Four Blood Moons or One Blood Moon?

 
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Blood Moon

I was recently asked to explain what was meant by the “Four Blood Moons.”  I have written a study guide on Revelation and so people often ask me questions like this one.  I have to confess that at first when I started getting questions about this, I did not have any thoughts since I had not really studied about it and had not come across it in my studies.  I thought perhaps it was the name of a novel.  However, I came to realize it was the name of a book and a movie that supposedly refers to a prophesy in the Bible about the end times.  So I felt obligated to at least give a response, even though it may not be well received.

Thanks for the question.  Before I answer, I should let you know I have not read the book, only a review of what John Hagee is referring to in his book.  So, I hope I do not mis-characterize what he means, but I will tell you what I “think” he means and how I interpret the scriptures to which he is referring.

I did not deal with the question of “the four blood moons” in my study guide, because there is no reference to “four blood moons” in Scripture.  What is referred to in Joel 2:28-30, Acts 2:20, and Revelation 6:12 is not “four blood moons” but rather one moon “like” blood.  Hagee is referring to a series of lunar eclipses which give the moon a red appearance.  In Acts, there is no reference to the actual “blood moon” appearing, but rather Peter was saying that the beginning of Joel’s prophecy was being fulfilled by the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  In Revelation 6:12 it is a supernatural sign in the heavens that God provides to people living during the tribulation period (according to my pre-tribulation view), that they are experiencing the wrath of the Lamb, and they should repent.  However, instead of repenting, they try to hide.

Several quick points:

  • This sign of the sun turning black and the moon becoming like blood is “supernatural” not “natural.”  An eclipse is a “natural” event.
  • This sign is a single, end time, event, not a series of events that happens in connection with lunar eclipses.  Unfortunately, Hagee has read something into this that simply is not in the scripture and by doing so has watered down the significance of this supernatural sign.
  • The scripture does not refer to a series of “blood moons” but rather “the moon became like blood.”  Revelation 6:12-13 (NASB)
    12  I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
    13  and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
  • The other signs such as the sun turning black, the stars falling to the earth, the sky splitting apart, the mountains and islands being moved, will accompany this sign.  Did those things happen in the past when Hagee says the previous blood moons appeared? No.  When the Blood Moon appears there will be no mistaking it.  Even unbelievers will recognize it.
  • Revelation 6:15-17 says that the great men of the earth and other unbelievers will realize that this is a sign from God and from the Lamb, and will try to hide from the wrath of God.  Has this happened?  No.  It did not happen in 1967 during Israel’s Six Day War.  It did not happen during the other occurrences of this lunar eclipse sequence.  It will happen one time prior to the Second Coming of Christ.
  • Revelation 6:15-17  Revelation 6:15-17 (NASB)
    15  Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
    16  and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
    17  for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
  • The “blood moon” is still a future event, not an event that has happened in the past and will happen again in the future.
  • In my opinion, interpreters of scripture are standing on shaky and unauthoritative ground when they attempt to link “future” prophetic events with current events, and explain “supernatural signs” with natural occurrences.
  • In my study guide, I tried to explain the meaning of these seals without attempting to link them to any future events.  There will be no misunderstanding this sign of the sun turning black and the moon becoming like blood when it actually happens.  Just like there will be no one who is unaware of it when Jesus returns at His Second Coming after the Tribulation.  Every eye will see him.

Hope this helps a little.  I have had several questions about his book and the movie but have not seen it, but finally figured I should respond somehow since a number of people have asked.

Your fellow pilgrim,

Bro. Kelly

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Pastor, Church Planter, Evangelist and Consultant in Chandler, Arizona. Licensed by Second Baptist Church in Lamesa, Texas. Ordained by Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas. Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas 1985-1987. Pastor at Dixon Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas 1987-1999. Pastor at Wellspring Church in Chandler, Arizona July 1999 - July 2009. Currently serving as Executive Pastor at Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. Available for Pulpit Supply, Interims, Evangelistic Crusades, Revivals, Bible Conferences, Seminars, Pastoral Consulting, Church Consulting, Capital Campaign Consulting, and Conversation over a Coke Zero.