Science of the Blood
Moon Tetrad Theory
Presently, a major buzz is connecting “Blood Moon Prophecy” with prophecies of the End of Days – eschatology.
The leading voice of this trend is Pastor John Hagee and his book: "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change"
Likewise, there is a heavy effort to debunk Hagee and his Blood Moon Tetrad Theory.
A principal counter-argument of debunkers is that a Tetrad (four consecutive blood moons) is a viewing event – not a causality. In other words, a Tetrad cannot cause a cataclysm.
While this debunker counter is a truthful statement, it is problematic. This is because such debunking can also be viewed as myopic and misleading attempts to 'throw the baby out with the bathwater' as the old saying goes.
Ergo, the real question about the Blood Moon Tetrad Theory is this: Are such occurrences harbingers of cataclysms resulting from other, unrelated causalities?
With this in mind, our goal is to offer a broader scientific explanation of these events, so that readers can draw their own conclusions.
Blood Moons Explained
A Blood Moon (or Hunters’ Moon) results from a partial lunar eclipse, resulting in a red coloration, of course suggesting blood. The red coloration results from refraction (bending) of the Sun’s light as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere and around the Earth at the horizon during sunrise or sunset.
Under refraction, light of shorter wavelengths (green through blue) is cast outward, with longer wavelengths (red, orange, yellow) remaining to be seen at Earth’s horizon. Such phenomena cause sunsets and sunrises frequently to appear red.
Likewise, the depth of the color is enhanced when dense and moist atmosphere is found between the viewer and the horizon. (“Red Sun at night, sailors’ delight. – Red Sun at morning, sailors take warning.” – Also see Matthew 16:2-3)
Not only are such color depth conditions common to blood moons, but refraction also can alter the apparent “viewed” location of the Sun or Moon, as well as actually magnifying their perceived size.
A good example of how perceived size can be altered by refraction is what bow hunters learn early on about shooting fish.
The fish appears larger and less deep than it actually is, because of light refraction. This is because the light rays are “bent” as they reflect from fish to the bow hunter on the surface. Ergo, the hunter must compensate.
A “tetrad” of Blood Moons occurs astronomically when four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – as will occur in 2014 and 2015.
Historically, there has been a claim that Blood Moon Tetrads are “harbingers” of significant events in the history of Israel and the Jewish people.
Consequently, there is a an ongoing effort to connect the coming The 2014/2015 Tetrad with Biblical prophecy, especially in eschatology.
Blood Moons and Prophecy
The word “prophecy” refers to a prediction of a FUTURE event. In terms of blood moon theory, the prophecy is clearly aimed at the Jewish people. If a blood moon occurs before a major historical event is it an accurate harbinger?
Likewise, if it occurs after a major historical event it cannot be claimed as a prophetic harbinger, but rather, as a coincidental confirmation of the event. Although, it may be presumed as a “punctuation” of sorts. So the real question becomes, does the tetrad occur BEFORE or AFTER an historical event?
Tetrads AFTER Significant Historical Events
Detailed study of Judaism in history shows that significant historical events more typically have occurred AFTER Blood Moon Tetrads – hardly indicative of a prophetic “sign” or harbinger.
Examples are tetrads occurring AFTER a historical event:
Rebirth of Israel as a nation (1948 C.E.) with tetrads in 1949-1950 C.E.
Israel’s miraculous “Six Day War” (1967 C.E.) with tetrads in 1967-1968 C.E.
The Jewish expulsion from Spain (1492 C.E.) with tetrads during 1493-1494 C.E.
It is also important to note there is not a clear and unbroken link between major Jewish historical events and tetrads.
For example, there was no tetrad BEFORE or AFTER the Jewish expulsion from England in 1290 C.E. So with a Blood Moon Tetrad in 2014-2015 C.E., we surely could point back and say: “See? The tetrad now is telling us these events are significant.”
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However, it should be plain enough that a sequence pointing back in time does indeed not constitute a prophecy. Still, without Pastor Hagee, we might not have noticed.
Nonetheless, such inconsistency and occurrence of the tetrads AFTER significant events can be labeled in one of two ways. As more of a superstition, rather than any sort of reliable “harbinger” or as a warning that “something is about to change.”
Something is About to Change
Change is just as frightening to elites and governments as it is to the public. That's why a bit of dialog from the movie 2012 (2010) between two leading characters puts such change in a useful context:
Kate Curtis: They just got back. God, you sound like a crazy person. The Governor just said we're fine.
Jackson Curtis: The guy's an actor! He's reading a script! When they tell you not to panic...
[makes a hard left]
Jackson Curtis: That's
when you run!
With this in mind, Pastor Hagee deserves credit for his “awakening” of the public to the fact that – for REAL – “something IS about to change.”
A simple fact that cannot be debunked is that Yeshua set a warning sign in His statements about the “beginnings of sorrows” – pointing to events that would signal the start of the period Jewish teachers call “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” – or, what Christian eschatology terms as The Tribulation.
Both Judaism and Christianity recognize that period of HELL on Earth as the final seven years before arrival (Return!) of the Redeemer, Messiah, Son of David.
Mark 13:8 describes this warning:
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”
Luke 21:11 adds a phrase in context with our discussion:
“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
What is especially important for Christians with an interest in tetrad blood moon theory is to note that significant facts are often lost in translation with regards to Western Bibles.
For example, the “Lamsa Bible” – translated from the original Aramaic Scripture has a profound phrase that is omitted in our Western Bibles and presents Luke 21:11 as follows:
“And there will be great earthquakes in different places, and famines and plagues; and there will be alarming sights, and great signs will appear from heaven; and the winters will be severe.” -
A warning such as this should awaken everyone in the Eastern US and Europe where cold winter weather has taken on a new and unsettling aspect! But does it apply to the Jewish people?
During the past few years, violent snowstorms, blizzards and bitter cold have also replaced traditional moderate weather in Mid-Eastern locales, such as Jordan, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Damascus,
Syria recently was actually paralyzed by a snowstorm.
These facts demonstrate that the “signs” Yeshua described as “the beginnings of sorrows” are happening NOW!
Beginning of Sorrows – Earthquakes and Fireballs
Increased meteorite activity has produced “fireballs’ racing across the skies, with some large ones surviving the “burn” and striking the Earth.
So far this century, no deaths have been recorded, yet over a thousand people had to receive emergency medical treatment following the violent air burst of the Chelyabinsk meteor.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was the largest rock to hit the Earth in over a hundred years and the media forced NASA to admit that it had been completely blindsided by the event.
So, for debunkers to dismiss this as a 'one-of event' is equally blindsided, as such an explanation completely ignores one other critical aspect.
Increased earthquake and volcanic activity, and this has been building for some time.
A common dismissal by debunkers and skeptics is that “Oh well” such events have always plagued humankind and that alarmists are being confused with what is called “natural variability” based on historical data. So now, let us take a closer look at this data.
As can be seen in these charts of the trend for major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions predating the 21st century, there is a dramatic uptick for both disturbances in the late 20th century.
However, at outset of the 21st century, we're seeing not only a continuation of this trend, but rather, an unsettling acceleration of it.
The point here is that Yeshua’s warning in “the beginnings of sorrows” recently has become documented fact, transcending the dismissive numerical manipulations of both governments and debunkers alike.
Therefore, while the warnings inherent in the blood moon tetrad theory lack consistent before-and-after history, they are consistent with where “the beginnings of sorrows” is leading us. Namely, to a tribulation devastation.
The Tribulation, is a period of seven years immediately prior to the arrival (Return) of Messiah. At that time, virtually the entire World population will be governed by a supremely evil; albeit charismatic and mystical person known as Antichrist.
What we will see at this time are:
Cataclysmic events of increasingly horrible proportions
Martyring of Jews and Christians
Global die off: Nearly all of Earth’s population will have been annihilated by the end of those seven years.
The events are described in both the Jewish Scriptures and in the Christian New Testament. Pastor Hagee refers to Joel 2:30-31 in his reference to “blood moons” as well:
“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”
Joel 2:30-31clearly shows that a blood moon event will occur BEFORE the arrival of Messiah, termed by the prophet as “the great and the terrible day of the LORD.”
We also see another blood moon reference in 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;”
Here again, we see the “blood moon” reference; although, being under the 6th seal, it is truly near the end of The Great Tribulation; i.e., the final 3 ½ years of that HELL.
Nonetheless, during 2014 and 2015 we will not be under The Great Tribulation, nor even in the first 3 ½ years of The Tribulation, for that matter.
While Pastor Hagee's blood moon tetrad theory has been shown to be neither consistent nor prophetic in the near term, it nonetheless has awakened many to astrophysical phenomenon, and for this he should be applauded. This is because the causality of the Tribulation Devastation will in fact be astrophysical in nature.
Astrophysical Causes of Tribulation Devastation
Although blood moon tetrad theory debunkers are correct in pointing out that a blood moon event is NOT a valid scientific causality for a cataclysmic event, what has been clearly shown earlier in Joel 2:30-31 and Revelation 6:12 is that blood moons are used in the Bible as harbinger events.
Ergo, it is not a matter of if they are applied, but when, and what that could lead to.
With this in mind, let's take another verse of Scripture - Isaiah 24:20, which alerts us to a fearful prospect for Planet Earth.
“The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.”
The phrase stating Earth “shall fall and not rise again” in Isaiah 24:20 most likely refers to the fact that Earth “will never be the same” as it had been. Indeed, Scripture declares there shall be a New Heaven and a New Earth.
This is a consistent theme in Isaiah, as this “staggering” may indicate a pole-shift event or perhaps an even more violent axis movement of the Earth, as suggested in Isaiah 24:23, “the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed...”
A key point to keep in mind is that various Scriptures often are used out of sequence and hence are out of phase with science. This is one reason why debunkers have been so effective in dismissing Pastor Hagee's blood moon tetrad theory.
For this reason, in this article we've been phasing science to agree with Scripture in a very common sense style. After all, God “invented” His science, His Laws of physics, etc.
This phasing is important because it helps us confront a recent astrophysical phenomenon that has many doubters as well as supporters pondering whether there is a scientific “cover-up.” Critics, skeptics and doubters have derided those who state that a “Planet X” is out-there-“somewhere” waiting to produce untold havoc on Earth.
The Real Tribulation Devastation Astrophysical Causality
At this point, no matter what you believe or do not believe about Pastor Hagee's blood moon tetrad theory is moot. In both Joel 2:30-31 and Revelation 6:12 we see blood moons BEFORE the cataclysmic events, or at the least, at the outset of The End.
Or more to the point, what about Scriptural references to events such as Earth “staggering” – the increase of earthquakes, storms, winters, blood moons, and all the rest? Granted, debunkers and cynics will most likely sidestep this issue with vague language but the question remains. WHAT IS THE CAUSALITY?
In other words, given that blood moons are simply nothing more than viewing events, what kind of astrophysical causality could in fact make the Earth “reel to and fro like a drunkard” as stated in Isaiah 24:20?
With this question in mind, let us “assume” for the moment that a massive object such as a large comet, asteroid, planet or even a small brown dwarf planet accompanied by several orbitals, passes close enough to the Sun and Earth’s orbit to become an authentic, Tribulation astrophysical causality.
If the words “say WHAT?” are passing your lips, remember, Scripture does not lie.
Next time you hear wailing about “Global Warming” take note where Isaiah 30:26 states that just before Messiah arrives –
“Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.”
Yes! – The Sun will be seven times brighter than normal, and the Moon actually will shine as our Sun does now. Humans will be having “Moonburns”! We ARE seeing those “beginnings” NOW.
These events ARE going to happen and some kind of astrophysical object is going to cause them. God does not need to do this supernaturally. He can and does exercise His Will by implementing His own Laws and His Majestic Power. After all – He Created ALL things!
So, how can Mankind “prepare” for these horrific events, soon to be upon us? The Judaic and Christian faiths each offer an answer for humankind to “survive” this World and to prepare for the next life. It is why you, the reader, must chart your own course.
As you do, you might want to keep in mind a profound quotation from brilliant English Biblical scholar, Sir Robert Anderson:
“There is a point beyond which unbelief is impossible, and the mind in refusing truth must needs take refuge in a misbelief which is sheer credulity.”
Anderson is telling us is if we block out that which we do not want to believe, what is left is misbelief. Keep this in mind as you contemplate Pastor Hagee's blood moon tetrad theory. On the one hand, Hagee’s theory is somewhat out of phase with the history of the Jewish people and science. Even so, he has contributed a huge service in two ways.
He's inspired folks to reading their Bibles and that's always a good thing. But what makes him different from most is that he's prompted folks to look “up.” That, too is good, because this is how God is speaking to us about the dark times ahead.
About Robert Reiland:
Robert is a retired Aerospace Engineer (50+ years), artillery gunnery expert from WW II and Korea and author of Jesus and the Third Temple.
His extensive study of Jewish and Christian works has fitted him to write this book as devoted toward helping Jews and Christians find common ground.
Jesus and the Third Temple compiles teachings from both Jewish and Christian sources that have been proclaimed insightful and authoritative for any who would accede to more scholarly investigation.
The book brings extensive reference with both Jewish and Christian Scripture, Babylonian Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, Chumash, Eusebius, Flavius Josephus and others. To learn more, visit JesusandtheThirdTemple.com.