Two Good Articles on Blood Moons…
The blood moons are in the news and on the minds of people within Christendom. So, I thought it might be worth posting some articles that will discuss the matter from a biblical standpoint. The articles will critique the ideas of two men, John Hagee and Mark Blitz. * Here are the articles: Tim Challies and Answers in Genesis.
The people promoting the present importance of the blood moons generally have to do a lot of “proof-texting” in order to make their case. Additionally, they take upon themselves the role of prophecy interpreters, while not getting too specific about any details. This taking texts out of context and lack of specificity is advantageous.
For example, Tim Challies notes how in discussing the moons, John Hagee “says that something big is going to happen in the near future. Vague predictions based on misused Scripture have a way of coming about.” Tim’s last sentence by the way, is one of the greatest little epigrams about the whole topic.
Ok, so you see a little of my take on this issue, but I believe the Scriptures teach us Christ could come at any moment–that the Day of the Lord could spring upon us any time. There are no more “big things” to watch for. What John Hagee and others are watching for are signs which are not going to mean anything to church saints because they are signs for others in the future. If they mean something for Israel in the present, the Bible seems quite silent about that too.
So, read these articles because they will work to point you back to the Bible–which sometimes actually says rather mundane things. We should be looking for the teachings that make for holiness, godliness and faithfulness in Gospel living–that is what we are called to do. Now, I get it, such teachings do not have much “wow” factor.
I know what it means to be distracted by something that is biblical or at least feels biblical. I love theology and theological scuffles. This fascination is often my undoing and a mark of my own sinfulness. I would rather learn something esoteric and “deep” than deal with the obvious, glaring character flaw that “is ever before me.” One of the tags Tim Challies uses for his article above is “pornography.” He knows that sometimes this kind of fascination can be fed by a dissatisfaction with the plain old teachings of Scripture. He knows that it can be addicting and flows from our sin nature. In my own case, I need to be humbled and returned to “the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
* Side note: being critical of a person’s thoughts is not the same as criticizing the person. Many in our society use remarkably foolish terms to describe people who critique the ideas of others–they call them “haters” and in accusatory ways say that any critic is “hating on” someone. Setting aside the remarkable abuse of the English language in speaking this way, since when is it hateful to attack ideas? One should note that those who cry “hater” are in a sense “hating on” someone too–the critic with whom they disagree. What I have found is that this irony is lost on most of them. Anyhoo…