Oh great, the end of the world. Again.

There have been countless claims that the world is ending on this or that date. Hasn’t happened yet. Wanna make a bet this is the one?

Source: Blood moon has some expecting end of the world – CNN.com

The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the copper color the moon takes on during an eclipse, but to some Christian ministers, the fourth and final eclipse in a tetrad — four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months — fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse. (The first three in the series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.)

In promotion for his 2013 book “Four Blood Moons,” Christian minister John Hagee claimed that the tetrad was a sign of the end.

“The coming four blood moons points to a world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015,” he said.

Hagee has been on about this since April 2014. You can be sure he has profited off of his kooky predictions and the associated book and documentary. Why you shouldn’t believe this:

  • Prophecy isn’t real.
  • Hagee is selling a book, encouraging fear to bring people to his brand of religion.
  • There is no natural reason why the end of the world has anything to do with this date. There are no signs that we are in mortal danger.
  • There have been 62 tetrads since the first century, these are natural cycles and are easily calculated. They aren’t anything special.
  • Religion is not science.

Now, the problem is that many people don’t accept those premises. There is nothing I can do about that. But I can call out Hagee as a fear-mongering jackass as scientists, critical thinkers and other pastors have (not in those exact words). What he is doing is gaining power and attention for himself by exploiting people’s faith. When a portion of the public who is prone to this type of scary news, hear such things, they may freak out. The article shows others that buy into the end times scenario encouraging others on social media to be scared. Of nothing. It’s an awful thing.

Tip: Joy “Again?” Harris

  16 comments for “Oh great, the end of the world. Again.

  1. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    September 2, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    “Oh the prophets of doom
    Will always find room
    In a world full of worry and fear.
    Tipped cigarettes and chemistry sets
    And Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.”

  2. James Wright
    September 2, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I was out to dinner with my wife Friday, having a special dinner for our Anniversary. At the next table some know it all blowhard was spouting this nonsense for 30 – 45 minutes. Ruined my dinner. I kept wanting to walk over and disabuse him of his false ideas. Hell, even according to the beliefs of the mainstream church it’s way off on a couple of points.

    Should be noted in the article that the “Blood Moon” nonsense actually started in 2008 with Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministeries in WA (http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/eclipses.php). Hagee heavily borrowed from his work when he wrote his book. Mark, of course, has a book of his own.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    September 2, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Great, now this is stuck in my head. Well, more like parts I remember, and then bits of mumbling and humming over the parts I can’t.

    That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane –
    Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn –
    world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. Feed it up a knock,
    speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,
    down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for
    hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the furies
    breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered
    crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population,
    common group, but it’ll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its
    own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the
    reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
    light, feeling pretty psyched.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

    R.E.M. – 1987

  4. Charles P. Lamb
    September 2, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Ah, but the world has ended–several times. But it was re-created after each ending and the memories of all sapient beings were implanted with memories of a past uninterrupted by the apocalypse.

  5. Eric
    September 2, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    REM – reread. Notice that they predict the upcoming trump presidential victory leading to the end of the world. Rem is definitely right up there with cayce and Nostradamus.

  6. DonP
    September 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    The thing is that there is nothing in the Bible which actually supports this nonsense. No, it has nothing to do with prophecy, whether you believe in it or not. It has everything to do with selling books, which is really (IF YOU BUY ONLY ONE BOOK THIS YEAR… every program he does) all Hagee is about.

  7. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 11, 2015 at 12:24 PM

  8. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    And long before Hagee, there was Hal Lindsay. Who in the early Seventies mated John Nelson Darby’s Secret Rapture with the universal Inevitable Global Thermonuclear War trope of the time and got very very rich on his bestsellers about THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!! SCRIPTURE! SCRIPTURE! SCRIPTURE! SCRIPTURE! RAPTURE! RAPTURE! RAPTURE! RAPTURE! DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!

    I got sucked into The Gospel According to Hal Lindsay back in the Seventies, when the Bible had only 3 1/2 books (Daniel, Revelation, the “Nuclear War Chapter” of Ezekiel (the 1/2), and Hal Lindsay’s Late Great Planet Earth). It was 10-15 years before the panic attacks and flashbacks went away completely; I still won’t look up through a kitchen window at the eastern sky.

    And I was far from the worst affected. When The World Ends Tomorrow (at the latest) and It’s All Gonna Burn, don’t expect anyone to make any sort of long range plans or dare anything great. Just sit tight holding on to your Bible and Fire Insurance and Rapture Boarding Pass, keeping your nose squeeky-clean to pass the Great White Throne Litmus Test.; sally from your Christianese bubble only to Save More Souls/Sell That Fire Insurance 24/7 or God Will Punish You.

    JMJ over at Christian Monist blog never got his full medical degree (just enough to become a missionary Saving Souls) because All The Prophecies Were Being Fulfilled in Today’s Headlines. Another blogger reported most all the student body of a nearby Bible College all got married en masse to beat the Date (the Christianese version of “I don’t wanna die a virgin!”) and wondered how many of those desperation marriages lasted. And here’s a link to a classic essay on the subject over at Internet Monk, which says it better than I can: http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/thoughts-on-hell-house-an-evangelicalism-eager-to-leave

  9. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    I think some group actually proposed that SERIOUSLY after their Date For The End came and went.

    Something along the lines of “The world really DID end, but Satan sent you Strong Delusion That You Should Believe The Lie.”

    However, the absolute best recovery line from a fizzled End Of The World Date came from another group:

    “Anyone can make a mistake. Be glad I did.”

  10. Bonnie
    September 11, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    The Late Great Planet Earth was practically required reading in the church I belonged to back in the late ’60s. I was a gullible, trusting teen at the time & took it all quite seriously. Took a few years to get over it.

  11. Blargh
    September 12, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    Apparently, this is also being peddled to the Mormons now.

  12. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Like I said above, it was one of the 3 1/2 books of the Bible back then (and superseded the other 2 1/2).

    Did you have the Bible Studies(TM) where the only book cracked open was Late Great Planet Earth? The Christianese radio preachers analyzing every news item In Light Of End Time Prophecy (“Let Him Who Has Eyes To See, See”)? Telling us how EVERY Prophecy up to The Rapture Has Been Fulfilled with proof-text after proof-text?

    “BIBLE PROPHECY IS BEING FULFILLED EVEN AS WE SPEAK! WE MIGHT NOT HAVE A 1978!! OR EVEN A 1977!!!” — actual “Child Evangelist” of the period, circa 1974

    The interpretation of all the Plagues of Revelation as nuclear weapons effects in the Inevitable Global Thermonuclear War of Armageddon? The Plague of Demon Locusts being helicopter gunships armed with chemical weapons and piloted by long-haired bearded hippies? All “The Plain Meaning of SCRIPTURE(TM)”?

    P.S. It only took you a few years? Took me 15.

  13. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Remember the Mormons began as an End Times group, “Restoring the One True Church As It Was In The Days Of The Apostles” sub-type. Just look at their official name: “Church of Jesus Christ of LATTER-DAY Saints”.

    And they weren’t the only one starting up in the Burned Over District (AKA the Weird Religion Capital of the USA in the 1830s). They’re just one of the few who lasted. (Read about The Millerites — predecessors of the Seventh Day Adventists — sometime. Remember the shtick about the End Is Nigh types standing on hilltops (so they wouldn’t have as far to ascend to Heaven) on the prophesied date, dressed in Heavenly white robes, waiting? That was the Millerites. For real. 1844. “The Day of Disappointment.” They invented the trope.)

    And since everything’s better with Ponies, here are Line Code, Palette Swap, and Emerald May in “The End Is Neigh!”:

  14. Bonnie
    September 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Fortunately for me, it wasn’t the preacher pushing the end-of-the-world stuff, it was a vocal group of people in the pews. And I was in that church for only 3 years or so – I wasn’t steeped in it from childhood. Tho it was years after becoming a Catholic that I found out the Catholic Church doesn’t teach the Protestant rapture – that mind-set can take hold of one! I’ve never heard an end-times homily from a priest, just the occasional reminder that we all have our own personal end-time.

  15. Christine Rose
    September 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Hagee’s very sloppy with his predictions. When he looks at earlier lunar tetrads, he makes comments like “within three years” or “shortly after.” The catastrophes he links to the tetrads are common stuff like plagues and wars. He counts the establishment of Israel even though it happened BEFORE a lunar tetrad.

    Moral of the story is that he can’t lose on this. Jesus won’t return but he’ll just pick the most dramatic news event of 2016 and take credit for it.

  16. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Come to think of it, doesn’t Hagee’s brand of religion denounce Astrology (i.e. taking omens from astronomical phenomena) as WITCHCRAFT(TM) and SAY-TANN-IC(TM)?

    Oh, yeah. Sell That Fire Insurance.

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