Pastor Claims ‘Blood Moons’ a Sign of Things to Come

April 14, 2014 | 8 comments

John Hagee is an Evangelical pastor at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of several books. His latest book claims that four blood moons will appear over America as a sign from God that a world-shaking event will soon take place. These blood moons are part of a set of consecutive lunar eclipses beginning on April 15 (tomorrow!) and continuing in six month intervals until October 2015.

This phenomenon is also known as a tetrad, when the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow for four eclipses in a row. They are called “blood moons” because the moon appears red in the sky from refracted light.

What is the significance of these blood moons?

Hagee appeals to Acts 2:20 which says, “the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

According to him, past blood moons have occurred near pivotal events in Jewish history: In 1493 while the Jews were being expelled from Spain, 1949 after the state of Israel was founded, and 1967 during the Six-Day War. Therefore, in his opinion, this new round of blood moons is a sign from God that some major event in the history of the Jewish people is about to take place.

It’s probably worth pointing out that not a single one of these blood moons occurred before the event Hagee claims they are associated with. If these specific phenomena were meant as a sign of things to come, they were late in appearing.

Anti-Catholics Die Hard

What is almost as striking as the prophecy itself is the anti-Catholicism in the book.

You may remember the controversy in 2008 when Hagee endorsed presidential candidate John McCain. After Bill Donahue of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights called him out, Hagee responded with a videotaped statement and press release denying he was anti-Catholic.

If he’s not anti-Catholic, then you wouldn’t know it from the tone of this book.

For example, Hagee says “Historic Christianity has left a legacy of evil,” claiming the Crusaders were “rapists and thieves forgiven in advance by the reigning pope for any sins they might commit while on their holy campaign to liberate Jerusalem from the ‘infidels’” (pg 10).

In addition to this claim being a distortion of historical fact, it also displays a misunderstanding of Catholic teaching. The Catholic Answers tract on indulgences explains:

The Church has always taught that indulgences do not apply to sins not yet committed. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes, "[An indulgence] is not a permission to commit sin, nor a pardon of future sin; neither could be granted by any power."

In chapter 13 of the book, Hagee launches into a critique of the Spanish Inquisition using long-debunked estimates of casualties.

Another Harold Camping?

Christian radio broadcaster and author Harold Camping famoulsy predicted the end of the world would come on May 21, 2011. He was famoulsy wrong. When his readjusted prophecy for October 11 that same year had come and gone, Camping finally conceded that it is not possible for anyone to know the exact date of the end of the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 explains that the end will come "like a thief in the night." Pastor Hagee apparently agrees with this passage of Scripture. Rather than an apocalyptic end-times prediction, Four Blood Moons only predicts that something "big" is going to happen in connection with Israel.

Given the tension in the Middle East in recent decades, it seems to me that one need not rely on celestial signs to predict more shake-ups in the region. In the meantime, I will pray for peace.

If you are interested in a more balanced view of the end-times, I recommend What Jesus Really Said About the End of the World by author David B. Currie. 


Jon Sorensen earned his bachelor’s degree in 3D Animation and Visual Communications in 2004 from Platt College, Ontario. Before coming to Catholic Answers, he worked in the automotive industry producing television commercials and corporate video. He has also produced motion graphics for several feature-...

What Jesus Really Said About The End Of The World
In What Jesus Really Said About the End of the World, author David Currie author of Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic examines Christ’s end-times prophecies in an attempt to get to the bottom of this profoundly important question.

Comments by Catholic.com Members

#1  Harry Ehmann - Bedford, Texas

Very curious that Rev. Hagee would overlook the fact that no "blood moons" actually occured in proximity to the events he would link to them. In any case all these events combined would not equal the impact of the Holocaust. Cosmic oversight?

April 15, 2014 at 4:45 am PST
#2  Jon Sorensen - El Cajon, California - Catholic Answers Blogger

I think they happened in proximity to the events he references, but they didn't happen *before* the events. They could hardly be seen then as signs of things to come. Cosmic procrastination.

April 15, 2014 at 7:56 am PST
#3  Jeff Woehrle - Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, Reverend Hagee does more harm than good with his predictions. Christianity as a whole is smeared by folks pretending to have inside information. I am sure that the good Reverend will have a boatload of excuses when his predictions turn out wrong, but damage to Christianity's image will have already been done.

April 15, 2014 at 9:42 am PST
#4  Hugh Wahl - Keller, Texas

1 Thessalonians 5 does not say that the Lord comes as a theif in the night to those that are His. Read it, it says that the Lord comes as a thief to those that are the darkness and asleep. If Hagee believes as you do, you are both gravely mistaken.

1 Thessalonians 5

1 Thessalonians 5
5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

April 18, 2014 at 11:18 am PST
#5  Jon Sorensen - El Cajon, California - Catholic Answers Blogger

I beg to differ, sir. 1 Thessalonians 5 says that the end comes like a thief in the night' but that the day will not overtake belivers as a thief might. In other words, the beliver is already prepared for the end, whenever it may be. Matthew 24:36 says no one can know the day or the hour of the end except the Father. My point is that any believer, based on what is painfully obvious in Scripture, should be cautious in putting any stock at all in end times predictions. This, I imagine, is why Hagee does not go as far as others (see Mark Blitz) in predicting these blood moons signify the Second Coming.

April 19, 2014 at 7:27 am PST
#6  Stevie Davis - Queen Creek, Arizona

"I am sure that the good Reverend will have a boatload of excuses when his predictions turn out wrong"

what predictions?

"they didn't happen *before* the events"
do they have to for some reason? If someone is paying attention to when they will appear - they will have advanced notice of it.

what it is saying in 1 Thess is unbelievers will have no idea... and believers will. It won't come like a thief to believers. We don't need to know the day or time - we know the season.

April 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm PST
#7  Stevie Davis - Queen Creek, Arizona

"Hagee says “Historic Christianity has left a legacy of evil,” claiming the Crusaders were “rapists and thieves forgiven in advance by the reigning pope for any sins they might commit while on their holy campaign to liberate Jerusalem from the ‘infidels"

did Hagee say it was an indulgence?

April 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm PST
#8  Jimmy Roane - Allen, Texas

What these doomsday sayers neglect to tell you is that the coming four blood moons will be the eighth time this has happened since 1 AD. They mean nothing as far as the Bible is concerned, as far as I can see.

Admittedly, the coincidences are intriguing; however, we must point out that coincidences are not necessarily mutually contingent and there may be other factors like for instance since the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and the coincidence of the first blood moon falling on the Passover by necessity astronomically will place the other three blood moon on a Jewish holiday also. So, as with so much that goes with prophecy identifying the signs for and of fulfillment can sometimes get really wonky depending on the inclination or the predisposition of the interpreter. Therefore, I don't think I would hock the country store to wager a bet on this one. Besides, admittedly I am color blind, but it looks more orange than blood red to me.

It has been my observation that prophecy is understood more thoroughly after the fact, consequently, it is best not to sell one's theology out to specifics which may or may not be there. As the song goes, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)" and I would just leave it there in the knowledge that we are safe and secure in His presence and forever safe there in HIs loving arms.

April 23, 2014 at 9:57 am PST

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