Get Ready for Signs and Wonders I’ve Already Debunked (Blood Moons)

Posted: October 5, 2013 in religion, science
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It just so happens that the 85th episode of my podcast was entitled, “Blood Moons, Jewish Holidays, and the End of All Things.” That last part was a play off of one of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack tracks, but I don’t think anyone realized it.

The episode discusses the claim that blood moons (lunar eclipses) occurring during important Jewish holidays in 2014 and 2015 means something important. In the episode, I explained it doesn’t: Lunar eclipses typically happen six months apart, and they can only happen during a full moon. Jewish holidays are based on dates in the Jewish calendar, which is a lunar calendar. By definition, roughly half of the important Jewish holidays happen during full moons, and a two of those holidays are six months apart. Put the two together and it’s not ridiculously rare and especially not unique that this will happen.

But, whoever wrote World Net Daily’s “WND Exclusive” article, “Are You Ready for 2014 Biblical Blood Moons?” apparently did not listen to my podcast. To quote the first few paragraphs:

Have you heard about the “blood moons” coming in 2014 and 2015?

Might they herald an event of prophetic biblical significance?

The hottest Christian book in the world right now is called “Four Blood Moons” by Pastor John Hagee.

It is creating a sensation in the publishing world and in churches.

On Passover 2014 the first of a series of mysterious astronomical events will occur that will have the whole world looking up at the night skies.

The story begins in 2008 when Hebrew roots Pastor Mark Biltz made an astounding discovery – a story broken first in WND.

Biltz had been studying prophecies that focus on the sun and moon, even going back to the book of Genesis where it states the lights in the sky would be “be for signs, and for seasons.”

“It means a signal, kind of like ‘one if by land, two if by sea.’ It’s like God wants to signal us,” he said. “The Hebrew word implies … not only is it a signal, but it’s a signal for coming or His appearing.”

Sigh. “Mysterious astronomical events”? Seriously? Maybe if your education level is that of a medieval peasant.

The article goes through Biltz’s claims and is really an advertisement for Hagee’s book. It even makes some mistakes, such as claiming that this happened in 1948, the year Israel became a state (it didn’t, it was 1949 … I guess God was busy with other stuff that year).

The article currently has 32 ratings and an average of 4.38/5 stars. It also has 40 comments, and it’s only been up for 6 hours.

The highest-rated comment (by “spd1275”) has absolutely nothing to do with the subject, but it has 20 up-votes, 0 down-votes, and it has 1 reply by “freemeagain” who wrote, “Amen! Great comment!” No, it’s a crappy comment, it’s just someone affirming they believe in your god and has nothing to do with lunar eclipses nor Jewish holidays.

What I find actually interesting here is that a lot of people see it as a herald for the second coming of Jesus (I’m resisting making a sex joke here … resisting very, very hard). I find this interesting because it all has to do with Jewish stuff and Israel. If this were to have anything to do with Christianity, shouldn’t this stuff fall on Christian holidays? That, actually, would be much more of a miracle than it happening on Jewish ones because Christian holidays are NOT based on the lunar calendar so there is a MUCH lower probability of this happening by chance alone.

I guess god works in mysterious obvious ways with high probabilities of happening.

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  2. Tom in Chicago says:

    Thank you for this! I just got off the phone with my 70 yr old evangelical mom, who was going on and on about the Four Blood Moons and Hagee. As i was listening, I *thought* noticed some of these problems with the conspiracy theory right away. I’m not Jewish (my wife is), but I was pretty sure the Jewish calendar was lunar-based, so these “amazing incidences” were anything but! And my mom mentioned the importance of this happening in 1948 “when the Jews got back their state,” but my memory told me it was 1949.

    Somehow, I doubt these facts will dissuade her from her crazy beliefs. I do lover her dearly though.

  3. So good to have a voice of reason out there on this subject..I was especially astonished by one WND article that broke off in the middle to remind the reader to go and buy the special dvd and calendar…was beginning to think I was the only one who was thinking rationally about this event – and my about the End Of The World.

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