We just experienced a blood moon. One occurs when there is a total lunar eclipse. It bears the name “blood” because the rays of the sun passing through the earth’s atmosphere give the moon a reddish color. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon. When there are four such moons separated by six months it is called a tetrad.
The next four lunar eclipses occurred or will occur on two significant Jewish festivals: Passover on April 15, 2014 and April 4, 2015 and Feast of the Tabernacles (Sukkot) on Oct. 8, 2014 and Sept. 28, 2015. Though rare, there have been eight that occurred on these feast days since 162 A.D. The most recent blood moon tetrad occurred in 2003-04. Seven more are scheduled before 2100.
Some of NASA’s records and the calculations by Hagge do not seem to correspond.
The frequency of tetrads vary over time. Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli has observed that there was a 300 year period when tetrads were numerous, followed by another 300 year period when there were none.
Hagge’s thesis is made all the more intriguing in that some dramatic historical events have occurred in Israel around the time of blood moons. He stated, “Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph.” He continued, “Once again, for Israel the timing of this tetrad is remarkable.”
Hagge asserts the 1493 tetrad ushered in the Spanish Inquisition involving the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Wrong, these blood moon occurred a year after the Inquisition.
The second, in 1948, saw the return of the Jews to the Bible Land and the establishment of the nation of Israel. This was a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. However, these moons happened a year after statehood. Again, Hagge is wrong.
The third, in 1967, coincided with the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War.
As a firm believer in Bible prophecy, there is one statement in Scripture that stands out to me. Related to the Second Coming of Christ and the end of time Scripture says no man knows “the day nor the hour.” Hagge says he is not setting dates, but that God and NASA set these dates.
I have lived long enough to know there are reasons to doubt date setters. A couple of examples are the booklet published in 1987 titled “Eighty-eight Reasons Jesus will come in 1988.” When He didn’t, the author issued a corrected edition entitled, “Eighty-nine Reasons Jesus Will Come in 1989.”
Will any person who was alive in 1999 ever forget the approach of midnight January 1, 2000 and the Y2K “end of the ages”?
The Mayans missed with the Mayan Calendar focusing on 2012 as the end of time.
The marvel is millions of people bought into each of these theories.
To be fair with Hagge, he does not say these four blood moons will be the end of time, but in speaking of them he reads Scripture over and over related to the Second Coming. Scripture gives sound advice regarding end times: “be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Be ready and enjoy life.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.