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Blood Moons, Baptists, and Asteroids

Reverend Hagee thinks the blood moons are auguries, prefiguring the End Times.

“What is the prophetic significance (of the four blood moons)? Is this the end of the age?” Hagee asked his congregation during a sermon shortly after his book was released, Christian Today reports.

He cites Acts 2:19-20 as a sign: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

In extensive remarks available online on his interpretation of the Blood Moons, Hagee says, “I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to planet Earth, and we just haven’t been picking them up.”

He adds: “God is literally screaming at the world: ‘I’m coming soon.'”

In case you missed the forecast, we’re going to have four blood moons in the next couple of years, appearing at six-month intervals.  They’re quite spectacular, altogether worthy as a scene-setter for the Divine arrival or return, depending on your messianic convictions.  I missed the first one–deluge here in D.C.–but I’ll try to catch the next three.

I’m not going to deconstruct the Book of Acts, but as a matter of theological principle I don’t see any reason the Almighty should not use the heavens to send messages or show his powers.  That’s happened before, from the Flood to the parting of the Red Sea and of course mannah. He unleashed total darkness on Pharaoh’s Egypt, and turned its water to blood, so a bloody moon as a message to mankind is plausible.

More to the point, Reverend Hagee is in good company when he looks to the heavens to understand the destiny of our world.  Tuesday evening (as Earth Day comes to a close), three former astronauts are going to hold a press conference in Seattle to announce the earth-shaking news that we now know that the earth has been hit many times by really big asteroids.

…our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data…shows that “the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.”

Blind luck if you’re a secular scientist, that is.  Divine intervention if you’re inclined in that direction.  It’s a big deal.  The scientists have found “26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts. It shows that asteroid impacts are NOT rare—but actually 3-10 times more common than we previously thought.”

This discovery is part of a pattern, as I’ll explain on the next page.

For centuries, we believed we lived in a benevolent universe, since God would not have created one in which his greatest creation–us, in His image–was in constant peril of extinction.  Isaac Newton, a profoundly religious man, presented us with the rules of an orderly, predictable, and man-loving world.  Over time, there were blows to these happy thoughts, to the orderliness and the benevolence of the universe.  When I was a kid, the high priests of astronomy declared it was heretical to even consider electromagnetic forces at work out there, and there was much keening and moaning when a few infidels suggested that the earth had been struck by huge asteroids, or had been affected when even larger bodies–big comets, for example–passed close by.

The Earth Day announcement is in this tradition of coming to grips with the dangerous universe.  There is great turbulence in the heavens, and we might well get wiped out.

You’ll be happy to hear that the scientists aren’t in despair.  They want to fix it, bless them.  “The goal of the B612 Sentinel mission is to find and track asteroids decades before they hit Earth, allowing us to easily deflect them.”

Got that?  “Easily deflect them.”  I wonder.  Who’s that “us” the B612 Sentinal Mission is talking about so cheerfully?  I hope it’s not the same crowd that’s been masterminding our missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine recently.  In that case, we’re probably better off looking for guidance from Reverend Hagee.