Part Two of the Blood Moons Course looks at the people behind the Blood Moons.
When God works on His earth, He works through people.

What can we learn about what God might intend for the meaning of the Blood Moons by looking at the stories of the people involved in its discovery, promotion, and even its criticism?

Special attention is paid to Mark Biltz, John Hagee, and Mark Hitchcock.

38 thoughts on “Origins (The Blood Moons Course, Part Two)”

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    Dave and Debbie Miles

    Thank You very much!
    We live in Exciting Times…..Times the Prophets….WISHED they could have lived!
    May our Lives Bring GLORY to the LORD!
    WE appreciate this information and teaching!
    We are looking forward to being part of a World Wide Prayer Time!
    Sincerely,
    Dave and Debbie Miles

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      David & Lynda Long

      Amen, I am Also Looking Forward to the World Wide Prayer Time with Excitement and to used by Him to usher in His Glory!

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    We’re so excited about this resource and this website. I share it with my Mom, who lives with me and with our friends….we have a Torah Club study, every Monday. We love root source and the teachings here, along with other sources we have. We truly just cannot get enough and we feel as though we’ve been “cheated” in a sense, our entire lives by not being taught these things, prior to discovering the Hebrew roots of our faith. What a treasure trove! What a privilege! What an awesome opportunity to discover our Lord in a truly authentic way! I just really cannot say enough to convey how blessed we feel. Thank you!

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      Dear Tj, Looking at our site records it seems that you have also signed up for our free trial. In other words, you are doing another Jewish thing – you are putting actions behind your beliefs. Thank you!!! For me, I was raised on way too much ‘thinking’ and too little ‘doing’ — and I’m committed not to let myself end where I started! Bob

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    Dear Bob, Yes, I have signed up, but I’ve signed up for the mid range subscription, monthly. Not much to spare each month, but it’s so worth it! Glad to be aboard. I’ve grown, exponentially, since beginning my study in to the Jewish Roots of my faith. It’s been a great adventure! Shalom!

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    Also…Habakkuk 2:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

    14 For the earth will be filled
    with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
    as the waters cover the sea.

    I was moved to speak all 3 chapters while standing at the Wailing Wall last January 01, 2015…no coincidence

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      Hi Agnes! Yes I love that one so much and am glad you spoke it out! I sensed however, that Gidon was going to pick another one, and it is starting to come out ‘why’ it is better for this occasion. The reason? Because both Isaiah 11:1-10 and Exodus 31:1-5 contain the very same Messianic elements! If you read the two passages you can see where they overlap!

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    What a blessing to connect to your web site and teaching on the Blood Moons. I have watched lesson 1 and 2 …..am awaiting the next one and many more after this series is completed…….thank you so very much.

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      Hi Ruth. You are very kind. My hope is that your interest will continue to grow during this series. The journey is far from over. Also I’d appreciate your prayers because it’s not like this series is all ‘done’ and we are just publishing the lessons. I am not even quite done with lesson 4 yet and have 2 more to prepare. So I am trying to hear God along the way to make good decisions on what to include, and how to present it accurately, and with a heart attitude that pleases God!

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    Nice. How many years have we heard Christians say, when they think Jesus returns? or how about the end of the world? These are tied to another odd theory; the rapture? So I am very sceptical what comes out of Christianity.

    Why are we reciting Is. 9:11? Doesn’t seem like we are putting much effort into petition or prayer. Why only two minutes of our time? Hmmmm Is this eclipse event in any way related to the Jewish “blessing of the sun”? What might we derive from comparing those 2 events.

    Is there also a tie to 9-11-2001, Rabbi Cahn’s Isiah Judgement? This even is backwards; Isiah 11:9? We can only watch and see; Leviticus tells us alot about blood, the Harlot women in Hosea, referred to as a heifer, red? is this about twins? Jacob and Essau;one grabed the heal of the other, first Eassu then Jacob; is this about a “bloody show” prior to a “birth” ???

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      Hi Janice, I think you meant to ask “why are we reciting Isaiah 11:9”? It has no tie to 9/11. The whole idea is to think upward towards God rather than earthly. The ‘why’ is answered somewhat in Gidon’s blog post on “What Isaiah 11:9 Means to Me”. https://root-source.com/blog/what-isaiah-119-means-to-me/ Gidon selected the verse. As far as the 2 minutes length, I think it would be wonderful for people to pray before and after, but the shadow of the sun is over the North Pole for just 2 minutes, so that is why we wanted to keep it simple and clear. Blessings!!

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    David & Lynda Long

    I Loved your Presentation, And your Heart for God And Israel. Thank You Bob for your Love for Yeshua Jesus, Israel, And All the Jewish People, And Thank You Gidon and All from Root-Source. Shalom Aleichem! Tov Meod! Baruch Hashem! To Him Be the Glory Forever and Ever Amen 🙂

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    Hi Brother Gidon !
    Thank a lot for all these amazing blessings . Am following each and every details , so plz i would like to help here my christian families in Mauritius island to pray this world Wilde Prayer on Friday .Can you help me find the exact timing for my country ?
    God bless you all my brothers and sisters in Christ .Let us all draw closely to this loving and Holy God .
    Love in JESUS name.
    Nadia

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        Thank a lot my brother Gidon . Got it , it is 2:18 pm Mauritian time .
        Praise the Lord. Mauritius will be part of this world Wilde prayer ..
        All God’s blessings be upon you my brother . Your reward will be great in Heaven !!!!

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    By Dr. Hugh Ross, http://www.reasons.org/articles/blood-moons-an-end-times-sign-part-1-of-2, March 16,2015

    Four Blood Moons, a theatrical one-night event scheduled for March 23, 2015, and based on Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, has garnered attention. I’m featured briefly in the film as a skeptic of Hagee’s central claim that a sequence of four total lunar eclipses signifies that “world history is about to change,” bringing about the rapid fulfillment of a biblical end-times prophecy. I’m also included in a 20-minute panel discussion on the movie that was recorded at Hagee’s San Antonio headquarters.

    Hagee knew in advance my views on his claims and I’m impressed that he would allow a “skeptic” of his view to participate. For that, he is to be commended.

    The biblical basis for the four blood moons claim as an eschatological event appears in Joel 2:31, which states, “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” The scientific basis rests on the fact that often during a total lunar eclipse, the Moon, as seen from Earth’s surface, takes on an orange or red hue.

    My greater concern centers on biblical, rather than scientific, misinterpretations of the blood-moon sign, and I will address those in part 2. First I will address the science and history of lunar eclipses.

    Scientific Concerns

    John Hagee, Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, and Larry Huch of Larry Huch Ministries note in their books[1] and television broadcasts that in 1493–94, 1949–50, and 1967–68, a series of four (tetrad) total lunar eclipses occurred on the dates for the Jewish Passover and Tabernacles festivals. Each of these eclipse tetrads occurred within a year or two of significant events in Jewish history. In 1492, Columbus landed in America, which later became a haven for persecuted Jews. In 1948, the nation of Israel was founded. In 1967, the Six-Day War brought the Old City and its temple site under Israeli control. Thus, the authors claim that another eclipse tetrad on the dates of the Passover and Tabernacles festivals in 2014–15 is an unmistakable sign that an important end-times event is upon us.

    All three authors insist that an occurrence of four total lunar eclipses on the Passover and Tabernacles dates is rare and unexpected. As an astronomer, I beg to differ. First, lunar eclipses are common. Two to five lunar eclipses, including partial eclipses, occur every year. The number of total lunar eclipses ranges from zero to three per year.
    Second, lunar eclipses can occur only when the Moon is exactly at the full moon phase. Likewise, the dates for the Passover and Tabernacles festivals are determined by when the Moon is at a full moon phase just after the spring equinox (Passover) and just after the fall equinox (Tabernacles). Lunar eclipses are most frequently spaced about six months apart; so it isn’t surprising that eclipse tetrads occur on the Passover and Tabernacles dates.

    Third, unlike solar eclipses, total lunar eclipses can be seen as total from anywhere on Earth’s night side. Since age ten, I’ve resided in locations where 34 total lunar eclipses were visible and have personally witnessed over a dozen.

    Fourth, an orange-red hue is the most common color of a totally eclipsed moon. The illumination observed on these occasions is sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere and refracted into Earth’s shadow. This light appears reddish because red light is of longer wavelength than blue, green, and yellow light and penetrates Earth’s atmosphere more easily. If the part of Earth’s atmosphere that refracts light on the eclipsed moon is exceptionally overcast or smoky, the eclipsed moon will be much dimmer and more brownish. The normative color, however, is a copper or reddish hue.

    Historical Concerns

    Hagee, Biltz, and Huch do acknowledge that lunar eclipses are common. They claim the sequence of four consecutive total lunar eclipses is rare. But why four? I imagine they would’ve been equally impressed had the events of 1492, 1948, and 1967 corresponded with a sequence of two, three, or five sets of total lunar eclipses. Varying the number in a sequence raises the probability of finding a match with significant historical events dramatically. I found no statistical significance in the claimed correlations[2] because of: (1) the subjective nature of what ranks as a significant historical event; (2) the ± 2-year date matches; and (3) the possible variability of the number in the sequence.

    Moreover, total lunar eclipse tetrads occurred on Passover and Tabernacle festival dates in AD 162–63, 795–96, 841–43, and 860–61, during which no outstanding events in Jewish history happened. Finally, of the 16 lunar eclipses that occurred or will occur in 1493–94, 1949–50, 1967–68, and 2014–15, only the first and third in the 1493–94 sequence and only the third in the 1949–50 sequence appeared as blood moons in Israel. For the current tetrad, the only location where all four eclipses will be visible as blood moons is a small region in northern Baja California, Mexico.
    Unlike Biltz, Huch, and others, Hagee remains ambiguous about what kind of event qualifies as significant both to Jewish history and to biblical end-times prophecy. His ambiguity virtually guarantees that later this year he can claim that his hypothesis has been proven correct. Has there ever been a year since 1948 when some momentous historical event has not occurred in Israel? Assuming a premillennial eschatological perspective and given that the book of Ezekiel prophesies much about Israel’s second rebirth, Hagee won’t have difficulty in finding a correlation. I can name several significant events since the beginning of 2014: the increasing exodus of Jews from Europe to Israel; the rise of ISIS; Israel’s worsening relationships with Iran and the United States; increasing success and prosperity of Israel’s technology sector; and the need for land to accommodate the rising Jewish population in Israel.

    These three men have several “outs” if the 2014–15 eclipse tetrad doesn’t usher in events prophesied in the books of Daniel and Revelation, events that precede the second coming of Christ. Eight more total lunar eclipse tetrads will occur in what remains of the twenty-first century. It is simply a matter of time before a correlation occurs. When that happens, such Bible teachers can adjust and rewrite, but skeptics will not be impressed and the cause of Christ will be hampered. By focusing on what scientific and biblical data we do know, believers can better help humanity and honor Christ.

    [1]John Hagee, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change (Nashville: Worthy Publishing, 2013); Mark Biltz, Blood Moons (Washington, DC: WND Books, 2014); Larry Huch, 4 Blood Moons: Power, Prophecy, and Prosperity (Greensburg, IN: Winters Publishing Group, 2014); Larry Huch, Blood Moons: Prophecy and Prosperity (Greensburg, IN: Winters Publishing Group, 2015).
    [2] I make this statement in the interview for Hagee’s film and the panel discussion.

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      Dear Ed, thank you for honoring our treatment of this topic with a detailed, thoughtful post. We want Root Source to be a place where respectful discussion takes place, and you have shown that to be the case with your treatment of this topic. I will hold any further comments until we (together) get further into this course. I think that Lesson #5 would be the best lesson for you to post again. I’m not expecting that you will take my view at that time, but I do believe I know that, from your comments above, you will be respectful in your criticism, which while not ever being essential for communication, is certainly is appreciated by the likes of me! In friendship, Bob.

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    Thank you so much for the informative, inspiring and well balanced lessons. Its wonderful to include Rabbi’s
    In this significant study during this very significant time we are living! I like what Sid Roth quotes from Ephesians 2:14,15,22:
    “For He himself is our peace who has made both (Jew and Gentile) ONE, and has broken down the middle wall of separation….to create in Himself One New Man…in whom you also are being built together for a Dwelling Place of God in the Spirit.”

    Yes, I believe God is speaking to us to prepare our hearts for things to come that we have not yet seen. He will shake everything that can be shaken so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain!

    Rabbi Gidon and Brother Bob,…..you are doing a phenomenal job, keep up the excellent teaching!
    God Bless you both,
    Marie raia

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      Thank you Marie. You have just put your finger on the ‘lesson behind the lesson’ of the Blood Moons series. I’m teaching the Jewish approach every bit as much as I am teaching the topic at hand! Why? Because I was blown away by that aspect, every bit as much as the blood moons.

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    Mary Ann Rohan

    Thank you for lesson 1 and 2. I love the way you said that we should respect the studies and findings of others, even if we don’t agree. We all hear from God if we are tuned in, and he has different messages to preach. God bless you. Can’t wait for lesson 3

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    Thoroughly enjoyed this Bob – thank you. Talking of God using unusual people … have you read Malcolm Isted’s book THE EQUATION? Food for thought which ties in pretty closely to what you are talking about.
    Thank you Lord for opening our eyes at this critical time.

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      Hi Jill, no I have not! Would you mind replying with a paragraph or two summarizing the book and at least one key point you took away from it? Perhaps others, not only me, would be interested to hear.

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    Alejandro Joshua Pedragosa

    Amen..I missed that worldwide prayer during solar eclipse but looking forward to April Blood Moon during Passover and Feast of Tabernacles..God bless you my brothers and sisters in CHRIST JESUS! Blessed be His Name forever the King of kings, Lord of lords, Counselor, Mighty God, Wonderful, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End..Amen..even so, come, Adonai Yeshua Ha Maschiach..

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      Amen Alejandro. The Lunar eclipse on the night of Friday April 3 is incredibly short – less than 5 minutes long. We are thinking about prayer ideas.

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    All my life, I wanted to see things from a Jewish, Hebrew perspective. I always knew that there was something more fascinating if only we could get to the Hebraic roots of scripture. I studied archaeology (from a Western perspective) and Biblical studies. This, however, outweighs all my studies.
    I am currently teaching eschatology at my church and this information is invaluable. It is not mutually exclusive when studying the Word of God but enhances our understanding of the WORD. Israel, I am standing with you and so is our church. We love you and we know that God has initially spoken through your prophets. Thank you for sharing with us. God bless you all. Please keep on keeping on. Shalom!

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      I just forwarded this to Gidon, he will love what you said. Also to some of your studies, I will be interested to find out if you had already known about the ‘surprise’ empire I talk about in lesson 5. Don’t skip ahead though — each lesson builds on the previous. Blessings! Bob

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    Bob, I just want to say that Sis. Billye Brim (www.billyebrim.org) was the one who referred us during Wed. Noontime prayer to this website a few weeks ago. All I can say is I feel like this website and courses were created just for me. It is like an entire new dimension has opened up to me. I am a mom, nurse, short-term missionary, and I too have loved the Bible and Astronomy since a little girl. The Lord has had me in a place of prayer for Israel for about 4 years now, and I have tried to learn as much as I could about Israel and the Jewish people and how Biblical history and prophetic insights relate to my assignment in this world. I can attest to being one of those “unlikely” people from a super small town in rural Virginia, who ran from my calling for years. Yet the Lord redeemed me and has redeemed the time, Glory to God! I could not be more excited to be alive in these days, where I see history hsppening daily. The day I went to this site I ironically discovered an entry in my prayer journal from last year written in the month of May where I asked the Lord to help me find a credible, learning resource where I could further study about the Hebrew language and other Jewish and Israel subject content. So this website is an answer to my prayer, and I am sure many others who have found this website and will soon find it. Glory to God! The last year for me after returning from the mission field a virus attacked both my eyes leaving me legally blind in my left, and significant visual impairments in my right. Even though this time has brought tremendous challenges and financial hardships, I begin to “see” God’s hand in this to free me up to learn what it is the Lord has to teach me in this hour. Typically, I wouldnt have had the time to dedicate to this in the midst of travel, work, and other ministry assignments but God works everything out for our good (even if its not the way we would have planned it out.) Praise God that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. So since my vision is temporarily impaired physically the Lord has “shown” me some very interesting insights. I just want to share this one as it pertains to the Blood Moon on April 4th, 2015, and that it lasted 4 min. 44 sec. I have read and studied the writings of E.W. Bullinger for several years and have The Companion Bible which his study notes and research are included in. I happened to open his book entitled “Numbers in Scripture” yesterday and found this “it is most significant that we get the number four in its concentrated form in connection with Damascus, which is the oldest city in the world. The number of its name is 444; the name occurs 39 times, i.e., 3 x 13, for the significance of which see under the number 13.) Since I was personally having my own Damascus road blindness experience, I felt like the Lord was trying to speak more about the significance of Damascus in the end of the ages as it pertains to this 3rd Blood moon being on our 4th month, 4th day, (Gregorian calendar) then lasting 4 minutes and 44 seconds in totality. Perhaps my main question is have you read any of E. W. Bullinger’s books particularly his book “The Witness of the Stars” written in 1893, and if so what are your thoughts and insight on his biblical astronomy teachings? My apologies as I certainly did not intend to write a short essay as a comment, but my heart is just so thankful and grateful that Root Source exists for those of us who cannot physically make it to Israel to study, but can virtually connect so God can use each one of you as His Messengers, Mouthpieces, and Witnesses. I can “see” that God is divinely connecting the right people with the right resources in the earth to bring to pass what He needs done now in this age, and in this hour. May the Lord bless and keep you, and make His face shine upon you…..for what you have established here is a gathering place for Christians and Jews to abide and learn together as One in the Father. I declare and decree that what God has joined together with this website, partnership, and school let NO MAN put asunder. May individuals from the North, South, East, and West, who have been looking and searching for a place such as this, Holy Spirit do what You do best and lead, guide, and direct them to Root Source. Should you permit me to, I would like to include a link to your page on my website which I am getting overhauled this week. It covers topics on missions, prayer, and walking in your purpose and destiny. Thank you again, Blessings to you all!

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      Wendy, your story is compelling as it is beautiful. We would love to have links from your website to ours! Also I agree with you that Billye was definitely one of the first to point towards us, for which we are so thankful.

      Now about E.W. Bullinger. I would love to have met him! I refer to his “Numbers in Scripture” book all the time, and in fact the day that you wrote this to me I had spent a lot of time in that book and used his work as a key to another project. But now you make me laugh at myself, for two reasons. First, I was given “The Witness of the Stars” as a kid, read it, but never remembered it was him, so I stopped writing this, and went down just now and found that book and sure enough – the same author. Second, you will see starting in lesson 3 that I start referring to Psalms 19 a lot. And as I was thumbing through my old, dusty copy of Witness of the stars, I suddenly remembered that he opened that book with Psalms 19 also, and it suddenly dawned on me that as a kid, this Psalm had affected me — (His Word never returns void, yes?) — and that what had happened was that Bullinger’s deposit into my heart had gone in and come up all those years later and came out in the Blood Moons course. I’ll definitely need to look him up and thank him. And so I also thank you for making that connection for me!

      Thanks for helping me “see” the reality of how God used him. 🙂 This discovery reminds me of one of my favorite sayings of Jesus, from Matthew 13:52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” I had something old in the storeroom, from Bullinger that was there for probably 35 years, and something new I got from him on April 10, 2015, which was coincidentally the date you made this connection for me. I’m curious about whether you felt compelled to write your story the day you did? Blessings!

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        Mr. Odell – I did in fact feel compelled to write those words to you that day. Which I must admit since I was a child this has been how the Lord would use me for lack of a better word. Writing letters to people or sending an email which I would later find out would be a confirming factor in the person’s life in whatever season they would find themselves in. So all the Glory goes to God. I find it so amazing and just like God that on that day you said you discovered something, I had just opened the electronic copy of Mr. Bullinger’s book “The Witness of the Stars” and was reading again. Then as I was reading, I felt compelled to go to Root Source and watch this episode which I had been meaning to look at for a few days. Then that was when I felt led by the Holy Spirit to share this with you. I smile at just how amazing God is, and He is forever making connections and knitting hearts and people together across the miles on every continent of the world. I am certainly enjoying this website, I do not think I can express into words the impact it has had on my life. It is like a continuous discovery every time I logon. Praying continual blessings upon Root Source. Shalom.

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          Our God is good! Is He not worth the effort to explore!? Reminds me of the quote, I forget who said it, that nobody ever rejected God, but only a caricature of God.

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