Disclaimer: I have not read John Hagee’s book about the blood moons and I have not followed the conversation very closely. However, I think some preliminary words of caution are in order.
The argument, as near as I can tell, follows a few lines of reasoning. First, the Bible speaks about the moon turning to blood and “signs in the heavens” as events which accompany the End Times. Second, when a lunar eclipse happens the moon takes on a red coloring (hence the name “blood moon”). Third, there will apparently be four blood moons in a row, which fall along the cycle of Jewish Holidays. This is, apparently, a rare event. Fifth, on occasions where this has happened in the past something significant has happened to the state of Israel. The conclusion is that we should take take this most recent event as a sign from God that something (in regards to Israel) is going to happen. That something is probably a big deal and might even be the Second Coming of Christ.
Words of Caution:
First, from my perspective this whole thing is based on eisegesis of the text (reading into the text) and not exegesis (trying to understand the original authorial intent). If you find the discussion of signs and the “moon turning to blood” a convincing argument you should ask yourself this: Did the author of those Scriptures intend for them to be read with a lunar eclipse, or four lunar eclipses in mind? Did they intend for us to interpret that text as a rare cosmological event? Such original authorial intent seems extremely unlikely to me. Imposing that event onto the text seems like a blatant anachronistic reading of the text.
Second, it seems to confuse the various ways in which God speaks. He speaks through creation and history, yes, but this speech is ambiguous and unclear. In other words, we get good data from science and history but we need to interpret it through the lens of Scripture. The “blood moon” issue flips the script. It seems to be interpreting Scripture (“moon turns to blood”) through history and natural revelation.
Third, I get worried any time I hear of a “new” way to read Scripture or a new “code” which unlocks some “hidden” meaning. I went to Amazon and perused the introduction to “Blood Moons: Decoding the Immanent Heavenly Signs” by Mark Blitz, who Hagee also mentions in the introduction to his book and I was worried, though not surprised by what I read. Blitz says that “God chose to hide His messages in the ancient Hebrew alphabet. You will find that the written Hebrew language is like a decoder ring to understanding what God is hiding.” From the context I don’t think he’s talking about the Scriptures but that God has hidden meaning within the actual letters of the Hebrew alphabet. He describes this as a code that unlocks the meaning of Scripture. Once you see the “hidden image” through the Hebrew language, you see Scripture in a whole new light. Once you see Scripture through the lens of the Blood Moons you have unlocked the secret, the code. Perhaps Blitz or Hagee develop their arguments beyond this but at face value this interpretive method is, at best, highly problematic.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but the whole affair feels more like astrology with a veneer of Biblicism. It’s interesting and un-authoritative at best and dangerous – because it teaches people to read natural revelation and Scriptural revelation in the wrong order – at worst.
We shouldn’t overestimate our knowledge of the End Times. No one knows the day or the hour. We watch. We pray. We long for His return. We strive to be ready at all times. We continue to preach the gospel. All these things are clear because they are clearly revealed in Scripture. Be careful you don’t get caught up in the sensational.