Controversial Pastor John Hagee Says “Blood Moon” Eclipses are Warning from God
Before the age of electric lights and Kepler’s Laws of Motion, eclipses were seen as a direct message from the heavens that we mortals were in trouble with the gods. Of course, now that the movements of heavenly bodies are meticulously tracked and charted and we know exactly when, where, and why these cosmic events happen.
Yet, humans are going to be human one supposes. Case in point, popular televangelist John Hagee is convinced that the tetrad of lunar eclipses that will happen this year are a sign from on high that the wrath of God is going to rain down on humanity. Conveniently, the pastor has written a book about the tetrad that is currently available for purchase.
According to the New York Daily News, Hagee cites the Bible—Acts of the Apostles 2:19, to be precise—that makes explicit references to eclipses as a harbinger of the apocalypse. Also, all four of the eclipses occur during Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles. Significant events have occurred following past blood moons, such as Jews being expelled from Spain in 1493 or the Six-Day War in 1967. Of course, the blood moon does not always portend disaster, since one also occurred soon after Israel’s founding.
So, while Pastor Hagee is all fire-and-brimstone, he’d hedging his bets in case the world does not end after the tetrad. Instead he says, “God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?” Given Hagee’s past stances on the Islamic faith and homosexuality, the safe bet is that he believes we aren’t.
Image By Peter Gaylard from Australia (Blood Moon 28th Aug 2007) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
One thing that is unique about this particular series of eclipses is that all four will be visible from America. The first eclipse happened earlier this month, and the next one occurs in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 15. The eclipse will begin around 2 AM EDT. NASA will be live-streaming the event as well, here.