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Blood Red Moons and the Second Coming: Are the Four Blood Red Moons Signs of the Rapture

Blood Red Moons and the Second Coming

Are the Four Blood Red Moons Signs of the rapture?

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?

Blood moon Figure 1

Figure 1 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lava flow with full moon

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 that God alone 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.


Satan 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.


Red moon from fire in California

Figure 2 Smoke from the Tea Fire 2008 gives full moon blood moon effect

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.


Figure 3 California fires darken sun

Figure 3 California fires darken sun

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

Figure 4 Smoke billows like a great furnace from Icelandic volcano

Figure 4 Smoke billows like a great furnace from Icelandic volcano

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

Iceland Eruption Sky covered billows of smoke figure 5

Figure 5 The 2011 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption covers the sky

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.



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  1. Hi Doug, good to see you are improving!
    You wrote “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”. And yet fails to say that part of the stars will FALL ON EARTH. Maybe you should take one step further and admit the heliocentric worldview doesn’t allow that, and MAYBE the Bible is also clear saying that the stars will really fall on earth and the universe is not exactly what you think it is.
    Oh, and reading Rev 6 one reads people all over the world will realize the day of the Lord has come right after the celestial disturbances, so it’s not an Israel centric.
    God bless you.

  2. Hi Doug, good job at explaining the blood moons as of late 🙂 I’ve been talking to your mother about how wonderful it would be to have regular studies, even following the Torah Portions up here in Auburn area. My husband and I attend a SDA church simply because of the Sabbath. Recently I found 2 books written by one of their scholars by the name of Samuele Bracchiocci on the spring and the fall feasts. We have been using the feats as an evangelistic tool to educate and inspire the SDA group to look at what their meaning and fulfillment might be and to dispel the doctrines of dispensationalism. I hope to share the books with our pastor t
    here and see if we can arrange lectures on the Biblical Feasts. Maybe you’re our man to do that. Looking forward to talking with you and seeing where all this may lead. Blessings, Cheryl Neumann

  3. Hi Doug,

    Here is how I understood the “Day of the Lord” and the “Day of Christ. Christ means Saviour and Messiah. Jesus will come back as a Messiah/Saviour at the Armageddon War and this will just happen in one day.

    Lord means King or Ruler. Jesus will rule as King in the Millennium. So the “Day of the Lord” is the Millennium.

    So if you check the Old Testament and you see there mentioned the Day of the Lord, it talks about prophetic events for Israel and other Nations in the Millennium. God’s promise to Israel is that someday their Messiah will come and they will be ruled by a King that will come from the line of David. Sadly, they rejected Jesus Christ in His first coming.

    God Bless.

  4. Hi Doug, Just wanted to know whether all the signs are world wide or Israel centric?

    • Great question. I don’t know.

      • Well, thanks for your honesty. I think that some signs are world wide, like when Jesus touches down on Mt.”O” I tend to see it as a world wide event. If one can imagine the globe becoming flat earth all of a sudden, at least in appearance. I am not quite able see Jesus on the television, for some reason He is more authentic. (like he is God) Yet who are we to determine for God how it all comes about. Just that it comes about is great for me. Thanks for your teaching and ongoing presentations. I hope you have more in the oven. On another note. I was reading Leviticus, where the outline of the duties of the High Priest are contained, I forgot the exact chap. and verse. What got me excited was when I took out my interlinear Bible and noticed that the word in Hebrew for “This” popped out to me. The my quote is sloppy but you may know the place, so here goes. “…and this he shall do…” speaking of the high priest going in to sprinkle blood on the ark for sin. When I saw that a male going in to do his job the word for this ought to be “zeh” for the sentence structure to resolve itself properly. So I saw that since the word for “this” was “Zot” I felt that this must speak to the inclusion of female as well as male in the process. I know that I should know the site for you to know how to reply, I just hope with my very sketchy memory you may still be able to give me your opinion. Whatever you can, please speak to this if you would.

  5. Naturally only god can determine when the Gentile period ends. We might already be in the Kingdom age but I do not think so. I think the rapture will happen. Is that right, Doug?

  6. I like you Doug, but calling something a craze is not what Pastor John Hagee would like. I believe that is confrontational. Also has not in the past when the blood moons did occur, didn’t something happen on the historical stage or in Church history, usually.. I mean calling something a craze is not a Holy statement, is it Doug. I think you are right most of the time but none of us know it all. I personally am going to start praying for the return of Jesus. Also about the period of the End of the Gentile, I think that is when the last person is saved then that ends the Gentile period and we go from the Church age to the kingdom age.
    God bless you Doug and thanks for opening my eyes to a lot of scripture.

    • But it is a craze…and it will be over soon and then we will be on to the next craze. I got caught up in it too.

  7. I do not think the time of the gentiles has ended yet.

  8. Good article, Doug.

    I don’t believe the blood moons thing, but Jonathan Cahn’s stuff about the Shemitah is interesting.

    …And perhaps most interesting for me is my discovery, upon looking into all the 9/23 hysteria in conspiracy circles, that 9/23 is the date on which Yom Kippur falls this year. …And even more startlingly, my discovery that Yom Kippur this year falls on the date which is exactly 17640 days (i.e. one prophetic Jubilee cycle of 49 years × 360 days) TO THE DAY since 7/6/67, i.e the date on which Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews, and the “time of the Gentiles” ended.

    • It could just be the start of Jacob’s trouble or Birth Pangs, but definitely not the rapture or start of the great tribulation. Why? because the antichrist has not appeared yet. Obama, Putin, Erdogan, Khameini, even the Pope does not fit to the characteristic of the antichrist. The Temple in Jerusalem has not even been rebuilt yet.

      Signs were already given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ so that we will know the season of the end. Pretribbers will look for other signs because they believe they will not be here when the antichrist will appear and when the Temple is about to be rebuilt.

      Warning to all Post Tribbers, the antichrist will come having the image of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the books, movies, and posters (bearded, long hair, good-looking). If you noticed, the image of Jesus Christ is posted all over facebook especially on suggested post and shared links, and even on a chain letter kind of posts.

      There could also be two antichrists, the first is a dummy that will be defeated by the other one so that this second antichrist will appear as the true messiah. Sigh, So many possibilities. Only trusting the Word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our study, could save us from not being deceived by this crafty and scheming satan in the guise of false teachers and false prophets. Please don’t get me wrong, I am coming from this principle:

      Matthew 16:15-17
      15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

      16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

      17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

      Just Six Verses after….

      Matthew 16:22-23
      22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

      23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

      My conclusion, Peter is not satan, so as the false teachers and false prophets.

      God Bless.

      • I agree with your idea that there will be two antichrists. One will be the false one before the real AC because satan imitates God. Gods Christ comes after a false one so satan must also have a false antiChrist. Also Matthew 24 speaks of two antichrists – “..when they say he is in the desert, dont go, when they say he is in the inner chambers, dont go. I think the Mahdi will be the decoy AC, this will also serve to confuse Christians into thinking the second AC is the messiah


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