Enough with the Blood Moon apocalypse porn!

There is a frenzy on the Internet that the Blood Moon phenomenon is a sign of the end days. WND, among others, is obsessed with blood moons — that, beginning in April 2014, a tetra or series of four blood moons or total lunar eclipses that coincided with the biblical “feast” days of Passover and Tabernacles portends the end days. Blah, blah, blah.

See “Blood Moon Prophecy

Dr. Hugh Ross is an astronomer and best-selling author, with a degree in physics and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. He travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of science with Christianity. His organization and website, Reasons to Believe (RTB), is dedicated to demonstrating, via a variety of resources and events, that science and biblical faith are allies, not enemies. Below is Dr. Ross’ rebuttal to the Blood Moon end-days porn.
~Eowyn
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Blood Moons? An End Times Sign? (Part 2 of 2)

By Dr. Hugh Ross
March 19, 2015

Popular Bible preacher John Hagee has authored a book and produced a movie by the same name, Four Blood Moons (in theaters March 23 only). On the film’s website the San Antonio megachurch pastor states, “The heavens are ‘God’s billboard.’ He’s been sending signals to earth, and we haven’t been picking them up.” In part 1 of this series, as an astronomer I analyzed those “signals,” a series of four (tetrad) total lunar eclipses that supposedly ushers in prophetic activity ahead of the return of Christ. Now, as a student of Scripture and as one who believes in premillennial eschatology, I convey my primary, biblical criticism.
Biblical Concerns
1. Earth phenomena might be responsible for lunar darkening. Three biblical passages mention the Moon taking on a blood-like appearance: Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, and Revelation 6:12. All three state that both the Moon and the Sun take on a darkened appearance. These passages also imply that the darkening will be visible to all of humanity. However, there is no darkening of the Sun during a total lunar eclipse. Furthermore, total lunar eclipses last only a couple of hours and are visible to a fraction of humanity.
Eight other biblical texts describe the darkening of the Moon’s light, but not the blood color: Ecclesiastes 12:2; Isaiah 13:10; Ezekiel 32:7–8; Joel 2:10; 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; and Revelation 8:12. In all these passages not only is the Moon’s light darkened but that of the Sun and stars as well. In Revelation 8 the darkening of the Sun, Moon, and stars is preceded by a third of the world’s forests and grasslands being burnt up and a huge mountain set ablaze. Ash from volcanic eruptions and from forest and grass fires both reddens and dims sunlight, moonlight, and starlight.
I personally have seen the reddening and dimming effect of forest fire smoke several times. Not only does the Moon look blood-red but the Sun and stars do as well. I have seen the noontime Sun dimmed to such a degree by forest fire smoke that my environs were as dark as night.
The worldwide injection of dust into the atmosphere offers a consistent and satisfactory explanation for all the Bible passages describing the dimming or reddening (or both) of the Moon’s light. It explains, too, how the entire human population would notice the phenomenon and that many people would begin to fear God as a result. The same cannot be said for Hagee’s lunar eclipse hypothesis.
2. “Great lights” benefit animals but say nothing about prophecy. Another interpretive concern lies in the treatment of Genesis 1:14. Hagee and others (such as Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries and Larry Huch of Larry Huch Ministries) appeal to this verse as justification for looking to the Moon for signs of God’s interventions in human history. Genesis 1:14 (and 1:16) does say that the two great lights (the Sun and the Moon) will serve as signs. However, it says that from creation day four forward they will serve as signs to mark seasons, days, and years, not that they will serve as signs to mark prophesied events.
Throughout creation days one, two, and three, light from the Sun and Moon penetrated Earth’s atmosphere, but because of overcast skies at that time, creatures on Earth’s surface could not make out the form of the bodies responsible for the light. On creation day four Earth’s atmosphere first became transparent. Now creatures on Earth’s surface could discern the positions of the Sun, Moon, and stars in the sky. Knowledge of those positions enabled them to determine what part of the year and day they were in and, thus, determine when they should feed, reproduce, migrate, hibernate, and so on. Support for this interpretation stems from the observation that all the life described in Genesis 1 before creation day four does not require knowledge of the positions of the Sun, Moon, and stars to perform their life functions, but all the life described after creation day four in Genesis 1 needs that knowledge to regulate their complex biological clocks.
3. Numerous world events have yet to occur. Finally, Old Testament prophecies regarding the second rebirth of Israel indicate that several events must yet take place before anyone can conclude that the Great Tribulation, the time of the end that precedes Christ’s return, is at hand. A sampling of these events (again, from a premillennial perspective) includes:

While one can argue that these political and economic events could happen in the very near future, so far none have occurred.
Rather than get caught up in the fulfillment of end-times prophecy, I believe Christians should take comfort in Christ’s promise to return and should remain busy promulgating the Gospel. He will return to Earth once his followers have taken the good news of salvation to all the people groups of the world and have raised up many disciples. Instead of waiting for a sign in the sky, we can make his return imminent by completing the task he assigned us. His Holy Spirit promises to help.

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0 responses to “Enough with the Blood Moon apocalypse porn!

  1. It is not so much the learning of or understanding of Endtimes per say but the fakers and takers, hucksters and shucksters, the “Free-Flow [Creflo] Dollars” that monetize what God gives in prophesy.

     
  2. finally some truth .
    thank you .

     
  3. Ditto everything you just said, Dr. Eowyn. I am fed up with the fear mongering in evangelical circles. Selling apocalyptical fear has been rampant since way before the turn of the millennium. Think of how many people were pushing survival gear when the (gasp) Y2K bug was just about to shut down civilization.
    Let’s not forget the Mayan Calendar. Personally, I make it a point to not get my information from people who practice human sacrifice.
    It’s like the Weather Channel series, “It Could Happen.” Well of course it could happen! But give me a break!
    An overly great focus on end times predictions distracts from the fact the we all face our own end on Earth at some point. If the Lord doesn’t return for twenty thousand years, all of us will have to be on good terms with Him right now anyway. And Jesus warned us not to concern ourselves with dates and times.
    I don’t know if this is a true story, but I was told that Martin Luther was debating with his contemporaries about the end times. One of them asked him what he would do if he was certain the Lord was coming back tomorrow. He answered, “I would plant a tree.”
    That answer would make an end times aficionado’s head spin like a top. But Luther’s point is simple. Be found doing good when He returns.

    “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

     
    • Funny you mention Y2K hysteria. I was one of the key players in my company’s IT dept Y2K fire drill. Yes it was a royal pain working long hours, weekends to make sure any program and database that did not handle 4 position year codes had to be modified, recompiled and tested, but the new millennium came and went without a hiccup
      The worst online fear mongers for apocalypse and Armageddon were bible believing Christian web sites and (no surprise here) Jeff Rense, Alex Jones among others. Every 5 minutes they were promoting survival products that their sponsors were pushing complete with bible verses. I still visit Jones and Rense but no longer take what they say as gospel
      I have gotten semi wrapped up in the end times chicken little lunacy and it almost landed me in the padded hotel. Omigod my dog was spooning with the cat. I know here must be something in the bible to support this as a sign
      Am I ready for god’s return at any moment…..honestly NO and I doubt most others are ready. One site claims for every person that gets into heaven 10,000 are case into hell. My faith is about 1% of a mustard seed

       
      • Honestly Art, the people Jesus went to in his earthly ministry were straight talking people like you. It was the religious specialists that angered Him. I draw great hope from that fact.

         
  4. To quote from the Progressives’ Bible:
    The Book of Gore, chapter 1, verse 1 through 666: “It’s Global Warming!!”
    chapter 1, verse 2, ad nauseum: “You’ll Payyy!!! You’ll Payyy!!!!!! I’ll make you all Payyyyy!!!!!!!”
    Chapter 3, etc. : “Pollution! Man-made Global Warming!!! It’s all your fault, you disbelieving fools! I see all! I know all!”
    The red color is caused by the exhaust from Al Gore’s private luxury jet flying all over the place……. or the exhaust coming from his big fat face. Or from the Obamas’ habit of using two jetliners to go to the same damned place, constantly, when they should be staying home and taking care of the United States, for once.
    “Blood Moons”, indeed…… after Obama ensures that the muslims have their nukes, it won’t really make much difference, will it!.

     
  5. Truth be told Dr. Eowyn, this is more pernicious than just simply fake apocalypse predicting, this is based on kabalistic/judaic astrology, thats where this whole blood moon malarkey comes from… same as the “bible code” nonsense is also ye old occult rearing it’s ugly head again, and whats worse in both of these cases they’re attempting to appear Christian.
    The real point here though is, “No Man, Nor Angel, Nor even the Son” knows the day and hour of his Return, which is pretty plain speech for saying “you can’t predict it.” so people need to take that exactly as it’s said and quit trying to be “observers of times” or “date setters” its futile, its stupid, and its a way of attacking and destroying faith in those who are not well versed nor solidly grounded. I imagine all readers here are familiar with the pop false prophecy that is called “the great disappointment”, the results of which was, well great disappointment, a rise in the popularity of the occult as people turned from Christianity to other things looking for truth etc. That is the same malarkey that continues to happen today, I suspect it is a tactic of the devil and his followers, utilized to diminish faith and to promote the occult, and perhaps also to wear on people and make them weary of hearing such things, with a goal of making them lax in being watchful, and other things associated with such weariness.
    I would also like to add this to the resources for folks to look at: http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_signs15.php (as a side note, it seems they may believe in a pre-trib rapture concept, which I neither believe nor consider accurate.)

     
    • Great thoughts, Seumas. A friend of mine used to say, “I’m Pan-Trib. It will all pan out in the end.”

       
  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting post. I love Dr. Ross’ logic and his conclusion. His conclusion is similar to St. Augustine’s, that we should not be afraid of an “anti-Christ,” but should ask the question of ourselves, how are we anti-Christ by our lives? How can we practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, here, now, as opposed to worrying about the end of the world.

     
  7. I’d rather have “to much” of this than not have enough ! Anyone who believes God gave us signs of his coming can’t lose anything , but if you hear “to much” don’t care or believe the signs have everything to lose ! There will never be an end to the earth but it will be made anew ! God is the only righteous just and true judge . He will purify !

     
  8. Hi All,
    Just discovered that new trend…
    Here is one its promotors :
    http://www.apocalypse-revelations-bible.com/#!home-in-english/c1jqr

     

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