Did you catch Four Blood Moons when it premiered on March 23, for a special one-night event? If you didn’t, box office numbers say you should. The film saw 150,000 moviegoers attend the event this past spring, causing a ripple effect among viewers and the production team to run the film on nearly 650 screens across the country.
The docudrama is based on Pastor John Hagee’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name, which has 750,000 copies in print. The film released June 23, on DVD and as of mid-July has seen sales of nearly 33,000, making it the top-selling DVD at CBA-market retailers in its first two weeks. It ranks fifth on the CBA DVD list for the month of July.
The film explores the rare lunar phenomenon that has coincided with large-scale events for the Jewish people—both positive and negative.
“The heavens are ‘God’s billboard,’” Hagee says on the film’s dedicated website. “He’s been sending signals to earth, and we haven’t been picking them up. Two blood moons, in 2014 and 2015, point to dramatic events in the Middle East and, as a result, changes in the whole world.”
By aligning Scripture, history and science, Hagee reviews previous lunar occurrences and explores the meaning for the current four blood moon cycle, while challenging Christians and humanity as a whole to pay attention to how God uses these celestial events to communicate.
“Four Blood Moons combines Scripture, science, history and big-screen live action spanning centuries, including previous similar lunar occurrences and the earth-shaking changes around them,” a press release for the movie said. “It also examines our current four blood-moon cycle—and its possible meaning for Israel, the Middle East and the world.”
Genesis 1:14 says, “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years” (emphasis mine). We’ve read how God used His marvelous universe in the past to guide and direct: when the wise men followed the star to Bethlehem; when the sun stood still to see Israel victorious; and when God made His covenant with Abraham and promised him descendents that would be as “numerous as the stars in the sky.” (Genesis 22:7)
God has used the sun and the moon and the stars to proclaim His sovereignty as evidenced in Scripture. But what about the blood moons? Among the verses that speak to these occurrences—and some that Hagee’s film explore—are:
- Acts 2:20: “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.”
- Joel 2:30–31: “I will show wonders in the heavens above and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
- Revelation 6:12: “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red . . .”
- Prior to the film’s on-screen release, the film’s producers stated that “audiences at Four Blood Moons will see a compelling and entertaining exploration of these spiritual, celestial and historical events. And they will leave the theater convinced that something is about to change that could affect us all.”
Have you seen the film? Do you believe these are the signs that God refers to in Scripture? And should we be paying more attention?