â€œThe central question is this: Is the blood moons prophecy different from all the apocalypse forecasts we have seen before? Is this another prophecy miscalculation, or could this celestial event be the most incredible sign of the times the world has ever witnessed?â€ Mark Hitchcock asks in his book, "Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons."
This two hundred and seventeen page paperback targets those questioning the concept that the 2014-2015 blood moons involving four lunar eclipses correlate with Biblical prophecy. Using mainly the New American Standard Bible, there are ten chapters, three appendixes, and ending notes regarding the subject.
After the authorâ€™s preface kindly explaining his stance on John Hagee and Mark Biltzâ€™s interpretations and conclusions that the four current-day lunar eclipses are not related to Biblical end-times, the first chapter discusses current interest in prophecy and how the Bible is a source for answers.
Believing Christians should not approach future events with skepticism or sensationalism, he feels we should consider stage-setting without specific dates. Using Biblical application, he discusses ten coming attractions such as the gathering again of the Jews, the pre-Tribulation Rapture, the Roman Empire reuniting, Israelâ€™s temple rebuilt, the Mark of the Beast defying God, Revelationsâ€™ judgments, Armageddon, and Jesus returning and reigning.
The next six chapters dissect the blood moons prophecy theory in regard to eclipses with partial views, the significances of Jewish feasts, the star of Bethlehem, and Scriptures in Joel, Matthew, Luke, Acts, and Revelations related to the moon turning to blood.
There are chapters about the three prior blood-moon tetrads where exact dates did not always coincide with monumental Jewish events. Also discussed are other doomsday date setters, Shemettah, and the parable of the fig tree.
The final chapter reiterates how God is in control and only He knows the day and time of His reappearing so we should focus on a personal relationship with Him rather than speculate the imminent Rapture or a seven year Tribulation.
Using Scriptures, Hitchcock lays out a valid, logical explanation that readers will understand the blood moons theory is improbable and applied incorrectly to Bible prophecy.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the readerâ€™s opinions.