by Deana Chadwell 1/18/14
Not long ago I stood in the parking lot at church with the rest of the evening congregation and stared at the moon. It was blood red. I’d never seen one before – it was the eeriest, most chilling spectacle. I almost expected it to start dripping. So when I needed to round out my Amazon order (I’d rather pay for another book than pay for shipping.) John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons caught my eye.
Hagee is pastor of the giant Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and has authored several New York Times bestsellers. Four Blood Moons, his most recent book, bears the portentous subtitle Something is About to Change. That resonates since all of us who are paying attention have that ominous feeling crawling down our spines. His thesis revolves around a combination of NASA forecasts about the coming solar and lunar eclipses, Jewish feast days, and ancient prophecies.
He does a good job early on in the book legitimizing the business of looking to the heavens for signs. He reminds the reader of God’s control over the universe by retelling the story of Joshua the day the sun stood still, and Hezekiah’s experience with the moving of the sundial. Of course he also deals with the Star of Bethlehem, which reminded me of Rick Larson’s wonderful video of the same name and all the heavenly messages God has sent throughout human history. It was partially Larson’s work on the Star that set me up to take Hagee’s argument seriously.
His thesis centers on the three times in the last 500 years that four lunar eclipses have coincided with 4 Jewish holidays in consecutive order over a period of 2 years. This arrangement is referred to as a tetrad. The moons appear on Passover in the spring, again on Succot in the fall, then the pattern repeats itself the following year and in the midst of this series of lunar eclipses a solar eclipse also occurs. Big deal, right? But here’s Hagee’s point: Those last three tetrads started in the years 1492, 1948, and 1963.
He spends several chapters clarifying for the reader just what happened in those years:
• In 1492 not only did Columbus sail the ocean blue, but Ferdinand and Isabella kicked the Jews out of Spain – it marks the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition. The substantial Jewish population of Spain was either killed (thousands burned at the stake) or sent packing. Their considerable property was confiscated – no doubt part of that fortune paid for Columbus’s trip to the new world.
• In 1948, following the Holocaust, Israel was declared as an independent nation and Jews from all over the world re-gathered in their ancient homeland.
• In 1967 the Jews fought the decisive and miraculous Six-Day War which brought all of Jerusalem under Jewish control.
That’s just the backstory. Hagee goes on to explain that, according to NASA, the next tetrad begins this year at Passover. Another one happens in the fall at Succot, then comes a total solar eclipse and then a repeat of the 2014 blood moons in the spring and fall of 2015. So his question is: what is going to happen?
He answers this question by going to prophecy. He works his way through prophetic passages in Joel and Acts warning that the sun will be darkened and the moon turn to blood before the 2nd Coming. He looks closely at Ezekiel’s description of the coming Middle East war clearly involving an attack on Israel by, guess who?, Russian and Iran. Funny those two would be conspiring even as we speak to eradicate Israel.
Hagee admits to not knowing exactly what will happen, but merely insists that something, regarding Israel, something momentous is about to happen. He’s not saying that every time an important event happens to/with Israel that four blood moon occur, but that every time, in the last 500 years, that a tetrad has occurred, Israel has been in the middle of some huge event. And he’s saying, quite convincingly, that it’s about to happen again.
Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.