Doing a disservice to one's congregation

Rule number one as a minister should be to never conflate science with prophesy.

From the New York Daily News:

Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of 'world-shaking event'
The heavens are putting on a celestial show next week - and one Christian pastor is convinced it's a sign from God.

Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future "world-shaking event."

The blood moons are part of a tetrad, a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015.

According to NASA, seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare. The skies were tetrad-free from 1600 to 1900. But in the 21st century, there will be many.
What's even stranger is that Americans have a front row seat.

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak told CNN.

Hagee, founder of Texas' Cornerstone Church, thinks this is no coincidence. For him, it's a sign of the end times.

And a bit more:

He points to Acts 2:19-20, which reads, "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."

First of all, this first eclipse will be more straw color than the darker blood moon. Our atmosphere is more clean than usual so the light hitting the moon will not be as dark.

Next, this is just a cosmic coincidence -- there is no "Hand of God" in play here -- you can follow the orbits of the bodies for 1,000 years leading up to this event and you can calculate the orbits of the bodies for the 1,000 years that follow. God is not flipping a switch somewhere up in Heaven. The Spirit does not work that way...

Finally, cherry-picking two verses out of Acts 2 to represent your case is not a good move. Reading the whole thing it is talking about the Pentecost -- the conversion of other cultures to Christianity by delivering major 'visions' to them. I can only think that Pastor Hagee is shilling for his church and using a natural occurrence to raise money. It is always about the money with these false prophets...

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