Why John Hagee is certainly wrong about “blood moons”

John Hagee’s Harold Camping moment has arrived, and whether or not his followers will abandon him as most did that previous false prophet, Hagee is certainly just as wrong about Bible prophecy.

I have previously written a lengthier piece on Hagee’s “four blood moons” predictions, detailing the alarming level of date-setting in which he has engaged. In short, he openly ties to this lunar “tetrad” event to biblical prophecies in which he says Russia and Iran will be wiped off the map, the battle of Ezekiel 38 will occur, and “your redemption draweth nigh.” For these reasons I concluded that Hagee has gone far beyond anything Harold Camping ever did, and ought to be treated with the same utter rejection when his predictions fail.

In mainstream news outlets, however, Hagee has kept his predictions much more general. In an older interview with Fox, and now when contacted by New York Daily News, Hagee only predicts “something big is about to happen.” This is, of course, the kind of prediction that cannot fail to be proven true. If anything big happens between now and the feast of tabernacles 2015, Hagee can point to it as proof he was right.

There may indeed be “something big” on the near horizon of foreign affairs—especially with Russian foment in Ukraine and another even bigger financial crisis looming across the West. I would be shocked if nothing “big” happened in the next 18 months, and I would be shocked if whatever happens does not involve one of the volatile nations like Russia or Iran, Syria or Egypt, and perhaps Israel as well.

But whatever happens, it will have nothing to do with biblical prophecy—not as Hagee would have the unsuspecting general public believe. As I outlined last time, the “blood moon” Bible passage on which Hagee focuses makes it impossible that any modern events could be the fulfillment.

The refutation is as simple as Hagee’s predictions are grandiose: he ignores the context. According to multiple sources, including this latest New York Daily News piece, Hagee’s foundational passage is Acts 2:19–20:

He points to Acts 2:19-20, which reads, “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

The refutation lies in the very same passage. This is from Peter’s discourse on the famous day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, tongues of fire appeared above their heads, and they spoke in multiple languages, miraculously. A large group of international visitors heard them speak in their native languages. Some of the local religious elites accused these tongue-speaking disciples of being drunk—a 9am in the morning! Peter replied to them:

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day” (Acts 2:14–20).

Peter is quoting from Joel 2:28–31, but his application of it makes it not only clear but inescapable that the “blood moon” prophecy of Joel was being fulfilled right there in the first century. The earth-and heavens-shaking event which indicated this was the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its manifestations right before their eyes.

This means the blood moon and darkened sun, and the “day of the Lord” of which Joel spoke, pertained to the first century. Indeed, it was the total devastation of the old covenant temple and the leveling of the city of Jerusalem in AD 70 which proved this once and for all.

Peter was not speaking of celestial events that would occur two thousand years from his own audience. He applied Joel 2 to his time and his audience in the first century. “This is” means “what you see here and now is what was predicted.” It does not mean “Don’t worry guys, this won’t happen for another two millennia.”

For us this means, “this already happened—two thousand years ago.” It has nothing to do, prophetically or biblically, with 2014 or 2015.

In short, Peter’s interpretation of Joel makes John Hagee’s interpretation impossible. John Hagee is certainly wrong about Acts 2:19–20.

He may not be wrong about great geopolitical events occurring in the near future, and they may even involve Israel. But they will have nothing to do with the alleged prophecy he is quoting.

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133 comments
KingTerry
KingTerry

This is my recommendation, Mankind is going to be forced to admit *rejection of the commandments* is what has lead to the overall breakdown of our societies and in the end they will be forced to admit they should be teaching the children the Commandments. The Commandments are our saviour (The Messiah or King) will be forced to us the Torah Commandments! (NO PROPHET HAS CLAIMED THE BOOK WILL BE NEW) How is that for a realistic viewpoint. (Revelation) Those who keep my commandments will be able to ENTER THE GATES in the holy city...

Roger Davis
Roger Davis

Watch the sky for signs and wanders, what are you looking at?  Understanding the Bible is not one of your strong points! Sorry.


ccsteph50
ccsteph50

If the strong man had know what hour the thief would come, he would not have allowed his house to be broken up.

ccsteph50
ccsteph50

Wrong? This event has only occurred 8 times in 200 years. Think for a second, maybe this,is a sign in th moon and stars as the bible speaks. Given the current history of the world and times we live, this is,quite relevant. It won't happen again for 500 years. Wake up brother.

peacemaker33
peacemaker33

Careful what you say about God's people being wrong. I believe that our father in heaven gives chosen ones visual signs to show us.

KingTerry
KingTerry

THE ONE THING THEY SAID WAS "NO MAN SHALL KNOW THE TIME" DO THEY EVEN READ?

bopri
bopri

@KingTerry  The Jewish Festival, "Yom Teruah" or "Feast of Trumpets" is the Festival that is also known as "The Festival That No Man Knows The Hour," before it begins (10 days prior to Yom Kippur) the new moon must be witnessed by two men and attested to.  Interesting to say the least, don't you think?

ccsteph50
ccsteph50

Agree . you have to take scripture in light of other scriptures. How could the scripture , God does nothing lest his prophets be warned, be true if we cannot be aware of end times?

TimFuller
TimFuller

It has everything to do with Bible Prophecy.Wake Up ...................

MontyVT
MontyVT

I appreciate Joel's comments. I have not read the book as of yet. I think he is making a mistake by not realizing or acknowledging that many events or prophecies recorded in the bible have near or current and future relevance and specificity. Perhaps Dr Joel is short sighted or simply ignorant. I appreciate commentaries and criticisms that are truly insightful and wise. His is neither.

JerryDunn
JerryDunn

@MontyVT Or maybe you need to look at the "timing" prophecies.  Jesus told His disciples that He would return, and the temple be destroyed, in their generation.  Take a closer look at Matt. 24 and Luke 21, and understand when these events were to take place - within "this generation".

okmedia
okmedia

In the first century is when the Holy Spirit began to be poured out, who said it would never increase? I believe the out pouring is going to greatly increase as we get closer to the end, which would be the Day of the Lord.

FelixdelaCruz1
FelixdelaCruz1

I read the book by Hagee.  I got that there have been some very important events that happened to the Jewish people during "blood moons".  My take was to look for something very important to happen during the "blood moons" in 2014 and 2015.  In current events our president is distancing himself from Israel and giving in to Iran's pursuit of nuclear power (weapons).  Nostradamus also predicted this. Christian beheading in the wake of ISSI. What is the "Mark of the Beast"?  Is it compliance to and Islamic State?  I do not know do you?  Whether you believe either or not does not mean you should not be aware of what is happening in the world and trying to "debunk" someone is a waste of time and effort.  "Look Up" scripture says and not to your own understanding and look to God.  Be ready in that time.  "No one knows the time except My Father in Heaven".  Peter did not know, John did not know, and Jesus did not know.  In the book of Hagee it is clear that he does not know.....Only God in Heaven.  Hagee is just telling you to "Look Up to God in Heaven" and to be in tune with the signs and wonders of God.

roseheart713
roseheart713

Does this guy really believe that a fricking blood moon is part of the end times for 2014-2015? That guy must be a fundamentalist, people who say that this is going to happen now are a bunch of religious fanatics! Geez Louise!

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GQ4U
GQ4U

Very insightful expose' of Hagee's false prophecy

lo
lo

Does anyone not care that Israel could not even view the eclipse. Was this taken into effect? Maybe the last two were seen in Israel and not the united states? Unless watching the news no one in Israel would have any clue that the united states would have a tetrad of blood moons.

Jimmie
Jimmie

Micheal,Tia,Arrow,You are like walls to a house you are right but not connected. God is the one that puts the roof on it all.As it relates to the New Test all must receive Christ to be saved Jew or Gentile (elementary) That make us Abrahams children Gal 3. In discussions you must be careful to distinguish between Gods promises to Israel and Judaism. The people verse the religion. The Jews were tasked with evangelizing the whole world. To bring an old test faith in the one true God. The did not do a good job of it and used their power to lord over people and as Christ told the Pharisees they would not go into the kingdom or allow others to go. That is why salvation went over to the gentiles "unbelief" Read all Rom 11 but vs 26 says all Israel will be saved. That is what most of Rev is...

Michael
Michael

I get a kick in my spirit from this site

Michael
Michael

I am nothing with out god .... With him all things are possible ... In my weakness he's my strength ... Oh lord let the division between your children stop fill their hearts with love compassion understanding and consideration for each other , lord let your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. Teach us your ways because they are far beyond ours .. I love you lord of lord king of kings .. In Jesus name I pray amen

Michael
Michael

Yes I love Jesus ...... What turns people away from church is the division between us all what blinds people from Jesus is the conflict and disagreements between us all ..... How can you remove the speck from your brothers eye if u first don't remove the rod from your own ..... Faith with out works is dead lead by example of what u do not by example of what u say let Christ be seen through your actions . Unfortunately we all mess up we all pick we all criticize none of us are perfect we all face correction and all have a lot to learn but rant we lucky that Jesus Christ our lord and savior doesn't correct or act the way we do praise glory and honor to our lord Jesus Christ

Arrow
Arrow

So, discussions about the Bible are not acceptable unless we all have exactly the same perspective?

Michael
Michael

You guys are just in for the arguments arnt you :-) fortunately I don't have to defend myself I don't react to darkness I only respond to the father ....... Fruits of the spirit ....... You will know them from their fruits love peace joy honesty long suffering compassion . Love never judges nor does it seek out to hurt condemn criticize pick put down think less of single out mock gossip or ostracize my greatest commandment is love Jesus said ,can u honestly apply love to anything you have said ..... Opinions are like pooshoots mate everybody has one let go of your opinions and give god the glory ..... (Still trying to work out where I said discussions arnt good though and the part where I said we all have to have the same perspective ?????) god bless arrow;-)

Arrow
Arrow

Michael, you seem to think that having a discussion about a biblical issue, and airing differing viewpoints, is somehow "division". At least that is what I understand from reading your posts. You also seem very judgmental of anyone who participates in such discussions. If you are a Christian, you need to think about how your beliefs came to you. They have been worked out from serious study of the Bible, along with centuries of debate and often much difficulty. Biblical doctrines have been guarded and defended through the ages and are a great gift to us. Do not take lightly the work and interests of your fellow Christians who work to understand and preserve these important doctrines of Christianity.

Michael
Michael

Like I said "arrow" you guys are just in for the argument live by and be led by the spirit champ follow the doctrine and prove it in you actions not in your empty words if you think bagging people is discussion then I may add that the error in definition is on your side not mine .... Discussing people behind their back is cowardice and basic school kid tactics ..... And then I read more out come the accusations that try to start an argument and then the accusations that I'm not a Christian hehehehehehe god bless you arrow if that is your christian name not just some tough sounding last on the popular list I can't think of a good one tv show if u think I was judging u ha whatever keep bagging people see where it gets you it shows immaturity as a Christian

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Arrow

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Jose Sanchez
Jose Sanchez

Division is necessary when we want to be pure. Some teachings and ideas are toxic to our spirit. It's is like committing adultery when we embrace erroneous concepts and unite Our Husband to something that is not of His Bride but of some other entity all together. God's covenant with Israel has been broken. When a husband dies the woman is freed from her covenant with Him. Jesus Christ is The Lord of the Covenant. He is the manifestation of Israel's Covenant with God. When that spear pierced His side and He gave up His Spirit, the covenant covering was lifted, the veil ripped, and the negative sanctions of a broken covenant befell Israel. For God to "remarry" would go against His own Word. Instead God is preparing a bride for His Son. This is New Covenant Israel, the Church...

Michael
Michael

I have a question for you all on here ......... Do you love Jesus

Arrow
Arrow

Michael, do you?

TIA
TIA

Yes!

Michelle
Michelle

I am not understanding all of the confusion with John Hagee. I have listened to his four blood moon sermon and not one time did he predict a date of the Lords coming, in fact he plainly stated Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Mr. Hagee has been simply explaining that every time something has happened to Israel a blood moon has appeared, he has researched and NASA has confirmed the dates of each blood moon and something big has happened to Israel, lets not forget that Israel is important to God, he is not finished with Israel, they will realize Jesus is in fact Lord and Savior.

Michael Riemer
Michael Riemer

God was finished with Israel in AD 70. Those today who call themselves Jews are just followers of a false religion. A true Jew loves Jesus.

Kenneth
Kenneth

You are wrong. No where does the Bible say that. To believe that would make God a liar when he said to Abraham that I will establish and everlasting covenant between me and thee and thy descendants.

Arrow
Arrow

"what is the false religion they are following…" Judaism.

Arrow
Arrow

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ...There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:16, 28-29 "And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. [10] And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Matt. 3:9,10

Eric
Eric

God's chosen people in the New Testament era are the elect in Christ.

TIA
TIA

Arrow, I love those verses in Galatians. They are perfect for these situations. Gal. 3:7 also clearly spells out who are Abraham's children (and thus the inheritors of the promises made to Abraham). Rom. 2:28-29 are also good regarding who is a Jew.

Arrow
Arrow

TIA, yes, as a person was taught dispensationalism for a long time, as I eventually began to investigate further I just could not get past Gal. 3, especially. There are just not enough "yes but's" and "what it really means's" in the world to get around it with honesty.

TIA
TIA

Arrow, With me, it was more Daniel, Matthew 24, and Revelation that caused me to doubt dispensationalism. There were too many things that just didn't make sense in the dispensational system. Like you say, they have to ignore, explain away, use convoluted reasoning, make excuses, etc. for why the passages don't say what they clearly seem to say. Galatians 3 was new to me last year when we went through a Bible study on it. Of course I had read it many times before, but I had never really noticed the connection: inheritors of the promise = Abraham's children = those who are of faith = those who are in Christ. In order for dispensationalists to affirm that the promises made to Abraham are for the Jews/ethnic Israel, they have to deny that believers belong to Christ. No thanks!

Arrow
Arrow

Come to think of it you are right about Matt. 24. I'd say that Matt 24 is what got me started in doubting dispensationalism, and Gal 3 that sort of finished it. But I still have a lot of questions.

Arrow
Arrow

Wonder where Kenneth went.

Michael Riemer
Michael Riemer

First question: It says that in Matthew 21:43 The Jews are God’s chosen people? Jesus said to the Jews: “Ye are of your father the devil…” (John 8). Read whole chapter for the context. What false religion are they following? Jews, the followers of Judaism, are not God’s people. But, if they repent and turn from that fallacious dogma they can become part of God’s family. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22). God’s chosen people are Christians. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” (I Peter 2:9). See also Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; Rom. 8;14; Gal. 3:26, 4:5-7; Phil. 2:15; Col. 1:13, 4:11

TIA
TIA

Maybe he was raptured? ;)

Jose Sanchez
Jose Sanchez

You're right brad. God is not finished with Israel. You just hit two birds with one stone. First the Church is going to be victorious in history. Because the Church is the body of Christ and Christ is the Apple of God's eye. All who are in Christ belong to Him and are of Him. And second, there is no partiality in God. All people have become strangers to the Covenant and even the Jews must "renew" this covenant (be born again) by being adopted into the Faith and Name of Jesus Christ. God is not Done with His People.

brad cornell
brad cornell

Where does it say that in the bible Michael. To say God is finished with Israel is a joke, what part of the bible are you not ready? The Jews are in fact the chosen people and the majority will come to Christ, what is the false religion they are following... Do not mock God's chosen, there are many scriptures that proclaim the Jew are a special people and we better support them not believing in Jesus as Lord and savior or not. God Bless you Michael and have a Blessed Easter..He is Risen....

peacemaker1982
peacemaker1982

Amen!! You people need to take a close look at this message from Michael and stop criticizing. This is the honest truth.