Another Blood Moon, Another Pointless End Times Prophecy

The recent blood moon, predictably, led to another prediction that the “end times,” the period of time living up to Judgement Day, is now at hand.

Officially, a blood moon is a phenomenon in which the moon is in total eclipse and appears to have a reddish orange color. The color is the result of the way sunlight is filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.

Unofficially, it’s surely a sign that the end times are coming.

At least, that’s what an Indiana pastor said on YouTube.

It seems like every time there’s something out of the ordinary, like an eclipse, a comet, a meteor shower, an earthquake, a wildfire — the list goes on and on — someone starts talking about the end times.

I do wish they’d stop it.

All they’re really doing is making Christianity look foolish. It’s as if they’ve never heard the fable about the boy who cried wolf.

Therefore, they “cry wolf” constantly.

Back in 2010, they were talking earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Taiwan as signs of the end times because Matthew 24:7 refers to earthquakes as a sign that end times are coming.

Of course, there are an average of 50 earthquakes per day globally…so I’m not sure that’s a good measure.

A radio evangelist predicted May 21, 2011 would be the start of the end times. He then said the actual rapture would happen on Oct. 21, 2011.

Years later, another evangelist predicted, based on the 2011 prediction, that the end would actually come on Oct. 7, 2015.

In 2016, yet another astronomical phenomenon, the “polar flip,” which happened on July 29, in which our planet’s magnetic poles reverse their polarity, was predicted to signal the end of life as we knew it.

In 2017, Biblical numerologists were convinced September 23rd of that year would be the beginning of the end.

Obviously, again and again, they were wrong.

Most of us knew they were wrong before those magical dates came.

And many more non-religious people who are tired of such foolishness knew they were wrong and only laughed louder when those dates came and went.

I’ve pointed out before a passage from the Bible that makes it clear that we won’t know when the end times are coming.

But here, once again, is Matthew 24:35-39:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

All of these evangelicals who claim to love the Bible so much, refuse to acknowledge that it could be anything other than inerrant, always seem to forget that passage.

Those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are secure in our salvation because the Bible tells us we can be and because our one-on-one time with God assures us that there is something beyond ourselves.

Those who have not yet made that decision are being done a disservice by this kind of hyperbole.

It doesn’t draw people closer to God; if anything, it makes our faith look silly.

If they think this is a good tactic to draw people in, it’s beyond time to go back to the drawing board.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.