Another Critique of the Blood Moon Rapture Theory

Update: I've written a third critique of the theory titled "Debunking the Four Blood Moons Theory" which you can access at the link below.  I consider this third critique to be my definitive article on the subject as it debunks the theory in a way that people of all different Rapture viewpoints can see how flawed the theory is.


I noticed my Blood Moon Rapture theory critique recently became the top article listed on Google relating to the search terms “Blood Moon Rapture”. This development has led to a big a boost in new visitors to the blog. For newer readers who haven’t heard about the theory, here is a quick summary of what the Blood Moon Rapture theory is:

The Blood Moon Rapture theory (or Red Moon Rapture theory) posits that the Second Coming of Christ is likely going to occur in 2014 or 2015 when there will be four consecutive, total lunar eclipses or a tetrad. These total lunar eclipses will coincide with two major holidays on the Jewish calendar in 2014 and 2015: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). Here are the major dates below:

The Next Set of Total Lunar Eclipses that Coincide With Jewish Holiday Periods

Supporters of this theory believe the Rapture is likely going to take place on one of the days which will have a total lunar eclipse.

There are a few verses in the Bible that describe the moon turning red or into blood just prior to the Rapture.

  • Joe 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
  • Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
  • Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
  • Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

The Blood Moon theory attracts a lot of proponents because these total lunar eclipses are capable of turning the moon into the color of blood (hence the term “blood moon”). In addition, the fact that these total lunar eclipses will occur on important Jewish holidays makes people wonder if something really important is going on.

In my previous critique I cited my Rapture viewpoint and my viewpoint on our proximity to the End Times as my reason why I did not believe in the theory. Today I want to critique the theory again, but in a far more analytical way using historical and scientific data for those who do not agree with my Rapture position and my viewpoint our proximity to the End Times.

The idea that something could happen during a Jewish holiday period has some appeal since there can be some symbolism involved. However, it’s not unprecedented for a total lunar eclipse to occur during a Jewish holiday period. In fact, this coincidence has taken place several times in the past fifty years. Below is a list of total lunar eclipses that have taken place during Jewish Holiday periods over the past fifty years.

Recent Total Lunar Eclipses that Coincided With Jewish Holiday Periods

The dates above suggest we are not guaranteed the Rapture when a total lunar eclipse occurs during a Jewish holiday period. This type of event has taken place several times in the past without anything Earth-shattering taking place.

  • Some people might point out that some important events regarding Israel did take place in 1967, but those events did not take place when there was total lunar eclipse.
  • Some people might point out that it’s going to be a long time before we have another total lunar eclipse coincide with a Jewish holiday after 2015. The rebuttal I have for that point is: “Where in the Bible does it specifically say that the Rapture must take place at a time of a total lunar eclipse?” Sure the moon’s appearance changes, but a total lunar eclipse isn’t the only thing that can make the moon’s appearance change like that…

Another issue that I have with the Blood Moon Rapture theory is that the upcoming total lunar eclipses are going to have limited visibility across the world. NASA’s maps of who will see these upcoming total lunar eclipse and who will not reveal that large segments of the world’s population will not see each of the upcoming total lunar eclipses during Jewish holiday periods. Here is a brief overview of who will not see the upcoming total lunar eclipses (when you click the links over the day a map should popup in another tab/window on your browser):

April 15, 2014: Nisan 15 (Passover)
  • The Middle East, most of Asia, eastern parts of Africa, and most of Europe will be unable to see the total lunar eclipse.

October 8, 2014: Tishri 14
  • The Middle East, Europe, and Africa will be unable to see the total lunar eclipse.

April 4, 2015: Nisan 15 (Passover)
  • Europe, Africa, and nearly the entire Middle East will be unable to see the total lunar eclipse.

September 28, 2015: Tishri 15: (Sukkoth)
  • Most of Asia and all of Australia will be unable to see the total lunar eclipse

NASA’s maps demonstrate that many people won’t see the moon turn “blood red” as a result of a total lunar eclipse. This means that if you believe that the Rapture will take place at a time of a total lunar eclipse you must also accept the idea that there will be people who will be unable to see the moon turn into “blood” at the time of the Rapture. This is a difficult idea for me to accept because Revelation 6:12-17 suggests that everyone on Earth at that time will see the events following the opening of the sixth seal take place:

  • Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
  • Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
  • Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
  • Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
  • Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
  • Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Consequently, I do not believe the change in the moon’s appearance is due to a total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is unlikely going to be the event that turns the moon’s appearance into “blood” at the time of the sixth seal as billions of people won’t even notice that a total lunar eclipse is taking place…

  • Three out of Four of the upcoming total lunar eclipses during Jewish holiday periods won't even be visible to the Middle East. You'd think that people in the Middle East would see the moon turn into "blood" during the sixth seal since that's where much of the action is taking place...

This is probably not my last critique of the Blood Moon Rapture theory because I have a theory of my own about what causes the moon’s appearance to change. I’ll save that topic for another day…

33 comments: (+add yours?)

Anonymous said...

When revelation says that the sun turns black as sackcloth and the moon red as blood , and the stars fall from the heaven to the earth, it does not sound like a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse only effects the moon, whatever it is that is going to happen is going to effect alot more than just the moon.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Yes, good observation. What I think is going to happen at that time is interconnected.

Connie said...

If one reads Revelation as a chronological book, which I do, the next event after the blood moon is the trumpet judgments. The first four are all about the earth colliding with some heavenly bodies - meteors, asteroid, possibly a comet. This is what no doubt causes the blood moon. One must realize the the information Christ gave in Matt. 24 was incomplete and fill in the gaps between verses using Revelation. Just as the O.T. did not indicate the 2,000 years between the first and second coming, Christ does not tell everything to the disciples that happens between verses 29 and 30 in Matt. 24. They weren't ready to hear it. He saved that for John later on. The trumpet judgments come between those two verses. Christ raptures the harvest in Rev. 14,(notice how it sounds just like in Matt. 24) just before the bowl judgments, which are classified by the host in heaven in chapter 11 as God's wrath, or the time of the dead to be judged and rewarded, and the world to be punished. The mention of God's wrath at the sixth seal is by people on earth out of conjecture, not a pronouncement by the host of heaven as a fact. In chapter 11 we are told the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of the Lord, God's wrath is come, the saints are rewarded, etc. right after the 1260 days of the witnesses, which coincides with the end of the second woe (6th trumpet). That is when God's wrath begins and when Satan's reign ends. Antichrist reigns 42 months - 1260 days, or right up until the bowl judgments, so Christ's reign as supreme King does not begin until Satan's ends. Everything up through then has been Satan's doing with God's permission and cooperation. Christ has redeemed the mortgage on planet earth with the opening of the seventh seal, but His reign does not start until the agreed upon conditions of that last seal have been completely met, which occurs at the last trump (remember this term is used in conjunction with the rapture)or seventh trumpet. Notice that Satan starts with wars, famines, pestilence and martyrdom to try to destroy people, then escalates to trying to literally destroy the planet as well as the people to keep God from fulfilling His promises. God's wrath is 30 days in length, quick and decisive, not long and drawn out. Yes, I know we are not to know the day or the hour of the rapture(he does not say the season - we are to know that). I also did not say that the rapture occurs at the 1260th day, it occurs somewhere around there probably either Rosh haShanah or Yom Kippur, but nobody will know when those days occur at that point, given the change in the heavens and the change in the orbit of the earth (which is prophesied in the O.T.) While the bowl judgments do not go beyond 30 days after the 1260, nowhere are we told on what day they commence after the 1260, which means that there may be a few days gap which keeps us from pinpointing the day of the rapture. That's why Christ keeps telling us to ENDURE TO THE END. It literally is almost the very end. As to the group on the sea of glass that came out of the tribulation - yes, they come out of the tribulation, but notice that it never says that Christ left the scene to go rapture them. They are the rest of the ones that the 5th seal martyrs are told have to be killed as they were. Sorry folks, a LOT of us will be killed.

Connie said...

Revelation is chronological for the most part. The blood moon occurs before the earth is hit with meteors, an asteroid, and possibly a comet in the trumpet judgments. Their approach no doubt causes the blood moon. The rapture is in Rev. 14. It matches Matt. 24. It is right before the bowls which are, according to Rev. 11, God's wrath. This post doesn't allow for much discussion, so I can't explain further.

Connie said...

Sorry for the second post, it said it had refused the first.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Thanks for the comment Connie. You imply that the trumpet judgments are the cause of the Blood Moon, but the Blood Moon is connected with the sixth seal. With a chronological reading of the Book of Revelation it could not be the trumpet judgments that cause it since they occur after the opening of the sixth seal and seventh seal. How do you reconcile that?

I tend to read the Book of Revelation chapters 6 to 11 in mostly chronological order with most of the chapters after Revelation 11 filling in the details given in chapters 6 through 11 (I need to write an article about why I read it this way sometime soon...)

Connie said...

So sorry. Living in a male dominated household if there is one thing I have learned it is that testosterone NEVER understands estrogen no matter how crystal clear estrogen thinks she is being. I should have had one of my sons read that before I posted it to ensure that it was male oriented. Okay. I'll try again. I wrote in the first post that the next event on earth AFTER the blood moon is the trumpet judgments. I think you agree. In the next post I wrote that the blood moon occurs BEFORE the events in the trumpet judgments. Are we still agreed? I think so. Now I will try to elucidate what escaped me before. In a way you are right that I am implying that the trumpet judgments are the cause of the sixth seal, but you misunderstood how that occurs. The OBJECTS CAUSING the trumpet judgments have to approach the earth before they can hit it, correct? A lunar eclipse is caused by an object getting between the sun and the moon. Correct? Normally this is the earth, but as you so correctly pointed out, this is not seen around the entire earth, so therefore a regular blood moon does not fit the bill. I am saying that the objects that will eventually hit the earth will, before they get that close, come between the moon and the sun at some point where the earth as it rotates will see an eclipse of the moon. It will be viewable from everywhere on earth, because it will not be the earth causing it. These same objects may also have the ability to blot out the sun as they get closer, which would make the sun turn dark, as they get in the way of our view of the sun as they approach us. Then, after the blood moon and the sun turning dark as said in the sixth seal, they will hit us in the trumpet judgments. Is that a little more clear? My son just left the house so I couldn't have him proof it. Hope I am a little more clear this time. If not I'll try again.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I understand what you're saying now. You're crystal clear! :) I read your post earlier while I was still half asleep so I'm sorry that you had to write more than you had to! I try my best to understand females. A vast majority of my friends are female... Your theory is very interesting! It's a lot more viable than the Blood Moon/Red Moon theory.

LearnBibleProphecy said...

I submit to you that, while we can't be 100% sure, there still may be something to this unusual event yet. See http://learnbibleprophecy.blogspot.com/2011/01/blood-red-moons-and-solar-eclipses-in.html

- Jeffrey R. Camino
Learn Bible Prophecy Ministries
http://www.LearnBibleProphecy.com

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Something unusual could happen during that time, but something unusual could happen at any time. However, since there apparently is some precedent for the tetrad to occur near the time of important events there is the potential for something unusual to happen again at that time. It won't be the Rapture though in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

In my humble opinion it will be the initiation of the events leading to the rebuilding of the temple. This will set in motion the events for the tribulation period and the rapture.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Can you please elaborate what you mean when you say "the initiation of the events leading to the rebuilding of the temple"? Are you thinking about birth pangs when you say "these events"?

Dy said...

Revelation 6:12

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as blood”…

It’s strange that the supermoon was white in almost everywhere else except the one in Washintong D C ..

It was the supermoon occurence on Saturday. The shade is highly unusual. Plus Japan just had one of the worst earthquakes in history...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Perigee_Moon_19_March_2011_Lincoln_Memorial.jpg

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I saw the photo of the reddish moon at the Lincoln Memorial last night and saved it. Plus I saw a photo of it in England http://bit.ly/gXsVP8

I suspect the reddish moon in these pictures is from clouds or smoke in the air.

4angel007 said...

Wow.... Connie i could not sad it better, have 3 sons and a constant battle on my hand.
Maybe this is the present for me in the last days. :)
We just do not see eye to eye and the female is the small minded stupid person all the time usually no matter what is the subject. My sons are 43, 33 and 19 the youngest. They are all smarter then I, and know more then me, so i was told. Oldest not a believer,and I am a small minded idiot to believe that there is a God! The other 2 is saved but DO NOT CARE which made me realize this is the I don't care generation and keep them in prayer constantly.
God bless
Gabriella

PS. Sorry i speak and write with an accent :)

Connie said...

Thank you for the chuckle. Wow, you have quite a spread of ages there. Between the eldest who isn't saved, and the youngest who is a teenager I can only imagine what you must endure. My one son seems to understand me part of the time, so there are moments when I don't question whether I am speaking English or not. Love the accent. My prayers are with you. Connie

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http://www.betemunah.org/4eclipses.html

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fourteen said...

You are correct when you say blood red moons are not directly connected to the Rapture. Blood red moons are usually a sign ( usually of war i.e 1948 and 1967. The bible prophecies 2 very soon comung wars: The war of Psalm 83 and the war of Gog and Magog. The Rapture is tied in with the 7 year "peace pact" and the rebiulding of the Temple. Jewish wedding feasts were 7 days long and Jubilee years are every seven years, the next one in 2015. There are also 2 comets; Ison coming around this year and Spring siding next year. It's all coming together - it's not random God has everything planned out meticulously! I also believe there will be a great awakening/revival coming as early as 2014, the year when things will really start happening!

fourteen said...

I don't buy the theory that the Rapture will be at the end. Why would the Groom allow the bride to go through the tribulation after He has paid for her release? people need to differentiate between verses pertaining to the second coming and the Rapture. There is a big difference. The Rapture is tied in with a Jewish wedding feast ( 7 days or for the Messiah 7 years.) Also 50% of the population won't survive the Tribulation so what's the point for us to go through it? That makes no sense to me at all! There are many verses to support a pre7 year Rapture. Even Enoch and Noah are a picture of the Rapture. It will happen soon! Things will really accelerate 2014!

Connie45 said...

There really aren't any verses to support pre-trib unless you twist them to mean it. As for why would the Groom allow the Bride to go through tribulation? How about to purge her of her apostasy, which we are told will be the state of the church before He returns. Being chastised and purged is not the same as eternal punishment. You are equating the two if you say that we need not suffer persecution because He died for our sins. They are totally different. We are told we WILL suffer persecution and possibly martyrdom if we choose to follow Christ. That is what we should expect, not to skate through life with no animosity from the world, especially in this day and age. The Laodicean church, which is alive and well especially in America, thinks they are just fine. They aren't. What did Christ say to these churches in Revelation? He told them He was coming to judge them, because they were found wanting. Only a few in each one have ears to hear and walk with Him the way He wants. Judgment begins with the HOUSE of GOD, not the world. The tribulation by definition is not God's wrath. Look up the words in Greek. They are not the same. The wedding feast occurs at the end. It is literally during the week of the last Feast of Tabernacles of this age, not 7 years before His return, as pre-tribbers suppose. The spring feasts were not fulfilled over the course of years during His ministry. They were all fulfilled in that last year, one right after the other. So too will the fall feasts be fulfilled during the same year, one right after the other.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

It's amazing how so many people repeat the same viewpoints when the evidence isn't there to support those viewpoints...

The point you made about the seven churches is excellent. Christ gave many of those churches a warning to clean up their act.

I'll add that the great commission in Matthew 28 is seen as a call to Christians to spread the gospel worldwide.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.



Matthew 28:20 ought to put an end of any controversy about whether Christians will be on Earth during the end times. Christ will be with us until the end of the world, which means that Christians will be on Earth until the end of the world. The end of the world is one of the key topics of Matthew 24 and is directly connected to the coming of Christ. I could easily write a blog article about this in the future.

Hannah said...

You have very well thought out and communicated your reasons to dispute the book's theories. I haven't read and won't read the book because I feel that for me it would be a waste of time because I know that I wouldn't agree with it. I did however see an interview with Mr Hagee and could barely sit through it. So since you have read it let me ask you this, does John Hagee ever say why it has to be 4 blood moons? I know that apparently 4 moons have occurred during these special events but where is his Biblical proof? And where's the link to your other critique of the book, I can't find it. Thanks

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I actually have not read Hagee’s book. The blood moon theory is pushed by more than one individual. My other critique is available here, but it is very dated. I will probably have to update the article with my current thoughts since my thoughts have shifted since then:

http://prophecyproof.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-view-on-blood-moon-rapture-theory.html

I am not aware of any biblical requirement of there needing to be four blood moons for the Rapture to take place. This 2014 and 2015 hype is ridiculous.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I'm not surprised at all. I wrote about this topic a few years ago anticipating this. There are so many people reading articles about the blood moon theory these days that I should probably make my next article about this topic. It'll be my third article on this topic, but this time I'll write it in a way that someone with a Pre-Trib perspective can see how the theory falls apart.

Connie45 said...

Don't be surprised if they still can't see it. No matter how many
Scriptural proofs you present to show that pre-trib has no basis at all
in Scripture, they still won't believe that, so there is no reason to
suspect that if they have embraced this they will let it go. But there
is always hope you might reach a couple people. All we can do is put
truth out there. The rest is up to God.

Connie45 said...

I wasn't expecting you to critique the pre-trib theory. I was just commenting that no matter how much you show people that this blood moon theory doesn't predict an imminent rapture, it will probably have the same effect as trying to show them the Scriptures don't teach a pre-trib rapture either. Their beliefs aren't founded on the Word of God, they're founded on their desires, assumptions, and theories based on those assumptions. This blood moon theory is based on some traditions and assumptions, but not on the Bible. Yet they are teaching it as if it were. The same as they teach a pre-trib rapture. It tickles their ears, but it's not based on any Scriptural foundation.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I see what you're saying. I'll add that this particular theory is more difficult to convince people that its invalid since it'll take more than a year before the whole thing passes.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I plan to write a new article on this topic. In preparation I've already watched a video series where Hagee explains his teachings on the topic of the blood moon. I was very disturbed by his Bible prophecy teachings and his teachings on this subject. I disagree with so many of his Bible prophecy teachings and find a lot of contradictions with what he teaches.


Hagee seems to refer to history and to Jewish experts with his teaching on the importance of the four moons. Nothing from the Bible itself.

Hannah said...

I had assumed before i finished writing that you had read the book. I didn't even know about the blood moon theory before the book. Thankfully I'm blessed to know a lie when I hear it

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

You're blessed to be able to see a false teaching. I watched so many people fall prey to this teaching.

Connie45 said...

Wayne, you may find an article by Answers in Genesis on this very helpful. Here is the link to it. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/07/12/lunar-eclipses-cause-blood-moons

Turns out, there is no way for them to know that these even will be blood moons, because nobody can predict what the atmospheric conditions will be that day. It could range in color from orange to yellow to gray. No guarantee they will be red at all. Plus there are a few more things they say about them. You'll find it interesting.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Thanks for the link. I found that you have a new article on the topic and it's a good one. I'll link your article here:


http://endtimesstudies.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-four-blood-moons-theory.html


I don't think the proponents of this theory did all the research they could have on the timing of the four upcoming total lunar eclipses. I'll explain in my article.

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