Blood Red Moons and the Second Coming
Are the Four Blood Red Moons Signs of the?
The rapture of the Church is believed by many to be very close due to a series of four lunar eclipses which fall on biblical feast days. According to Joel 2:31, the moon will be turned into “blood before
the Day of the Lord.” Because the “Day of the Lord” is frequently believed to be equivalent to the seven years of the tribulation, then the moon becoming blood red is considered to be a sign of the impending tribulation, and if the tribulation is near, then so too must be the rapture. In other words, the theory rests on two major premises and a conclusion:
- a phenomenon which causes the moon to turn red points toward the Day of the Lord and
- the Day of the Lord is equivalent to the tribulation;,
- therefore, the rapture will happen soon because believers are taken out of the world before the tribulation.
When dealing with a syllogism (a logical argument), the conclusion can only be true if the preliminary premises are true. There are, however, two major mistakes in this theory of the blood red moons. The first is that they are focusing solely on the moon, when the Bible is clear that there will be a phenomenon in the sun and the stars too: the Bible clearly tells us how the sun, moon, and stars become darkened. The second error arises from assuming that the Day of the Lord is the same as the tribulation. The Bible is also clear that these are two distinct events. We will explore both issues in this article.
First though, to be fair, I must admit that I once believed in the blood red moon craze. It made sense and it was exciting because it just so happened that between 2014 and 2015 there would be a tetrad (a series of four lunar eclipses where the moon turns to a reddish color). Add to that fact that those would occur on biblical feast days, and voila! You have something of Biblical proportions!
Messianic pastor Mark Biltz was the first discover that these eclipses fell on biblical feast days, and then pastor John Hagee followed it up with a book of his own. As a dedicated researcher, I also went to the NASA website to check the dates for myself. I was excited to discover that there really would be eclipses at those stated times, and they had indeed occurred in the past. In fact, those occurrences in the past seemed to line up with other significant events in the life of the Jewish people. For example: There was a tetrad in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue which was the same year that the Jews also got kicked out of Spain…that was definitely significant. There was another tetrad in 1949, just after the War of Independence. Then there was another tetrad which was around the time of the 1967 Six Day War. Since all of those seemed to be very significant, then the tetrad of 2014-15 would invariably be significant as well and could in fact be a sign of the nearness of the rapture.
Is Just the Moon Affected?
I was sad to discover that I could not hold the theory any longer because the moon-turning-to-blood had to also be accompanied by a sign in the sun and the stars. The tetrad / blood red moon sign fails because it focuses solely on a phenomenon in the moon, when Scripture is clear that simultaneously with the moon turning to blood, the sun will be darkened, and the stars will not give their light. We see this when we look at the entire verse in Joel 2:31:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the Lord. (Joel 2:31)
In the same chapter of Joel, where the moon turns to blood, we discover that “the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness.” (Joel 2:10) This is confirmed from the book of Isaiah where we read about all three phenomena occurring: the stars don’t give their light, the sun is darkened, and the moon doesn’t shine:
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. (Isa 13:10)
Therefore, the blood red moon prediction fails twice in the book of Joel and also once from the book of Isaiah because three things must occur for the sign to be valid: the sun, moon, and stars must not give their light. Obviously, the sun has not grown dark, nor have the stars diminished their brightness.
The Day of the Lord is the Day Yeshua Returns
One of the strongest proofs we have that the Day of the Lord is the same as the second coming (and not the entire seven year or 3 ½ year tribulation, depending on how you see it) is the fact thatalone will be exalted in that day. In Isaiah 2, God twice declares (in verses 11-12 and 17) that in that day He ALONE will be exalted. If God exclusively will be lifted up in that day, yet during the tribulation, there exists someone who is blaspheming him, then the tribulation cannot be that day:
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the Day of the Lord of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up– And it shall be brought low– (Isa 2:11-12)
Yahweh Himself declares to us in no uncertain terms that He only will be revered in that day, and hence, it cannot be the same as any part of the tribulation since we are also told in equally explicit language that one known as the Beast, Little Horn, or Antichrist, will exalt himself and speak blasphemies against God and against those in heaven for a period of forty-two months. God foretells this through several of His prophets, thereby confirming the matter by at least two witnesses as required by His own instructions.
Daniel sees this three times in his visions, thereby establishing it and even highlighting the future reality:
…And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. (Dan 7:8b)
“I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking… (Dan 7:11a)
He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host… (Dan 8:11a)
“Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. (Dan 11:36)
He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. (Dan 11:37)
Paul taught about the “son of perdition” who would exalt himself as God:
who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2Thess 2:4)
Lastly, in the Book of Revelation, John is told three times (which confirms the severity of the offense) that this person will blaspheme God and those who dwell in heaven:
And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. (Rev 13:5-6)
We must therefore conclude that during the tribulation, God is not being glorified or worshipped as God, but is in fact being blasphemed in a way unlike any in human history. That being the case, there is no way that the Day of the Lord, in which God alone is exalted, could be the duration of the tribulation. It must refer to the time immediately after the tribulation, also known as the Second Coming of Yeshua, because without question, He alone will be exalted in that day.
When and How Will the Blood Moons Take Place?
Since the tetrads are not an indicator of the timing nor are they the means by which the moons turns to blood and the sun and stars are darkened, what is? Does something physically happen to them? God has revealed to His prophets what will cause the darkness and blood red moon to occur.
God first declares that the conditions which cause the sun to be turned to darkness and the moon to turn to blood will be because of clouds and thick darkness:
A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains (Joel 2:2)
God goes on to declare that there will be “blood and fire and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30) So, there will be lots of smoke and clouds. Yahweh repeats this through his prophet Zephaniah:
That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, (Zeph 1:15)
Yahweh confirms it through the prophet Ezekiel as well:
When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, And the moon shall not give her light. (Ezek 32:7)
So, we see that the three things – sun, moon, stars – are going to be darkened because of a clouds and thick smoke. Finally, in the book of Revelation, Yahweh shows us from where the smoke comes that will cover the sun, moon, and stars. It is the Destroyer (Abaddon) opening the Abyss.
and his angels (described as stars in Rev 12:4) will be cast to the earth. John is shown that the great star (Satan/Abaddon) is given the key to open the Abyss which results in a tremendous amount of smoke coming out which darkens the sun and the air, just as described in the former prophets:
“And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.” (Rev 9:1-2)
Hence, Yahweh has revealed how the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened which will be from the great amount of smoke that will be released when the Abyss is opened.
How could smoke in the sky cause the moon to become blood red? Several years ago, there were some forest fires in Southern California, where I live. I looked up and saw that the moon was blood red. At first I thought it was a sign, but then I realized that when the moon is covered by smoke (ash), it appears red. Figure 1 shows a moon as seen through smoke.
Figure 2 is another picture of the moon seen through a layer of ash from a fire in 2008. The moon has predictably appeared to change color because of the smoke.
If that smoke is thick enough, it would cause the sun to be darkened, just like as if it were covered by sackcloth, and it goes without saying that the stars – which are lesser in light than the sun – will not give their light. This is not speculation, but observation. Figure 3 is from a California fire that darkened the sun. As witnessed from the smoke covering the sun, it then had the appearance of being covered by something thick and dark…like sackcloth.
In 2011, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, releasing smoke like a great furnace, offering us an example of what to look for. It covered the entire sky of Iceland and grounded flights across Europe because of the ash. The sun looked like it was covered with sackcloth (See figure 4).
Examine the photos in this article or conduct your own internet research to see for yourself. Notice
that the smoke coming out of a volcano is enough to cover the sky, “like out of a great furnace” and can cover the sun, moon, and stars.
We have seen that the sun, moon, and stars will all (simultaneously) fail to give their light because of the opening of the Abyss, which will be like the opening of a great furnace. The smoke that comes out will cover the sky and consequently block the light of the sun, moon, and stars; the verses we have discussed and the pictures in this article give an illustration of how it might happen and what
it could look like.
Thus the blood red moons of the four sequential eclipses are completely a non-issue when it comes to why the moon turns to blood. To suggest that the tetrads hold any biblical significance is fantasy; not a single Bible verse supports the theory. What the Bible does tell us is that the timing of the blood red moon will occur sometime after the Abyss is opened. This event will happen after Satan is cast down from heaven being defeated by Michael and his angels. Sometime after being cast out, he is given the key to open the Abyss and then smoke rises out like out of a great furnace so that it covers the sky, somewhat like what happens at the eruption of a massive volcano, like that of Iceland in 2011 (Rev 12:4,9; 8:10-12; 9:1,2,11). Thus the timing of the blood red moon is after the mid-point of Daniel’s seventieth week and the means of the moon turning to blood is the sky being covered by the smoke which rises from the Abyss. (See my video The Second Coming and the Battle of Armageddon for a more detailed explanation.)
In conclusion, the blood red moon craze is something that is based on a faulty foundation. Its first assumption, that the four total lunar eclipses are the fulfillment of the blood red moons mentioned in Scripture, fails because the sign must appear not only in the moon, but also in the sun and stars. The tetrads, both past and present, while very interesting astronomical occurrences, are not equal to or even related to the blood red moon as described in Scripture.
The second assumption undergirding the blood red moon craze is that the blood moons happen before the tribulation, and are therefore an indication of its imminent commencement. Because we are told that Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day, and yet the antichrist/beast is blaspheming Yahweh during that time, then there is no way that any part of the tribulation could be associated with the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord must occur immediately after the tribulation. Only when Yeshua returns will God alone be exalted. Therefore, the blood red moons, caused by smoke and cloud, are a sign of the return of Yeshua, not of a pre-tribulation rapture.
Finally, the Bible gives the reason for the moon turning to blood and the diminishing of the light of sun and stars – it is not an eclipse, but rather, it is the opening of the Abyss, which will probably happen around the mid-point of the tribulation. When the Abyss opens, smokes pours out like the smoke out of a great furnace, which will then cover the sky blotting out the light of the sun and stars and will turn the light of the moon blood red.