Blood moons and Jewish feasts

If you’re into premillennial headline eschatology, this one might be for you. Former blogger Mitch Guthrie recently passed along a recent video (~30 minutes) of a rather enthusiastic presentation by Steve Hadley of Harvest Family Fellowship Reno Nevada regarding the extremely rare alignment of solar and lunar eclipses (“blood moons”) with the major Jewish feasts in 2014-15.

For those who don’t want to watch, I’ll summarize: taking his cue from Joel 2:31, Hadley describes the upcoming alignment of the lunar calendar with the Jewish feast calendar in 2014 and 2015. Essentially there will be lunar eclipses or “blood moons” on Passover (Pesach) and Tabernacles (Sukkot) in both 2014 and 2015. This coincidence of four lunar events and Jewish feasts has reportedly only happened three times before in the last 600 years or so… in 1948, 1967 and in 1492. The importance of the former dates to Jewish state history should be well known; the latter coincides with the explusion of the Jews from Spain as part of the Spanish Inquisition. Hadley also identifies two solar eclipses that will land on important Jewish dates in 2015.

To make a long presentation short, the start of the Jewish New Year on September 29, 2008 is the start of a new Levitical “week”, the repeating seven-year cycle that ends with a Shmita year of rest; this new seven-year cycle will end in 2015. Hadley conflates all of the above (and much more, especially related to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur) with the eschatological 70th “week” of Daniel, such that he sees the blood moons and solar eclipses of 2014/15 as fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy and announcing the Day of the Lord at the end of Daniel’s 70th week.

Working backwards from 2015 through a seven-year tribulation, Hadley effectively equates the start of the Great Tribulation with the start of Rosh Hashanah next month, when he believes the Church will be raptured and the chains binding Satan are removed, allowing the supposed Gog-Magog conflict between Russia, Iran and Israel to begin.

This is clearly a premillennial, pre-tribulation interpretation of end times, so holders of other viewpoints will find plenty of holes to poke, not least that it depends on the insertion of a non-literal “gap” between weeks 69 and 70 in Daniel’s prophecy.

If nothing else, I guess this would be one way for Dr. James Dobson to avoid voting for Senators Obama or McCain… asssuming any or all of them are raptured next month.

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  1. Posted August 18, 2008 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

    But if both McCain and Obama are raptured, what would happen to the rest of the election? I suppose if only one is raptured, the other will be elected more or less by default as the new Antichrist, I mean, President. Fortunately I don’t believe in that kind of rapture!

  2. Posted August 18, 2008 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

    I would like to know, ahead of time, what he will say and or do if he is wrong and no rapture happens next month?

  3. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

    I’m sorry, I’ve only watched 30 seconds of this video, but based on his body language and weird grins, I think that Steve Hadley may be the antichrist.

  4. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:49 PM | Permalink

    @Iyov. Believe it or not, it gets worse…

  5. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:55 PM | Permalink

    @Peter – I was thinking more in terms of Dobson being raptured, leaving McCain and Obama here. It would solve Dobson’s moral dilemna that he’s played out in the press regarding whether he would even vote this fall. But it’s fair to ask whether McCain and Obama would be raptured too…

    @Daniel – Good question! If you watch the entire thing, he starts hedging at the end to avoid getting pinned down on a date. He claims to only be issuing an “end-times warning” a la thunderstorms or tornados, but he was pretty specific up unto that time.

  6. Mitch Guthrie
    Posted August 19, 2008 at 12:04 AM | Permalink

    El Shaddai,  thanks for the post.  I figured you may find it worth throwing out there.  This landed at the forums over at and every review I’ve seen of the matter was usually of the “overly excited I’m gonna wait around for the rapture” types with no real critique of the actual content.

  7. Greenie
    Posted August 20, 2008 at 5:14 PM | Permalink

    I am not feeling much Love in your comments here!   I’ve seen the video and I say it is interesting and something that I can see in the scriptures.  I have heard many rumors from my Jewish brethern that these were signs and the celebrated feast are totally considered with Jesus’s return.  They laugh at my western or roman influence of the scripture interpretation.  So, Pastor Steve is stating very interesting conclusions of which have been rumored until now. 

  8. Posted September 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM | Permalink

    To Daniel Doleys and Iyvov, I was surprised at your comments. Steve has said over and over again, no one knows the day or the time. He has his own thoughts but has said over and over again based on Bible Prophesy and what he feels in his heart that we are definately in the “season” if you compare what is going on around the world and the headlong rush a one world order, it sure looks like time is short. How short we don’t know and he has said that over and over again. If you will review his message last Sunday 09/21/08 he spends the first half of his message explaining what their future plans and goals are until the rapture comes when ever it is. Then second half of the message he give us his opinion of what is happening and how it relates to Bible Prophesy but he still says he is just advising us of the season again. As for being the Antichrist, I can’t even respond to that one.

  9. Gene Bishop
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    Pastor Steve Hadley has nothing to gain about his comments on the rapture, in fact the only he will get until the rapture comes is ridicule but he is trying to make sure all of us are ready when that time comes. Many Pastors will not even teach on the subject because it is too controversial. Personall I thank God we have people who will stand up and preach the word and try to prepare their flock.


  10. David C
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    I will have to agree with Gene on this one, Pastor Steve has NEVER said that the rapture will occur on a specific date, nor has he conclusivly stated that these eclipses are biblically related to the rapture. He was simply pointing out a very interesting set of circumstances regarding the timing of the ecplipses. We know from history that Jesus prophetically fulfilled the Spring Feasts on their proper day, in order, all in the same week. There is no reason to assume the Fall Feasts won’t be fulfilled in the same way by His second coming. So, with that in mind, you can technically backdate from the Fall Feasts with the understanding that there are calendar issues to deal with, then you will come up with an APPROXIMATE starting time for the tribulation around the fall feasts 7 years earlier. This is simple math and not date setting. Besides, the “no man knows the day or hour” scripture seems to be about the rapture, and not the tribulation spcifically. There are several calendar problems which prevent us from knowing exact dates on anything until each year actually starts.
    Steve is just doing the one thing that so many churches nowdays are afraid to do…address the end times.
    @Iyov…dude, if you knew Steve you would never make a comment like that…if you visit a Christian website and watch videos of pastors teaching, I would assume (maybe I am wrong) that you are a Christian…keep that in mind when you want to call a good pastor a potential antichirst. Save stuff like that for obvious fakes like Benny Hinn and co.


  11. James
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:38 PM | Permalink

    I like this however, the teaching of a rapture is I believe a profoundly wrong teaching. check it.

    God is totally Just (foundational belief)he deals Justly. He deals with all of us in the same way. So if there is a rapture then God must have already judged the earth and is separating the church to him self, so therefore there is no need then for the tribulation.(he doesn’t deal with Christians differently, we all must face the judgment, its just that when Christians are judged they are covered by the blood. Jesus has paid the price that is required)

    Nope. The tribulation is to separate the believers from the non believers. It will be the process by which he will separate the wheat from the chaff.

    • Posted February 22, 2009 at 8:27 AM | Permalink

      I don’t think so ! the separation of the wheat and the tares happens when you a believer refuse the mark. Note the bundeling of the tares happens first. Oh and I believe Jesus’s words before anyone.

  12. James
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    Oh and another thing. He is counting backwards 7 years I think it should only be 3 and a half years. So the great tribulation could start 2012 if my math is right.

  13. Suzi
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 3:30 AM | Permalink

    If you look at what is going on in the world today, something ‘major’ happened on each of the recent ‘feast days’, something related to world politics, religion or other issues that point to some major things happening.

    I agree with James here, something ‘big’ should happen in about 3.5 years….lining up with the first of the ‘Spring feasts’ in 2012, and culminating with the ‘blood moons’ in 2014-15.

    If this is NOT the beginning of the Tribulation, and the up-coming ‘blood moons’ are not THE ones to mark the fulfillment of prophesy, then we have 300 more years before they come around again.

    Oh, keep in mind that one of the ‘big things’ that did happen that I’m not hearing ANYONE talk about is the fact that on Oct 14th for the first time in 2000 a Jewish feast day was celebrated ON Temple Mount. That is BIG!

    On a rather ‘shudder worthy’ note, another of the things that happened on one of the feast days was the fact that Nation of Islam leader Louis F. ‘proclaimed’ that Obama was ‘The Messiah’. Does that mean anything? *shrug* I guess we’ll find out in about 3.5 years…or 7…or 300.

  14. Posted February 22, 2009 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

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  15. Lulu
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 2:15 AM | Permalink

    The NEWEST Pretrib Calendar

    Hal (serial polygamist) Lindsey and other pretrib-rapture-trafficking and Mayan-Calendar-hugging hucksters deserve the following message: “2012 may be YOUR latest date. It isn’t MAYAN!” Actually, if it weren’t for the 179-year-old, fringe-British-invented, American-merchandised pretribulation rapture bunco scheme, Hal might still be piloting a tugboat on the Mississippi, roly-poly Thomas Ice (Tim LaHaye’s No. 1 strong-arm enforcer) might still be in his tiny folding-chair church which shares its firewall with a Texas saloon, Jack Van Impe might still be a jazz band musician, Tim LaHaye might still be titillating California matrons with his “Christian” sex manual, Grant Jeffrey might still be taking care of figures up in Canada, Chuck Missler might still be in mysterious hush-hush stuff that rocket scientists don’t dare talk about, John Hagee might be making – and eating – world-record pizzas, and Jimmy (“Bye You” Rapture) Swaggart might still be flying on a Ferriday flatbed! To read more details about the eschatological British import that leading British scholarship never adopted – the import that’s created some American multi-millionaires – Google “Pretrib Rapture Diehards” (note LaHaye’s hypocrisy under “1992”), “Hal Lindsey’s Many Divorces,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers)” and “Thomas Ice (Hired Gun),” “LaHaye’s Temperament,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “Chuck Missler – Copyist,” “Open Letter to Todd Strandberg” and “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Humbug Huebner,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts,” “Dolcino? Duh!” and “Scholars Weigh My Research.” Most of the above is written by journalist/historian Dave MacPherson who has focused on long-hidden pretrib rapture history for 35+ years. No one else has focused on it for 35 months or even 35 weeks. MacPherson has been a frequent radio talk show guest and he states that all of his royalties have always gone to a nonprofit group and not to any individual. His No. 1 book on all this is “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books online, etc.). The amazing thing is how long it has taken the mainstream media to finally notice and expose this unbelievably groundless yet extremely lucrative theological hoax!

  16. Map
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    there is no pre-trib rapture…