive holy days. The 8 and now 9 tetrads make sense and are not odd signss, but a natural converging of two separate events (the full moon eclipse and a full moon holy day) that occur surrounding the same event…the full moon.
Let’s look at their supposed historical evidence.
If their biblical evidence falling a part did not convince you that their theory was wrong, the historical evidence will.
Of the 8 tetrads of the past, Biltz only connects major events to 5. Hagee only discusses 3. If tetrads are clear signs of huge world events, why do not they not connect all 8 tetrads to a huge world event? Is it because God’s sign wasn’t clear enough?
Other Blood Moon theorists have seen this huge problem with the theory and have loosely connected all 8 tetrads to something, but they are very thin arguments indeed. The unmentioned tetrads are usually connected to the persecution of Christians, the war between the Western countries and the Ottoman Empire, or a plague. The problem with these thin connections is: Christians were persecuted for the first three centuries of the CE, so that argument covers such a broad time span. The same is true for the war between the West and the Ottoman Empire. They are clearly connecting whatever world event was occurring with the tetrad.
But here is where it all falls a part.
Every Blood Moon theorist I could find on the internet and Biltz and Hagee, connect the 1493-94 tetrad to the 1492 events of Columbus sailing to the new world and the expulsion of Jews from Spain. Also, every Blood Moon theorist I could find connected the 1949-50 tetrad with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Think about that. Really, think about that.
God is using these tetrads as a sign and signal of His work…AFTER the work was done. God is giving humanity a sign in the sky to prepare for events that happened last year!
What good is a sign after the event? How can the sign help God’s people prepare after the event? According to the Blood Moon theory, God is so incompetent that he doesn’t understand that signs are helpful before the event, or God is so incompetent that He just lost track of time. Signs are meaningless after the event in which they are suppose to point to.
Hagee and Biltz are both adamant that we need to prepare for what God will do after this current tetrad that ends this month, but history and their own words show us that God may have already done the event or there won’t be an event at all.
The historical evidence has moved past laughable into just plain sad.
This theory has zero biblical support. This theory has zero historical support.
Hagee states on page 16 of Four Blood Moons, Astrologers are, “People who make choices based on the stars are seeking guidance for their lives from things created rather than from the Creator. This is a violation of almighty God.” Then he spends the rest of the book describing what is happening in the stars and in history. Then, he concludes in the last chapter telling you to watch, pray and be prepared. Why? Because of what is happening in creation. He is seeking guidance in things created rather than the Creator.
He contradicts his own statement revealing that this is astrology and not sound Biblical doctrine.
The passages they reference refer to supernatural events surrounding the second coming, not referring at all to a tetrad. Several historical events connected to these various tetrads occurred before the tetrad proving that they could not be a sign for an event that already occurred.
The Blood Moon Theory is total and complete non-sense.
We do need to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ, but not because of some theory on the moon, but because Jesus told us to.
I will leave you with Jeremiah 10:2-3a
2 This is what the Lord says: Do not learn the way of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, although the nations are terrified by them, 3 for the customs of the peoples are worthless. (HCSB emphasis added)
Fear the Lord, that is the beginning of true knowledge (Proverbs 1:7), but do not fear the Blood Moon theory.
Truly, Preacher Jesse