Dr Harold Jefferies used to say, “She who marries a fad will soon be a widow.”
Do you remember the 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 hoax? How about the Y2K meltdown?
The latest fad in popular Christianity is the “Blood Moon.” It’s the idea that a series of lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 are prophetic events.
The fad was begun by a man named Mark Blitz, who teaches that true Christianity requires a conversion to Mosaic Judaism, that Sunday churches are apostate, and that only those who follow Messianic Judaism have a relationship with God. Are your proverbial “red flags” flying yet???
Blitz wrote in his book, Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, “This could be the final curtain call before the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible.” [Notice the “could” provides a great deal of wiggle room for a false prophet.]
Then John Hagee, a Texas mega-pastor, jumped on the bus. His claims about discovering the blood moon concept have been debunked and his blood moon dates don’t match the historical record (here). It’s a multi-million dollar money-making fraud.
The Biblical passages Blitz, Hagee, and other others use to formulate the “blood moon” fad are Joel 2:30-31; Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:12-17. A careful reading of Joel 2:30-31 and Matthew 24:29 in their context show that the events recorded in the Scriptures accompany the Second Coming of Christ to judge the nations of the world and establish His Millennial Kingdom over the whole world. These are all events – according to the passages taken in context – AFTER the Great Tribulation period.
The heavenly signs described in Revelation 6 occur during the Tribulation period.
All three passages also state that the sun will go dark. But who cares about Biblical accuracy. Right?
Those who understand the distinction between Jew, Gentile, and Christian (1 Corinthians 10:32), also comprehend the distinction between God’s plan for Israel and His plan for the Church. God doesn’t hold the Church to Israel’s calendar of events.
After faddists have unscrupulously made their money off Biblically ignorant and illiterate people, they either disappear or catch the next fad. The best way to avoid being deceived by fads and cults is to actually know the Bible. When a fad has failed and gone, what remains is God’s Word, faithful and true.
The Jesus said, “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not follow after them (Luke 21:8).