Four Blood Moons by John Hagee
I'm a sucker for Biblical prophecy and books on that topic and just recently read Four Blood Moons by John Hagee. I heard about it when Glenn Beck interviewed the fellow on his radio show. My expectations were high but I was very disappointed.
The book is a rambling 258-page rant pushing the pre-trib rapture heresy. The purported subjects of the chapters are misleading. The title of the first section of the book is "Signs in the heavens." A reasonable person would suppose since the topic of the book was blood moons in prophecy that maybe the author would start by talking about heavenly signs and how they relate to End Times prophecy.
Nope. It's a rant about how we should support Israel and send donations to Hagee's charity, Christians United for Israel. Later he touches on dispensational theology (another part of the pre-tribulation rapture heresy) which has nothing to do with signs in the heavens.
Section 2: The Spine of Prophecy, is an almost incoherent 100-some odd pages incorporating dispensationalism, numerology, personal recollections, and current events, none of which pertain to blood moons and most of which only apply to prophecy if you subscribe to the dispensationalist heresy. Few Biblical references are provided and they're all taken out of context (which is typical of dispensationalists.) I paid $15 for a book that advertised itself as being about blood moons and prophecy and what I got was 99% something else.
The author meanders on through the majority of the book, touching on all sorts of subjects including the demise of family farming in America and reminiscences of his childhood. None of it has anything to do with celestial signs or blood moons. (Although some of it does touch on the End Times, but always from a pre-trib point of view.) Eventually on page 171 he actually got to the point, defining what a blood moon was and how they were significant.
A blood moon is a lunar eclipse, which through atmospheric effects, makes the moon appear red. They are rare, but not terribly so. His interview seemed to make it appear that only three had happened in 500 years, which is untrue. They happen fairly regularly. His book made it clear he meant there were three times in 500 years they were aligned with Jewish festivals, in 1493, 1949-1950 and 1967-1968. He'd said in the interview they were lined up with watershed events in Jewish history, the expulsion from Spain in 1492, the formation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967. But his timetable is off, sometimes by as much as two years. This is typical of Hal Lindsey and the rest of the Pre-trib hysteria crowd. If the facts (or Bible verses) don't fit your theory, just wiggle them a bit and act like they do anyway.
The book was billed as setting out a schedule of imminent "blood moons" that are signs of significant events. He pointed out there are four more such moons coming up in 2014 and 2015 and therefore something significant is due to happen to Israel then. Those dates are:
April 15, 2014 on Passover
Octber 8, 2014 on the Feast of Tabernacles
April 4, 2015 on Passover and
September 28, 2015 on the Feast of Tabernacles
But he never said what was going to happen on or after those dates. Another web site is suggesting it'll be the pre-trib Rapture in 2015. (Although the Rapture has nothing to do with Israel and Hagee's theory says the blood moons are significant for things that happen to Israel, not Christians.)
If the topic of blood moons in prophecy interests you, don't bother with the book. I've already told you everything in it pertaining to the blood moons. The other 256 pages are just fluff and pre-trib rambling.
He doesn't actually give any evidence the blood moons are significant other than that they happen to align with Jewish feasts. And even when they have in the past, those dates were only tangentially connected to the events he claims were significant to the Jews.
A much more significant fact is that terrible things happen to the Jews on the 9th day of the month of Av, including their failure to enter the promised land, destruction of both temples, expulsion from England in 1290 and Spain in 1492 (although the blood moons he links to this event occurred in 1493.) Most ominously the gas chambers in Treblinka began operations on the 9th of Av. But Hagee spends exactly one page discussing this before moving on to hammer the pre-trib rapture theory some more.
Worse, after building up that the blood moons are prima facie evidence that something vitally significant is going to happen this year or next (although without providing any real evidence they actually indicate anything) he doesn't even bother to speculate what that event might be. It's like a watchman shouting, "Get ready!" Get ready for what? You ask. And he just shrugs. "I dunno. Just get ready."
But if Christ is coming to Rapture us away, what is there to get ready for? We can't even pack because we don't get to take luggage. He's urging us to become even more passive and unresisting than before even as the Enemy steps up their efforts against Christians and Western Civilization. The pre-tribulation rapture theory is a satanic heresy designed to lull Christians into a passive mindset and ease the coming of the Antichrist's kingdom. Don't be deceived!
If you REALLY want to understand End Times Prophecy read my Jesus is Only Coming Twice.
Other examples of my books:
The Bible – Dead Letter or a Message from Your Creator – Is the Bible really a message from God? Is there a scientific method of verification? If there were, wouldn’t YOU want to know? Extensive references.
Spiritual Embezzlement Made Easy examines the causes of the decline of the Church in modern America today and proposes solutions. Written in a humorous and irreverent manner, it displays our church traditions and administrative practices in a manner where readers can see the Emperor has no clothes and what needs to be done to get him dressed again.
What if the Second World War wasn't just the largest war in history, but a supernatural struggle between spiritual entities? The Fist of God, an Indiana Jones-style adventure set during the Second World War.