Another Sensational Prophecy Book
John Hagee, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in San Antonio has written a book titled "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change". In his YouTube Videos he has made statements that logically lead to the conclusion that the end of the world (as we know it) will occur within 15 months, in what he believes will be the "Battle of Gog and Magog" in Revelation 20. That is the last battle before Christ comes in judgment. Others have jumped on the Four Blood Moon End Times Prophecy bandwagon to predict current and future events as the "Signs of the Times".
For references to arguments in this article, See the Examiner Article: "The First of Four Blood Moons A Tetrad":
In that article, we find another example "Bible Prophecy Gone Wild" with attempts to take natural phenomenon and turn them into sensationalism. Why are people getting all worked up over these "blood moons" or lunar eclipses?
They are not rarities in history. NASA and the writers or speakers who use their research to advance end times prophecies acknowledge they have occurred before in history. That is a clue! When they occurred in past history, the events were coincidental. There is nothing eschatological (relating to the end times) or to the Bible which spoke of Columbus "discovering" (?) America.
History confirms Columbus did not discover America but was complicit in withholding information from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that would suggest America was already inhabited by Africans with gold, silver and copper tipped spears which they called, guanin brought to the new world by African mariners to Espanola. They are believed to have sailed from Sierra of Loa (Sierra Leone) and the Cape of Sancta Anna in Guinea. Columbus, who tried to sail that same route more suitable for Africans than Europeans almost died from the intense heat were it not for rains that broke the dry spell. Indians painted and sculptured images of Africans in pre-Columbian America. (They Came Before Columbus, The African Presence in Ancient America, Ivan Van Sertina, p. 15).
Columbus knew there were people in America and had intentions of finding them so he could find the gold of which he had heard much from Don Juan of Portugal. Thus, to align the four blood moons with the discovery of America by Columbus purporting it to be a "sign" from God is to align it with a historical myth. It is another attempt to make the Bible fit European history which in most cases results in contradiction and error.
Secondly, the alignment of the four blood moons with Israel becoming a nation in 1949 is also a myth. Israel became a nation in approximately 1450 B.C. when God led them out of Egypt to the promised land by Moses. See Exodus 19:1-6. They were terminated as a nation in 70 A.D. when Rome destroyed Jerusalem, burned their temple to the ground and carried many of them into captivity, according to Jewish Historian, Josephesus. Modern Israel, created through Zionist initiatives by the Balfour Declaration of Britain and U.S. colonization attempts in the Middle East on stolen Arab lands is likewise based on myths of Bible prophecy and continues to be challenged worldwide in the midst of war crimes and violations of human rights.
The prophecy of Luke 21 speaks of that event. Jesus makes it very clear that it is the Roman destruction of ancient history, and therefore could not possibly be referring to events occurring today.
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 'Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountain, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled.(Luke 21:20-22).
That all the events of this chapter were fulfilled in the first century is clear from verse 32. "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place."
The events of which Jesus spoke concerned the temple of which he related events to Peter, James, John and Andrew, all who lived in his day. They would see some or all of the signs fulfilled in their lifetime. John, the only Apostle who survived until Jesus' return would have seen all of the signs. See John 21:22-23.
The Prophecy of Joel
The quote in Matthew 24 is taken from Joel 2:28-32. There is only "one" blood moon (solar eclipse) mention in the prophecy. "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).
Peter, on Pentecost Day, (Acts 2:16) declares that the prophecy of Joel was being fulfilled in his generation. "But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel...the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." (Acts 2:16-20). Any good reference Bible will reference Matt. 24:29, as the prophecy is referred to several times in the N.T. especially in the Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Note that Peter, after charging the Jews of his day with the recent murder and crucifixion of Christ, urges his hearers to "repent and be baptized..." and to "save yourselves from 'this perverse generation'. Compare Matt. 23;34-37.
John, writing in Revelation 6:12 (also a quote from Joel 2:31) concerning the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., an event which was shortly to come to pass (Rev. 1:1, 3, 22:6, 7, 10, 12), said the "sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood."
He also said the "stars of heaven fell to the earth like figs dropping of a mighty wind and the sky receded as a scroll. Anyone familiar with the figurative or apocalyptic genre of Jewish literature, knows these are no literal events but are figurative descriptions of the fall of the nation. Common examples are numerous in the Old Testament for anyone who will take the time to search them out with a good Bible concordance.
What identifies the prophecy is that Jesus used the same words in connection with the Jerusalem's fall just before his crucifixion. Compare Revelation 6:15 and Luke 23 and note to whom the language is addressed.
"But Jesus, turning to them, said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, wombs that never born, and breasts which never nursed!' Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, "Cover us!" For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry." (Luke 21:28-31).
Double Prophecy Fallacy
To claim that end times prophecies have a double-fulfillment is to admit folly. How can the end, end twice. Would that not mean it was not the end? Secondly, if one can reason that a prophecy has a dual meaning without an inspired writing verifying such claim, why can't it also have a 3rd, 4th, 5th, fulfillment on to infinity? Who or what determines when it stops? Such is the non-sense of dual fulfillment. It is a band-aid futurists use to bind the wounds of their failed prophetic notions. To create a dual-fulfillment of the prophecy means one has to recreate all the circumstances of the initial prophecy which is ludicrous.
There are no tetrad blood moon prophecies. That science records them has no relationship to Biblical prophecy. John Hagee has used them to predict the end of the world as we know it in the next 15 months. He will experience "egg on his face" for these false prophecies just as his predecessors, Hal Lindsey, Edgar Whisenant, Harold Camping and many others have done.