John Hagee's Four Blood Moons
Without a doubt, John Hagee is one of the greatest preachers of our time and a great man of God. He has done much to promote the Gospel of Christ and to strengthen the church. However, he has two weaknesses: one is the inadequacy of some of his research; the other is his inability to keep himself from making predictions about the Second Coming. He has been wrong before about a previous prediction made about the Second Coming of Christ and now he is making more false predictions. Generally speaking, there is no quicker way to discredit oneself than to make predictions, especially about something as elusive as the Second Coming.
In this case, Hagee thinks that some periodicly occurring astronomical phenomena are "signs" from God. He cherry-picks a few previous "blood moons" in history, and arbitrarily connects them to Jewish historical dates, many of which depict rather minor events; while, at the same time, he ignores more important Jewish dates which were not associated with any blood-moons. If red moons are supposed to be associated with earth-shaking events, why are the ones he picks out connected with mostly minor events? And why are most such moons associated with no important events whatever, which come and go with few hardly even noticing?
Essentially, Haggie has overlooked what Jesus has said about the end times, that "there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be" (Matt 24:21), meaning that these true signs could not be fulfilled by mere naturally occurring phenomena. In other words, the true coming "signs" could not be phenomena that have already happened in the past, and which continue to happen on a periodic basis. By contrast, the real "signs in the skies," such as the darkening of the sun and the reddening of the moon, will occur on a scale never before seen. It will not be natural (or nature's) blood moons that merely turn the moon slightly reddish, that few people even notice and most people just sleep through. No, the signs that Jesus speaks of will literally strike terror into the hearts of all (ungodly) men. Haggie stops short of actually setting dates for the "big event" to happen, the one that he says is being preceded by the recent blood moons. But these moons have already come and gone and, again, we hardly even noticed. Nothing "big" happened; nothing of earth-shaking import; no end-time apocalyptic events of any kind.
On the whole, one will find that Hagee's ideas on this topic are rather easy to debunk. The present author has not yet read his book on the blood moons, but has listened to his preaching series on this topic. When he has time, he will study Haggie's book and respond with a formal "paper" or small book in order to document the errors in it. For now, this brief review is offered as a token of what will come later. However, the author should add that, at the same time, we should not lose sight of the fact that, in spite of his short comings on research, Haggie has been, and remains, one of America's greatest preachers of modern times!
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