Q. I have a question about the 2014-2015 blood moon tetrad. I realize the first 3 blood moons are not seen in Israel. Is it possible that these blood moons, seen in other parts of the world, could be a warning to the Jews still living in the Gentile nations? Maybe a warning to return to Israel? Considering that the anti-semitism in the Gentile nations has risen horribly, just since April 15, I’m wondering about this possible interpretation. After the rapture of the church, the danger to the Jews around the world will only increase, including in America. What are your thoughts?
A. This is probably not the answer you’re looking for, but I’m not a fan of the “blood moon” teaching. I think it’s a man made idea noticeably lacking in Biblical support. There are only three places in Scripture that mention the moon turning to blood; a prophecy in Joel 2:31, which was quoted in Acts 2:20, and Rev. 6:12, where Joel 2:31 will be fulfilled as a sign that the time of God’s wrath has come. That means the moon will only turn blood red once.
These verses can’t be a reference to a lunar eclipse because the sun will go black at the same time. And I don’t think there was any time in history when a series of lunar eclipses happened in a way that could have been interpreted as a sign for Israel. They either happened too late or were not visible in the Middle East, or both.
I’ve heard that the term “blood moon” was originally associated with the “hunter’s moon” which took place in the late fall of each year and was the last big hunt before winter, when lots of animals were killed. It was first applied to lunar eclipses when this “blood moon” teaching appeared. Personally, I think it falls into the category of “End Times Hysteria”.